Monday, July 07, 2008

TWD: Double Crusted Blueberry Pie -- and a bonus!,

I have to admit that I was never a big fan of blueberry pie.  Apple?  Delicious.  Key lime?  Love it.  Banana Cream?  Heavenly.  Blueberry?  Meh.

Boy o boy am I singing a different tune!  I loved this pie.  Amy of South In Your Mouth, thank you!  

The crust came together very easily.  I made it the night before our Independence Day barbecue.  I had all the ingredients on hand for the crust, which made it that much easier.  The tiny bit of prep that I did early in the day was to cut the butter and shortening and put it in the freezer.  I did mine in the food processor.  I always leave it a tiny bit crumbly.  I figure that I can add more water if I need it.  The disks went into the fridge for the actual pie day.

I did have a little adventure with the crust.  I bought one of those "rolling bags" that Dorie talks about.  It's a zippered clear plastic bag that is about 11" in diameter.  It was a learning experience.  At 11" with the amount of dough that I had, it was pretty thick.  It's an easy fix for next time.  Don't use as much dough.  I also like a little more overhang, but for a standard 9" pie pan it would have been fine.  Did I mention that I had a little extra dough?  The crust went into the fridge, and I made the filling.

The filling posed no problems.  Though, next time, I would do the steps a little differently.  I would rub the lemon zest and sugar together and toss the berries with the lemon juice.  I dumped in the lemon components with the sugar and flour per the instructions.  There was an occasional pocket of lemon sugar.  Live and learn.  I also forgot to use the bread crumbs, but it didn't seem to make a difference.

I filled the crust, put on the top crust, and sealed the edges with a fork.  Then I got creative.  Instead of a hole in the center, I would do a star!  It is the 4th after all!


Ok, star, scottie dog, whatever.  



Here's the finished version.  Yum!  The crust baked up golden and flaky.  The blueberry filling was nicely jelled without being gummy.  


I have no photos of a sliced pie because it disappeared so quickly.  Once it landed on the dessert table at the party, it was like there was a locust invasion.  I grabbed a piece for myself and got out of the way.  Yes, I'm bragging.  It was that good!

Here's the bonus:  Remember when I said there was leftover dough?  It was enough for a strawberry galette.  I took a couple of Dorie's recipes and combined them.  I rolled out the dough, spread it with rhubarb ginger jam, and then layered on strawberries that I had tossed with brown sugar.  I folded up the dough into pleats and popped it into the oven.  It was amazing as well.  I'll be sure to make the full dough recipe next time I make a pie so that I will have leftovers.



Not sure of next week's recipe.  I'm making peach honey ice cream from the book for my husband's ice cream choice.  Check back soon, and I'll have the update!

Edited to add:  Melissa from It's Melissa's Kitchen has chosen chocolate pudding.  Mmmmm.

32 comments:

ostwestwind said...

As a pie beginner I love your perfect shaped edges. Your pie looks absolutely delicious!

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

April said...

Yum on both counts, great looking pie and galette!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, that galette sounds fantastic. Wonderful way to use up pie dough.

kim said...

cracking up about your scottie dog :) excellent job on both the pie and galette! they look delicious!

Alix D said...

Well, of course! Everyone's heard of the infamous scottie dog that rode in Paul Revere's saddle bag, haven't they? Or maybe it was Ben Franklin's scottie dog shaped foot stool... I can never remember ;^)

Looks gorgeous, and good job on the gallette, as well. I had a bunch of dough left over as well, and was in such a hurry that I just tossed it. Sad day!

Kayte said...

Scottie dog...LOL. I used a star, too, and it bubbled over a little too much...still, it was fun just to have an excuse to use the little star cutter.

It all looks great...I mean GREAT. Beautiful. So are we running out and buying one of those gadgets for the rolling? What do you recommend? Seriously...I would like to really know what to think about that little "helper." Great post.

Susie Homemaker said...

that DOES look like a scottie dog!! funny! and the galette?? fab idea. just awesome!

Jules Someone said...

Kayte: I liked the concept of the rolling bag. It really did work. But as I said, I had too much dough in there and it was really thick. I also like a little more overhang, just in case. But I think with a little experimentation, I could make it work.

Christine said...

Oh I don't know which one I like more they both look delicious!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Beautiful pie and galette! They look scrumptious! Great job!

P.S. The hole in the center of your pie looks a little like Texas. ;)

Kelly H said...

I was about to post that the hole in the middle looks like Texas... but I can see I was a little to slow to the punchline!

Tammy said...

I love the little Scotty dog! so cute!!

The Food Librarian said...

Great Great looking pie! I'm glad you are a convert to the blueberry pie!

Di said...

Nice job on both the pie and the galette. And it's always a great compliment when something disappears quickly. =)

LyB said...

Scottie Dog, lol! Your pie looks delicious and so does the galette. Great use of the leftover dough!

Teanna said...

Hahah I love the scottish dog! So cute! The galette looks delicious as well! Nice work!

Jenny said...

Very nice! A great way to celebrate with friends.

bakingwiththeboys said...

It does look like a scottie dog. The pie looks perfect. I felt the same way about blueberry pie until I made this one.

Mara said...

i love your pie...and i love the scottie dog..as i have a westie! i should have used that cookie cutter on mine, so cute.

PheMom said...

Your pie looks really great! You are so welcome about the peach ice cream recipe. I just got some peaches yesterday too so that I can make that ice cream this week. Can't wait - please let me know what you thought!

Pamela said...

I loved this pie and agree that it was THAT good! The pie looked beautiful! Excellent job!

karen said...

oooh... very nice! they look great.

Madam Chow said...

Holy smokes, I am soooo impressed! Your pie and galette look perfect, absolutely perfect!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Both the pie and the galette look beautiful!

BAKE-EN said...

I would be so proud if my pie looked like yours, so beautiful!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

What a perfectly rolled pie - it looks so even! I just love the galette too.

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

The pie and galette both look fabulous! Great job!

Lynnylu said...

Both your pies look great! I like the idea of the rhubarb ginger jam.

Liliana said...

Your pie looks perfect! Great idea about the galette. I will have to try making both next time.

Carol Peterman said...

I thought the same thing about the lemon zest and sugar. Thanks for the reminder, I should probably make a note in my book. That is a fine looking pie!

noskos said...

Your pie looks gorgeous!!

danielle said...

Your pie looks yummy and very blueberry . Great job!