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Blueberry Pie

Some people have knacks for different things: a natural green thumb, the ability to see a design in their head, or maybe to be able to whip up any sort of pie on any occasion. Let’s just say my talents do not lie in the latter- or so I thought. Berry Pies have always been my great nemesis- I remember distinctly crying on several occasions over how awfully soupy it was or that I got the sugar ratio horridly wrong. For those of you who fear pies or berry pies at least (which I find the hardest kind), have no fear. This is a fail safe recipe! Why? because you get to cook the cornstarch BEFORE you hide it in the pie. There is no crossing your fingers and praying that your pie will not be runny, no more cringing as you cut into the first piece– you can confidently serve this pie to your best company!

So why you might ask did I decide to attempt a berry pie? Our first anniversary! I wanted to do something special as a dessert- what better for the man that should have “blueberry” as his middle name?! 😉

 

 

Filling:

 

Pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Sugar, for sprinkling on top

 

 

Directions

Filling: Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and water. Add to a saucepan and heat rapidly until thickened. Set aside to cool as you prepare the pastry. Once cooled add the berries and lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening. Whisk together egg, water and vinegar. Add to flour mixture tossing lightly with a fork. Turn out onto a lightly floured cutting board and using your hands combine dough. Separate into 2 single crusts. Line the bottom of a pie plate with 1 of the crusts.

Pour filling into dough lined pie pan, and sprinkle the lemon juice over the filling. Adjust top crust, cut vents and flute rim. Sprinkle top lightly with sugar. Place pie onto a baking sheet and into the oven for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool, cut and enjoy!

 

 

 

*Taken from Food network’s website under “Country Blueberry Pie”

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Berry, Blueberry, Dessert, Pie

 

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Tangy Apple Pie

With all the gorgeous colors and smells of fall, no autumn is complete without an apple pie. When I was growing up, in my backyard there were four apple trees. Two of the trees were gifts from my grandparents. I actually had my own “personal” tree. We had a golden delicious and also a red delicious. The two other trees I never knew what they were. We called one of them the “wild” apple tree.

All growing up, once September struck, we had apple everything. Apples for lunch, apples for snacks, apple crisp, apple muffins, apple pancakes… the list went on and on. Generally by the time we made it through apple season, I was so tired of apples. Now that I no longer live at home, I no longer go through “apple season”, so there are times that I crave old favorites like apple pie.

  • Dough for double crust 9-inch pie
  • ¾ c sugar
  • 1 tsp. all-purposed flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 or 5 very large Granny Smith apples or another tart apple, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. butter, chopped into small pieces

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie pan with half of dough. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in apples and lemon juice. Spoon apple mixture into pie pan and dot with butter. Bake for 10 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 55 to 60 minutes.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Dessert

 

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Grilled “Apple Pie” à la Mode

I have never grilled anything in my life. Recently, I was finally able to start a charcoal grill! I doubt that I have the technique mastered, but after several hours and multiple attempts I was able to successfully start a grill. (I did have to re-douse the charcoal with lighter fluid in the process)

I attempted my first “grilled chicken”, it wasn’t perfect by any means, I also tried a set of pork chops which my husband thought were phenomenal. Unfortunately in my attempt to try to set up this grill, I used a LOT of briquettes, so long after the chicken and the porkchops were complete, I had a very hot grill.

My mind started to wander to cooking, and I wondered if it was possible to grill other fruits besides pineapple- all I had was a bag of apples.

  • 3 apples of choice
  • dash of cinnamon

Cut apples into ½” slices and sprinkle with cinnamon. Make sure your grill grate is *very* clean so you don’t taste the last hamburger you grilled. On a medium to medium low heat grill, line the grate with your sliced apples. Grill unto softened with a light tan color.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Dessert

 

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