Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie—Double-Crusted Blueberry Pie

It’s such a busy time right now with school out, new routines, packing, camping, travelling, visiting, swimming lessons, and so on. Summer holidays often seem busier than other times of the year, so I always find it nice and relaxing to retreat to the kitchen and bake something sweet. This blueberry pie was just the thing to bring a taste of summer to the table.

The filling itself is easy enough. Blueberries, sugar, flour and lemon with a touch of salt. Lining the bottom of the crust with breadcrumbs is pure genius too since it absorbs some of the liquid that oozes out of the blueberries.

In the past six months, I’ve made so much pastry. I enjoy piling the ingredients on the counter and squeezing them through my fingers to form a crust. I like the feel of the pastry coming together into a ball. It’s even better when the crust comes out of the oven crispy and flaky, and that’s what happened this week with Dorie’s blueberry pie. I made one 6-inch pie and 4 individual pies. By rolling it out between two pieces of wax paper, it was easier to move and handle.

A sprinkle of Le Cordon Bleu brown cane sugar with vanilla on top, and it was ready for the oven.

Recipe
You can find the recipe for Double-Crusted Blueberry Pie in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Amy of South in Your Mouth who chose the recipe for this week.

Tasting Notes
This was the best blueberry pie I’ve ever tasted, and the crust was so tender and flaky. Everyone enjoyed it with a dollop of ginger whipping cream or à la mode (or both). One friend even liked it doused with chocolate sauce!

Recipe for Next Week (July 15)
Chocolate Pudding on page 383 chosen by Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen. I will be camping, but I hope to find time to make it and post about it before I go.





37 comments:

bakersbakery said...

As always, I thoroughly enjoy your instructional photos. Such a beautiful blog you have here.

rainbowbrown said...

That little pie in that little dish is too cute. I love the sugar on top.

Amy said...

Beautiful pie! I love your pictures.

vibi said...

What can I say... I feel like I'm repeating myself all the time, don't you? LOL
Beautiful job... amazing pics!
BRAVISSIMO!
By the way, I haden't notice your little survey about the scone pronounciation! Too funny... I voted, or course!

Anne said...

That looks absolutely beautiful, that sugar made a difference! Great job and awesome photos as usual.

hornedfroggy said...

Gorgeous, Shari!! :)

ostwestwind said...

As always: Great instruction pictures. For me it was the first blueberry pie, I agree the recipe for the crust is great.

My second batch with blackcurrants is just cooling, the crust looks also flaky.

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strawberriesinparis said...

mmmm, that crust looks perfectly brown and delicious!

Jules Someone said...

Beautiful pie! I sprinkled some coarse sugar on top. Love it!

kim said...

yum, your pie looks beautiful!! i loved it too! :)

Natashya said...

That is the cutest little blueberry pie of all times. I love the dish as well.
I have ordered the Le Cordon Bleu book from Chapters (so slow compared to Amazon) and look forward to playing along with you, if you'll have me!
Great work, as usual!

Engineer Baker said...

I love the individual servings - too cute.

Mara said...

your pie is so beautiful shari...mine was a bust!! wah

Katie B. said...

I agree - there is something so wonderful and organic feeling about turning out your own pastry dough... something so deeply satisfying and grounding... And it totally shows in your beautiful pie!

Kayte said...

Great job, great photos, great post...we all want to be you when we grow up.

I can just see you, rolling out dough on the picnic tables at the camp site...cooking bearnaise sauce over the campfire...photographing it all with style and grace...yep, I can see it alright! Have a great time.

Susie Homemaker said...

you an tell there is some love in your crust...great job!! (and have fun camping - i just can't do the outdoor pee thing - but you go right on ahead...)

Christine said...

Swim lessons are kicking me in the butt this summer! Beautiful pie, love all your pics!

Prudy said...

Stunning photo of the blueberries and lemon. I love all the photos and the pie looks phenomenal.

PheMom said...

Beautiful! So glad you liked it!

farida said...

your pie looks great! I love blueberries in pies

tytty said...

hi again shari,

how is it diff using butter, shortening or both for pastry? thnx

allison said...

Your blog is wonderful and your pie looks amazing.

Steph said...

Your pie is so pretty. I love your pictures!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

certainly looks like it was deliciuos!

Linda said...

your blog is such a treat to read and with gorgeous photos! beautiful pie!

Maya said...

Cute little pie!

danielle said...

Great description on the process of making the crust. It really shows how much you appreciate a good crust.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your pies look just beautiful! Love the photos too! Very creative!

mimi said...

what a gorgeous mini pie! i just love your crust's golden color!

Beth G. said...

WOW!! Your blog is BEAUTIFUL! Great job on the pie, it is fabulous!!

Pamela said...

Absolutely lovely!

karen said...

your pie looks great. as always, beautiful photos.

Carol Peterman said...

When life is busy there is nothing better than retreating to the kitchen to get lost in a baking project! Excellent results and an stunning photo.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Shari, I love how delicate your pies look.

Jacque said...

Oh my! that first picture definitely gets my vote for best pic yet. Wow, it's just lovely. Great job, and glad you enjoyed it.

Jenny said...

It was a good pie, I agree.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Love those individual pies, they're so cute!