Friday, June 25, 2010

Blueberry Pie

On Wednesday, I decided to pick blueberries - on the hottest day of the week!  Okay, not the hottest, but next to hottest.  I believe it got up to 98* and after heat index it was about 103*.  I didn't get very many, only a bucket full.  Maybe next week, it will be cooler and I can get more.  Maybe I will be able to talk Troy into going with me - he's the best blueberry picker ever!

So, I didn't freeze any.  I saved some for the girls to snack on, they love them.  And, I used some to make a pie - the easiest pie ever!  I am not a pie maker, mine are always too runny.  But, this looked so simple, I couldn't not try it.  I got the recipe for the crust from this web site Mennonite girls can cook.

It called for 2 cups of crisco - a lot!  But, the crust was huge, so I don't feel so bad about eating it.

She used rhubarb, I just used the same amount of blueberries - 6 cups.

Here's the recipe:

Tender Pie Crust

  • 4C Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 lb, (2c.) Crisco Shortening  (next time, I'll try butter flavored)
  • 1 Tbsp. Vinegar
  • 1 C. Water
  • 1 Egg
  • She doesn't include it, but I added a little bit of butter flavored extract
Instructions

  1. Put the flour, salt and shortening into a bowl. Cut in the Crisco.
  2. Beat egg whites till stiff
  3. Combine egg yolk & vinegar & water - and butter flavoring.
  4. Now combine these three bowls and yes it will look a bit mushy, but don't add too much flour. This one needs be be handled with more care. Keep it light and fluffy.
  5. Divide into halves and roll out the first half to the measurement of your cookie sheet.  I used a jelly roll pan that I had sprayed to prevent sticking.



FILLING:
Really simple - just 5-6 cups of fruit, I used blueberries.  Troy has requested that I use strawberries next time.  Spread them onto the bottom crust.  Sprinkle them with 1c - 1 1/2c of sugar.  Top with the other crust layer.  Sprinkle the top layer with sugar.  Bake at 425*F for 20 minutes.





So yummy - and not runny!!!


I can't not leave you with this picture of Averie and the hose :)



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