Here are a couple of pictures from the 4th. If you ever want a quickie play pen, I highly recommend the baby pool option, Asher was happy as a clam in there and fairly well contained. I have been making the blueberry pie from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook for a number of years now and feel that it can’t be beat, the recipe doesn’t call for much sugar, so the blueberries really shine. This year we also had a pint of blackberries, so I tossed those in for good measure, and that seemed to be a success. I think that’s what I love about baking with fruit, you can pretty much couple any fruits up and count on tasty results! Here’s the pie recipe for those that are interested!
- All-purpose flour, for dusting
- Pate Brisee
- 8 cups (about 4 pints) blueberries, picked over
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll out one disk of dough to a 12-inch round. With a dry pastry brush, sweep off excess flour; fit dough into a 9-inch glass pie plate, pressing it into edges. Trim dough to a 1/2-inch overhang all around. Fold edge of dough over or under, and crimp as desired. Roll out remaining dough in the same manner; transfer dough (on parchment) to a baking sheet. Chill pie shell and dough until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Place blueberries in a large bowl; with your hands, crush about 1/2 cup of berries, letting them fall into the bowl as you work. Add sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice; stir to combine. Spoon mixture into chilled pie shell, mounding berries slightly in the center. Dot with butter. Remove dough from refrigerator, and place over blueberry filling. Tuck edge of top dough between edge of bottom dough and rim of pan. Using your fingers, gently press both layers of dough along the edge to seal, and crimp as desired. I used cookie cutters to make the star shapes which seemed appropriate for the 4th…I actually love using shapes on pies in general, it makes the pie ridiculously charming.
- Using a paring knife, cut several vents in top of dough to allow steam to escape. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and cream. Brush surface with egg wash, being careful not to let it pool. Freeze or refrigerate pie until firm, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in lower third.
- Place pie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until crust begins to turn golden, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking, rotating sheet halfway through, until crust is deep golden brown and juices are bubbling and have thickened, 40 to 50 minutes more. Transfer pie to a wire rack to cool completely. The pie is best eaten the day it is baked, but it can be kept at room temperature, loosely covered with plastic wrap, for up to 2 days.