Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blackberry Pie

Homemade Blackberry Pie

I made a Blackberry Pie for the Father's Day dinner that we prepared for my parents. I haven't made many pies in my time, well at least not with from scratch crust. I liked it, and Frank loved it, but I think I can improve on this recipe. The recipe calls for mixing the berries with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup flour. There was quite a bit of that mixture that did not coat the berries and I went ahead and poured it on top of the berries even though I thought it was strange. Well, you can see in the second picture that I made a paste and though it wasn't super noticeable it did bother me. I think adding more berries and using a bit less sugar and flour would help. I have seen another recipe that used cornstarch instead of flour and I think I might like that better. I guess I need to try again, I'm sure Frank will taste test for me.

Close up

A La Mode

I used the Pie Crust Recipe from Baked. It is very simple and though I'm no pie crust expert I thought it tasted good. It was nice and tender, maybe not as flaky as I expected:

3 Cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fine salt
1 Cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
3/4 Cup ice cold water

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and salt together.
Cut the cold butter into cubes and toss the cubes in the flour mixture to coat. Put the mixture in the bowl of a food processor and pulse in short bursts until the pieces of butter are the size of hazelnuts.
While pulsing in quick, 4-second bursts, drizzle the ice water into the food processor through the feed tube.
As soon as the dough comes together in a ball, remove it from the food processor and divide it into two equal balls. Flatten to a disk and wrap each disk first in parchment paper and then in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the disks until firm, about 1 hour. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before proceeding with your recipe.)


Gretchen Schermerhorn said...

That looks soooo good!

Karen said...

mmmmm your daddy's a lucky guy! What a pretty pie.

Connie said...

It was DELICIOUS. One can always add more berries.

Connie said...

It was DELICIOUS! I'll taste test the next version too.