July 03, 2008

Red, White, and Blueberry Pie


My brother arrived to our parents with his family sometime in the night last night (at least that was the plan). Today is the planned day for dinner at our home (and the only available one!). I had some blueberries in the fridge and I was thinking about making a blueberry pie. Then I read a post by Anna of Cookie Madness talking about being in a "recipe rut" and mentioning being overwhelmed by all the blueberry/strawberry/whipped cream creations. Her mention of the 4th of July treats brought immediately to my mind the Red White & Blueberry Pie that I used to make from Pampered Chef. Since strawberries are in season here (and I was able to buy a quart for only $2.50 from the Amish!) I decided that was the pie I was going to make for dessert today!

My next dilemma was the pie crust. I had gotten into the habit of buying the Pillsbury crust and taking the easy way out, but I don't want to do that anymore! So, I decided that since I have the Baking cookbook by Dorie Greenspan, that I would make an another attempt at a homemade pie crust.

My butter was cold and I put my shortening in the fridge to firm it up more. Dorie states that the butter and shortening should be as cold as possible and that frozen is best. Well, she also tells you to use a food processor which I mentioned in my last post that I do not have yet.

So, I just made sure my butter and shortening were really cold and made the pie crust very early in the morning before it got too warm. I used my pastry blender (gee, I just realized my pastry blender, pie recipe, and deep dish pie plate all were from Pampered Chef also!) and the flour combo mixed beautifully. I made sure I used iced cold water to mix the dough and it turned out wonderful. Back into the fridge to chill some more before rolling, however, since I did great with it not melting on me, I didn't leave it in the fridge for the full 30 minutes. I rolled the crust out, again, still doing great, and put it in the pie dish.



Terrific! It looked great and I thought I was gold. Mind you I said I thought I was gold.


See that photo above? Sigh. Up until now I had listened to all of Dorie's instructions. The one thing she said that I did not listen to was to put the pie plate on a baking sheet. I thought, since I was using stoneware, I wouldn't need to do this. Two minutes into baking I saw smoke. I opened the oven door to see the source of smoke (I did have tarts in the oven from left over crust) and lo and behold the butter in the crust was melting and hitting the bottom of my oven! I quickly slid a baking sheet in below to stop anymore burning of butter. A few minutes later when I looked in my oven window I was deflated. My pie crust was melting right in the dish. What looked beautiful before baking, no longer was so pretty and my pie crust shrunk. I'm sure its because the butter was melting so fast in the hot oven..so afterward I was thinking maybe my crust wasn't cold enough before I put it in??

I had no choice but to accept the fact that I would not have a beautiful looking pie crust. But, I don't stress too much over that - as long as it is only my family eating it! (or close friends!) My only concern at that moment is that the pie crust taste great. Nobody is going to care too much that the crust shrunk on me as long as it tasted great!

In the meantime, my tarts came out of the oven and sat on the cookie sheet to cool.

While making these tarts I again thought of my Nanny. She always made tarts with her left over pie dough (actually, so did my mom). I "patiently" waited for the tarts to cool enough so I could try one to see how the crust tasted. SUCCESS! The pie crust is awesome as far as taste goes. The crust practically melts in your mouth, and not surprising since it also melts in the oven. (he he).  I hate to admit it, but the tarts were so good (I only had 4) that they were gone by noon...and I was the only one here....

So, although I was mostly successful with this recipe, I have decided that the next time I need a single pie crust, I probably won't use this recipe in particular. But, when needing a double crust, I will definitely use it. It is one of the best tasting crusts I have ever made and according to Justin, the Groom come Saturday, the pie crust was the best part of the pie! However, nobody had any trouble eating the extra chocolate dipped strawberries.....oh yeah, the finished product of course, is at the top of the page. It doesn't look half bad considering the crust shrunk!


Red White & Blueberry Pie

1 quart fresh strawberries, divided
4 squares (1 oz. each) white chocolate for baking
1 package (8oz.) light cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup cold milk
1 package (3.3oz) white chocolate instant pudding
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 cup thawed frozen light whipped topping

Rinse Strawberries and carefully pat dry on paper towels. Select 8 uniformly sized strawberries for garnish. Slice each strawberry in half using 3" paring Knife, leaving stems on each half. Set aside. Hull remaining strawberries and slice.  (I didn't listen to this - I had enough berries to dip whole berries and  have sliced ones for the bottom of the pie)

Melt white chocolate in covered micro-cooker, uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring after each 10 sec. interval until chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip strawberry halves in melted chocolate; place in refrigerate until set.

Scrape remaining melted chocolate over bottom of prepared pie crust, spreading evenly to coat entire bottom and sides of crust. Layer sliced strawberries over bottom of crust.

Beat cream cheese in 2-QT. bowl with 10" whisk until smooth. Gradually beat in milk until well blended. Add pudding mix; beat until mixture begins to thicken. Spread mixture evenly over strawberries.

Arrange blueberries evenly over top of pie filling. Fill a decorator with whipped topping . Pipe rosettes evenly around edge of pie. Place dipped strawberry halves on whipped topping border. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into slices.

22 comments:

noble pig said...

Thanks for the great tips, pie crust is still so scary to me!

Looks delicious the tarts and the pie.

What A Dish! said...

I have such bad luck with pie crusts- at least yours tasted good! My last one was horrible. I love the white choc strawberries.

Katypi said...

Generally, I have excellent luck with pie crusts. HOWEVER, after a number of attempts, my prebaked ones still shrink down and look gnarly :o]

recipes2share said...

Happy 4th July!

Vickie LeBlanc said...

You are outdoing yourself here. What an amazing looking pie. My mouth is watering just by looking at the picture.

White On Rice Couple said...

These are just beautiful and perfect for today! Happy 4th to you!

mz_greenbootz said...

HoneyB......Auntie would love that pie crust recipe!

Barbara Bakes said...

Your pie looks delicious! I think homemade pie crust tastes so much better, it's worth the effort.

Anna said...

Beautiful! The crust looks tasty.

Sophie said...

Good for your for trying out a from-scratch pie dough recipe :). At the moment, the bottom of my oven has a ton of stains from so many pies overflowing :P! The pie looks delicious and so fun/festive. Hope you have a great 4th with your family. :)

P.S. Did you know you can edit the header for your digital recipe card? I use it on my blog and changed the header to match my blog :).

Sophie
(the KI blogger :)

familiabencomo said...

Your pie looks great! Kudos for not using Pillsbury (I'm not there yet). AND.... Congratulations to your son & his bride!!!! They were married today, right?

xoxox Amy

GrannyLooHoo said...

I just checked out your wedding photos, HoneyB--you look beautiful! I love the setting...

Lucy said...

Your pie looks yummy! And.... I've have had my mishaps w/blindbaking piecrusts... Here's a little hint that has saved me many of times.

I found that by adding more dry beans & a larger piece of foil keeps the crust from caving... and w/my deep dish pie pan, I found that I did not have enough beans, so I added dry rice to the mix....hey, rice & beans go together;-) years later I'm still using that same mix, which amounts to approx 2.5 cups. ;-)

cookinpanda said...

Love the idea of strawberries and blueberries. I am a pre-made pie crust kind of girl, but I'm hoping to muster up the courage one of these days to try my own crust too!

Lucy said...

honeyb... with my deepdish pie pan, I make sure that the beans/rice mixture is at least 1/2 way up the sides and... it works each & every time ;-)

Bellini Valli said...

I have so many pie crust issues I usually leave pies to the Okanagan Pie Company. I love the chocolate covered strawberries and everything about this pie and thansk for the widget tip:D

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

Never mind the crust, the filling looks delicious!!!

Kevin said...

That pie looks good! I am having the exact same troubles with pie crusts. I need to practice a lot more. :)

Elle said...

It looks great to me! I'm also afraid to make pie crust, but I'm taking the plunge this week. Hopefully it'll work! hehe!

I'm putting my shortening in the fridge right after I type this...

Mara said...

tarts came out so cute and love the red white and blue theme!!

Jude said...

Love the colors of the berries. Pie crust is always a dilemma, isn't it?

Stephanie said...

Pie crusts are funny like that. My first real pie was a double-crusted apple pie. The top crust ended up tearing into four uneven pieces when I tried to get it off the rolling surface and onto the pie. Yeah, it was pretty ugly. But it sure tasted good! With practice, it gets easier. And hey - your filled crust, with all the pretty dipped strawberries, looks fabulous!

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