Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Double-Crusted Blueberry Pie

title pic for blueberry pie

[recipe here]

What can I say about this week's TWD recipe? Adjectives like stupendous, delicious, and drool-worthy all spring to mind.

full view of pie

Amy of South in your Mouth chose Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie, and it was amazing. Seriously. A little piece of heaven in pie form.

cut piece of pie

Admittedly, I was extremely hungry by the time I finally got to taste a piece of this pie, since it took FOREVER to make. However, there were many less-biased raves from A. and his coworkers saying that it was, and I quote, "friggin delicious". The filling was gooey, and pie crust was actually pretty flaky, despite my complete mishandling of it.



I'd never made a pie crust before, other than the tart crust from a month ago, and that was a completely different texture. So this whole "flaky/tender" juxtaposition was a bit of a new challenge for me. Dorie's solution is to use part shortening, part butter for the fat in the crust.

shortening -- evil??

The shortening was easily the most controversial ingredient this week. I used this palm oil shortening, which claims to be all-natural with no trans fats. I think some people opted for lard here, some went for all butter, and some went Dorie's route with the shortening. Let's all just admit that there's no way this is going to be healthy, and move on.

blueberries

At least there were a lot of antioxidant-rich blueberries -- 2 cups, which I weighed out to be around 700g of blueberries.

food processor

My awesome food processor got another workout! (The only thing I don't love about it is how many pieces there are to clean.)

dough balls

It actually looked like pie dough... very relieved.

The other controversial ingredient was the layer of bread crumbs underneath the filling. I just used some plain, store-bought bread crumbs, which were fine and I didn't really notice them at all.

assembled pie

As I've said before, my apartment is always on the warm side, so it was a bit difficult keeping all of the crust ingredients cool. I think I took a little too long rolling out the dough, because the fat was starting to get a little melty. Also, I forgot to keep flipping it, and there ended up being some wrinkles on the other side from the plastic wrap.

Once it was rolled out, it was time for more chilling. Our fridge was already bursting with too many jars of half-eaten salsa, so it did not take kindly to sheet pans being balanced precariously inside. After much cursing and screaming, I eventually managed to get the crust sufficiently chilled and the pie assembled.

cookie cutter on pie

pie with star-shaped hole

I decided to be cutesy and 4th-of-July with this star cookie cutter. (Don't tell anyone -- it was actually a Christmas cookie cutter. I guess Stephen Colbert would consider that patriotic, though.)

close up of pie

In the end, the pie came out great! I did end up using the suggested aluminum foil tent halfway through because the edges browned up too fast. It didn't solve the problem, but I guess it might have ended up even darker without it.

pie on cake plate


empty plate

As you can see... I was very pleased with this pie :)

Don't forget to check out the blogroll for the rest of this week's entries! The recipe is available in Dorie's book.

48 comments:

landa said...

Loved your whole entry. Your photos are amazing.

Barbara said...

Your photos are superb and I love your sense of humor, too.

I always have trouble making room to chill the pie, too, and it always ends up balancing precariously on top of other things. Only on cooking shows is there lots of room in the fridge!

VeggieGirl said...

"Adjectives like stupendous, delicious, and drool-worthy all spring to mind." Those words come to my mind as well, after looking at your blueberry pie for this week's TWD recipe - yum!!

Marie said...

Your photos are wonderfully deliciously amazing looking! Fantastic entry. As always I am impressed!

ostwestwind said...

Great looking pie, about the rim I am green with envy, it looks professional.

Thanks for weighing the blueberries, it helped a lot ;-). I am doing my second batch with blackcurrents now

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Sarah said...

Looks great...good job!

April said...

Beautiful pie, it looks delicious!

Madam Chow said...

Your pie turned out great, and your photos are fabulous! And I completely agree that pie crust is not a "health" food.

Engineer Baker said...

Funny that something this simple was so controversial. Beautiful pie!

Teanna said...

I love the photos and the entry! Talented writer, photographer, and baker! Triple threat!

Dianne said...

Your pie is gorgeous!

juliatylerfoodblog said...

Your pie looks fabulous!

bakersbakery said...

beautiful pie. I love the star cut out in the middle!

kim said...

thanks for the comments, everyone!! glad you enjoyed my entry:)

@ulrike - the blackcurrents sound delicious!

Amy said...

Your pie and pictures look amazing! Great job. Oh and I am totally trying those mint brownies soon!

Anne said...

Beautiful photos, wow! I love the series showing the assembly. Great job-

Sharon said...

Wow! Great looking pie, love your photos!

Bumblebutton said...

Your pie looked terrific, and you did a wonderful job on your first crust! I want your hobnail cakestand!!

Susie Homemaker said...

as always, you leave me wanting to lick the screen, and then go out and buy a new camera. great job!!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Your pie looks so much gooier then mine! I could eat another slice, right now!

p.s. Your pie plate is to die for...jealous.

Tammy said...

perfect looking pie

Grace said...

me oh my, that is one gorgeous pie. (i'm a poet and didn't know it.) i have no doubt it was "friggin delicious" and well worth the time and effort. lovely.

rainbowbrown said...

I love the way your crust looks. Very nice.

Christine said...

Your photos are beautiful! I wish I could take pics like you do. I am so impressed!

Kayte said...

Very fun...and the photos are beautiful. You really have a knack for photographing and posting and telling a story. Thanks for sharing.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That is one beautiful pie! The photos are gorgeous!

LyB said...

I agree that this pie did take a long time to make, but it was worth it. Yours looks beautiful and delicious!

Cynikell said...

Hey, the pie in that last picture looks just like mine!

Isa said...

Glad you liked it! Well... not that glad actually. There are no fresh blueberries here in Chile at the moment so I had to miss this recipe and I just hate seeing the great reviews about the pie from everyone! Haha
It looks awesome. Great pictures

The Food Librarian said...

As always, great photos and even better looking finished product!

Steph said...

Dark crusts are the best! It's not suprising the whole thing was eaten. I love your photos.

Shandy said...

OMG! Your pie looks delicious and you know, My crust just must have been hanging over the dge to much because everything else looks the same as other TWD'ers! Yay! This pie is delicious, isn't it? =D

Linda said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!...your photos are gorgeous, and it's even more impressive that you take these beautiful pix as you are baking. fantastic job!

Nickki said...

Love your pictures. Very droolworthy! This recipe is definitely a keeper. :)

Lynnylu said...

Great looking pie!

Jacque said...

Mmmmm, great post! Love all the pics.

I had the same experience with the aluminum foil and the edges getting too dark. Ah well, I don't eat that part anyway, lol.

Mara said...

oh my gosh! Fab photos and your pie just looks scrumptious...HA!

Jayne said...

I think "friggin delicious" sums up this recipe pretty accurately. Beautiful job!

kim said...

thanks so much, everyone! :)

@Isa - so sorry to hear that blueberries aren't available... i hope you get to make this when you finally have them :) then you can lord it over the rest of us ;)

Erin said...

What a beautiful pie! Your photos are gorgeous. I love the one of the filling coming out. It looks delicious!

Pamela said...

Great post!! Stunning photos.

Jules Someone said...

Gorgeous pie! And your star looks like a star. I'm jealous.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

A lovely pie! Obviously your dough did just fine although the kitchen was warm. Regarding the shortening controversy, I am wondering if Crisco is good - I heard they had made it healthier than before.

Jaime said...

love the star cut out! congrats on your first pie crust - up until now we were both pie crust virgins ;)

Shari said...

Your pie looks perfect! BTW, I love your new fan for the smoke detector! :)

PheMom said...

As always, your photos rock! Great job!

karen said...

great post. insanely awesome pictures!!!

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

Your photos are spectacular! I love the star cut out in the pie. Great job!

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