Wow! Let me just start by saying that I served this pie to several family members and they all lived. Not a small feat considering the calories loaded into this “fruit” dessert. Our Dorie recipe this week was Double Crusted Blueberry Pie chosen by Amy of South in your Mouth. Great choice for the 4th weekend.
Somewhere in the inner reaches of my mind (OK, in all of my mind) I like to pretend that fruity desserts aren’t as decadent as chocolatey creamy peanut buttery desserts. I have made pies and cobblers and tarts before and have turned a happily blind eye to the sugar, butter and cream therein. Not really possible with the obscene amounts in this pie.
I am with Dorie on using a combo of butter and shortening in the crust. Pie crust is the only time I ever use shortening but it just seems to work. I just don’t recall ever using quite this much. Dayum. It was, however, an outstanding crust. I will try to reduce the amount of fat in the future, but I am sure it will lose something. It’s all about the trade-offs, isn’t it? I did reduce the amount of sugar in the filling. I am glad I did. It didn’t need another granule. I also skipped the egg wash and sugar (my thighs cry no more) so Jamie would enjoy the pie too.
I was pretty ambivalent about blueberry pie before but this one was fantastic. I love it when that happens. Even Colin, who never eats anything that grows naturally on the planet despite how much sugar, cheese or sauce I pile on, ate some pie. (Yes, we have tried everything. We are resigned to hoping he grows out of it while he is still actually growing). I tried to get a picture but this is the best I could do. The boy is a moving target.
I made this pie at my mother-in-law’s house over the holiday weekend and she was very generous with her kitchen. I love this rolling pin. It was her mother’s. It is homemade and it is hefty. I am not sure I did them justice but it was fun to think of all of the pies rolled before this one.
PS To all of the sweet people who suggested I go ahead and try the sconedisks from last week…well, I did. They were decent but, for the calories, not worth it. Especially after this week. I may have to move into the gym. sorry kids.
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