Tuesday, July 8, 2008

TWD: Blueberry Pie

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This week's TWD was a little messy, but a lot of fun! I've never made a pie or a crust before (unless if graham cracker crumbs + butter counts) so I was really worried. It was especially nerve wracking since I was taking this to my cousin's birthday party and I had no idea how it would turn out. I didn't have a 9 inch pie plate so I made 2 8 inch pies by making 1.5 times of the filling, but using the same amount of dough.
An added bonus of making this pie was the big blueberry sale the supermarkets were having last week... 2 pints of blueberries for 3 dollars! Some TWDers mentioned that the filling was runny, but I wasn't going to add more flour considering there was already 1/2 cup. Instead, I used Cook's Illustrated tip and mashed and cooked 1/2 of the blueberries to make a wonderfully thickened blueberry sauce. This worked wonderfully and the filling was not runny at all. I also reduced the sugar so that the natural sweetness of the blueberries could come out.

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Thank god I didn't forget to line the pies with the baking sheets because the filling was bubbling like crazy in the oven. Especially since I used one 9 inch pie dough recipe for 2 8 inch pies, I barely had enough crust so there was a lot of blueberry filling spillage onto the baking sheet. I also had to cut out 5 big holes in order to have enough crust for the top. Overall, the filling was ok, but luckily the crust was so good, it could have carried any type of filling. Everyone at the party liked it.. at least I hope!

Thanks to Amy of South in Your Mouth for choosing this recipe, which can be found on her site and in Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my Home to Yours. Don't forget to checkout the TWD Blogroll!

37 comments:

  1. I love the look of the filling bubbling out! And the large holes look neat -- great way to deal with not quite enough crust.

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  2. I love blueberries, but I'd have to sell a vital body part to afford the prices they charge here in Malaysia. I can possibly manage canned. Would they work?

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  3. Nice blueberry pie. They like the bubbling out, and I bet they taste great. I never would of guessed you have never worked with pie crust before. I've always thought it's kind of a tricky thing to work with.

    Thanks for the tip to line the baking sheets, I never would of thought of that. The oven probably would of hated me too :)

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  4. The blueberries slightly bubbling over makes your pie look so appetizting. Your pizza have me drooling too. Adopt me! LOL ;)

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  5. Messy, schmessy - as long as it tastes good, that's what counts; and hey, your blueberry pie looks PERFECT to me, with the oozy filling :0)

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  6. Your pies came out great! Love your photos!

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  7. The fresh blueberries are also very pricy in Germany, so I used frozen. Your pie looks absolutely delicious, I think it is worth every cent.

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  8. Looks juicy and delicious! I'm always nervous, too, to take something I've never made before. Looks like you did great- welcome to TWD!

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  9. That looks so good with the berry juices oozing out, just needs ice cream!

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  10. Looks like you did a wonderful job, and your pies look very hip with those circles! Welcome! You'll gain lots of weight!

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  11. Now you are a pie expert! This was my first crust that turned out. Your pies look beautiful and I hope everyone enjoyed them. Great deal on the price of blueberries!

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  12. wow - super bubbly!! and what a gret sale on the berries!
    great job!

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  13. I'm crazy about filling bubbling out. I know it's messy, but it is so enticing. Your blueberry sale was very timely!

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  14. From no pie crust to two pie crusts in the span of a week. Gotta love the stretch that these TWD assignments offer. Great job!

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  15. Oh, I saw the CI article about the blueberry also and wondered how all that would work out...may have to try that. Your pie looks wonderful, as do your photos!

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  16. To be your first time making a pie crust you're excellent! More than my pie crusts at least... and I've made them like for years. haha
    The pie looks lovely! And great pics too :)

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  17. I saw your comment on my blog - I only slightly reduced the sugar, since I wanted the blondies to be fully decadent (after all, I was baking for men, haha); and baking with the oil is no problem, since it's a small amount anyway. Please let me know how you like the blondies, if you try the recipe!! :0)

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  18. Lovely bubbling pie. Great bargain on the blueberries.

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  19. Your filling sounds great! And your pies look just delicious!

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  20. I think that the crust was the best I have ever had. I loved the flavor and texture. Your pies look great!

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  21. Kudos on your method of dealing with not-enough crust -- makes me think of playing dominoes with my host-grandmother in germany. We'd play dominoes every Friday, after picking up dessert at the open market, during 'Kaffee'.

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  22. Whoa, cheap blueberry city! Lucky lucky. Your numerous cut-outs look really neat. Great job!

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  23. I love it when the filling bubbles out like you've shown! Great job on the pies...and you definitely scored on your blueberry purchase!

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  24. welcome to TWD and love your cutout pies...my filling was pretty crazy too on the bubbles and taking over the crust.

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  25. Wow - that looks juicy and inviting.

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  26. Congratulations on your first pie crusts! They turned out lovely. Isn't this fun??!!

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  27. i love how the berry juice oozes out!

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  28. Congratulations, you are now a pie maker! Important lesson: always make extra dough. Roll it out and spread a little butter on then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar as a snack for the cook! It can be an important snack diversion while waiting for the pie to cool.

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  29. this is so mouth watering...delicious!

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  30. Good job stretching the pie crust out for both pies!

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  31. beautiful pie (and lovely pictures). i absolutely agree with reducing the sugar in the filling. a lot of pies out there are just too sweet.

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  32. Wow, that's a good price. Good timing, huh?

    Your pies look fantastic! congrats on surviving your first crust.

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  33. It looks like your first pie dough was a success, great work!

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  34. MMMM, it looks so ooey, gooey and yummy!

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  35. Those blueberry pies look good!

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  36. Wow, those are two good looking blueberry pies! Love the blueberry juice running over the edges. I think the wholes worked out for the best.

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