Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Double Crusted Blueberry Pie

I've probably said this before, but I'll say it again, just in case you're new here. I'm afraid of pies. Not eating them but making them. I haven't had a lot of good experiences making pies so when I saw that Amy of South in your mouth had chosen Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, I was afraid. But, when I told Martin of this week's choice he looked at me with a "you better make this pie" sorta look and well, I couldn't refuse the man his pie, it is one of his favorite desserts.


The part that I usually have the most trouble with is the dough. It's almost always too dry, never comes together for me, crumbles when I try to roll it out, every single problem you can have with pie dough, I usually have it. I made the dough by hand with a pastry cutter and my own two hands, no food processor here. So you can imagine my surprise when the dough did come together quite easily, no extra water required. I guess all that butter is in there for something! It rolled out pretty well too, although it was a little crumbly I managed to get it into the pie plate. The filling had me a bit perplexed, I actually read the recipe a few times before I could wrap my mind around the idea of flour in there. But, as I had decided not to tweak this time, since I'm so bad at pie making, I followed the recipe to the letter. I thought it looked a bit dry but I told myself the berries were fresh and hadn't given out their juices yet and I didn't want a runny filling, so I put the pie together sprinkled it liberally with sugar and into the oven it went.


After the alloted cooking time, the crust was beautiful but it was so buttery that there was butter dripping out of the pie plate! The filling wasn't bubbling much, it wasn't overflowing at all and my pies always overflow! I took it out of the oven anyways and waited, and waited while the pie took its sweet time cooling down. It was pure torture! After a few hours, and many a photo later, we finally cut this baby open. It is quite delicious, but... Yes there is always a but when I make a pie. Although the filling was very, very good, with the hint of lemon and the gorgeous blueberries, I think the flour in the filling was too much. Or maybe it works best with frozen fruit, but my filling didn't look the way it should. There were patches of whitish juices and it was a bit too thick.

As for the crust it came out so beautiful and golden but (there it is again) it was a bit too buttery for me. Martin didn't complain though, he just loved it. Maybe I'm just not a pie girl, or perhaps I haven't found the perfect pie yet. All I know is I enjoyed making, and eating this one so I'm really glad I made it. If you're big on pie or just curious to see what the other Tuesdays with Dorie members thought of this blueberry beauty, check out the blogroll! If you're interested in the recipe you can find it in Baking from my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or on Amy's blog, South in Your Mouth.


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65 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

I'm glad that the pie crust behaved for you finally - they really are finicky, aren't they? And now you have a base recipe you can tweak to what works for you!

bakersbakery said...

I think a lot of us had the whitish chunks in the filling issue (I know I did). Your slices look incredible! I say fear pie no more!!!
P.S. I also use a pastry cutter and this pie crust recipe never gives me any problems. Must be the butter! ;-)

Marie said...

Your pie looks lovely even if you weren't entirely happy with it! I think it looks picture perfect. My filling was quite dry as well. I even added the juice of a whole lemon instead of just a squirt. However there were lots of juices when it was done and it never did thicken up like I would have liked, although to be fair I did forget the bread crumbs!

Sarah said...

Your crust looks great...good job!

Prudy said...

Sorry that the pie wasn't perfection for you-but it sure looks really delicious. Your crust looks wonderful-so mission accomplished. Congrats on your many awards below.

rainbowbrown said...

Well dang, lady, if nothing else you've mastered the art of making a pretty pie!

ostwestwind said...

Your slices look tasty and delicious. Now you are an pie expert, I didn't need any water too.

No pie-fear any more?

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Annemarie said...

It looks bakery perfect! Great job!

Anne said...

Looks sparkly and beautiful- I think pie crusts by hand are fun and work out well most of the time, I'm glad yours did!

Great job!

Judy said...

Your pie turned out great. If you ever decide to try it again with blueberries, here's a suggestion: for the filling, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and zest together first. Whisk them really well until fully mixed. Then add the blueberries and a squeeze or two of the lemon juice, and fold them all together. This should help with the 'flour' problem.

Amy (SingForYourSupper) said...

YUM! This looks wonderful!!!

Susie Homemaker said...

you may not have really liked it...but it looks heavenly!! keep up the great work...

Dianne said...

Your pie looks great! I did mine by hand too. My food processor died and I haven't replaced it yet. I ended up having to add a lot more water though...

juliatylerfoodblog said...

I think your crust looks great! I also have a history of problems with crusts but found this one better than others I've tried. Your pie looks delish!

Alix D said...

'Buts' aside, it looks just lovely!

I definitely think the dough would be easier with a food processor. Doing it by hand was kind of hard. Getting a finer blend probably would have helped with your melting butter problem, but without a processor it's hard. Also, you could try shifting the balance a little more towards vegetable shortening - that should tone down the butter flavor.

Erin said...

Glad you got the crust to work for you. It looks like a really pretty piece of pie!

Lillian said...

I'm scared of pie, too, so I had my son make it! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I'm going crazy over that crust. It looks so good.

kim said...

it looks delicious! sorry it wasn't your perfect filling... hopefully you will figure out one that you like :)

Roni said...

That is one pretty slice of pie! I too am pie crust challenged, but this one finally worked for me.

Christine said...

Your pie looks lovely and the crust is perfect!

Melissa said...

this is so beautiful! your crust came out perfectly! Mine burnt around the edges =(

Great job!

Sharon said...

Well, I think your looks just fabulous! I love that the filling was so thick. I hate when the pie filling falls out.

Amy said...

I had the same problem with the white stuff, but your pie looks delicious! Great job with dough.

Kayte said...

It really does look beautiful and flaky. I think you should add "pie baker" to your list of credentials...and it sounds like Martin would like that, too!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Congrats on overcoming your pie fear! I have to admit that I thought my pie filling was a bit dry, but then I didn't use quite enough blueberries. I will play around with the filling next time, maybe cut it by a third. Whatever the case I was so happy to have successfully made a fruit pie, I didn't care!

GirlCanBake said...

It looks like you have nothing to be afraid of! This pie looks gorgeous!

Kevin said...

That looks so good! I am really looking forward to the blueberries.

PheMom said...

It looks fantastic - no fear needed! Congrats!

Steph said...

I'm glad that your pie crust turned out so well. I agree about the hint of lemon, which added such a nice freshness. I also thought that the amount of flour added was way too much. The crust on the other hand is amazing!

Tartelette said...

You did a wonderful job on the pie Lynn! It looks gorgeous!
Soor if I am such a ramdom commenter these days, hope you can forgive me :)

Carol Peterman said...

You have nothing to be afraid of anymore! That is a stellar looking pie. My filling had some flour streaks as well, but I liked how well the filling set that I didn't really mind. Next time you make a crust cut the amount of butter back and add lard (my favorite for ultimate flakiness) or shortening in its place. You might find that to be a more pleasing crust.

Elle said...

It's beautiful!! I think you did a great job. Pies scare me, too. In fact, I have my first from scratch pie in the oven right now. It's not pretty, but it smells good, hehe.

Isabelle said...

je la trouve vraiment bien réussie et tes photos sont vraiment superbes :)

Katie B. said...

Hurrah! Dough success!! Victory! Your pie looks scrumptious!

allison said...

Yeah for successes this week!
Your pie looks wonderful

Jules Someone said...

Your pie is gorgeous. Nothing to be afraid of!

Linda said...

I do agree w. you that the flour made the filling a little wierd...I'm going to stick with my good ole standby of ground quick-cooking tapioca the next time.

Beautiful looking pie

Jacque said...

I can totally relate to your fear of pies... and have had the dry, crumbly pie dough experience too.

I'd never know to look at your pictures that you weren't an expert, though. It looks beautiful and perfect!!

Grace said...

based on your gorgeous pictures, i'd say you're a pie-making success. ya certainly put my lazy bum attempt to shame. :) so there were a few drawbacks? eh, live and learn (and then get luvs). :)

Di said...

I never would have guessed that you're afraid of pies. Yours looks wonderful.

likesprinkles said...

Mmm. Looks beautiful!

I had the same problems with the flour. Mine all ended up on top of the pie and since I did a lattice you could see it! Yuck.

andrew said...

oh man...blueberry pie is my absolute favorite, and is one of the best looking ones i've seen - i'm so making that if and when our local berries ever show up...

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

That pie looks fabulous! The crust is perfect and the filling looks divine! I would say that you definitely hit the mark on this one! Impressive!

Nickki said...

You did a great job - the pie looks delicious! :)

Teanna said...

Are you kidding?! That pie looks unREAL!?! That's the winner, in my book! WOW!

Sandie said...

Your crust looks wonderful, good job!

Lina said...

oh my! That pie looks amazing! glad the crust turned out nicely!

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

I have been having problems with pies too and I have to say this one was awesome! Great job!

Aimée said...

Looking good! Wish it wasn't so dang hot here so I could get inspired to bake...

Manggy said...

Hah, I'm with Martin! I would've finished several slices and with a full, blue-bleeding mouth say, "What whitish patches?" :D

Mara said...

It looks FABULOUS! Lookit that amazing crust..! Great job. I need to try this again I think.

Kait said...

I've heard about that whitish goo on other blogs, too. This is my first week as a TWD-er and what I've found so interesting is how one recipe can turn out so many different ways. Hopefully next week's chocolate pudding will fare better for you.

bakingwiththeboys said...

Pie crust strikes fear for many. I think I a lot of people never try their own. Kudos to you for trying again and succeeding. It looks perfect!

Andreea said...

oh my god! i would so eat this. all. in one go. delicious.
(and thanks so much for the award!)

Patricia Scarpin said...

you should give yourself more credit, my dear friend - this is crust elevated to perfection!

Jhianna said...

I completely forgot about it, but I had both those problems too. (the whitish chunks and the butter dripping out of the pie plate)

Yours looks absolutely perfect though!

ChichaJo said...

I think your pie looks fantastic! The crust looks absolutely perfect...so golden and flakey looking! :)

Mike said...

That pie looks stunning, I wish I was there to sample it!
Mike

Gigi said...

I am completely jealous of your pie crust. It looks so flaky and buttery. Simply a perfect pie!

noskos said...

Beautiful pie!

Ginny said...

It looks great! I'm also quite afraid of making pie crust...my mother always tells me I'll know when it is right by the touch but I dont think I've developed that sense yet! :)

Kristen said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous pie!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

And my husband was just reminding me how blueberry pie is his favorites summertime dessert. Looks beautiful!

Sophie said...

Now there's a pie crust that actually looks nice when it's served (mine always fall apart before I even get the pie slices plated!). Wonderful job, it looks delicious...the crust is PERFECT, no doubt!

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