As promised, today we're talking about pie. Earlier this week I read about this life-changing crust method over at Chez Pim and had to give it a try. Pie crust is one of those things for me...it's touchy. I can make perfect crust one day and the very same recipe will flop the next time I try it. I know, I know - it all depends on the humidity, the temperature of the water/the butter/your hands/your kitchen, the earth's position with respect to various far-flung stars, whatever. The point is, it's not to be trusted.
Enter this completely heretical recipe (Yes, I'm still watching The Tudors.) calling for salted butter and manhandling of the dough. Since I often inadvertently manhandle the dough anyway, I figured I'd try it. Less than a week and two pies and a quiche later, I'm sold. I love it. It's easy to work with, it's flaky, it's buttery, it crisps nicely on the bottom, and it worked all three times in a row. I don't want to jinx it, but I think this is now my go-to crust for pies both savory and sweet.
|Bacon & Egg Quiche|
5 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup sugar (1 cup if the berries are on the tart side)
5 T cornstarch
1 t cinnamon
1 T unsalted butter
splash of lemon juice
One beaten egg for washing the crust if you want, and some raw sugar if you'd like to sprinkle that on the crust as well.
Crust for double-crust pie
Preheat oven to 425F and line a deep-dish pie mold with bottom crust, pricking a few times with a fork.
Make sure berries don't have twiggy bits and put them in a largish bowl. Whisk together dry ingredients and add them to the berries, turning over gently with a spatula to coat. Add a a teeny splash of lemon juice as you turn them over.
Pour the berry mixture into the prepared bottom crust and top with a lattice crust, or just slap the top crust on and cut a few vents in it. Crimp the edges and brush with the egg wash to give it some shine; you can sprinkle some raw sugar on it too as I did with the peach pie above.
Bake for approximately 50 minutes, until the crust is brown and the berries have thickened. If the berries still look liquidy when your crust is brown, top the pie loosely with aluminum foil and bake for a bit longer. The berries will be bubbling and thick when the pie is done.