Tuesday, July 8, 2008

(red, white and) Blueberry Pie : TWD

I married into a family of blueberry pie lovers. So while a blueberry pie is nothing new to my repertoire, I'm always on the lookout for new takes on the family favorite.

I originally tried Dorie's Blueberry Pie recipe about 3 weeks ago for an annual BBQ my friends host. It gave me the perfect chance to 'test drive' it before it came up in the challenge rotation, and I was then able to perfect it for a 4th of July BBQ we hosted this weekend.


The first time I made the pie, I went for the full amount of citrus and a latticed top. While it was tasty and well received, I decided it was a little too tart for my liking. Not to mention the juice bubbling up over the lattice edges detracting from it's visual appeal.

This weekend, with these notes in mind, I opted for about 1/3 the amount of zest and a regular full top crust. Practice makes perfect, because this weekend's version to die for.



My only downfall was in the calculation of berries. Since they tend to shrink down when baked, I tend to pile in the berries. So for this pie I mixed in 1 full bag (16 oz) of frozen blueberries, 1 partial bag, and most of a pint of fresh blueberries I had in the fridge. This ended up being a little too much, so I put the extras in my standby oven cups and topped them with a bit of leftover crust.



The pie was a huge hit all around, and I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of the slices before they were devoured. This version will definitely make it into my blueberry pie rotation!

The recipe for Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie Can be found over at South in Your Mouth, or in Baking: From My Home To Yours, written by Dorie Greenspan.



14 comments:

Engineer Baker said...

Isn't it nice when you get the chance to make a recipe again and fix everything you weren't a fan of? Great job!

Bumblebutton said...

Beautiful job, on ALL of them! Blueberry pie perfected. Fireworks all around!

Prudy said...

Wow-I'm impressed that you would return and perfect. I love your lattice top pie. I need to get a fluted cutter. Great work.

Rachel said...

It was a tasty little pie, wasn't it! Glad you liked enough for a second go-round.

rainbowbrown said...

Very nice, all of them! What a great thing, to marry into a sort of pie family.

bakingwiththeboys said...

It looks great and thanks for posting earlier about the citrus. I cut mine down when I made the pie and it was perfect.

Erin said...

I love the lattice crust! Glad it was a hit!

Pamela said...

I loved the pie, too. The crust was really delicious and I am definitely looking forward to doing this one again.

Shari said...

Your lattice top is perfect. I like to hear the tweaks you made the second time around. Thanks for sharing!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

PheMom said...

Your pies all look great, but I love your perfect lattice!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Okay, you've got us all beat hands down!

Jules Someone said...

Lovely photos! And the pie looks delicious!

The Queen of Quite a Lot said...

Your lattice is perfect! Excellent job!

Barbara said...

Gorgeous pies! And having some extra mini-pies sounds great. Just say you did it on purpose!