Tuesdays With Dorie
This weeks Tuesday With Dorie recipe comes from Amy of South in Your Mouth. You can find the Double Crusted Blueberry Pie recipe by clicking on Amy's blog. If you have your own copy of Dorie Greenspan's book Baking: From My Home To Yours, it can be found on pages 361-363 and you can follow along!
Still Having Oven Troubles!
I've been making pies for many, many years and so I thought that one more would be a piece of cake...er...I mean pie! NOT! For those of you that follow my blog, you know that we bought a bigger boat and moved in 4 weeks ago. YAY! But, my oven doesn't work. BOO! But, I've had our old boat NIRVANA next to us and so I would make whatever I could in LADYHAWK, walk it over to NIRVANA and bake it in my Easy-Bake-Oven. YAY! But...we just sold NIRVANA to a great family that will love and cherish her and love her Easy-Bake-Oven as much as I did. YAY! Buuuuut....I can't use the oven anymore, cause it's THEIR oven now! BOO!
To make a long story short, I have no oven again and no chance of one in the near future unless God intervenes and smacks some sense into the snake-of-a-business-man that has been stringing us along for 4 weeks now. WHY is it so hard? All I ask for is an oven. One oven. Not too much to ask for, right? OK, now that I've whined long enough, I'll tell you all about the Blueberry Pie I made.
I bought the blueberries. Nice big juicy ripe blueberries. They were oh, so sweet too. I bought extra so I could snack on them before I made the pie. Did you know blueberries are full of antioxidants? They are! #1 on the list to be exact! Click here for my Blueberry Crisp Recipe for another antioxidant rich dessert!
I got everything out of the lockers so I wouldn't have to be digging for anything once I got started. I made the pie dough, but I put less butter and more shortening in it. WHY does Dorie insist on using soooo much butter? I know it's delicious, but come on! Almost everything we've been making lately has gobs and gobs of butter in it!
Balls. Balls, Balls!
Besides, I like my pie crust recipe much better. It handles better, doesn't have to be chilled and doesn't tear easy. BUT, TWD said we need to stick to the recipes a little more. After all, we are going through Dorie's book and should be using her recipes.
Rolling the Pie Crust
You would think because I baked commercially for years that I would have taken a rolling pin with me when we moved on board right? Well, it never occurred to me that I'd be making pies in a 30 foot boat! Four years ago it didn't seem feasible, but here I am making pie crust, albeit in a bigger boat. But I still never got a rolling pin! I've always been one to improvise, so what do you do when you have to roll out pie crust without a rolling pin? Check out my previous post "How to Roll a Pie Crust Without a Rolling Pin". I reached for the coldest bottle of White Truck white wine ~ vintage 2005 ~ and rolled away! I may never buy a rolling pin after this! And, I drank the wine while the pie was baking too!
I rolled out the crust, put it in my Pampered Chef stoneware pie dish and filled it with blueberries...and stuff. I added some cinnamon, washed the top with a little cream and dusted it with sugar. I cut some hearts out of the crust scraps and glued them on top with the cream. It was a very pretty pie indeed!
Ready For The Oven
It Was Good, But...
It was very delicious like I had expected, but very messy and not very visually appealing once it had been cut into. Here's another example where I think my recipe is better. Dorie only uses flour in her pie to bind the filling. I stuck with the recipe, but I should have tweaked it and added some cornstarch and/or tapioca. The pie was too soupy and when I cut into it the filling filled in the now empty space and made a puddle of blueberry soup.
What a Mess!
Blueberry Pie & Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
All in all, my company loved it, especially when I severed it with a scoop of Ben & Jerry's French Vanilla ice cream! Once I get my oven fixed, I'll make more Blueberry Pies, but I'll go back to making my own recipe. Check out the blogroll on Tuesdays With Dorie and all the other Blueberry Pie masterpieces. Chances are, you'll see some very interesting versions!
And This Is What Happens When It Takes Too Long To Take Pictures! Poor Ben & Jerry!