Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TWD—Baking With Julia—Blueberry Nectarine Pie

Blueberry Nectarine Mini Pie 4

Blueberry Nectarine Mini Pie

Tuesdays With Dorie—Baking With Julia this week was a pie.  I made the pie crust for this pie last week.  It chilled in the fridge for a few days.  I thought I was going to get the pie made on Saturday, then Sunday, then yesterday it was then or I wasn’t going to get it done in time.  It worked nicely to already have the pie crust dough made.  I was excited to see how the dough rolled out.  I’ve tried so many pie crusts over the years and some really are hit or miss.  Dorie said with this recipe that it will be one you’ll always want to have with you and use. 

I followed the filling recipe almost exactly, except that since we have a freezer full of blueberries, I used frozen blueberries even though the recipe suggested fresh ones.  I also added an extra cup of frozen blueberries to the mix, using four cups instead of the three.  I did use fresh nectarines, using only two as each one cut up was a cup.  I decided to do more of a dice on the nectarines as I didn’t want slices of it throughout the blueberry pie.

Nectarines   While the blueberry/nectarine filling cooled, I started rolling out the crust.

Blueberry Nectarine Filling

The dough was quite sticky and no matter how I tried, it stuck to the counter every time I tried rolling it out and lifting it up to put in the pie plate.  Grrr.  Never fear—I decided to try making mini pies and hoped I’d have better luck with smaller amounts of dough.  It actually got to where the more the dough became closer to room temperature instead of cold that it was easier to work with.  I thought that was strange since it is usually preferred that a pie dough be cold when you’re working with it.  Maybe I just hadn’t made the dough the right consistency before chilling it?  At any rate, I starting rolling out four inch pie crusts and placing them in my two mini tart pans and two mini cake pans and ended up with four great looking mini pies. 

Blueberry Nectarine Mini Pie 2 I decided to just bake one pie and the other three are in the freezer.  My parents are coming to stay a weekend in two weeks before they go on a mission for our church for a year.  They will be serving in Omaha, Nebraska which we think will give us great reason to go visit our Midwest friends and see them within the next year.  Anyway, I decided my mom would love her own mini pie, since she doesn’t eat chocolate and that is often included in the goodies I make.


TWD--Blueberry Nectarine Pie 7-30-12

I played around with different edges to the pies.  After being so frustrated with the dough, it became much nicer to work with the more it was “played with”. 

Blueberry Nectarine Pie 3

I baked one pie for about 35 minutes.  When I scooped all the filling in to each pie, I did not add all the extra filling juice that was there, it seemed like a lot.  Probably since I’d used frozen blueberries.  The pie that I baked turned out great.

Mini Blueberry Nectarine Pie

So glad I made the TWD recipe this week.  If you’d like the recipe, our hosts this week will have them on their blogs.

Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake made a great looking lattice for her pie.

Hillary at Manchego's Kitchen made her pie with blueberries, raspberries and nectarines and made a crumb topping.

Have I ever mentioned I like pie?

Yep, I do. ;)


I'm At Home Baking said...

Wow, this looks so good!

Unknown said...

Great idea to make mini pies! I know your family will love them!

Strychnine said...

Ahh! What gorgeous little pies!!!

Nickki said...

Your mini pies look great! I'm planning to try minis next time I make this recipe. I loved the filling :-)

Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} said...

From a fellow TWD participant, I love that you made mini pies. They're adorable! Glad to bake with you :)

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...


Megan's Cookin' said...

I love the mini pies!

Anonymous said...

what a cute mini pie!

Unknown said...

What a great idea making mini pies. A whole pie is too much for my small family.

smarkies said...

oh. your mini pies look really cute. I should try them next time too!
Well done!

Marlise said...

Love the pic of your mom and dad. Good luck to them in the coming year. And good for you that you get to visit.
Your mini pies look great. I had such a problem with the pie dough. But I think you are absolutely right that it needed to sit out for a little bit to soften and that would have made all the difference.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I love pie and this looks so yummy!

Catherine from www.praycookblog.com said...

The mini pies look fabulous, I love the idea. Please give blessings to your parents for their mission trip! I was born a Nebraskan and surely miss it although I hail from the southern part of middle Tennessee now!

Blessings, Catherine

Granny Jacque said...

Glad to see you are saving a pie for me! See you in 10 short days!! Love you lots...MOM

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes said...

Great mini pies! The dough looks very flaky and the filling just perfect.

Sweet and That's it said...

Beautifully yummy!
Your mini pies are gorgeous!

Valerie said...

I love mini desserts! So cute.

Congrats to your parents. How exciting and emotional that must be for all of you. :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I love the idea of mini pies in the freezer! Yours turned out beautifully!!

Cher Rockwell said...

Pie dough that gets easier to work with when warmer - now that's a first!
Your mini-pies were a great idea & best wishes to your parents.

Dash Interiors said...

Wow what an awesome blog so excited to see all of your next posts!

Unknown said...

This is a great looking pie. And ' that is often included in the goodies I make' is probably the understatement of the year :P

Anonymous said...

A beautiful pie!! love the flavors and ingredients - you've inspired me - again!
Mary x