This week our assignment was to make Blueberry Nectarine Pie, and make our own crust. I never make my own crust. Usually I buy a premade crust from the freezer section because they’re parve (contain no dairy) and easy. This wasn’t difficult, and it was delicious, and when I need a crust for a dairy meal, I promise I’ll make it again.
I have no pictures of the crust-making process because my hands were covered in flour and butter and shortening. So, sorry about that. I actually made it twice. The first time I made it I put in 1 1/2 times the water called for. I was trying to halve the recipe and forgot to halve the water until it was too late. I kneaded in some more flour and put it in the fridge. And then I made another one, this time with the correct amount of water. It still ended up sticky and I still had to add more flour, and it turned out fine. So I probably could have used the orginal crust. Its in the freezer waiting for its time to shine.
I made the crust and filling and put it all together and left it in the freezer until we came back from vacation. Two days after we got home, I preheated the oven, lined a sheet pan with aluminum foil, brushed the pie with a beaten egg and sprinkled a little sugar on top. I put it in the oven, and it needed to stay in there almost an hour–probably because it had started out frozen. It came out looking BEAUTIFUL. it smelled AMAZING. and tasted GREAT. I put it in the car, still warm, to bring it to an evening of wine and art that was hosted by my friend Charlene.
The girls at the dinner party enjoyed it throroughly, and I pulled off a slice to put in Dorothy’s lunchbox today. She helped make the filling, so I hope she tastes it. (as it turns out, she did not. it got a little smooshed in her lunchbox, and she did not like the way it looked. it tasted great though–I ate it! Children really don’t have any taste buds.)
Check out some other beautiful examples of this pie by visiting our hosts for this week at Hillary’s blog: Manchego’s Kitchen and Liz’s blog: That Skinny Chick Can Bake, as hosts, they’ll have the recipe on their blogs. As always there will be a LYL (Leave your link) post at Tuesday’s With Dorie