Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie - Should be...Actually is...

This weeks recipe is Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart. It was chosen by Lauren of I'll Eat You. If you want to see a truly gorgeous photo of what it should look like, and get the recipe so you can try it,  head over to Lauren's blog. Her photo of the finished tart is just beautiful and makes me regret not making it with her. Sorry Lauren. But, reading over the ingredient list alerted me to the fact that I would have to buy a lot of items to make this, and I just don't have the extra money right now. :(  You should check how the other TWD bakers made out with this weeks recipe.


Rather than not do any Tuesdays with Dorie this week, I looked through the book and picked something that had already been done, and that I had all the ingredients on hand for.Thus, the Blueberry pie that is sitting on my counter as I type this. The recipe for Dorie's Double Crusted Blueberry Pie is on pages 361-363 of "Baking - From my home to yours". It was the picture that drew me to this recipe. The pie pictured looks delicious. I love blueberry pie, but don't have it very often. You just don't see it much. Apple. Yes. Cherry. Yes. But, Blueberry. Not usually. And, as much as I love blueberries I never think to make a pie with them.

This was super easy to put together. The pie crust is made in the food processor. I believe I severly overtaxed my processor by making the double crust recipe, rather than making two single crusts. My food processor was whining (read screaming!) when I turned it off to take out the dough. Because I used frozen butter and shortening, I was able to roll out my crusts right away, without having to chill them in the fridge for 20 minutes before rolling.

The filling is pretty simple...blueberries, lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice, salt, sugar and flour. I was a bit puzzled when I read "Taste the filling..." (this is after mixing the berries with the other ingredients and letting it stand for 5 minutes). I didn't have any filling to taste. The berries were basically sitting on top of the sugar and flour mixture. No juice like you would have with an apple pie filling. So, I shrugged and went on with the recipe.

Baked it for the first 30 minutes at 425 degrees. Then turned my oven down to 375 degrees and baked it for the second 30 minutes.

I think my oven may be off. After the second 30 minutes, the pie didn't seem to be bubbling or even look like the filling was hot. I looked at my thermometer in the oven and it was reading 350. Darn! So I cranked up the oven another 10 degrees to 385 and added another 15 minutes to the baking time. Thought it looked pretty good at the end of the additional 15 minutes so I took it out and set it on the back deck to cool.


Just tried a piece. I have mixed feelings on this one. The crust is fabulous...light, flaky, buttery, crisp on the bottom. I guess the bread crumbs really help to keep that crispness even with all the juice. Yeah, lots of juice. None before I put it in the oven, but after I took out a slice, the spot where the piece of pie had been filled up with juice. And, I don't think it's from not letting it set long enough. I left it cooling for several hours before cutting into it. I could see the sugar/flour mixture mixed through the berries too. Not sure you should be able to see whitish stuff on your blueberry pie. :P And, the flavor...I cut back a little on the sugar after reading some old comments on this recipe in the forum. Now I am thinking I should have left the extra sugar in. The pie seems flat. Not sure if that's a good description, but it's what came to mind. There is no real WOW factor. It looks pretty. All those blueberries and that lovely crust. But, what my eyes see and what my tongue tastes are two different things.


I might try this one again. Maybe mash up some of the blueberries to help mix the flour and sugar together. Maybe add a touch more sugar or something.  I really like blueberry pie. Just wish this one had been better.

16 comments:

  1. I have the same plate with the brown stripped edges, but mine is the cherry one! I made the Blueberry pie about 3 times..it's one of my families favorites! Yours looks so good even if it didn't wow ya!

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  2. This recipe was the one that made me fall in love with Dorie's pie crust. Sorry it wasn't a huge hit for you, but it does look delectable.

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  3. Susan, your pie looks great! Sorry you didn't love it-looks really delicious. Have not tried this one yet.

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  4. Your pie looks super-yummy! I'm sorry it wasn't a huge hit. Good call using ingredients you had on hand, I wish I was more practical about that sometimes.

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  5. That is strange how the sugar/flour didn't mix in. I wasn't in the group when they made this one. But yum to blueberry pie and it really does look good.

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  6. Blueberry pie is one of my favorites. I can't recall whether the recipe calls for salt. Sometimes a pinch or two will brighten the flavors.

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  7. looks delicious. i remember this pie being very good!

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  8. Susan, the blueberry pie sounds better than the tart! Love it!

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  9. I love blueberries....yum. What a great touch with the pastry leaves.

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  10. I made a blackberry pie for Thanksgiving that didn't turn out so well. It had whitish stuff on top too. Haven't figured it out yet.

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  11. The Blueberry Pie looks absolutely delicious! Good re-run choice.

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  12. Looks beautiful! I'm a freak and don't like blueberries but everyone I know sees the photo for this pie in the book and tries to get me to make it anyway! someday.

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  13. It sure looks good, especially in the last photo. I haven't tried Dorie's pie crust yet, but I'll definitely give it a try next time I need a crust!

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  14. Wow, this pie looks delicious - if no-one has picked it yet, I hope they do soon.

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  15. That reminds me of my grandma's blueberry pie! :)

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  16. That is the best looking pie I've seen in years! I'm sorry that it was a little disappointing, but that baby is gorgeous!!

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