The 4th of July has come and gone. We are half way through the year and it’s fairly hot in the state of Texas. Not 2011 hot mind you, but still very hot. It’s strange days when you consider the upper 90′s not-so-hot.
We went to friends for the 4th and had dinner and made our own fireworks show in their front yard. Dinner consisted of hamburgers, potato salad, beer or margaritas, and a bit of pie. Not necessarily in that order. This recipe was pulled from Epicurious circa 1997. You don’t need a national holiday to make or eat this one. But it is certainly worthy of baking for such a day.
4 1/2 tbsp. ice water
1 large egg yolk
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into piece
Grease your pie plate. Whisk 4 1/2 tablespoons ice water and yolk in small bowl to blend. Blend flour, oats, brown sugar, lemon peel and salt in processor. Add butter and process until coarse meal forms. Add yolk mixture and process using on/off turns until moist clumps form. Gather dough together and divide into 2 pieces, 1 slightly larger than the other. Flatten into disks; wrap each in plastic and chill 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out larger dough disk on floured surface (I use a floured baking cloth to make it easier to transfer to plate) to 12-inch round. Transfer dough to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Fold overhang under (if you have any). Crimp edges.
Line your crust with foil. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake 10 minutes. Remove foil and beans. Continue to bake until crust is set, about 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Roll out remaining dough disk on floured surface to 12-inch round. Cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips.
1 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. grated orange peel
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 3/4 cups fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
1/4 cup blueberry preserves
1 egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)
Whipped cream (optional)
Mix 1 cup sugar, cornstarch, orange peel and nutmeg in large bowl. Add all berries and preserves and toss to blend. Pour filling into crust. Place dough strips atop pie, forming lattice; trim excess. Gently press strip ends to crust. Brush lattice with egg glaze. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Place pie on baking sheet. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling bubbles thickly in center, covering edges with foil collar if browning too quickly, about 1 hour. Cool on rack. Serve lukewarm or at room temperature, with or without whipped cream.
I scorched the crust as you can see but the sugar, glaze and berry mix did a nice job of taking that away . It was a bit messy to serve up but tasted very good and was a good way to end the evening. Onward to Labor Day…