Monday, August 16, 2010
Sourcing local food can sometimes be quite a task. If you are lucky enough to have a farmer's market close by, it can make this a lot easier and faster. When you have a garden in your yard and are able to grow a few seasonal ingredients, you learn very quickly how to use these items. Although a garden takes time and effort to care for the rewards can be great. The feeling of knowing exactly where an ingredient came from and that it is at its absolute peak of freshness is fantastic. Aside from my garden I have what I once thought was a menacing blackberry bush growing at the back of my yard.
Blackberry bushes are very hearty here in Canada and can grow almost anywhere. Now that summer is coming to an end the berries are ripe and ready for picking. Pick blackberries too early and they will be really sour and quite unpleasant. When they are ripe they are still not as sweet as a strawberry but they are mildly sweet and will met in your mouth. Using them in this recipe results in a pie that is perfect for someone who likes a decadent treat that is not overly sweet.
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of shortening
1 tsp of salt
4 Tbsp cold water
In a bowl mix flour and salt then add shortening and mash with a fork until it is well incorporated. Flour should have a large crumb like consistency.
Now add water and mix gently until it become a dough.
Separate into 2 portions, (one a little larger) and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours.
4 cups blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar
*1 peach peeled and sliced(optional for added sweetness)*
Combine these ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add contents to pie shell and distribute evenly over surface.
Bake pie at 425f for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 375f and bake for another35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Slice pie and eat on its own or with some vanilla ice cream. The result is a flaky pie that is tart and sweet made with local ingredients and preservative free.