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Monday, August 16, 2010

Blackberry Pie


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. 

Ingredients for pie crust

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.

Remove from wrap and place on a floured surface.  With a rolling pin flatten out the larger portion and place in a greased 9 inch pie pan.
Roll out second portion of crust and set aside.

Pie Filling

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.
Place remaining pie crust on top and crimp the edges using your fingers around entire pie.  Poke a few small holes in the center with a knife to allow steam to escape.
Brush entire crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar then place in a pre heated oven.
Bake pie at 425f for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 375f and bake for another35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Once pie is baked remove from oven and allow to cool completely and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  This will allow filling to solidify a little and have a more jelly like consistency.
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.
Whether you grow it or buy it locally,  fresh ingredients always result in the best food so enjoy what your area has to offer and be proud of what you make with it!

5 comments:

Karen said...

That's a beautiful pie! I grew up in Massachusetts and we had wild blackberry bushes all over. Wish I had some close by now!

DARaiente said...

nice lookin pie fella ;-)
I've got to make one more peach pie and apple pie also, they are fading fast. damn those pick your own farms! i didnt get to the ingredients for that yummy recipe you gave me, next time I will make it!

Average Weight Loss Medifast said...

Love the addition of the peach for sweetness, nice sounding recipe.

Nirmala said...

Berry pies are my favorite. The crust is my favorite part. I use one with butter and not shortening.

Alisa said...

Yum!This looks beautiful and delicious.I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the blackberry widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

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