The one skill I became really happy about learning after watching Supernatural was pie making. I’d get killed immediately upon encountering a supernatural creature, but at least I could keep Dean from getting upset with me about the lack of pie. If you’re intimidated by baking, don’t worry because I’m pretty sure Dean himself could make this with no problems, and you could probably master it by the time season 9 comes along.
For the filling
3 3/4 cups of frozen blueberries
3 3/4 cups of frozen raspberries
1 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of vanilla
For the crust
2 1/2 cups of flour plus extra for rolling
1 cup of salted butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup of cold water
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 large egg lightly beaten for egg wash
- Make the crust. Measure out your flour into a large bowl, cut the cold (cold is very important, keep everything cold) butter into small chunks (or grate frozen butter on the largest holes on a box grater into the flour or use a food processor), and work the butter into the flour with your fingers until it resembles an uneven coarse meal (kind of like polenta, but with pea sized pieces scattered through it, you don’t want to break down the butter too much). Drizzle 1/4 cup of cold water over the mixture and bring the dough lightly together with a silicone spatula, adding additional water one tablespoon at a time if needed until it forms a crumbly ball. Divide the dough into two even pieces, dump out each piece the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, compress into a disc, wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour (that last part seems arbitrary, but trust me, that’s how the liquid absorbs evenly into the dough without kneading, it will make rolling much easier).
- Make the filing. Combine blueberries, raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and cinnamon and set aside.
- Once the crust has rested for at least an hour in the fridge, pull it out. Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out your dough into two 1/8 inch thick rounds on a well floured surface, giving it a quarter turn after every roll (or roll out in between two pieces of saran wrap, which I find is a better and easier method).
- Fit one round into a nine inch pie plate trimming any excess and filling in any holes. Pour in filling. Fit top crust or make lattice or devil’s trap on top of pie.
- Brush crust with egg wash and bake at 350 until the filling vigorously bubbles in the center, about 1 hour
- Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool for at least 2 hours before serving to allow filling to set. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
I finally tried this out! Here are some, as my friend calls them, Southern Belle tips. “Maggie, you’re gonna be a Southern Belle by the end of summer!” “Cal, there are some things I will never be in this life. One is a Southern Belle.” “Well, a much less girly version of a Southern Belle.”
- When spreading out the dough, don’t roll it out so much as you beat it out. This helps with the butter!
- Always use a little extra vanilla. It’s good for the soul.
- Nutmeg is an acceptable substitute for cinnamon!
- When you’re done with the pie crust, use the leftovers to make cookies. Stick them on a pan in your 350 degree with a little of the egg wash, some sugar (brown if you have it), and some cinnamon for five minutes. When these are done, put a little Cool Whip and any left over pie filling on top!
Also, 3ChicGeeks (the blog I pressed this from) is FABULOUS. THEY SPEAK MY LANGUAGE OVER THERE.