Monday, May 31, 2010

MMM Monday, Colonial Style Blueberry Crumb Pie…




I hope everyone had a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. We picked strawberries, the kids played on the slip and slide, and we had a little cookout. Michael made an amazing blueberry crumb pie for our holiday dessert.

Here is the delicious recipe …

Pastry Crust:


2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup toasted slivered or sliced almonds
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, frozen, and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water




Filling:


4 cups fresh blueberries
Zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 - 1 cup granulated white sugar
Crumb Topping:
½ cup all purpose flour
½ cup toasted slivered or sliced almonds
¼ cup granulated white sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter






Pastry Crust: In a food processor, place the flour, salt, almonds, and sugar and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 15 seconds). Pour 1/4 cup water in a slow, steady stream, through the feed tube until the dough just holds together when pinched. Add remaining water, if necessary. Do not process more than 30 seconds.




Turn the dough out onto your work surface and gather it into a ball. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, flatten each portion into a disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour before using. This will chill the butter and allow the gluten in the flour to relax.




While the pastry is chilling, line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Once the pastry has chilled sufficiently, remove the two disks of pastry from the refrigerator and divide each disk into four equal portions (you will have eight portions altogether). On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of pastry into a 7 inch circle. Place the eight pastry circles (four on each sheet) onto the prepared baking sheets and cover with plastic wrap. Place the covered baking sheets in the refrigerator to firm the pastry while you prepare the filling.




Filling: In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, lemon zest, flour, and sugar.
Crumb Topping: Place the flour, sugar, and almonds in a food processor and pulse until fine. Slowly add the butter until the mixture looks like tiny peas.




Remove pastry from refrigerator. Place approximately 1/2 - 3/4 cup of filling in the center of each pastry circle, spreading the filling out to about 1 inch from the edge of pastry. Gently fold the edges of the pastry circle up and over the filling, leaving the center of the tart open. Press the edges gently so the pastry sticks together. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of crumb topping on top of each pie. Once all the tarts are assembled, cover and return to the refrigerator for about 15 - 30 minutes to chill.




Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Bake the tarts for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbly and starting to run out from the center of each tart. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool before serving. Serve with softly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
Makes 8 individual tarts








Happy baking!

1 comment:

  1. I love your new work, and the pies look delicious!!!

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