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Friday, August 3, 2012

blueberry pie + orange nut crust

blueberry pie + orange nut crust

the sun's rays are gentle at this hour, sweetly golden, a caress on the back of our necks. we are picking blueberries, little round luscious berries just at their peak, our baskets half full, fingers stained violet. the orchard is not large, the shrubs still small but the branches are abundant with fruit.

we've been at it for almost an hour, i am sweaty, my hair falling out of its braid. my beloved is just down the way, his basket beside him on the ground. we're almost done for the day, tho really, the day is just starting for the rest of the world. we stroll among the bushes, sticky hand in sticky hand. we daydream about what we'll do with this bounty: jam? smoothie? pie?

no matter, we take what we pick home, wash them and most go into the freezer, tho we keep a stash fresh to nibble on while we decide. two weekends last month we made use of them in pie. correction. dw did. he's a pie man. he's a blueberry man.

blueberry pie

Blueberry Pie + Orange Nut Crust

crust recipe adapted from dw's childhood friends, the Kanthors, originally from the NY Times Large
Print Cookbook

pie filling recipe adapted from sweet kat's kitchen


crust:
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
3/4 cup soy margarine, cold
zest of one orange
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
5 TBL ice cold vodka, approx

mix flour, salt, & sugar in a bowl. pulse in soy margarine in food processor. add orange zest and nuts. add in vodka, one tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition. roll in a ball, refrigerate at least an hour before using.

topping:
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup rolling oats
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
6 T liquid coconut oil

filling:
3/4 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 TBL cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 TBL fresh squeezed orange juice
5 cups fresh blueberries, or in our case, thawed

pre-heat oven 375F.

do up the pie crust in deep dish pie pan.

in a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cornstarch & cinnamon. add in blueberries. add lemon juice, combine gently. pour into pie crust.

for the topping, in a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon & nutmeg. add in the coconut oil until crumbly. spread as evenly over the filling. bake for 60 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

cool completely before cutting in. personally, i liked it better the next day. serve alone, or with a generous scoop of coconut vanilla ice cream.

30 comments:

  1. A man who bakes pie? Swoon. :)

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  2. Enjoyed getting drawn into this story and the pie looks so good!

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  3. The pie looks scrumptious and I really like your photography style.

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  4. Lan, I love your writing style and your photos are beautiful and beautifully branded. I not only want this pie but the experience of picking the berries to make it myself as well.

    And a VODKA pie crust ... WHAT?!

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    1. here in MD blueberry picking season is over, tho raspberry picking has started... we have finished our stash of blueberries, i am slightly sad.

      it's all dw's doing, pie genius man.

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  5. I love that there's orange zest in the crust. Citrus and berries are always great together. Love your writing!

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    1. kristy, thank you! you could really taste the orange, it was pleasant and not at all overpowering like that i thought it would be...

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  6. Love the idea of blueberries sitting inside this beautiful, buttery (citrus-y!) crust. What a perfect pairing. (If they were human, I'd be jealous.) :D

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  7. Oh, I've always wanted to pick blueberries! I loved "Blueberries for Sal" when I was a kid, and dreamed of having blue stains on my hands and jeans and tongue one summer day. And then to make a pie.

    You're living the dream, kiddo.

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    1. do it girl. there is such satisfaction knowing that you picked the very berries that you're about to eat.

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  8. love this! sounds super delicious with that orange crust!

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  9. This would be so amazing with fresh blueberries! I love fruit picking too, such a rewarding task :)

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    1. exactly, it's very rewarding & satisfying work!

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  10. What a gorgeous pie! Blueberries are an absolute favorite of mine especially during the summer. The combination of the berries and orange sounds heavenly!

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    1. it is a very good combination, yes... and blueberries are dw's fave, i am partial to watermelons in the summer. :)

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  11. A splendid pie! So irresistible. I love that crumble topping.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. rosa, we debated doing another crust top or leaving it open like a tart... i'm glad we did the crumble topping, it was really good.

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  12. I just went blueberry picking this morning and have 3 pounds of blueberries to play with :). Love this pie - the orange nut crust puts this over the top!

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    1. Laura, i am jealous you are still able to pick blueberries, ours are gone for the season! enjoy your 3lbs!

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  13. This blueberry pie looks so awesome! I bet it taste same.
    Monika

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  14. Really wish I was around to try this one - really inspired to try the orange nut crust. however, will bookmark this one for when I'm back from India.

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  15. I'm totally loving this pie and no joke. First of all, I love blueberries like crazy, and love pie, and I love the crunchy crumble! I've never seen a blueberry pie with crumble and I MUST MAKE THIS!!!! One problem is that I'm not quite a baker yet, so I really need a big courage to pull this off. Haha. Totally saving this recipe. THANK YOU Lan!

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  16. Oooh, that looks so good. I am dying to try vodka in pie crust. The topping is such a unique twist too! And blueberry pie is always amazing, even better, I bet, since you picked them :)

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