Happy Blueberry Pie Day!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen pie advertised. That’s how you know it’s good. They advertise ice cream and other desserts. They advertise the bejeezus out of yogurt, but I haven’t seen one pie commercial.
Foolproof Pie Dough
- 12 1/2 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 12 teaspoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, cut into four pieces
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 6 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 Granny Smith apple, grated on large holes of box grater
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca, ground
- Pinch table salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of water
Note: Prep time includes one hour to chill the dough before rolling it out.
- For the Dough: Process 7-1/2 ounces of flour, the salt and sugar in food processor until combined, about two 1-second pulses.
- Add butter and shortening and process until homogenous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 15 seconds; dough will resemble cottage cheese curds and there should be no uncoated flour. Scrape bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining 5 ounces of flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into medium bowl.
- Sprinkle 1/2 of the water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. If dry add more water 1-2 TBSP at a time Divide dough into 2 even balls and flatten each into 4-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
- Remove 1 disk of dough from refrigerator and roll out on generously floured (up to 1/4 cup) work surface to 12-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin and unroll onto pie plate, leaving at least 1-inch overhang on each side. Working around circumference, ease dough into plate by gently lifting edge of dough with one hand while pressing into plate bottom with other hand. Leave dough that overhangs plate in place; refrigerate while preparing filling until dough is firm, about 30 minutes.
- For the filling: Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place rimmed baking sheet on oven rack, and heat oven to 400 degrees. Place 3 cups berries into medium saucepan and set over medium heat. Using potato masher, mash berries several times to release juices. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and mashing occasionally, until about half of berries have broken down and mixture is thickened and reduced to 1-1/2 cups, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Place grated apple in clean kitchen towel and wring dry. Transfer apple to large bowl. Add cooked berries, remaining 3 cups uncooked berries, lemon zest, juice, sugar, tapioca, and salt; toss to combine. Transfer mixture to dough-lined pie plate and scatter butter pieces over the filling.
- Roll out second disk of dough on generously floured work surface to 11-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Using 1-1/4 inch round biscuit cutter, cut round from center of dough. Cut another 6 rounds from dough, 1/1/2 inches from edge of center hole and equally spaced around the center hole. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin and unroll over pie, leaving at least 1/2 inch overhang on each side.
- Using kitchen shears, trim bottom layer of overhanging dough, leaving 1/2 inch overhang. Fold dough under itself so that edge of fold is flush with outer rim of pie plate. Flute edges using thumb and forefinger or process with tines of fork to seal. Brush top and edges of pie with egg mixture. If dough is very soft, chill in freezer 10 minutes.
Place pie on heated baking sheet and bake 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake until juices bubble and crust is deep golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes longer. Transfer pie to wire rack; cool to room temperature, at least 4 hours. Cut into wedges and serve.