Here's my first attempt at food blogging... Now, I'm no foodie or food blogger, and I don't have any plans to become one but I was itching to do something creative, something with my camera and I kind of wanted to bake a pie... So here it is.
Happy Fourth of July!
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup butter, chilled
1/2 cup shortening, chilled
dash of salt
Using your hands combine flour, butter, shortening, and salt until dough forms into small pea shapes. Add ice water by the teaspoon until dough comes together into a ball. Divide into half and chill dough for 30 minutes. Once chilled roll out half the dough between to sheets of wax paper and place into bottom of greased pie pan. Poke crust with fork so air bubbles don't form and blind* bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
*Blind bake: is a way of pre-baking your crust so it's not raw. To do so, cover with tin foil and fill pie with beans or rice, something to weigh it down a bit and bake at the above temperature and time.
16 oz strawberries
8 oz blueberries
3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Wash fruit and quarter strawberries. Zest lemons then juice them. In one bowl combine blueberries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/3 lemon zest and 1/3 lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. In another bowl combine strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar, the remaining 2/3 lemon zest and the remaining 2/3 lemon juice, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
Now that your pie crust is done baking... Using tin foil, fold a 90 degree angle and place in pie crust at top left corner. Fill corner with the blueberry mixture. Fill the rest of the pie with the strawberry mixture and remove the tin foil.
From the other half of your chilled pie crust cut out stars and stripes. Place on top of filled pie. Brush on milk and dust with turbinado sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. If edges of crust are looking brown cover edges with tin foil.
Now, all jokes aside about American Pie...
Top it with some vanilla ice cream and enjoy.