Friday, May 13, 2011

Fat Friday!

I totally need to get some of that vitamin that helps your memory out...but I can't seem to remember what it's called!

Yesterday, I spent an embarrassingly crazy amount of time looking for this recipe...

...had I seen in on a blog an email

...where, oh where? 

I could not remember. 

...was it in a magazine

...or in a link on twitter?

After sorting through foodie emails, blogs, twitter feeds, and magazines, I finally just gave up and decided to glance through my new Everyday Rachael Ray Magazine.

Well, crazy was right there on page 106.


I had used some deductive reasoning for not checking that magazine first...Rachael Ray is a self-proclaimed cook, not baker.  She certainly wouldn't have this recipe.

Or, yes, she would.

Thankfully, I had just enough time to throw this together before we had to get Cloe from school.

Pie recipes often seem daunting, especially the crusts.

But this one was so easy...not to mention completely delicious!

Rachael Ray's Rustic Tri-Berry Pie
(we made a Bi-berry pie...)

3 containers (6 oz. each) blackberries (about 3 1/2 cups)
(we substituted 3 cups extra strawberries and 1 cup extra blueberries)
1 c. sugar, plus more for sprinking
1/4 c. quick-cooking tapioca (we substituted pearl and it worked great!)
2 T. fresh lemon juice
8 oz. strawberries (about 2 cups), halved or quartered
1 container (6 oz.) blueberries (about 1 1/4 cup)
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick (8 T) plus 2 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg, separated
1/4 c. ice water (more as needed)

In a large bowl, combine 1 c. blackberries (or blueberries), 1/4 c. sugar, the tapioca, and lemon juice; mash with a potato masher. 

Stir in the strawberries, blueberries remaining blackberries (or strawberries) and 3/4 c. sugar.  Let stand for at least 20 minutes, gently stirring once or twice.

Meanwhile, position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. 
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and the salt.  Add 8 T. butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour until crumbly.  Continue working with your fingertips until the mixture is flaky.
 In a cup, combine the egg yolk with 1/4 c. ice water.  Drizzle over the flour mixture and stir with a fork until incorporated and the dough is slightly moist but not wet.  (sprinkle more water as needed--I added about 3 tsp)

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and, with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out to a 13-inch round.  Roll the dough up onto the pin and unroll over and into a 9-in. pie plate.  Center it and let the excess pastry drape over the edges.  Gently press the dough into the pan.

Spoon the berry mixture evenly into the pan, making sure to pour in all the juices that have collected in the bowl. 
Dot the top with the remaining 2 T. butter.  Gently fold the pastry up over the berries, pleating as you go around.

In a small bowl, beat the egg white with a fork until frothy.  With a pastry brush, lightly glaze the pastry all over with the egg white.  Sprinkle the dough with a few pinches of sugar.

Bake the pie until the berry filling is bubbling well, about 1 hour. (55 minutes for our pie)

Let the pie cool completely (or just slightly, if you're impatient) before cutting. 

Serve with generous scoops of ice cream!
 You'll have very pleased customers!

(They're all in their pajamas and have wet heads...pie was the perfect motivation to speedy things on up before bedtime!)

Mmmm...want a piece?


Anonymous said...

Londa, don't worry, it's just pregnant brain at it again. You probably can't have ginko baloba, or whatever it's called and however you spell it, while you're pregnant anyway. Perhaps all that hunting reminded you of some other recipes you're hoping to try soon (and post for all of your friends to try as well). Looking on the bright side--- Jess :)

une autre mère said...

I saw that recipe in her magazine too, but of course I wasn't brave enough to try it. Pie intimidates me. But now maybe I'll have to give it a chance. I think yours looks even yummier than RR's!

Sarah said...

mmmmmmmmmm tasty!

By the way, if you ever remember what that vitamin is, let me know, I need some too! :)