Friday, February 14, 2014

Blueberry Pie with Purple Crust

Every time I make a classic such as a Blueberry Pie I wonder how much more information does people still need regarding a well discussed subject like pies. Even though there are zillions of recipes and tips out there to make the perfect pie I've always felt a lack of straight forward information on how to achieve perfection in every single step of it. Some recipes focuses on how to make lattice, some others on how to make the perfect crust. Very rarely the filling is part of the discussion and that is the reason why I came up with this post. I wanted to share a detailed instructions and explanations regarding all the ingredients involved in baking the most perfect pie from crust to filling, from correct temperatures  to decorations on top.



In general all pies look the same to me (with very little exemptions). Some ornaments around the edges are scrumptious but nothing like you'd want to do in a daily basis. Yes, a pie is definitely something that could be made in a daily bases. My "decoration" approach was coloring the crust inspired by the color of my filling- purple! I used my natural food coloring and added it instead of the water required in the recipe. Either way will work, you can add my natural food coloring as the liquid if you want colored crust or plain water if you want a regular pie crust. There's nothing fancy about this pie, the ingredients are not hard to find and the technique doesn't require planing in advance so yes, pies shouldn't be restricted to holidays and pie competitions only, and that is why this recipe is the first one of my new season in my brand new kitchen!




Along this episode I'll go through the process of creating the ultimate pie with flaky crust, soft filling and beautiful lattice on top. 
A pie doesn't require many ingredients to be made but every single one of them is very important: 

The fat: The most important ingredient in the crust. Butter is the best option because it provides great flavor, elasticity and flakiness. It doesn't melt as easily because it contains less water in its components as opposed to margarine. Margarine has only 35% butterfat so most of its components are liquids. Liquids are not welcomed in a dough such as the pie crust because it makes the dough fragile (hard to roll out) and tough as well. Besides all these reasons margarine is something created in a lab and no one will ever convince me that it's healthier than a natural ingredient such as butter. Just few years ago the food industry found out that trans fats were true poison to our health so it could take them another 20 years to find out the true about margarine. 

The thickening agent in the filling: The most common is cornstarch. Cornstarch is a very powerful thickening agent but it makes you pay the price: it impacts the flavor of the thickened ingredient a lot. In case of the fruits it lacks all the tartness from it and creates an uniform not exiting flavor. Flour is less powerful as a thickening agent because flour is composed of many components such as protein so you'd need a lot of flour to to thicken something and the result is always a gummy texture and a raw flour taste. 
The best thickening agent for pie filling is potato starch. It will maintain the flavor of the fruits intact but help the juices thicken up to allow a slice to be served to perfection without running juices all over. 

The temperature: To me the third most important step in the process of making a pie. In the beginning the ingredients should be cold to avoid the development of the gluten inherent in the protein of the flour. When the pie is ready to bake the oven should be preheated at 500f and the pie should be placed in the lower rack. The drastic temperature change will crisp up the crust. After it browns on top it should be baked for an extra 35min or until the filling starts to bubble.


Ingredients:
crust:
3 cups all purpose flour 
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
240g butter (17 tbsp or two sticks + 3 tbsp)
6-8 tbsp cold water or cold natural food coloring (I used blackberry juice) 
filling:
30 oz fresh blueberries (850g)
1 cup granulated sugar
pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of all spice (can be substituted for cinnamon) 
zest of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp potato starch
makes one 9" pie 

Now, excuse me that I'll welcome myself again in my new kitchen  by eating another piece of this classic!

26 comments:

  1. Loved it!!!! All of it!

    p.s: The new kitchen and dishes are gorgeous!

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  2. So much info..and so much cuteness..Happy Valentine's Day Raiza~
    Beautiful pie.

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  3. Those earrings are to die for! And of course, the pie looks scrumptious!

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  4. Hooraay, DD is back! Pretty pie & gr8t job on the kitchen makeover Raiza- Happy Valentine's Day!

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  5. Beautiful pie. Just a question about the amount of butter. One stick plus 3 tablespoons equals 11 tablespoons, not 17 tablespoons. Is 11 tablespoons the correct amount?

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    1. You are correct, the right amount is actually 2 sticks + 3 tbsp (that's why I like to inform in grams, it's easier ). Thank you for letting me know, I fixed it !

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  6. linda demais essa torta :) parabéns Ra e Vinicius por tudo e muito sucesso pra vcs :) beijos beijos

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  7. i love the crust. what a cool idea!

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  8. Raiza, I love it. great tutorial.you're so lovely. I'm a huge fan. great tips - love how you explain everything beautifully and with passion. I'll defo make this pay - if anything because the lattice tip is just the greatest. have a fab rest of week. Hope you're not too snowed under.

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  9. Daria certo se eu usasse morangos os invés de mirtilos? Adorei a nova cozinha e amo seu site! Beijos!

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    1. Oi querida Bia,
      Eu indicaria usar maçã ou pêsegos. O problema do morango é que ele solta muita agua e não vai ficar legal. Outra opção são as amoras que são mais em conta ai no Brasil e fáceis de achar ;)

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    2. Obrigada Raíza! Vou tentar e depois conto como ficou. Já fiz a receita de Chocolate and banana pie e ficou maravilhosa. Parabéns mais uma vez pelo seu site e sua simpatia! :D Beijos!

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  11. It looks really nice too, it must taste delicious. I'm really excited with this beautiful cake.
    Para juego

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  12. Raiza the dough keeps on breaking when I do the stripes...I did it twice, first time more water second time less water - fridge or freeze it - still breaks...do you know why could it be?
    Finally spent like an hour fixing the dough :(

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    1. Well, from what you are saying there must be too much fat and too little water. The water will give some elasticity to it. When you let it rest in the fridge it usually gets better too ;)

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    2. Thank you for answering me :)
      I will try it that way!

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  13. Raiza,

    qual peça voce usa no processador? Voce nao mostrou no video... é aquela que parece um prato com ondinhas?

    No mais, obrigado pelas receitas. Obrigado pela volta! Vc é demais!

    ;^) (blink)

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    1. Oi Li, é aquela normal tipo lâmina, sabe? Pra falar a verdade o meu processador é meio antigo então é a única "blade" que veio nele ;)

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  14. Raiza!! I love the recipe and I was wondering what effects could the dough have if I add one egg yoke to the original recipe!! Thank you, I love your videos.

    Love from Peru ;)

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  15. Its a beautiful pie! I love the recipe. I also love the super pretty lilac and lime colour plates you use to serve it. which brand are they? I just love the fun colours of your video and pictures, and of course the recipes!!

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  16. This recipe is delicious, you're the best, thanks for sharing.




    simon

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  17. Yum, yum yum! I love this recipie, it makes the best pie EVER! Thanks!

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  18. تعتمد شركة ركن البيت على افضل الخدمات الاساسية المميزة التى تساعد فى الوصول الى افضل النتائج المميزة التى تؤدي الغرض المطلوب حيث لدينا شركة تنظيف بالرياض تساعد فى تحقيق افضل ما هو مطلوب في خدمات النظافة بعيد عن اعمال التنظيف اليدوية التي تستخدم اساليب فعليك ان تتعاون وتتصل بنا في شركتنا حيث يمكنك الاستعانة بخدمة تنظيف الفلل من خلال التواصل مع قسم شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض التي تحقق كل ما هو جيد في اعمال التنظيف والسعى الى التنظيف من الالف الى الياء كما يوجد لدينا خدمات اخري في النظافة مثلا تنظيف الخزانات التي تحتاج الي مختص فني في تقديم اعمال نظافة الخزنات من خلال شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    التي لديها خدمة متخصصة في القضاء علي البكتريا والرواسب التي توجد في قاع الخزانات من خلال شركة تسمي المتميزة في التعقيم والتظهر للحصول علي كل ما هو صحي من خلال شراء اغلى انواع المنظفات والمساحيق والمعطرات المميزة التى تساعد فى الوصول الى اى نتيجة يرغب العميل بها فشركة ركن البيت هى افضل الشركات التى تهتم باعمال التنظيف لمنزلك التي توجد لديك مثل خدمة شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض مهما كانت مساحته ومهما كانت درجة الاتساخ فلاتتردد فى التعامل معنا لدينا خدمات اخري يمكنك متابعتها مثلا بعض الناس يعتمدون علي شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض والتي تعتبر من افضل الخدمات الاساسية داخل مدينة الرياض التي تحتاج عناية شديدة في اعمالها من خلال تعاملها مع قسم شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض والتي يستخدم مبيدات طبيعية والتي تقتل جميع الحشرات المنزلية مثل الصراصير والنمل الابض والفئران بالاضافة الى ان الشركة تهتم بتوفير افضل الخدمات الاساسية فى اعمال الرش فاذا كنت فى اى مكان وتعانى من وجود حشرات فعليك التخلص منه من خلال شركتنا المتميزة

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