The Black and Blueberry Pie from Rose's Baking Bible is subtly flavored with just a hint of lemon. It wouldn't seem possible that such a simple thing could elevate a berry pie to extraordinary flavor, but it does.
Thanks to Monica's coaching, I put everything dough related in the freezer, including the king size Cuisinart, in the hopes I would have success with Rose's cream cheese pie dough. Looks can be deceiving; it is super delicious if not rustic by my hand. No matter, I never met a pie dough I didn't like, the thicker the better. My brother and I used to plead with our mother to make extra pie dough and roll it out with cinnamon and sugar.
I had an unexpected visitor. This four year old granddaughter has baking in her Italian genes. She promptly pulled up a chair to measure cornstarch; organic, non GMO cornstarch. After hearing what Rose had to say about it on the San Francisco panel video, I felt fortunate to find a box at my regular grocery store.
And this is where the picture taking stopped. It was all I could do to keep up with my assistant dynamo as she furiously zested lemons, squeezed lemon juice, weighed sugar, stirred the berries please don't flip them on the floor, etc etc etc. I started hearing Diane Keaton's voice from Baby Boom but there's still not a drop of Amaretto in the cupboard.....
On to the rolling. It was a bit dodgy at first but with a bit of perseverance, it finally reached the requisite diameter.
I can't believe this mini Brio rolling pin is over thirty years old, has been used by five children and is still as good as new.
With foil protecting the edge, into the oven it went and the look on this child's face when she saw the finished pie was priceless. I lifted her up onto the counter to admire her handiwork but all she wanted was to lightly touch the crust. The heartbreaking thing is being extremely dairy intolerant, she can't have any and begged me to make one without butter. So that is my mission, in between keeping La Biga alive and well for the Panettone.
Unfortunately, the juices did not set. I have reviewed each step to make certain I didn't skip one but remembered them all. I have no idea why this has happened. Any thoughts or suggestions for next time because there will be a next time? Juicy or not, this pie is delicious as proclaimed by my son who could not wait for it to cool and dipped a spoon into the slit for a taste of the bubbling juice.
Pouring the juice out and microwaving turned it into a delicious thickened sauce.