Blueberry and strawberry pie: the berries unite | step-by-step photo recipe

estNostalgic Thanksgiving with a  festive blueberry and strawberry pie recipe.  The living abroad homesick cure.

Strawberry and Blueberry pie  | Milk and Cookies

Thanksgiving talk is for another time, this is all about pie.

Recipe: Blueberry and strawberry pie

Cooking: Prep – 20 minutes, Cooking 40-55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 700g strawberries (about 3 heaping cups halved)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg (optional for egg wash)

pastry:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Cooking:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180˚C/375˚F
  • Make bottom pastry dough  (see below) or use store-bought basic short crust or any crust you prefer.
  • Roll out the bottom dough to fit into the pan and up the sides of the pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes or until a very light golden brown.
  • While the crust is cooking cut strawberries in half.
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar to the berries, the juice of 1/2 lemon, and 2 tablespoons of flour, and toss lightly.
  • Let pastry cool for a minute or two and place the strawberry blueberry mix into the pan just below the edges of the side adding two, drizzle softly melted butter throughout the top of the pie.
  • Roll out the other top pastry dough (see below) and place it on top.  If it’s fragile you can place pieces over most of the pie.
  • If there are no holes (because you are a perfect pastry roller) slice a few into the top pastry for the pie to breathe while cooking.
  • Egg wash the pastry by cracking and beating an egg, using a brush to thinly coat the top pastry with wash.
  • Cook for 30 minutes on the bottom rack and another 15 – 20 minutes on the top, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes.

pastry:

  • Bottom pastry: Cut room temperature butter into small cubes, add 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of flour and mix gently.  Once the dough starts to pull together add 1 cold tablespoon of water, which should make the dough more pliable.   If it’s still too crumbly you can add a drop more water until it’s a bit more sticky but should not be sticking to your hands.
  • Top pastry: Same method as above except use 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of icing sugar.   This dough will be slightly easier to maneuver.

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Blueberry and strawberry pie | Milk and CookiesAdd the sugar and the lemon juice to the berries.  Love squeezing that lemon out and battering it to get all the juice.

Strawberry and Blueberry pie recipe | Milk and CookiesAdd 2 tablespoons of flour, or just take a few fingers full.  This helps keep it a bit thicker.

Blueberry and strawberry pie | Milk and CookiesAdd softened butter to dry ingredients and mix with your hands.

Strawberry and Blueberry pie recipe | Milk and Cookies

Strawberry and Blueberry pie recipe | Milk and CookiesAnd be gentle rolling it out, just get a woman to do it.

Blueberry and strawberry pie recipe | Milk and CookiesGet the pie crust up the sides.

Blueberry and strawberry pie recipe | Milk and CookiesAdd the berries to the mix and drizzle the butter on top, give it a light spread. 

Blueberry and strawberry pie | Milk and CookiesTop pastry:

Strawberry and Blueberry pie recipe | Milk and CookiesEgg wash it up by beating an egg and gently spreading the wash over the whole pie.

Blueberry and strawberry pie recipe | Milk and CookiesBake for 30 minutes on the bottom rack and then 15 minutes on the top or until golden brown. 

Strawberry and Blueberry pie recipe | Milk and Cookies

Blueberry and strawberry pie recipe | Milk and Cookies

Blueberry and strawberry pie recipe | Milk and Cookies

Blueberry and strawberry pie recipe | Milk and Cookies

 

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