The NW Pie

Black Berry PieThis pie was made in tribute to our beautiful Pacific North West!  I love our berries especially when they’re handed to you off the roadway by a nice little bunch of bushes.  Around here, pie is for dessert that night and for breakfast the next morning.

Black Berry Pie

for the crust:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup ice water

for the filling:

  • 6 cups blackberries
  • 2 Tbs. instant clear gel or corn starch
  • 1 Tbs. Scotch
  • fresh squeeze of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 Tbs. butter, cubed

Cut the butter into  your almond meal and flour.  Add salt and sugar.  Wait ’till the butter’s cut into small pea size crumble, then add your ice water (minus the ice) slowly in a stream.  The chill of the water helps the butter to not blend too fine.  Stop mixing right before it looks completely mixed… kinda hard to catch that perfect moment.  Martha has a great process that I’ve been following for years.  It seriously works!  Wrap up your pastry in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Once chilled, roll out and put into your pie shell.  The almond meal was a bit harder to work with.  I found it was way easier, once it was rolled out, to re-roll it back on my rolling pin then place over the pie shell and un-roll it on.  Kind of a good technique to know how to do.  Pies are so easy once you have your system down.

Alrighty, so the crust is the hardest part.  Mix your scotch, lemon juice, instant clear gel or cornstarch, and sugar in a bowl.  Mix ’till the starch is smooth.  Add your berries to the pie shell.  Pour the scotch yumminess over the berries.  Dollop the cubed butter on top.  Then place your other pie crust on top.  This is my favorite part.  Think out of the box a bit and play with a design, but make sure to pinch the edges to seal in the juices.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Place on a windowsill to cool and sing a lovely song… but beware of pie thief cartoon critters!

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