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Rustic Strawberry Pie


We grow blackberries but not enough to suit our needs.  We are lucky enough to have a small store down the road from us that usually has seasonal fruits and vegetables.  This year the blackberries are really nice so I will be freezing some as well.  You can use a bought crust but this is so easy and it doesn't have to be perfectly round.  Make this style of pie just once and you will be hooked!!

































Crust Ingredients

Every bit of this crust is flaky and delicious.  Unlike regular pie crust



where the crimped edge is usually left on the plate.

 All-purpose flour-Simple, right?  Make sure the flour you


   are using is fresh.  It's easy to tell by the smell.


•  Sugar



•  Salt-Preferably sea or kosher salt.



•  Unsalted butter-Make sure it is cold, cold, cold.  After


    cutting into cubes (or grating), put in freezer for a few minutes.


•  Ice water-Although the recipe says 3 tablespoons, almost


    always it takes a little more.  And make sure it is cold!  I like


    to drizzle in the water while using a large fork to shape and make


    a rough ball.




















Filling Ingredients

•  Strawberries-Use the freshest and plumpest berries that


   you can find.  You can also use apples, peaches, cherries, or






•  Cornstarch-I use cornstarch instead of flour because you



   need less and it makes the filling more palatable.


•  Sugar   

•  Lemon-Not much, but necessary

Cinnamon-Fresh is best!





















Start with capped strawberries and mix with the other filling



ingredients.  If the strawberries are the size of a quarter or less, I leave



them whole.







Pour the strawberries into the crust; arrange them if necessary.






























Fold the crust over the edge of the strawberries.  You can do it into



neat folds or randomly as I've done here.  I prefer the more rustic look.


















The juices ran over in this pie, but once it cools a little, the pie will be



easy to slice and the pieces will remove easily.  The parchment paper



helps with that.  That's why I love this style of pie!


artisanal pie, blackberry pie, rustic pie











Rustic Strawberry Pie             Serves 6 to 8







•  1¼ cups plain flour

•  1 Tbsp sugar

•  1 tsp salt

•  8 Tbsp (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

•  3 Tbsp ice water, (depending on the weather, I have used more)


•  4 to 5 cups fresh strawberries, washed and spread on towel to dry.

    Cut into halves or thirds if large.


•  ½ cup sugar

•  4 Tbsp cornstarch (¼ cup)


•  ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional, but good)

You will need a baking sheet and parchment paper.*






1.   Crust:  In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar and salt**.  Toss the



     butter cubes with the and cut in with a pastry cutter until the butter



     is the size of small peas.  Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water over the



     mixture and fold with a spatula adding more water if needed until



     the mixture, when pressed together, forms a rough ball.  Do not



     overmix.  Form dough into a 6-inch disc; wrap in plastic wrap and



     chill  about 20 minutes.  Remove from chilling, roll on parchment



     sheet until 13-inches in diameter.  Make filling.



2.  Preheat oven to 425°F. 


3.  Filling:  In a large bowl, mix together the corn starch, sugar and



     nutmeg.  Add the berries and fold to coat with the dry mixture. 



     Place crust (leave on parchment) on sheet pan.  Place filling in the



     center, leaving about 3 inches of dough uncovered on all sides. 



     Fold that dough up over the fruit all the way around while creating



     rustic pleats. Place the pie on a middle rack in the preheated oven. 



     Bake for 15 minutes; lower heat to 375°F and continue baking for an



     additional 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.  Remove



     from oven; cool completely before serving.

  *After rolling the crust on parchment, it can be fitted into a large pie



    pan, leaving the parchment to make it easier to remove and



    slice after cooling.


**This crust can also be made in your food processor.




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