Today was a glorious day! Behold!
I have learned the secret of rolling a pie crust. I could cry from happiness right now. I’ve tried so many times, and this is my first pretty pie. ^^
Before you get started:
Make your pastry in advance and chill it.
Time required: 1 hour
Yields: 6-8 pieces
Cost per slice: $4.33 to $3.25
Total cost if you have none of the ingredients: $26
Special kitchen implements I used:
- pie plate
- cookie tray (to catch overflow)
- wax paper
- rolling pin (thanks Mom!)
- 4 C frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
- ¾ C white sugar
- 4 TBSP flour
- ⅛ TSP salt
- 1 TBSP butter
1. Pre-heat oven to 204°C / 400°F.
2. Put a large sheet of wax paper on the counter, and set chilled pastry on it. Cover with another sheet. Cajole partner into holding the paper down firmly against the counter while you apply rolling pin. (Shout victoriously when this method works without tearing pastry to shreds, unlike all past attempts.)
3. Use a thin blade or whatever works for you to carefully work the edges of the pastry loose. Don’t pick it up, instead roll it gently around the rolling pin, and then carefully unroll it over the pie plate.
4. Place half of the berries into the plate. (Squeal in excitement.)
5. Combine sugar, flour, and salt, and sprinkle half of the dry mix over the berries.
6. Place remaining berries in the pie plate, and top with remaining dry mixture.
7. Divide butter into 4-5 pieces and place evenly on top.
8. Roll out 2nd piece of pastry, and place on top.
(Hold your breath and pray it doesn’t tear.)
(Sob with joy. Hello, beautiful.)
9. Once pastry is completely draped out, it’s time to trim away the excess crust, and use a fork to press the edges together. Poke a few holes in the top to vent steam.
(Chortle with glee at what you have wrought.)
10. PLACE THE PIE ONTO A COOKIE TRAY OR YOU WILL BE SORRY.
11. Bake 40 min. As soon as you remove it from the oven, use flat spatula to lift pie off the cookie tray, and set pie on wire rack to cool at least 15 min before slicing.
(Soak in praise from significant other.) TAH-DAH!!!
Verdict: I am victorious! Frankencrust, you can kiss my ass goodbye. Pie is officially a 2-person job in this house from now on.
I adore juicy pie. The juicier the better. This was awesome, it turned out just like I hoped it would, just like Mom’s. So happy!
I want to send a shout out to Hobby Victim for suggesting the wax paper method of rolling pastry. It worked like a charm. You are full of the good advice my friend. Next time I come visit I am bringing pie. ^^