Monday, September 08, 2008

Pie in the Sky

Yesterday I made a blueberry pie - total success. Between this one and the apple pie I made for Labor Day I am increasing my record of pies eaten instead of being thrown away.
Don't worry Jeff we are saving this last little piece for you when you get home from work!

Blueberry Pie
Filling Ingredients:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 cups fresh blueberries

Apple Pie - Have you seen Southern Living this month. This is the recipe but it is worth buying as it as so many wonderful recipes in it.

Double Apple Pie With Cornmeal Crust

Double Apple Pie With Cornmeal Crust from Southern Living
Not my photo - from Southern Living

Prep: 30 min.; Stand: 30 min.; Bake: 1 hr., 20 min.; Cool: 1 hr., 30 min. Don't skip the apple jelly—it makes the baked pie juices taste rich. It also decreases the cloudiness that sometimes occurs with a flour-thickened apple pie filling.


Makes 8 servings


  • 2 1/4 pounds Granny Smith apples
  • 2 1/4 pounds Braeburn apples
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons apple jelly
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Cornmeal Crust Dough
  • Wax paper
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Brandy-Caramel Sauce


1. Preheat oven to 425ยบ. Peel and core apples; cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Place apples in a large bowl. Stir in next 7 ingredients. Let stand 30 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.

2. Place 1 Cornmeal Crust Dough disk on a lightly floured piece of wax paper; sprinkle dough lightly with flour. Top with another sheet of wax paper. Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness (about 11 inches wide).

3. Remove and discard top sheet of wax paper. Starting at 1 edge of dough, wrap dough around rolling pin, separating dough from bottom sheet of wax paper as you roll. Discard bottom sheet of wax paper. Place rolling pin over a 9-inch glass pie plate, and unroll dough over pie plate. Gently press dough into pie plate.

4. Stir apple mixture; reserve 1 Tbsp. juices. Spoon apples into crust, packing tightly and mounding in center. Pour remaining juices in bowl over apples. Sprinkle apples with 3 Tbsp. sugar; dot with butter.

5. Roll remaining Cornmeal Crust Dough disk as directed in Step 2, rolling dough to about 1/8-inch thickness (13 inches wide). Remove and discard wax paper, and place dough over filling; fold edges under, sealing to bottom crust, and crimp. Brush top of pie, excluding fluted edges, lightly with reserved 1 Tbsp. juices from apples; sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar. Place pie on a jelly-roll pan. Cut 4 to 5 slits in top of pie for steam to escape.

6. Bake at 425° on lower oven rack 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°; transfer pie to middle oven rack, and bake 35 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake 30 more minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly, crust is golden brown, and apples are tender when pierced with a long wooden pick through slits in crust. Remove to a wire rack. Cool 1 1/2 to 2 hours before serving. Serve with Brandy-Caramel Sauce.

Prep: 15 min., Chill: 1 hr. For a flaky crust, make sure the butter and shortening are cold. Our Food staff loved the flavor the apple cider brings to the crust. (Ice-cold water may be substituted.)

Pie Crust


Makes 2 dough disks


  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chilled shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 to 10 Tbsp. chilled apple cider


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter and shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Mound mixture on 1 side of bowl.

2. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. apple cider along edge of mixture in bowl. Using a fork, gently toss a small amount of flour mixture into cider just until dry ingredients are moistened; move mixture to other side of bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining cider and flour mixture.

3. Gently gather dough into two flat disks. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill 1 to 24 hours.


tootie said...

I love that pic of the pie plate and the clouds! How creative!

And the pies look sooo yummy. I think you've inspired me to try making apple pie :)

Kim Sue said...

this is funny because my husband come up to me the other day and says "you know that pie on the front of that magazine lying on your bathtub? can you make one of those?" (same apple pie in Southern Living) I haven't gotten to it yet!

elshmobelsh said...

Mmmm, do you give free samples? ;o) I'm very impressed you still ran your 10 miles in the rain. That was quite a storm! inspire me.

Sharon C. said...

I will need to take lessons from you. the pies have looked sooooo good!! Lucky JC...

Barb said...

Yes, I loved that pie in the sky photo, so effective with the glass plate.
I make alotta pie, and I am intrigued by the cornmeal crust. I dont' ever get Southern Living Magazine, perhaps I've been missing out.

Jill said...

I really don't like cooked fruit, so this kind of pie has no appeal to me other than aesthetic and domestic admiration. Way to go!

michelle said...

I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I don't like apple pie... but there you have it. It's a beautiful pie, though!

The blueberry one, however -- yes. It looks gorgeous AND delicious! Love that first photo.

Kat said...

You seriously have the cutest family. :) And you take great pictures. Thanks for the recipes. I am excited to try them out.

Cecilia said...

Woohoo for some good pie!
I love that picture of the "pie in the sky"!

Natasha said...

I get Southern Living and as soon as it arriveed in my mailbox I knew I wanted to attempt that apple pie!!

Liz said...

YUM! That blueberry pie looks soo good! Good for you for increasing your track record with pies!

Kristine said...

Hi Kristi! I'm excited to try that cornmeal crust. I love making pies...I bet that makes it delicious.
I just awarded you a Brilliante Blog award. Thanks for your inspiration and blog.

Nikki said...

I would really like that last piece of pie! I love, love, love blueberries... but would never make a pie, since no one else would eat it but me. (And I would eat it all!) Apple pie would get eaten around here though.
Love the pie in the sky picture!

wende said...

you take the best blog photos ever. that pie in the sky photo made me laugh for five minutes.

i love blueberries and will definitely be trying this recipe - mmmmm, pie! (homer simpson quote)