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This is Shannon. She’s washing fresh blueberries.
Shannon is my 17 year old, super smart, wonderful niece from Atlanta. She recently visited colleges in this area and spent a couple of days with us and her family here in Fredericksburg. Shannon’s father is one of my younger brothers. Brother David asked “where’s the pie?” Any good brother (and I have three) would know that I’m making a pie a week for the whole year so of course he was wondering what kind we were having. I had planned to make my blog pie on Sunday after they left to return to Georgia. But Shannon has started to take an interest in baking and made pumpkin pies last Thanksgiving. She was thrilled with the way they turned out but had not tried making homemade pie crust. She asked me if I would show her how.
I’m sure you understand how happy that made me! Somebody, somewhere wants to know how to make crust – and I can do that! I answered enthusiastically “Yes! I would love to show you how to make pie crust. What kind of pie do you want to make?” She decided on blueberry pie with a lattice crust. We made a quick trip to the farmer’s market for berries and the pie extravaganza began.
With any good pie crust you start with flour. Shannon added the salt and cut in the shortening.
Next she added the ice water counting the tablespoons.
I hate messing up when I’m trying to count so I tried to remain quiet and blend in with my surroundings.
She floured the clean surface and starting rolling out the dough. She put a little muscle behind it and did a great job.
The crust was placed in the pie plate and filled with the blueberry mixture. She dotted it with butter and repeated the process rolling out the top crust.
We used the kitchen ruler as a straight edge to cut strips of dough for the lattice.
She started with just a few strips and added more and more weaving them together as she went.
Isn’t this just beautiful! She did such a great job.
An egg wash was brushed on top and a little raw sugar sprinkled all around.
Ta daahhhhh! Into the oven it went.
Look at all that yummy blueberry juiciness!
This pie, and pie crust, was fantastic. We whipped up some homemade vanilla ice cream and then it was all gone! Thanks Shannon for making dessert – I enjoyed the break 🙂 I hope someone (this means you Shannon) carries on the baking tradition in our family. My daughter doesn’t like to bake 🙁 so my niece will have to carry the spatula torch!
Shannon used our Pie No. 1 Recipe for blueberry pie and a double pastry crust. Give it a try!
Since it’s blueberry season I thought you might be looking for recipes that include this wonderful little blue fruit. This Blueberry Brioche Bread was very tasty too.
Just one more … this easy homemade Blueberry Sauce was out of this world!
Check back on Friday for another blueberry recipe. It has been a very berry week! And that’s a good thing.
Thanks Shannon for letting me share my recipes and pass on what my mom and mammaw taught me about making pies. You did good girl!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a lovely day!