July 2, 2014

The best berry pie



There is nothing more satisfying than when you succeed with pie. Pie makes me happy. This pie is the quintessence of summer with lots and lots of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Perfect to serve with a scoop, or two, of vanilla ice cream.

I don't know if it's just me, but I kind of feel like a criminal when I'm shooting outside. I almost try and hide as much as possible because I feel like people are staring at me. When I shot these images a father and his two sons were walking by. I overheard his kids asking him "WHAT is she doing??". They're were on their way towards me to see what I was up to when he stopped them.
I smiled. Children's honesty and curiosity is really refreshing. Instead of just wondering what I was up too, they were on their way to see what I was doing, without prejudice.

I'm a little sad I didn't bring company and a blanket for my photo shoot as this beautiful spot would have been so perfect for a picnic. A pie picnic.





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The best berry pie

Pie crust
2 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (375 g) all purpose flour
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
150 g cold butter, in cubes
5-7 tbsp ice water
2 tsp lemon or lime juice
1 egg


Filling
1 kg (2.2 lbs) mixed berries (I used a mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries), preferably fresh
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
a pinch of salt
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp (180 g) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla sugar)
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (can be omitted)

Egg wash
1 egg
1 tbsp water
a pinch of salt

1/2 tbsp granulated sugar, to sprinkle


Pie crust
Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
Mix flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and mix until you get fine crumbs. Add the water (begin with 5 tbsp and add an additional 1-2 tbsp if the dough feels dry in the end), juice and egg and mix until the dough just comes together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out about 2/3 of the dough on a lightly floured surface and line the bottom of a 24 cm/9 inch pie pan with it. Do not trim the edges yet. Put the lined pan in the fridge. Roll out the rest of the dough and cut out long stripes for a lattice pattern.

Egg wash
Lightly beat egg with water and salt in a small bowl.

Filling
Mix flour, cornstarch, salt, sugar, vanilla and cardamom in a bowl. Put berries in a large bowl, and add the flour mixture. Carefully turn berries berries with a large spoon so they are covered with the flour mixture.
Pour berry mixture into the prepared lined pan and top with pie stripes. "Glue" pie stripes onto the pie crust using some egg wash. Trim edges and use a fork to make a pretty edge, or just pinch edges together. Brush top and edges of the pie with egg wash. Sprinkle some granulated sugar on top.
Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C, then lower temperature to 175°C (350°F) and bake for an additional 50-60 minutes (start checking after 30-40 minutes so the edges don't brown too much) until filling is bubbly and fragrant. Turn off oven and leave in the oven for an additional 30 minutes to set. Leave to cool completely in room temperature before serving with lightly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.




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47 comments:

  1. This is simply beautiful! Amazing pictures :)

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  2. YES! I feel exactly the same when I photograph outside. I don't like the attention. Great pie...for pie picnic =)

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  3. You are getting better and better in what you do, if that's even possible! :-) Love the photos!

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  4. Your photos are amazing. I really wish that I could make such a beautiful pie as you did.

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  5. haha, i know this exact feeling. it's like being spied on while doing super-secret stuff ;)
    it's a beautiful cake, i think i might try it soon, picnic included!

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  6. Amazing pictures, and it looks so delicous!
    About the CUP, how much is one cup in deciliter (DL)? :)

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    1. One cup is about 2 1/2 dl :-)
      And thanks!

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  7. This pie DOES look like the best!! Holy awesome!

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  8. This pie is perfection which your pictures capture so incredibly well. Haha, and I definitely feel like a criminal when shooting outside..or trying to find the most beautiful cherries at the farmers' market or looking at a bowl from various different angles when choosing props in a store. Just saying these things out loud feels so hilarious :D

    P.S. I'm in love with your new design! Very well done.
    P.P.S. After I saw that little sneak peek of your upcoming book, I was even more excited to get my hand on it!

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  9. I'm in love ♥ It's so sweet.

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  10. This pictures are so beautiful! The pie looks amazing.

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  11. Whoa! Such a bold statement...I might have agreed if i hadn't baked a spectacular berry cake myself :) it's on

    www.allnnothing.com

    P.S. I adore the photos!

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    1. Hehe, I know! Gotta be bold when there are thousands of berry pies in the blogosphere to compete with. And thanks so much!

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  12. Just another reason (as if we need one) to fall in love with your site. Perfection.

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    1. Thank you Todd! I'm so happy you like my blog :-)

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  13. heehee! i chuckled with delight at your observations of feeling like a criminal when shooting this!! your pie looks so beautiful! i love pies, too! it is so satisfying when it comes out perfectly with a beautiful crust! i adore these photographs too as always - so summery, and yes, picnic-y! xo

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  14. Such a gorgeous pie, I love the mix of berries!

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  15. Your photos make me so so happy. Thank you for sharing them. (Made your rhubarb cupcakes for Father's Day...they were a HUGE success! Thank you!)

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  16. Great pictures! I bet the pie must be amazing ;-)

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  17. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a more perfect pie. Beautifully done...

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  18. Wow. Gorgeous pictures. I mean, that pie is just almost too pretty to eat, but the recipe sounds so delicious... I could not resist.

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  19. wow wow wow super tolle Bilder, super toller cake...i love it <3

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  20. this looks so amazingly delicious - my tummy starts to growl immediately!
    love your blog! greetings from Germany, geisslein

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  21. lovely berry pie and great photos:-)

    Thanks for your recept.

    mary-Liz
    http://mariahoffbeck.blogspot.dk/2014/06/sommertrte-nem-hurtig-og-sund.html

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  22. wonderful blog, i love the header =) Beautiful!

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  23. I have the same feelings! I don't like to be watched while shooting...it is something personal) besides, you look like a stranger to others)

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  24. What an absolutely beautiful pie!

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  25. So, so beautiful!! and now i'm hungry :)

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  26. du är ju så sjukt duktig och allt du gör blir så snyggt

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  27. Fantastiskt galet fin paj - slår vad om att den var minst lika god. Jag hade gärna kommit och suttit på en filt och ätit ;-) Och så fantastiskt fin ny bloggdesign! Kram

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  28. These photos are exquisite! I want to dive right into that beautiful scene and have me some pie.

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  29. I am most definitely making this next weekend!

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  30. Looks divine!

    www.motownsavvy.com

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  31. Looks so yummy! I love it!
    http://ellysinbakemyday.blogspot.fi/

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  32. You always have the best photography. This pie looks like pure fruity perfection!

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  33. Absolutely love the photo in the wooden box!

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  34. I used cherries instead of strawberries, it was delicious! :)

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    1. Hooray! So glad you enjoyed it Monika :-) Cherries are always a good choice!

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  35. This pie looks wonderful! But I'm just wondering, what pan size does this yield? And also, can I cut down a little on the berries, say to about 600g - 800g instead?

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  36. Linda, this pie is great and tastes delicious with vanilla ice-creams. I used only blackberries and here you can see my version: http://gotujzkasia.pl/2014/09/02/tarta-z-jezynami/ Thanks for the recipe :) Greetings from Poland :)

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