WILD BLACKBERRY PIE
2 1/2 call purpose flour
3 1/2 Tbspsugar
1 cbutter flavor shortening, very cold
5 Tbspice water
1 1/2 lbblackberries, washed (about 2 pints)
3 Tbspall purpose flour
1 Tbsplemon juice
1 tspgrated lemon zest (optional)
1 Tbspsalted butter
How to Make WILD BLACKBERRY PIE
- In mixing bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 1/3 teaspoon salt.
- Add shortening and cut into flour with a pastry blender or 2 knives until it resembles coarse meal.
- Using a fork, stir the ice water in until it just starts to come together.
- Turn out onto lightly floured work surface and knead 3 to 5 times (don't over-knead.)
- Form into ball and cut in half.
- Shape each half into a disk about 3/4"-1" thick.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. (May be done a day ahead.)
- Place oven rack in middle position, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and remove dough from refrigerator (allow to sit at room temperature 10-15 minutes before rolling out.)
- Place 1 disk of dough on lightly floured surface and, using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into a 12 inch circle.
- Using a bench scraper or long, straight edge chef's knife, go around and under the edge of the dough, releasing it from the surface.
- Place rolling pin on dough, slightly off-center, and using bench scraper, lift dough up and roll over rolling pin, until all dough is released.
- Roll out 2nd crust.
- Pour berries into plated crust and dot with small pieces of the butter.
- Fold edge under, crimp and flute.
- Cut several slits in top and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 1 hour and 15-20 minutes, checking browning of edge at about 50 minutes. (If becoming too brown, cover edge of pie with foil, see note.)
- NOTE: To prevent over-browning of edge of piecrust, try this easy trick: Place an empty pie pan, upside down, on flat surface. Tear a square of foil from roll and fold in half. Place over half of the pan and smooth the foil down over the edge of the bottom of pan to create a half moon imprint on foil. Remove foil and use kitchen shears to cut out the "moon." Unfold and place over pie.