When life gets crazy, bake a pie.
White Peach & Blueberry Pie
- 8 white peaches
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 T. cardamom
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 1 T. sugar
- 1 T. flour
Cut up peaches and combine in bowl with blueberries, cardamom and cinnamon. Set aside.
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 sugar
- 3/4 cup cold butter
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 tsp. cardamom
- 1 tsp. cloves
Mix flour, sugar, cardamom and cloves together. Place dry mixture into food processor and combine with cold cubes of butter (or use the old cutting method.) Once the butter is thoroughly mixed in with the dry mixture, add the cold water. Knead into a pliable, smooth dough and then form into a ball. Divide ball in half and form each half into a pie crust wider than the diameter of the pie pan.
Once the first pie crust is in the pan, pile the fruit in the middle. Sprinkle with one tablespoon flour and sugar and cover with second crust. Fold edges of first crust over the second crust and push up against the sides of the pan so you can show off your style on the crust. I went for a simple aesthetic; you might want to illustrate the battle of Hogwarts around the sides of yours.
Once you’re styled your pie, crack an egg yolk into a cup and combine with a splash of cold water. Mix up and brush lightly over the crust. Sprinkle with sugar and pop in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 and 40 minutes at 350, or until golden brown.
Once done, cool for an hour before instagramming, eating, serving to loved ones or saving for next day’s breakfast.
Not to go all Keri Russell on you, but there is a definite magic to making pies that calms me. I’m not even hungry for it when I’m done making it, but I feel emptied out of everything that was previously consuming me. It’s a type of meditation. Each recipe changes with the day you create it, with the fruit that you find and the mood that you’re in.
Today was filled with meetings, production budgets and shooting schedules and ended with a simple, beautiful new pie recipe.
Actually, I lied. It’s actually ending with a Breaking Bad marathon.
There goes the calm I just cultivated. ;)