So I attempted my first pie of all time, from scratch!
I was really nervous just because of everything I'd heard about how annoying/difficult it is to make pie dough (and it really was pretty frustrating)... I've also never been a huge fan of cooked fruits and no one had ever requested a pie from me so I just didn't bother. But after the potluck, discussing pie with so many people, I figured this was the best time to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did.
This pie was delectable and not too sweet. I was shocked that I enjoyed it, and even wanted to eat a whole slice! Indians never eat pie and I always think of it as being such an all-American dish. Especially apple pie! However, the thought of cooked apples sort of repulses me. I know, I know, I'm crazy. I've just always preferred fresh fruits instead of cooked ones...
But I love doing my blog because it forces me to try new flavors and dishes I never would have attempted before. It's expanding my taste buds, which is never a bad thing.
I did some extensive research on the best pie dough before settling on one. I think it turned out great, although it was rather sticky and difficult to roll out. A friend who bakes told me that it takes a few tries to get it right...
I had wanted to do a lattice crust that I've always seen people do, but the dough simply wasn't cooperating... I suppose it didn't help that it's ridiculously hot here and I was trying to use a fan instead of my air conditioning, so that may have had something to do with the dough being a brat.
I then thought it would be cute to have a top with heart cut outs but that wasn't working either. So ultimately I cut out heart shapes and placed them on top instead. I do love me some heart shapes! I thought it ended up looking sort of cute in the end, even if it was a little messy...
I chose nectarines for the pie since I've never tried nectarines before and they looked juicy... I'm glad I did because nectarines are delicious! And the addition of crystallized candied ginger really complemented the taste well. I've been holding that ginger in my pantry for over six months now, wondering if I'd ever use it. I'm so glad I saved it, and that it stores well! One of my best purchases everrr. Even though I used quite a bit of it, the taste was still subtle and not overpowering overall.
The filling had some cinnamon in it and it made the edges perfectly crispy with a bite of cinnamon and sugar. I also accidentally forgot to double the dough recipe (the correct, doubled recipe is posted here) so my pie was a lot shorter than it probably should have been. I didn't have any overhang...Oops!
I highly recommend making this pie. It's really the best summer dessert and would be such a pleasant addition to any party, or a warm dessert to nosh on at the end of a calm night, with some ice cream of course :)
Adapted from William-Sonoma and Prime Cuts
Two 9-inch pie crust (or one double-crust pie, as in this case)ield:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 16 tbsp. cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 6 tbsp. very cold water