Nectarine Pie

Thursday, July 28, 2011



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 :)



Nectarine Pie
Adapted from William-Sonoma and Prime Cuts
Yield: Two 9-inch pie crust (or one double-crust pie, as in this case)
  • 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
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix briefly to blend.  Add in the butter pieces and mix on medium-low speed to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand and the largest butter pieces are not much bigger than peas.  Mix in the cold water on low speed just until the dough comes together.
Cut the dough in half and pat one half into a round, flat disk. Roll out the disk into a 12-inch round as directed and line the pan or dish. Trim the edge of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Press any scraps trimmed from the first round into the bottom of the remaining dough half. 
Roll out the rest of the dough and use a heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
*I chose not to get out my stand mixer for this and mixed all this by hand... not sure if that contributed to the butter being sticky but the end result was delicious!*

Cut the dough in half. Roll out one piece into a circle and place in a 9” pie pan. Line the pan with aluminum foil and fill with beans, rice or, if you actually have them, pie weights (this will keep the crust down in the pan and prevent it from bubbling up). Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then bake for about 7-10 minutes, or until the crust feels a little bit set (this process will keep the filling from making the crust soggy later on).

Filling


Ingredients

  • 5 cups peeled, pitted and sliced white nectarines (yellow are fine if that?s all you can find) — about 5-6 large fruits
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, small-diced
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 egg lightly beaten with 2 tablespoons cream, for glazing the crust
  • A little extra granulated sugar for sprinkling on top
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the nectarines, sugar, flour, candied ginger and cinnamon. Toss to coat. 

Fill the cooled pie shell and dot with the small-diced butter.

Brush a little bit of egg white onto the edge of the bottom crust, then place the heart shapes on top, slightly overlapping but leaving small gaps so that steam can escape while baking.

Brush the top crust with the beaten egg/cream mixture, then sprinkle with a little sugar. 

Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake till the pie is golden brown, about 30 minutes more. 

Serve warm or at room temperature, preferably with a scoop of vanilla or ginger ice cream.

How are you guys keeping cool in this heat?!

5 comments:

Jess said...

What a fabulous pie and I can't believe this is the result after your first time! I agree though, pie dough can be difficult to work with but once you find that 'one', you'll probably stick with it for quite a while! I have two pie dough recipes I absolutely love (and they're so easy to make and use) if you want to check them out :)

http://lifessimplemeasures.blogspot.com/2011/05/bumbleberry-pie.html

http://lifessimplemeasures.blogspot.com/2011/04/chocolate-chip-cookie-pie.html

The Mad Hao Guru said...

this was delicious.

Tanvi said...

This pie looks great! I, too, find rolling out pie crust to be extremely frustrating. My pie crust always sticks, breaks, crumbles, etc. etc. I'm still looking for that perfect recipe! Gorgeous pie! I can't believe it's your first one!

Aba said...

That looks so good! Sad I missed it. I love pie. :)

Aba said...

Beautiful pie! The hearts are cute. :) Sad I missed it! I hope you keep making pie now!

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