3/3/11

blueberry-almond double crust pie

Why wait for summer to have blueberry pie? And why have boring pie? Let's add something in there this time. What goes with blueberry? Well on a recent research quest to find the perfect croissant on cape cod (and it's hard let me tell you). I had a fairly decent almond croissant and though wow, there should be blueberries in here. That almond, crunchy, sugary paste is so good and a tart blueberry would pair nicely with it. So, I'm sure this has been done before, somewhere....
It's really easy to do, I just used a double crust and filled the two layers of the crust with that wonderful almond paste by King Arthur (or you can make your own or use whatever brand you like). If you do decide to make this, please read recipe instruction beforehand. It's worth the effort...it really is. The subtle flavor of the almond paste is heavenly.
I want to make almond croissants. I just have such a craving for them. My quest to find croissants around here are sad. Therefore I must make my own. Anyone had success with making almond croissants? Would love to hear about it.
Fill with a 1/4 cup or so of fresh almond paste. Then cover with another layer of pie crust. I've used pre-made pie crusts here--they work wonderful! Or you can use homemade pie crust; I've included a link in the recipe. 

Fill with blueberries, cover with pie crust, egg wash. Bake. Done!



Blueberry-Almond Pie
print recipe

cook notes: I do not like to make my blueberry pies too sweet in general. I only added in 1/4 cup of sugar. If you like your pies sweet you might want to add more sugar in. Also, with my crust, sometimes I like to tuck the crust under and not out with edges. Feel free to do it how you want. Sometimes I just like to tuck them under to have a neat, round pie--just for fun. You don't have to add a double crust on the top like I did. I'm just a crust-junkie so that's why I did it. But you might like it. If you like your blueberry filling a little more runny and juicy then only add in 1 TB cornstarch.

Crust:
2 - One double crust (so we need 4 layers of pie crust or you could use 3: 2 on bottom and 1 on top. I used 2 on bottom, 2 on top. Do what you want, but we need 2 for bottom in order to fill the pie crusts w/ almond filling).
If you need a good pie crust and want to know what I always use, it's Martha Stewart's recipe. Martha's basic pie dough never fails me. But you use what you like or use pre-made pie crusts. Keep in mind the pre-made one's might cook differently than homemade; just keep an eye on them when baking. In this recipe I used the pre-made pie crusts; they work wonderful!

Filling ingredients:
2 ½ pints of blueberries
2 TB fresh lemon juice
2 TB cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar

About ¼ cup of almond paste

Pie egg wash:
1 egg
2 TB heavy cream

In a glass combine the pie egg wash and mix/beat very well
In a bowl combine blueberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar. Mix well. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray your 9 inch pie pan with non stick spray. Place a layer of pie crust down. Fill & spread the almond paste. Cover with another layer of crust. Seal up the edges to close. Fill with blueberries. Take your egg wash and brush the edges of the pie. Place top layer of pie and seal all edges. Do it how you like but I like to tuck mine underneath. Feel free to do it however you like, just make sure they are sealed good.
Brush the rim of the crust with the egg wash and the entire pie. Poke a few slits on the top of pie before baking to let steam escape.
Place pie on a sheet lined with parchment paper.
At this point some of you might like to chill your pie. Please go ahead if you want too. I do not like to chill mine. I’ve never ever noticed a difference when I chilled it (unless it's summer or a hot kitchen). But do what works for you when handling pie doughs.
When ready to bake place pie in preheated 425 degree over and bake for about 15 minutes. Then turn heat down to 350 degrees and bake another 30 to 40 minutes. Mine was done at 30 minute mark; please check at the 30 minute mark.
To know when it’s done? Look for browned edges, bubbly insides.
Let cool before serving. Should serve 6-8.

46 comments:

  1. A genius idea filling the crust and it looks so much better than anything you can find in a bakery. Love the almond paste.

    ReplyDelete
  2. damn NO DAMN - IS WHAT I REALLY MEANT this is the shit...and I mean that! Holy all that is holy! Dawn this is above and BEYOND the call of duty...I LOVE THIS PIE!

    ReplyDelete
  3. beautiful words: double crust

    ReplyDelete
  4. Seriously? A double crust filled with almond paste. Are you trying to slowly kill me. Do you know how fat we would be if we were neighbors?? SHIT

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm speechless..........and drooling! This looks Uh-maze-ing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ooooh this sounds delicious! Fruit and almonds are such a great combo.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Almonds and blueberries...now that's one I haven't thought of before. I would love to come home to a huge slice of this. Maybe you could drive down and drop one off? And then we can try making croissants together because they are something I have always wanted to tackle!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Mmmm blueberry pie! With LOTs of crust and almond paste - job well done, Dawn!

    ReplyDelete
  9. love blueberry and almond! looks delightful.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Yep! Blueberries and almonds are awesome together. Odense makes a good almond paste too. Thanks for mentioning King Arthur's version. That's good to know.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Stunning! Wow. What a combo.

    ReplyDelete
  12. So glad you went with the blueberry pie post, this looks incredible and now I am craving blueberry pie!

    ReplyDelete
  13. You. Rock. Plain and simple.

    I wish you would open a bakery. Next door to my house. Right now. Please?

    ReplyDelete
  14. wait, so there are 3 crusts in that pie? nice. and seriously delicious. love the almond filling you added! i just used the last of my summer blueberries in the crisp i just posted... sad! but delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. LOVE blueberries. I'm so excited for more fresh fruit availability in summer!! The pie looks awesome. A double crust? Fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Ummmm that is BEYOND! I just sent it to my cousin - this is her in dessert form! I may have to get over my fear of pie crusts to make this glorious concoction!

    ReplyDelete
  17. You're killing me with that photo. My gawd, a flaky crust on the top AND the bottom, a filling bursting at its seams with fruity goodness, and then a huge blob of fluffy cream on top. I am swooning. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  18. What a clever idea! A beautiful combo that produced a beautiful pie.

    ReplyDelete
  19. It all looks so good. You really are a creator of fabulous foods.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Can't help you there, I'm hopeless with pastries!
    This sounds awesome, love the sound of that double crust!

    ReplyDelete
  21. This is what I like to call food porn. OMG! DIVINE!!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

    ReplyDelete
  22. I need to be eating this now.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh yum a double double crust. That looks truly awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh my gosh ~ that pie looks freakin' fabulous!! Want some now :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow, that just looks so perfect! You did such an amazing job. I totally want a piece, and i dont even care for blueberries!
    *kisses* HH

    ReplyDelete
  26. quadruple crust = PHENOMENAL. and your filling is so thick and luscious! this is a masterpiece, dawn--bravo.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Found you through SITS, this looks amazing and the photos are awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Those pictures are so amazing. Now all I want to do is eat pie. Adding almond paste, sure genius.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I just had a foodgasm looking at this pic! I found your blog on SITS and I'm stalking. I mean following now!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Thank goodness for StumbleUpon, which is how I landed on your site and this recipe. I'm loving the double crust with almond paste between them. I'm loving the double crust on top and I'm loving the tucked under crust. the whole thing is absolutelyfriggenperfect.

    ReplyDelete
  31. OMG Look amazing! Love blueberries! gloria

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love blueberry pie & can only imagine the almond past makes it better

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hi
    it is seeing delicious
    it look like english special cake:)
    when i was in London i have tried this like it
    it is great!
    bye

    ReplyDelete
  34. This is awesome! I love the almond paste and blueberry combo - sounds heavenly!

    ReplyDelete
  35. your pictures, your recipes, omg. i am in heaven.

    thank you for sharing a little slice of blueberry heaven today :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. What a fabulous idea, Dawn. You are the best and come up with smashing ideas!!
    Cannot WAIT to try this!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Double crust pies are the best. Thats my favorite part!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Almond-filling? That's me sold. Add blueberries and I'm a fan. Looks fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  39. That is one nice looking pie! The almond and blueberry combination is a great one. A touch of amaretto would also be nice. :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. It's more like quadruple crust pie! This pie is insane but I bet it was wonderful- it sure looks tasty as I love blueberries. Never thought to pair it wil almond though. Will try that combo though next time.

    ReplyDelete
  41. This looks so good, simple but the almond paste kicks it up a notch. Might be a real good treat for us this weekend. Thanks Dawn for yet another tasty escape. :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. This pie looks AMAZING. I am making this one for certain!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Already a huge fan of your blog & your creativity. But, your pictures are just incredible, what type of camera do you use?

    ReplyDelete
  44. ooohhhh i soooo love danish pastry and grew up with marzipan. so this is divine! i have a big stash of blueberries and will do a pie up for the holidays to kill everyone's diet hehe! oh, one thing you could add is a bit spirit such as a flavored rum! i did that before, whatever tickles you, i had some parrot bay on hand and it worked for me....

    ReplyDelete

I love your comments, they make my day!

Share

Get This