Happy 4th! We are keeping it super low key this year and just hanging out at home. After a massive few weeks, it's so nice to just muck around and spend time with each other. We have done super exciting things like buying a vacuum cleaner and answering emails, and last night we managed to get a walk-in table at Lilia, which was everything I imagined that it would be. It was this time three years ago that we were sitting at home replying to literally thousands of emails and sales questions after the cloud got blogged the first time on a big design blog. Our business kind of started itself a few days after the 4th of July, so it's always nice to remind ourselves just how far we really have come in a relatively short time.
After last 4th of July's crazy cake situation I decided to keep it a little more low key and make pie. I branched out a tiny bit from my standard crust, adding a little buckwheat, which added a lovely toasty flavour. The filling is simple - beautiful fresh raspberries and blueberries from the greenmarket, along with some white currants which I picked up there too to try and go along with the 'red white and blue' thing (they aren't really white but points for trying). I added some quick pastry strips for stripes and some cut out stars, and we were very 4th of July! I'm totally posting this too late for anyone to actually make it in time for the 4th, but the flavour combination was so lovely I figured I would share it, as it would make a perfect summer berry pie for a bbq, or any occasion where you need pie. Just top it with your favourite lattice and you are good to go!
Have the best week! And a quick P.s: you can nominate as many times as you like for the Saveur awards, so if you have a spare 10 seconds I would love a nomination for 'best new voice' please and thank you! xx
Blueberry, raspberry and white currant pie with buckwheat crust
- Makes one 9" pie -
2 1/4 cups (325g) Flour
1/2 cup (60g) buckwheat flour (I used dark buckwheat flour)
Pinch of Salt
2 tsp (8g) sugar
2 sticks (226g) cold butter, cut into cubes
1 cup (240ml) cold water
1 cup ice
1/4 cup (60ml) Apple cider vinegar
350g (12oz) Raspberries
350g (12oz) Blueberries
150g (5oz) white currants (optional)
1/2 cup (100g) raw sugar - if your berries are quite sour, increase this to 3/4 cup
1/2 c (70g) all-purpose flour
Egg wash - 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp water
Additional raw sugar to sprinkle
- PROCESS -
Place flour, buckwheat flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut butter into chunks, and add to the flour. Toss lightly to coat. Working quickly, using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are only pea-sized chunks left. You want a few lumps of butter remaining to keep the pastry nice and tender.
Combine ice, water and cider vinegar in a bowl. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the ice water into the flour and butter mixture, and using a stiff spatula or your hands, mix in well. Continue adding water a tablespoon at a time ( I normally need about 8-10 tbsp) until you have a dough that holds together well, but is not too wet. Squeeze together with your fingertips to make a homogenous dough. Shape into two discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Rest in the fridge for at least two hours, or preferably overnight.
FILLING AND BAKING
On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the discs of dough to slightly larger than your 9" pie dish. Line the dish with the dough, leaving an overhang. Rest in the fridge until ready to fill.
In a large bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients. Toss well to combine using a spatula. Pour into the prepared dough-lined pie dish.
Divide the second disc of dough into 2/3 of 1/3 of the disc. Roll out the 2/3 portion into a rectangle. Using a pastry wheel or multi-wheel cutter (which are the best ever), cut strips approx 3/4 inch wide, or your desired lattice width. Place the strips over the filling, leaving a small gap between. Roll out the second portion of dough, and cut out stars using cutters. Arrange as desired on the pie. Trim the edges of the pie so that they are flush with the pie dish. Alternatively, decorate with your favourite lattice pattern.
Rest the pie in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
While the pie is resting, preheat the oven to 425˚f / 220˚c. Once the pie has rested, remove from the oven. Brush with egg wash (egg and water whisked together), and sprinkle liberally with raw sugar.
Place the pie on a baking tray, and place in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes until the dough has set and is beginning to go golden. Reduce the oven temperature to 375˚f / 190˚c, and cook for a further 35-45 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.
Remove from the oven and cool on a rack. Eat warm or at room temperature.