Sunday, January 11, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - BB - Blackberry Blueberry Pie

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Blackberries and blueberries together is really an unexpectedly neo-classic flavor. Really delicious and unique!

Mis en place. Wait! Not so fast. There is a bit of backstory. 

The lovely pie plate and server were Channakah gifts from my lovely wife. (Maybe I can convince her to guest-blog again. Hint, hint.)


I'm not sure if I'm more pleased with those items or this giant container of Muscovado she got me.


Being a kosher kitchen, we had to 'tovel' the new items in a (rain-water) mikvah.
In fact, any thing new we buy gets put away (and sometimes forgotten) until we 'tovel' it. 
Needless to say, these gifts spurred me to get our act together.

Lulu was with me to learn the trade.

Some of the other 'lost' items. Feels like we went shopping and bought these again, now that we can finally use them!


Coarse-meal? Um, maybe.


The 'bag-method'. I honestly have no idea what I'm doing here as this is about the second real 'pie' I have attempted.






Rolling it.

These exact amounts of dough in the recipe did not leave a lot of room for error...


…and of error, there was a good amount.

I should have titled this post -'A patchwork-pie'.

The blueberries were frozen but I could only find fresh blackberries. Lets just say it was an expensive pie.

Here you can see how the top pie crust rolled out. Again, I sort of wished there was just a bit 'more' dough so that you could have a bit more f'ray around the edges' with out affecting the inner circle.


Toaster shot.

I mixed up some more sugar-cornstarch etc and made some pie-lets with the left over blueberries.

Definitely 'flakey'. The crust was 'flaking' as I took of the  tinfoil rim-sheild. It really is a delicious crust.

The Blueberry pie-lets were good too.

What a great flavor.








17 comments:

  1. Your wife is adorable! What perfect gifts! I never heard about "tovel" before. It's always so much fun to learn something new from your blog. Was your pie super soupy using a mix of fresh and frozen berries? The pielettes don't look soupy at all. Were the berries thawed or frozen?

















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      The pie-lets were not soupy but the pie itself was. We shall see tomorrow.

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  2. Mendy--you are such a good sport! i just want to tell you that you are using a deep dish pie plate which is 2 cups larger than the standard which is why you were having trouble rolling the crust large enough but the pie still looks good. get a pyrex 9" pie plate--it's only about $5 and will make your life much easier for future pies that are not deep dish. your wife is such a sweetheart to get you the muscovado sugar!

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      Thanks Rose. That's good to know!

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  3. Interesting post Mendy! I too never heard of tovel before. I didn't know you have to put newly bought items in rain water. Do you have to go to a special place to do it? Or you have a place where it collects rainwater for you?
    Your pie looks delicious..even though you had problems with it..but still looked yummy! I esp. love the tiny ones!

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      There are special places (mikvas) built for it. However, you could also use a lake or the ocean. :)

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  4. Your wife is so nice to get you such nice gifts. I am curious to see how much of the Muscovado will be left by the end of this bake a long!

    The pie looks yummy. Patch work pie is okay as long as it tasted good. I think rolling and putting on pie dough is hard. Kouign Amann feels easy in comparison.

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  5. Mendy, what a great idea with those little cup cakes pies, love that and I can see your pie looks nice and it is delicious !

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  6. The thing about bakers and home cooks, we get excited by food gifts... I too learn something new every time from you. The soupy theme continues....

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  7. Hi Mendy, life is good in your family kitchen. I enjoyed your post. Look forward to next week's Panettone.

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  8. Pie-lets! What a great idea. Food gifts are always the best gifts too!

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  9. oooh, i've been wanting those big jars of muscovado! what lovely gifts from your lovely wife. hopefully she will do a guest post again. i also like seeing shots of the baker in action! we too rarely come out from behind the camera, it seems. i love the idea of washing everything clean with rain or lake or ocean water!

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  10. My 'course' meal looked a lot like yours. But it seems to be a very forgiving dough.

    I'd never heard of the tovel before either although it's not surprising because most of my knowledge of Orthodox Judaism comes from the novels by Chaim Potok (which I enjoyed a lot). So interesting.

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  11. Mendy,
    Your patchwork pie made me laugh so hard--I've made many a pie that looked like that, and I didn't stay sanguine about it either. But Rose's pie crust is my new true love. Maybe by the time we finish this book, we'll both find our inner pastry chefs.

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  12. I love your little pielettes - adorable. And so interesting that they weren't runny but the pie was. This pie was such a challenge in the runny filling department :/ However, it tasted great, so no big deal in my book.

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  13. I always enjoy reading your posts. That jar of muscavado made me smile. Love your little blueberry pies too. I was NOT a fan of the bag method of making the crust. I think the butter flakes are too big and don't allow the dough to hold together very well. Just my 2 cents. Love post, as usual.

    Patricia @ ButterYum
    http://www.butteryum.org/roses-alpha-bakers/2014/12/21/tbb-black-and-blueberry-pie

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  14. Mmmm, muscovado jar. Want to jump in and swim around.

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