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Friday, October 14, 2011

Cloudy Day Blueberry and Apple Pie

It feels like it has been raining for days and when it rains, I bake. It feels like the right thing to do. The creative juices start flowing and the sweets appear. I have been watching the clouds noticing what the shapes look like, a dragon, a cat, a ship, a pie....

Wild Maine Blueberries are tender, small and sweet. Blueberries are one of the most healthiest of foods, full of antioxidants. The leaves and the stems have even more antioxidants, so no need to pull them out. I have been storing away blueberries since August knowing that the season will end.

Use fresh or frozen blueberries for your pie. If you are using frozen, it is not necessary to defrost them completely.

Use 2 cups of blueberries.

2 cups of your favorite tart apples. I like Cortland and McIntosh.

Basic Pastry dough for a 9 inch two - crust pie. Four ingredients, flour, salt, shortening and water.

Cut the shortening in the flour with two knives.

Add flour and sugar to apples and blueberries. Gently toss.

Pile in the blueberry and apple mixture into a lined pie pan.

Dot with butter. Large dots for me!

Cloudy Day pie deserves clouds on top. Beat an egg and brush the top, and bottom of the clouds so that they stay on the pie, brush the egg on to the whole pie.

Bake until pie is bubbling and crust is golden brown, about 60-70 minutes. Cover with foil if pie starts to get too brown.

These clouds look like bunnies or cats or clouds. They taste flaky and yummy.

A slice of Cloudy Day Blueberry and Apple Pie. A slice of life!
This recipe was featured at Joy of Desserts!
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  • Basic pastry dough for 9 inch 2 crust Pie
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 6-7 tablespoons water

  1. Mix flour and salt. 
  2. Cut in shortening with a a pastry blender or two knives. 
  3. Combine lightly only until the mixture resembles very tiny peas. 
  4. Sprinkle water over the flour mixture one tablespoon at a time. 
  5. Mix lightly with a fork, using only enough water so that the pastry will hold together when pressed gently into a ball. 
  6. Roll out on a floured board and floured rolling pin. Makes two crusts.

Cloudy Day Blueberry Apple Pie:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Line the pie pan with half the pastry dough. Wash and pick over blueberries if you are using fresh ones; if you are using frozen berries, it is not necessary to defrost them completely. Mix the flour, sugar, salt in a large bowl. Add the blueberries, sliced apples and lemon juice and toss well. Pile the mixture into the lined pie pan and dot with the butter. Roll out the top crust and drape it over the pie. Crimp the edges and cut several vents in the top.  Using a cookie cutter make shapes for the top of pie. Beat an egg and brush over top crust, brush bottom and top of shapes. Place on top of cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for 40-50 minutes or until top is browned. Cover with a sheet of foil if crust gets too brown. Pie will be bubbly and brown when done. Let cool before slicing. Serves 8-10. Recipe adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.
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Miz Helen said...

This is a very delicious Blueberry and Apple pie. I can almost taste a nice warm slice of this pie with some Blue Bell on top, yum! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Thank you Miz Helen for hosting such a nice party. Cloudy Day Pie would be absolutely perfect with a scoop of Blue Bell. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend as well. Thanks for stopping by.


Holly Lefevre said...

It looks heavenly. I have not baked a lot of pies...but am seriously feeling the need to try this one. I love your intro to the recipe too! Thanks fro coming by 504 Main! Your blog looks lovely and delicious!

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm...I have some blueberrys in my freezer from the summer...Looks delicious!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Holly,

Thanks! I think you will love it. That is so sweet of you, you made my day. Hope to see you again soon!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Vanillalemonade,

This pie would be perfect for your frozen blueberries! Your blog is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.


Courtney @ Misadventures in Cooking said...

I love the idea of all the fruits together. It looks lovely.

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

This looks delicious! I love the combination of apples and blueberries...two of my favorites! Thanks so much for stopping by, you have a wonderful site :)

Krista said...

Yum! I'll take a big slice w/ ice cream! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! Have a blessed week.

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Hannah said...

An unusual combination of fruits! Sounds like it would bridge the gap between summer an fall nicely.

Geni said...

How I love this friendly pie. I love the clouds on top and it made me smile. I wish I had some fresh blueberries, not exactly grown much here in CA. What a splendid pie. I do love to bake especially when it is cloudy. It just feels right.

Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish said...

Mmmm! Apples and blueberries together, what a great combo! I think your blog is terrific and so I would like to pass this on to you.

Autumn@Good Eats Girl said...

This pie looks amazing! I need to try blueberries and apples together...I bet it's delish!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Courtney@Misadventures in Cooking,

Thank you! Fruit pies are so wonderful and comforting. So happy you stopped by for a slice!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Lisa@Flour Me With Love,

Thanks for having me! So good to see you! It is a great combination that tastes so yummy!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Krista,

So nice to see you. I would love to share a piece of pie a la mode with you!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Hannah,

I love the way you said that- it is a great description- " Bridging the gap between summer and fall" I hadn't thought of the blueberries and apples in that way before and you are right- love it!!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Geni,

Thank you ever so. California girls have to stick together, come visit the East and try the low bush blueberries, nothing in the world quite like them, tiny but powerful!! Cloudy days are so dreamy, makes me want another slice! Good to see you!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish,

Thank you again for your sweet compliments and for the Versatile Blogger Award! This means so much to me. I really appreciate this.


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Autumn @ Good Eats Girl,

Thank you for stopping by! You will love this combo, I think I have to make another pie now!!


Kim said...

Oh ya! We just picked the last of the apples at the orchard. Actually, we ended up scouring the ground for drops, which were plentiful! This pie sounds fabulous!

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

This one looks delicious. Great flavor combination. Thank you for participating at Joy of Desserts. Come back soon. :-)

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Kim,

One of my favorite things to do- go apple picking and then thinking about all of the recipes I am going to make!You will love this pie. Thank you for stopping by! Hope to see you soon!


Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Joy @ Joy of Desserts,

Thank you for hosting such a nice party. It's so good to see you! This is a lovely combination that I think you will love!


arte lunga said...

Wow Lynette!
I didn't realize you've been cooking up such a beautiful storm.
You go girl!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Thanks Arte Lunga!

So great to see you here!! I have been cooking up a storm and now ready for a peaceful sail in the sun!Thanks for following me! I love what I see you doing!! So inspirational!