Baking with Julia – Blueberry Nectarine Pie

So this one had me doubting the recipe again and I want to say right off the bat that I was wrong to do it. I mixed up the dough on Friday night and I decided to just do the whole recipe because it didn’t seem easily halvable (math is not my strong suit peeps) and I checked the book about 6 times before I put in the shortening because it just seemed like SO MUCH! I also decided to follow the instructions and use my paddle instead of the whisk attachment that I normally use when making pastry in my stand mixer and that seemed wrong to me as well. I like using the whisk because it seems like it acts more like a pastry cutter while the paddle seems more meant for blending. Looking at the dough in the bowl I was very, very doubtful. I make pie a lot and my pie dough doesn’t usually look anything like the cookie-doughish consistency that this one took on. But I separated it into four pieces and wrapped it up to wait for a day when I had time to bake.

The fruit portion of this was a cinch – after I managed to de-pit the nectarines that is. I don’t have a lot of experience with stone fruits. My parents never bought them growing up and I never seem to think to do it myself. I maybe should have cooked the fruit a little longer because I didn’t feel like the juice ever really thickened. I didn’t end up adding any lemon juice at all because I thought it tasted very nice without it. Then I took out the dubious crust and guess what, it rolled out like a charm! Oh me of little faith! I did think it was a little floppy and hard to manipulate decoration-wise though. I usually like to make mine look a little fancier but it wouldn’t cooperate with me very much even after the 20 minute chill. I slipped it into the oven with an aluminum foil lined baking sheet on the rack underneath with a little bit of worry. I just was not sure that this crust was going to work out, but as you can see I was totally wrong:

Perfectly golden and crusty looking, no? I didn’t cut it until this morning and everything about it was delicious. I distributed it to all my regular taste testers at work and the vote was unanimous – it’s a winner! I never would have put these two fruits together on my own and I’m so glad I’ve tried it now because I know I’ll make it again. This is definitely one of my favorite pies I’ve made this year. I hope all the rest of the TWD bakers liked it as much as I did! If you want to have one for your very own, check out Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake or Hilary at Manchego’s Kitchen for the recipe.

32 thoughts on “Baking with Julia – Blueberry Nectarine Pie

  1. I was very happy with the pie crust. I wanted to make mine look pretty but couldn’t find my cutters! Oh well, next time. There will be a next time. Your pie came out great looking.

  2. Probably… you should try to make it again in a couple of weeks, on a Tuesday, maybe the 14th, to hone the new technique.

    • I didn’t put the pie plate directly on the baking sheet, I put the foil-lined sheet on the rack below so I didn’t have any problems. I would have been leery about putting it directly on the sheet too.

  3. Looks wonderful! Glad to hear that I am not the only one who reads and then rereads and then rereads again a recipe when it doesn’t seem right. I, too, have resigned myself to trust that there must be a reason, otherwise they wouldn’t have written it that way. it’s the same thing with my kids, I remind them that I wouldn’t tell them to do something a certain way unless I had a good reason for it. They haven’t caught on yet, though.

  4. Beautiful pictures, and pie. I too had the same doubts about the shortening, but mine were unfortunately fulfilled. Every bite I had a slick coating on my tongue from the shortening.

  5. This was a great pie – the filling was tasty (we upped the lemon a bit in ours) and the dough was fiddly, but perfect in the end.

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