Tuesday, July 8, 2008

TWD - I Found my Thrill on Blueberry Hill

My hostess was happy when I offered to bring the TWD blueberry pie to her July 4th celebration. The 4th was a glorious day in Saratoga Springs. The temperature was in the mid-70s and there were no clouds in the sky. I started the morning with a kayak paddle on Fish Creek (the dog went along and took a swim – amazing for a terrier), a lunch of fresh tomato sandwiches in my friend Deb’s beautiful garden and finally a late afternoon picnic dinner. It was the best 4th celebration in recent memory.




The pie was devoured by the picnickers. I added some homemade vanilla ice cream (from Dorie’s recipe) to round out the dessert. The crust recipe was more like a cookie with the abundant butter in the pie dough and although a little tricky to roll out, it held up very well. My motto that butter makes things better was especially true for the pie dough. Heck, the pie dough was good enough to eat raw -- did I mention I sampled it? With the filling, I used fresh blueberries but as suggested by other Dorettes tinkered with the bread crumbs. In my pie I substituted crushed Nilla cookies for the bread crumbs. It added some complexity of vanilla to the flavor along with the lemon zest which the picnickers really liked. I didn’t reduce the amount of sugar in the pie, just went with the cup she recommended.



17 comments:

  1. Lucky fourth of july guests. I love your post title. Pie looks wonderful-especially with the scoop of vanilla.

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  2. Mmmm... Saratoga Springs. What a beautiful place. And I agree, that dough really did remind me of a cookie dough as well! Your pie looks fantastic, and so does your ice cream!

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  3. Nothing like homemade pie and ice cream - what a perfect combo for the fourth.

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  4. your pie looks beautiful, glad everyone enjoyed it!

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  5. shhh - i sampled it too - wasn't it good??

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  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful 4th and your pie looks great! I paired mine with ice cream too.

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  7. I didn't want to be the first to admit it, but I ate the raw dough, too :) What a pretty slice of pie!

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  8. So glad that everyone enjoyed your beautiful pie!

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  9. How fun to go kayaking....your dog is cute. Loved the pie it looks great, especially with the ice cream.

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  10. Your pie looks wonderful! Great job! And your dog looks so cute in it's little life jacket!

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  11. Very lovely...I just want to be sitting in that boat and eating a piece of that pie...what's not to love about all of that. Cute doggie.

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  12. That sounds like such a perfect 4th celebration. Made all the better by your lovely pie!

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  13. Everyone enjoyed it, what a success. Your pie looks gorgeous!

    Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

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  14. That last shot looks scrumptious! I wish I'd had time to make homemade vanilla ice cream, as well!

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  15. Great job--I ate the dough raw too and it was fabulous that way.

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  16. Lovely idea with the nilla wafers!


    Hannah

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  17. I love the picture of the doggie in the life jacket. Oh my goodness how cute is that? And he looks like he's just having a blast. Too cute!

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