I’m Still Alive and I Made Peach Blueberry Pie

Peach_blueberry_pie_2Hey y’all, it may seem like I’ve dropped off the face of the planet but I’m still alive and kicking. It’s been a busy, tiring summer and I just haven’t had it in me to get into the kitchen to bake and then sit down at my computer to write about it. Plus, there are totally important things happening in the world, y’all, that needed my attention.

I’m a total Hollywood gossip whore and I spend way too many minutes of my day reading “mah stories” on Lainey Gossip, Dlisted, Go Fug Yourself and Entertainment Weekly, just to name a few websites. The big entertainment story this week has been Miley Cyrus’ performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. I never watch award shows because they’re ridiculously long and often supremely boring. When social media basically exploded with rantings and ravings about the performance, I had to Youtube it immediately.

Sure, she didn’t sound great. Sure, she can’t really dance. Sure, she was grinding on giant stuffed bears and on Robin Thicke, who was wearing the equivalent of penitentiary formal wear (yeah yeah, I get the reference. You’re a grown man doing salacious things with a girl who looks underage. Jail bait and faux-pedophelia are high-larious!). As a woman, I wasn’t offended. Miley’s been going through this stage where she’s trying to be hardcore in order to destroy her goody-goody, wholesome Disney image. It’s what countless other child stars have done since the time children started becoming stars.

So I can’t really get behind all the vitriol being thrown Miley’s way. What really freaked me out was how crazy white her tongue was! Girl has some health issues that need to be addressed. I’m pretty sure (no I’m not) that a tongue that white is an early sign of scurvy (I’m pretty sure it isn’t).

I’m more concerned about the fact that being buck ass nekkid is the new fashion trend, even more so than before. There are so many singers, actors, models and God forbid, normal people wearing bikinis with a mesh “dress” over top. Just because your skin is covered in something that technically counts as fabric doesn’t mean you’re clothed, especially when it might as well be saran wrap. And they’ve stopped wearing pants. Pantlessness is a thing. How is this a thing?!

Am I just a super conservative prude? Wait, don’t answer that.

Is anyone a hard core fan of the Simpsons like me? It’s times like this where someone needs to shriek, a la Mrs. Reverend Lovejoy, “won’t somebody please think of the children?!”

Anyhoo, I’ll stop climbing on and off of my soap box long enough to make a big announcement. I actually made pie crust.
Edible pie crust. Beautiful, buttery, crispy delicious pie crust. Me. The one who has had her ass handed to her several times by the damn thing. I did it. I owned it. Like a boss. And all thanks to this amazing post by my sweet friend Courtney of Neighborfood. She was on a mission to find the ultimate pie crust and tested three different recipes, using different fats, to find out which was the best. Courtney’s amazing and so are her pie crusts. If you’re anything like me and need someone to teach you the ways of creating pie glory out of fat ‘n flour, you need to check out her post.

I used Courtney’s all butter pie crust recipe and it worked like a dream. She also lists a number of supremely helpful tips that I utilized (two magic words: parchment paper).

With respect to the filling, it’s pretty simple. I adapted mine from Smitten Kitchen:

6 peaches, sliced (I left the skin on. It gets super soft from baking and you can’t even tell it’s there)
1 1/2 cups blueberries
juice from one lemon
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbsp corn starch

egg wash & sugar for the crust

Prepare your pie crust and place it in your pie plate. You don’t need to pre-bake it.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Slice the peaches and place in a large bowl with the blueberries. Squeeze the lemon juice over top and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and corn starch. Add it to the fruit and toss together until coated. Pour the fruit plus any accumulated juices into your crust. Cover with your top pie crust or lattice top (that’s my next goal – making that pretty criss-crossed top!). If using a top pie crust layer, cut slits so that steam can escape during baking. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Not the best crimping at the edges but I'm learning!

Not the best crimping at the edges but I’m learning!

Bake the pie at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes. Afterwards, turn the heat down to 375 and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust is a deep golden brown and the filling is bubbling. If your top is getting too dark, you can cover it with aluminum foil.
Words of warning: my filling did spill over a bit so it might be wise to place your pie pan onto a baking sheet (I’m not looking forwards to cleaning my oven!).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least two to three hours before serving. It’s fine if you eat it warm but the filling will be runny.

I can’t believe how delicious this tasted! I’m not saying this to toot my own horn. Seriously, I have Courtney to thank for the gorgeous pie crust. The filling was perfect – not too sweet, with fruit that was soft and luscious.
With a giant scoop (or two, cause that’s how I roll) of ice cream, this is the quintessential summer dessert.

28 thoughts on “I’m Still Alive and I Made Peach Blueberry Pie

  1. YAY! You’re back and congratulations on accomplishing a pie crust. Regarding the performance, I think everyone involved is ridiculous (the performance itself, the news media, etc.)

  2. This looks amaaazing. Homemade pie crust is definitely one thing I still need to conquer … along with baking with yeast … and a thousand other ordinary things. Miley, I thought was gross. Not in a slutty way, just in a you’re-not-doing-this-very-well way. And also in a what-the-hell-is-on-your-tongue way. I’ll second your scurvy hypothesis. Urgh.

  3. Great minds think alike =) Now if only I can master Courtney’s pie crust! At your recommendation, I’ve bookmarked the page…Congratulations on your gorgeous pie…I’m armed and ready for all those repin notices. Every time I Pinterest your Saveur magazine looking photos, everyone wants to repin your piccies – understandably…As for Miley Cyrus, I am on the same page. She is a girl finding her way =) Speaking of our various paths, I am so glad you made your way back to the blogoshpere ❤

  4. Congrats on the pie crust – it’s always been my nemesis, too! Yeah, the whole Miley thing is just disturbing – I can totally see why some parents are up in arms, but for me, it just creeped me out. *shiver* Welcome back, by the way!

  5. Beautiful pie crust, I could just dig right in! I don’t watch award shows either and I almost didn’t even youtube the performance, but in the end I gave into peer pressure and watched about half of it before turning it off. Just weird…

  6. oh Nancy, this pie is freaking gorgeous! love it! and the crust is perfection. great flavor combo and so happy that you killed the pie crust! woot woot!!! now, pie crust ain’t got nothin’ on you!
    Re: the VMA’s: I actually watched the show while I was doing some work. . saw the whole performance. . totally agree with you on everything here on Miley. I saw a tweet or something about Justin’s performance so that’s why I watched it. . I didn’t even know the VMA’s were going to be on. I do think JT’s performance was dope. Homeboy danced for like 20 minutes. it was pretty cool.

  7. Nancy, this pie is GOR-GE-OUS. I love the way the blueberries made the filling kind of purpley. So pretty!

    Also pantsless should never ever ever be a thing. Unless you’re in your own house. In which case, pantsless is pretty much the norm. (Or maybe that’s just me?)

    Thanks for all the pie crust love. You read, you baked, you conquered. Butter and flour are now your slaves.

  8. Woooo!!! Fancy lady!! Those colors are GORGEOUS and congrats on successfully making a fabulous pie crust!! I still need to get there, so I’m definitely going to check out Courtney’s post–thanks for the tip! And Nancy, I love hearing you climb on your soapbox. I was leaning toward camp WTF Miley but you know…you’re right. She’s just trying to break out of her past image mold–it’s just kind of a shame the world gets to see her do it because I’m pretty sure she’s going to look back and be like…omg.

    But this pie. has. me. drooling!

  9. Woo-hoo pie and we missed you! Also I couldn’t even watch Miley’s performance all the way through I was so turned off by it all and I’m pretty sure my mouth was gaping open the entire time. I just didn’t get it, there’s performing and being sexy on stage and then there’s what Miley did.

  10. Haha I totally thought the same thing about Miley! Poor thing looked dehydrated. Maybe twerking is bad for your health, but what do I know, I’m old.
    This pie looks so good! I can’t believe I’ve gone all summer without baking a pie- this needs to be rectified, quick. Loved Courtney’s post on pie crust as well, totes helpful.

  11. You certainly nailed it Nance! That filling combo is one of my favorite. I alse sub mangoes last year when I didn’t have peaches. And I can come here for the latest gossip, I don’t know half the names in showbiz anymore! (I do know MC but not many more!)

  12. You’re back! I’m still on Sabbatical so will be back on track in a couple of weeks. As for celebrity news, I find Us Magazine reliable because they only publish the truth, yo, the truth. My sister, however, prefers perezhilton.com but whatevs. I never saw the miley/robin performance and intend to keep it that way. I did lose a little bit of respect for robin when I heard about the hubbub, but the fact that his dad is the great Alan Thicke, I don’t think I could completely hate him.

    Oh, you made pie? Can I have a slice?

  13. Homemade pie crust is the bomb! Peaches and blueberries sound like an amazing combo to fill it too! I watch as many award shows as I can. I absolutely love them, though I remember enjoying the VMAs much more when I was 10 or 11. I didn’t enjoy Miley’s performance and fast forwarded through most of it, but I think she did what you’re supposed to do when performing on the VMAs. I would watch Justin Timberlake’s performance on a loop, though 🙂

  14. The pie is beautiful Nancy….love the photos and the colors and flavors! I couldn’t agree with you more on the whole Miley thing. I never watch tv and sure as hell don’t watch music award shows or any award shows for that matter…I find all of it to be pretty trashy and get so annoyed by how sleazy everybody dresses, like you mentioned. I have a 2 year old daughter and really worry about all the garbage she is going to be facing as she gets older. I was very different growing up and want a completely different life for my daughter. It will be hard.

  15. This pie looks SCRUMPTIOUS! YUM-O! I don’t want to get into a rant war about Miley but I think her people are GENIUS she managed to create a hella lot of buzz and dislike which got her 67 million youtube views which in itself was a nice pay day. Sure she let go of morals and pushed it to the edge for a minute but she laughed all the way to the bank. To each is own I guess 🙂

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