Imagine having a smooth and creamy vanilla gel custard with a buttery crust with fresh peaches and blueberries. This imagination is all in this impossible peach blueberry pie. This flavorful homemade pie has all the right textures for the best-tasting pie.
What is a pie?
A pie is a baked dish consisting of a pastry crust at the bottom and the top. Pies can be sweet, consisting of sweet fillings, nuts, sugar, sweet vegetables, and even savory, consisting of a mixture of meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
There are four main types of pies; Cream, fruit, savory, and custard.
Most pies have an extra layer of pastry crust on top. Various decorations are placed on top using molds and cutters. Pies consist of many ingredients like meat, poultry, seafood, cheeses, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
Interestingly, pies in ancient times had only meat, seafood, or poultry in them instead of the sweet fillings we are using today. Did you know that punching a few fork holes or making small cuts on the top crust prevents the pies from being soggy?
Ancient Egyptians created the first example of pies of what we know them to be today, but in the 5th century, the ancient Greeks were the ones to invent the pie crust by using only flour and water.
On what occasion is it served?
Pies fit various occasions depending on the type of pie. They may go as a one-pot meal when a mixture of meat, poultry, seafood, and vegetables are included in them.
They serve as dinner meals or desserts after a meal. A fruity or cream pie is best as desserts and party treats.
What pairs well with it?
Savory pies pair well with a fresh garden salad, roasted or with grilled vegetables. A fruity or custard pie serves best with whipped cream, fruit sauces, or ice creams.
How do the main ingredients work
Chilled butter gives the dough a better crust to make the pastry dough. Using room temperature butter would make the crust too soft.
All-purpose flour holds the ingredients together and gives the pie structure.
Whole milk has more protein, fat, and sugar content. It contributes to the overall creaminess of the custard filling.
Eggs help to bind the ingredients as it bakes. The proteins present in the pie will coagulate and give the pie structure and texture.
Sanding sugar is useful for its’ decorative uses and also adds extra flavor to the pie.
How is it done?
Firstly the making of the pie crust is essential as it takes more time to be prepare. Combine chilled cube butter with the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor or pastry blender and pulse. Form the dough in a disc wrapped with plastic and let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour. After the dough is chilled and hardened, roll it onto a floured surface into a 12 to 13 inches circle. Roll the dough into the pie dish and fold over the edges. Press the sides and fit the dough properly in the pie dish. Let the pie dish rest in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
To make the filling, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, vanilla, eggs, whole milk, and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Cut the peaches in several halves and lay them on the crust in the pie dish.
Pour half of the custard batter into the pie dish and sprinkle half of the fresh blueberries. Continue to pour the remaining batter, followed by the blueberries and sanding sugar. Bake the pie in the oven for 38 to 45 mins at 350 degrees F. Cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
Why should you make this pie?
This pie has good health benefits found in the peach and blueberries. Peach has healing properties that soothe wounds and rid free radicals in the body. It improves eyesight and helps your digestive system run smoothly. One medium peach provides 13.2% of the vitamin c that our body needs daily.
Blueberries improve bone health and contain vitamins k and minerals. It lowers your blood pressure and improves mental health. With all these health benefits, one would have no reservation for not making this pie.
Coagulate is the changing state of liquid protein to solids when the heat is applied. For example, eggs change from liquid to solid when cooked.
Savory is the name given to food of tasty flavors, such as meats, nuts, seeds, dips (foods high in proteins and fats). They are not sweet, and some are salty and spicy.
Question and Answer
Question why is the butter chilled and not at room temperature?
Answer Chilled butter gives the pie crust a more butter flavor and adds texture to the dough. If the butter is at room temperature, it will take a longer chilling time in the refrigerator, and the dough is harder to roll.
Question Why do some pie crust crack after baking?
Answer The crust tends to crack due to overcooking or from cooling it too fast. A sudden temperature change can affect any cake or pie structure.
Pies are flavorful, and just about any food can be included in the filling. You may add additional crust on top for extra crispiness. Depending on the type of pies, you can pair them with various things. Enjoy them as a full meal with savory contents or as a dessert with fresh fruits, whipped creams, and ice creams.
- For the filling
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 medium peaches
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 1/2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 tbsp sanding sugar
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp whole milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- For the pie crust
- 2tsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Using a food processor or pastry blender, pulse the flour, sugar, salt, and cubed chilled butter for the crust. The texture of the mixture should resemble a coarse meal. Do not over-mix.
- Add 2 tbsp of cold water to the pulse mixture and form it into a disc. The mixture should still be crumbly. Let it chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
- On a floured surface roll out the dough into a 12 to 13 inches circle. Place the rolled dough into a pie dish and fold the edges on the rim. Rest the pan in the fridge and prepare the pie filling.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs, whole milk, flour, granulated sugar, melted butter, and vanilla.
- Slice the peaches in halves and layer the crust with them. Place one in the center and the others around it.
- Pour half of the pie filling on the peaches then add half the blueberries. Pour the other half of the batter followed by the remaining blueberries.
- Drizzle the sanding sugar on top and bake for 38-45 minutes until the pie sets.
- Cool completely and top a slice with whip cream or ice cream.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 8g