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July 4, 2008

Patriotic Pie

Patriotic Pie

It's the Fourth of July! And what better way to celebrate than having a dessert that is red, white and blue! This strawberry, blueberry pie with meringue is just the ticket! It's a simple pie to make and it turns out fabulous every time! What's better than that?

Patriotic Pie: A Bite

As a child we always spent the 4th out at the lake. There would be burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, homemade ice cream, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lots of swimming, fishing, some boating and at the end of the evening fireworks! I was thinking about that yesterday. It was a lot of fun...Sometimes you just get nostalgic...All of that to say I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday! I know we will be despite the less than stellar weather! ;o)

Anyway, what does that have to do with pie? Nothing! Let's get to the recipe shall we?

Patriotic Pie: A Slice

What You'll Need For The Crust:
2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 1/2 sticks of very cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup of ice water


1 store bought single crust

Note: If you are using the store bought crust, make sure it's thawed if it's frozen, but still chilled and proceed to the filling step. If you are making your own see below.

In a bowl stir together flour and salt to mix. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is pebbly. Add water and stir until ball forms. (Note: Depending on the humidity you may need more or less water. Add water slowly and when the ball forms stop. If you need more than a cup don't sweat it.) On a floured surface roll the dough out into a circle. Press into a pie dish, crimping the edges and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to chill.

Patriotic Pie: Ready for Meringue

What You'll Need For The Pie Filling:
3-4 cups of whole strawberries
1 cup of organic cane sugar
1/4 cup of water
1 cup of whole blueberries
1/3 cup of corn starch

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a large pot cook strawberries, sugar and water, stirring gently so as not to squash the strawberries until strawberries are just tender and syrup has formed. Add blueberries and corn starch and stir to mix. Remove from heat when the mixture thickens (about 2 minutes).

Pour strawberry/blueberry mixture into your pie shell and bake for 20-30 minutes until pie crust edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

What You'll Need For The Meringue:
4 egg whites
1/3 cup of sugar

Pre-heat oven to 450 F.

In the bowl of a mixer whip egg whites and sugar on high until stiff peaks form. Spread the meringue over the top of the pie and bake for 2-3 minutes until meringue is brown. Let pie cool for 30 minutes an serve.

Patriotic Pie

Notes: Meringue not your thing? Whipped cream will work fine too. You could also use another combination of fruit if you liked.

Posted by Dianne at July 4, 2008 8:53 AM

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Oooh! That looks so good!

Happy 4th!

Posted by: Allie at July 4, 2008 9:31 AM

Thanks Allie! You too! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 4, 2008 9:37 AM

'cuse me while I wipe the drool off the keyboard . . .

Posted by: katherine at July 4, 2008 10:53 AM

Yum! And I have everything in my fridge, I just may make your pie today! Happy 4th!

Posted by: Karen at July 4, 2008 11:11 AM

Hope you enjoy it! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 4, 2008 11:16 AM

Wonderful pie and patriotic too! I could do with a slice now.

Posted by: Heather Peskin at July 4, 2008 6:11 PM

Wonderful pie and patriotic too! I could do with a slice now.

Posted by: Heather Peskin at July 4, 2008 6:12 PM

This pie looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe; now I'm torn between making this pie or the double-crusted blueberry pie this weekend.

Happy Holiday!

Posted by: Cecilia at July 4, 2008 8:23 PM

Yum! That pie looks really, really tasty! Hope you had a nice 4th!

Posted by: Pamela at July 4, 2008 8:53 PM

We did have a nice 4th. It was quiet and relaxing. Despite the rain we got to see some fireworks too. A couple of the local communities were shooting them off and we had a lovely view from one of the rooms upstairs.

Posted by: Dianne at July 5, 2008 9:42 AM

I'm about to pull it out of the oven! So excited. I never make pies but this one seems worth the effort.

Posted by: Karen at July 6, 2008 5:48 PM

I hope you enjoy it! We did! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 6, 2008 6:05 PM

Loved the pie!

Posted by: Karen at July 6, 2008 8:12 PM

Fabulous! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at July 7, 2008 1:41 PM

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