" Home Alone" Me, Myself and Pie

Who doesn't like a good berry pie? Probably the same people who didn't laugh when they first saw this week's movie.

For the Pie Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks of cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 4 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream


For the Boys:
  • 6-8 cups frozen-defrosted mixed blueberries, blackberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4-5 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and allspice
  • 1 tablespoon butter cut into very small pieces

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, butter, shortening, salt and sugar with a pastry blender or 2 knives until most of the lumps are no larger than small peas and the mixture has the consistency of course corn meal.

2. Add the sour cream to the mixture and using a rubber spatula, fold together until the sour cream is evenly distributed and the dough holds together.

3. Divide the dough in two and flatten each piece into a 1" x 6" disk. Dust each disk with a little flour and wrap well with plastic wrap before refrigerating at least 20 minutes.

4. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out one of the disks 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface, fit it into a eight to nine-inch pie dish, and trim the edges, leaving an even 1/2-inch overhang. Refrigerate until filling.

6. In a large bowl, toss together the mixed berries, orange marmalade, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, tapioca, cinnamon and allspice. Spoon the fruit mixture into the prepared crust and dot with butter.

7. Roll out the remaining dough to fit over the fruit with a 1-inch overhang and tuck the top crust under the bottom. Crimp or flute the edges and brush the top crust lightly with a little milk if desired. (If baking for a pie eating contest, you may prefer to cut the top crust into 2" strips and arrange in a latticework.)

8. Using a paring knife, cut slits decoratively around the top crust (this allows steam to escape) and sprinkle lightly with sugar.

9. Bake in the lower half of the oven for 15 minutes; reduce temperature to 350°F. And bake for another 40 minutes or until the filling bubbles and the crust is pleasantly golden. Cool on a rack at least an hour before cutting.

10. Allow the pie to cool before burying your face in it. Serves 8 adults or one contestant



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