Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rustic Apple Blueberry Pie

Pie, did someone say pie?  Pie is my favorite dessert.  I could eat it every day.  Unfortunately, my waistline won't go along with that plan.

Many people fear making pie crust, it really isn't hard, and this pie doesn't require precision or crimping the edges. Shoot, you don't even need a pie plate to make this lovely rustic pie.

I did make my crust the "old fashioned" way, using lard.  You can't beat it for a perfect crust.  

I used fruit that I had on hand, blueberries and apples which yielded a pretty tasty combination.

Rustic Apple Blueberry Pie


2 large apples, cored and diced
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon


1 1/2 cups flour
1  tsp salt
1/2 cup lard
2-3 tbsp cold water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Mix flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Using a pastry blender, cut the lard into the flour mixture has lumps the size of small peas.  Sprinkle water 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing to mix.  When mixture will form a ball, it is ready.

Roll mixture into a large circle (or 2 smaller ones like I did). Fold the dough loosely into quarters and transfer the pastry to a parchment lined cookie sheet.   Unfold the dough.

Mix together the chopped apples and blueberries.

Sprinkle with the flour and sugar and cinnamon.  Stir to thoroughly combined.  Pile the apple and blueberry mixture in the center of the circle of dough.  Dot the filling with small chunks of butter.  Loosely fold the edges of the dough to the center, overlapping as necessary to create a circle. Don't worry that it's not perfect or if you have a tear or two, just pinch it back together, it will taste just fine!

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is bubbly,
Serve hot from the oven with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

 ...and that's What's Cooking at Cathy's ~ Enjoy!


  1. Hi Cathy, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Cherries & Almonds was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series on Carole's Chatter today. Cheers

  2. Hi Cathy,

    I'm traveling to Cinque Terre with my boyfriend in a week and I was looking for a cooking class we could take while we're there. If you could pass along contact info for Daniella and any other information on your experience taking the class I would really appreciate it. This is our first time to Cinque Terre and we are really looking forward to immersing ourselves into the local culture.

    Thank you kindly!


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My career is in IT.  Cooking and photography are among a few of my hobbies. In my spare time, which is most weekends I tie on my apron and exercise my creativity by trying new recipes and adapting them to my tastes. I also have a passion for photography that I incorporate by taking photographs to go along with the recipes I post on my blog.  
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