Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rustic Strawberry, Wild Blackberry with Almond Crust

I decided to see if mixing recipes from the Recipe Generator would work. I used a crust recipe, and two streusel recipes for a Louisiana strawberry and wild Louisiana blackberry filling. Yeah, this pie is very seasonal and regional.

You will notice from the picture above that you do not see the normal pinching of the dough. This is because the almond pie dough is too delicate to be pinched since it lacks the gluten of a 100% all-purpose pie dough. The pie still came out flaky though.

I also liked the streusel nuggets.

Pie Dough

All Purpose Flour:1 Cups + 1 Tbsp156.19 g
Ground Almonds:3/4 Cups + 2 Tbsp 105.00 g
Butter10 Tbsp 140.00 g
Water:3 Tbsp 44.36 g
White Sugar:3 Tbsp 37.50 g
Salt:1/2 tsp 2.37 g





Sweet, Rich,

Pie Crust
Baking Instructions:7 minutes prior to baking, Preheat oven to

- With a pastry cutter or your fingers, incorporate the cold Butter with the dry ingredients (All-Purpose Flour, Ground Almonds ) and salt
- Do not break the butter down too much, the butter should appear like flakes (think cornflakes)
- Incorporate super cold water into dry ingredients in two parts
- Gather the dough in a ball
- Wrap the dough in plastic and freeze for 5 minutes or refrigerate for 30-45 minutes
- Take dough out of refrigerator/freezer
- With a rolling pin and floured surface, roll the dough flat into a 10-inch disc



You can see there aren't that many berries in this pie because I didn't want to walk to far into the bayou to pick blackberries. Blackberries love water, unfortunately so do these serpents called Water Mocassins - water is the source of life right? So it's a calculated risk picking blackberries from their torny bushes, but the reward is tempting.

Streusel #1- Base Streusel


IngredientsRecipeRecipe (grams)
All Purpose Flour:1/2 Cups + 1 Tbsp82.69 g
Old Fashion Rolled Oats:1/2 Cups43.00 g
Butter6 Tbsp 84.00 g
Light Brown Sugar,Packed:1/2 Cups + 2 Tbsp 137.50 g
Salt:1/8 tsp 0.98 g


Sweet, Rich, Streusel
7 minutes prior to baking, Preheat oven to

- With a pastry cutter or your fingers, incorporate the cold Butter with the dry ingredients (All-Purpose Flour, Old Fashion Rolled Oats, ), sugars (brown sugar) and salt


Streusel #2 - Streusel Nuggets



IngredientsRecipeRecipe (grams)
All Purpose Flour:1/3 Cups48.97 g
Butter2 Tbsp 28.00 g
Light Brown Sugar,Packed:1/3 Cups 73.33 g
Salt:1/8 tsp 0.40 g
Cinnamon:1/4 tsp0.58 g



Sweet, Light, Streusel
7 minutes prior to baking, Preheat oven to

- Stir together the dry ingredients (All-Purpose Flour), sugars (brown sugar), and salt
- Melt the butter and add to the dry ingredients mixture
- Stir until the mixture forms clumps/nuggets
  



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