Monday, September 6, 2010

Friday Night Movie Night Pie

Every Friday night, we have a movie night at our house. Usually we make a homemade pizza too. Recently, our girls have been requesting to go to the library to pick out a dvd each for family movie night. Last Friday, we came home with two Strawberry Shortcake dvds (Jim was so THRILLED!). :-)

We love family movie night (even when they include cheesy, fairly lame cartoons). There is nothing better than cuddling on the couch with your favorite people, pizza, popcorn, and pie!

1 Easy Peasy Pie Crust
1 10 oz package blackberries partially thawed (reserve juice)
3 Tbls cornstarch
4 Tbls + 1/2 cup Sugar
2 Tbls Flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs (separated)
1 Tbls butter


1. Make your Easy Peasy pie crust and bake it at 375 degrees for 15 minutes (don't forget to prick it several times with a fork to avoid bubbles). Set it aside.

2. Drain the blackberries. You will need 1/2 cup juice (if you don't have a half cup of pure juice, add water to make it a half cup).

3. Combine 2 Tbls cornstarch and 1 Tbls sugar in a small saucepan. Slowly add the juice, and cook over low heat until it thickens.

4. Remove from heat and stir in blackberries.

5. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, remaining cornstarch, and salt in the top of a double broiler (I don't have a real double broiler, so I used two sauce pans that fit within each other. Start boiling the water in the larger pan while you are making the blackberry mixture.).

6. Slowly add the milk and egg yolks. Then add the butter.

7. Place over the rapidly boiling water of the second pan. Cook until thick and smooth (about 7 minutes), stirring constantly.

8. Remove from heat and pour the hot filling into your waiting pie shell.

9. Beat the egg whites at high speed until frothy. Gradually add the 3 Tbls of sugar, beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. (If you are spoiled rotten like me, you can use your stand mixer to do this step for you while you make the cream layer of this pie).
10. Fold the blackberry mixture into the egg whites. Spread evenly over the hot cream filling.

11. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

The Verdict:

This pie was delicious! My meringue did not set up well (I probably did not beat it long enough to make stiff enough peaks--I had pizza dough to make and a baby boy demanding a bottle, so I had other priorities!). Next time I think I will try to make this pie with Magical Meringue instead.

The cream layer was FANTASTIC! I will definitely be using it in other pies in the future. So good!

This pie was A LOT of work. Lots of steps and lots of dirty dishes (see my dishwasher below which were practically all dishes I used to make this pie!)!

I did not realize it was such a labor intensive pie until it was too late. If you are looking for something quick and easy, this is not your pie. It is really really good though! We all enjoyed eating it very much! :-)

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