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Summer in a Pie

I love to bake pies! Well actually, I love to eat them, so that's why I make them! They are actually the easiest thing to bake, especially if you buy already made crust. If you keep some already made pie crust in your freezer, in a pinch you can have a savory meal or a sweet end to any day!

My favorite this Summer is a berry pie due to the abundance of raspberries and blackberries in my yard. Everyday I have fresh berries and baking them in a pie is the best way (in my opinion) to enjoy the fruits of Summer.

However, if you want to impress someone with a lovely homemade pie, I have a perfect easy crust you must try.

SHORT CUT PIE CRUST

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

11 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar and salt. Slowly drizzle in the butter and stir with a fork until it looks moist and crumbly.

Press dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate. You can crimp the edges or keep it rustic.

Fill and bake!

MIXED BERRY STREUSEL PECAN PIE

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

TOPPING

3/4 c light brown sugar

3/4 c flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted buter, room temperature

 

In a large bowl mix dry ingredients and work in the butter until mixture is crumbly, set aside.

 

FILLING

In a large bowl add 3 cups of mixed berries, 1/8 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon and a pinch of kosher salt. Carefully toss or mix until the flour is evenly coated.

Pour into pie crust and top with streusel mixture.

BAKE in center of oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the crust is evenly golden brown, and the filling is bubbly.

Cool for 1 hour before serving......(this is the hardest part).

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