I was walking home from Central Park a few weekends ago with my friend Josh and we were talking about food. He likes to cook as much as I do so no matter what conversation topic we start out on, it really always comes back to something along the lines of, “So what are you making for dinner tonight?” Josh has mainly learned to cook from his mom and so he was telling me about some of her signature dishes. Then all of a sudden he went quiet.

“There was one time, though – we call it the meal that shall not be named – that something she made just didn’t turn out.”

“What was it?” I asked.

He shook his head sadly. “I didn’t mean to do it,” he said morosely. “It was all my fault.”

“It will make you feel better if you talk about it. Let it out,” I said, putting a hand on his shoulder.

After a moment of silent consideration, Josh nodded and began his tale. (The sky begins to darken at this point and even though up until now it has been a beautiful sunny day, there are some definite cracks of thunder and lightening in the distance. Not a sign of good things to come.)

“We have this tradition in my family where for your birthday, you can request a meal and Mom will do her best to make it. I wanted a really simple dinner, something easy, I think it was meatloaf or a roast but for dessert, and here is the fatal event, I requested a pecan pie. And so she set about to make it, all the while maintaining that pies just aren’t her thing. And so we sit down to eat it, we’ve blown out the candles and everything. She hands me the pie cutter and I sink it into the first slice. And it is a liquid mess. Completely inedible. She hasn’t been the same since.”

We walk in silence for a bit more, Josh contemplating the gravity of what he has done, me contemplating whether or not the powers that be have issued me a challenge in the form of Josh’s story. Pies are hard, they seem to be taunting, much too hard for an amateur like YOU.

Bring it on, I replied. (Cue background music – Eye of the Tiger).

This one’s for you Josh.

And for the record, it wasn’t that hard.

The only changes I made to this was to double the cornstarch since that is what many reviews said to do on the food network website as well as to use a crumb topping instead of a top crust. This pie was very good – not too sweet, which really allowed the flavors of the peach and blueberry to shine through. The crust was also AMAZING. My favorite part, actually, it was infused with this lemony flavor from all of the zest. It will definitely be my go-to fruit pie crust recipe in the future.

Peach-Blueberry Pie
Makes 1 9-inch pie, adapted from Tyler Florence

2 lb peaches, pitted and sliced
1 pint blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp butter, cold and cut into dice

1 egg yolk
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
3/8 cup butter, cold and cut into dice
1 tbsp ice water
zest of one lemon

1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, very cold and cut into dice
1/4 tsp cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 400. Move the oven rack to the bottom third of the oven.

2. Make the crust – combine the sugar, flour, salt, and lemon zest in the base of a food processor. Add in the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk and ice water. Pulse some more. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic. Put it in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 10-inch round. Loosely drape it over the rolling pin and transfer it to a greased 9-inch pie pan. Press the dough over the bottom and sides and trim the edges to 1/2-inch.

4. Toss the fruit with the sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Pile the fruit into the pie shell and dot with butter.

5. In a food processor, mix together the crumble ingredients and pour over the pie. Put on a baking sheet and bake until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling, 50-60 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil if they brown too fast. Cool before serving. Unless you can’t wait to eat it but be warned it will be VERY messy to cut.

I am submitting this to Tyler Florence Fridays!

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21 Responses to TFF – Peach-Blueberry Pie

  1. Jen says:

    that looks TOTALLY DELICIOUS! I love sweets! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jen says:

    p.s. I love Tyler Florence recipes as well!

  3. that looks and sounds delicious! and love the pecan pie story ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. ttfn300 says:

    ok, sure, you go and say it ain’t hard. actually the first pie i ever made came out fantastic… then there was the sour cherry incident ๐Ÿ™ i love the blueberry-peach combo!

  5. Debinhawaii says:

    I still have a major fear of pies and especially of pie crust! This looks delicious–love the combination of flavors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Kristin says:

    I’m going to try this again, I got an error before. This looks so good, as do all the other recipies that I have missed. I am so behind! Now I want brownies. I’m going to bookmark this pie for when we go picking again next week. I think that blogging has been good for me & my mom too- I think there are some things that I have typed that I wouldn’t have said.

  7. Donna-FFW says:

    I am intrigued by the lemon in the pie crust. Must add great flavor. Leave it to Tyler. Your pie looks terrific. How fun to have a friend to talk cooking with!

  8. burpandslurp says:

    Hee hee hee! I see you managed to tie your story to your recipe! Your story cracked me up ๐Ÿ˜€
    How sad about Josh’s mom…but I hope he got a taste of that amazing pie! And maybe Josh should learn to bake pie for himself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. girlichef says:

    LOL!!! Pecan pies are the hardest to make… But holy canoli does this look luscious!! I am a big-time pie lover…I could chow this down right now ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Finsmom says:

    Mmmmm… pie…
    This is heaven on a plate ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Nice job on this yummy pie! I made a shoo fly pie months ago. I think it’s time for a fruity pie. I love your combination of fruit in this one!

  12. Natashya says:

    Yum, bring on the pie!
    I love your dramatic intro.. !

  13. Talita says:

    Great combination! I’ve never though to combine peach with blueberry. Looks gorgeous!

  14. Juliana says:

    Yummie! This pie with peach and blueberry looks so delicious…love the combination of the fruits!

  15. Kerstin says:

    Looks delicious, peaches and blueberries are so yummy together!

  16. Pam says:

    I don’t even attempt pie crusts! Too scary!

  17. Kim says:

    You did a fantastic job on your pie!! Lemon zest in the pie crust sounds fabulous. Peaches and blueberries are my very favorite summer fruits and all in one pie : ) I think Tyler does great desserts. Your picture is great and making me hungry for a midnight snack ; )

  18. Jamie says:

    Beautiful pie and it did come out perfect. The filling looks fabulous and so flavorful!

  19. Jenny says:

    Runny pecan pies aren’t a bad thing – like runny butter tarts. Still taste great, you just need a spoon!
    This pie sounds fabulous.

  20. Kevin says:

    That pie looks so good! Peaches and blueberries are a great combo!

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