Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Ginger Scented Apricot Cherry Pie

Please don't purchase a pie from a purveyor. (Say this 10 times fast, if you dare.) Walk on by. Why buy when you can make one that tastes better and is purdier, cheaper, and funner to bake? Join along with Tuesdays with Dorie and make snappy bakery quality treats for practically pennies!On Friday night, a gentleman/retired-old fashioned-cowboy that lives in the neighborhood, dropped off some zucchini and apricots from his garden. He kept apologizing for the small amount, claiming he was embarrassed to just be sharing just a few dozen apricots and a couple pounds of zucchini. So Saturday morning he came back with 18 fat red ripe tomatoes, plus more zucchini and apricots. That's right-if you're going to drop off free vegetables and fruit to Prudy Pennywise, you'd better bring a bushel, by golly! Thank you, although I'll be sure to tell you again in person. This week I'll be using my free produce all week, starting with this delicious pie. Start by making a double pie crust recipe. I used Dorie's recipe (link below), but I added half whole wheat flour. Roll out the dough and fill the bottom of the pie dish. Scatter 1/2 cups dry crumbs on the bottom. I used graham cracker crumbs, but even bread crumbs will help keep the bottom crust flaky. For a fruit filling, I used 5 cups sliced apricots, 1 cup pitted and quartered cherries, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1/2 cup flour. It was scrumptious! Cover fruit filling with a rolled out double crust or make a quick rustic lattice top. (Rustic is code for imperfect around here. Pretend like you didn't notice.) With the extra crust, my two little charges made miniature lattice berry pies. Rustic again, yet perfect in a diminutive sort of way.Bake a big pie at 350 for about an hour and serve it up with warm with lots of ice cream. (Little pies needed about 25 minutes.)For a complete recipe, visit South in your Mouth.

Estimated Cost of Double Crust Fruit Pie: $5.00-$8.00 (depending on choice of fruit filling)
Notes: When I make this again, I'm going for all little pies. They were cute, simple, and trigger some much needed portion control.
Coming Tomorrow:
Super-Fast Summer Vegetable Fajitas

51 comments:

Emiline said...

What a lovely looking pie! I love the apricot and cherry combo.

And I like those countertops. Granite? I'm so nosy...ha

EAT! said...

My son had been begging for me to make a lattice-topped pie. Yours is giving me the inspriation.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your pie is picture perfect! You're inspiring me to be brave and try a lattice pie. Thanks!

Teanna said...

Oh wow that pie looks amazing! The lattice top is perfection!

Lore said...

Fabulous looking pie! I'm sure the combo was simply delightful.

Marie said...

Ohhh Erin, apricots and cherries. Sounds like the perfect combination to me and what's more it LOOKS fantastic! Well done! (I've been calling you Prudy all along and here you were really an Erin! Who knew!)

April said...

Oh yum! Those apricots looks delicious and such a pretty lattice top!

Prudy said...

Oh, yes Emiline. I love my granite countertops.

Catherine said...

Prudy,
This looks delicious! I love the lattice top pie. And I love the little pies in the ramekins. I gotta get me some ramekins!

ostwestwind said...

Granite counter tops are great, are they? I have a red one. And for me its easy to follow your advice: Even if I would I can't buy a pie from a purveyor ;-)

Your lattice top is a great idea, this kind we have in Germany too-

Great work, well done!

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Anne said...

Sounds like you made some great substitutions and your lattice top looks amazing! I miss the summer produce in Utah, especially the tomatoes with all the scare going on!

Great job as usual Prudy-

hornedfroggy said...

Free fruit and veggies?? Greatness!! The pie and mini-pie are beautiful!! By the way, do you teach classes in latticework?? :)

LyB said...

Your mini pies are so cute, complete with lattice top! Apricots and cherries is a wonderful variation, beautiful!

Madam Chow said...

Ah, yes, "portion control." What's that? ;)

Kayte said...

Very nice...the fruits together sound delicious, and the pie really looked delicious. Love the little ones...yeah, portion control! You can eat a whole pie with the little ones! Am thinking a variation on that crust (less sweet) and those tomatoes and zucchini might just be calling "tart..tart...tart," on a fine summer day. I have to get me some neighbors like yours.

kim said...

i love the mini-pie cuteness :) the fresh fruit looks delicious! (even better if it's free!!)

Aggie said...

What a wonderful neighbor you have! Nothing like fruit and veggies from someone's garden!

Beautiful pie!!

Engineer Baker said...

I'm trying to find any imperfections in that lattice... yeah, I see none at all. Good work!

Annemarie said...

Another job well done!!!

Dianne said...

I like the addition of the white whole wheat flour!

And you're right fresh, local (and free!) ingredients are always divine! ;)

MacDuff said...

I should have made the lattice top. Yours is gorgeous. Let me know where you live - I need to move there.

Natashya said...

You have good neighbours. I love the apricot/cherry combo.
Beautiful pies.

Andrea said...

Prudy, your pie is gorgeous! What a tantilizing fruit combination, yum! And the lattice looks amazing as well :)

Mary Ann said...

It looks amazing and the combo of fruit looks yummy. I love that you added whole wheat flour to the crust.

Jeena said...

You do write your posts with such witt Prudy, it makes me chuckle. :-)

Now let me say that you are so right, if I had a choice of buying a fruit pie or having a slice of yours then I would pick yours hands down because it looks GORGEOUS! :-D

Bumblebutton said...

Super duper cute, those little ones are. And I'm so impressed you were able to get a lattice out of that crust--mine would NOT cooperate. Nice neighbor--hope they got some pie!

Susie Homemaker said...

where can i get a cowboy neighbor?? this is a beautiful pie...nicely done! (and i am with you on that portion control thing...

Flourchild said...

Love your combo of fruit. Your pie looks so great!

Katrina said...

the apricot/cherry combo sounds scrumptious! I wish I had neighbors like that! Great Job!

Veronica said...

Prudy, that looks fabulous! I'm impressed with that lattice crust. I think I have the same countertop-is that crema bordeaux?

The Becketts said...

I LOVE the mini pies!!!

Di said...

Gee, I need a neighbor like that! =) I like your "rustic" lattice top, especially with the sugar sprinkled on it.

The Food Librarian said...

Your pie looks great!!! I love all things ginger and this looks fantastic!

Michal said...

i hope you still have some apricots when we come visit! i can't believe it's actually going to happen. by the way, kimball's expecting you to bake a cake (since you know we are coming.) but no pressure!:) i assured him that at prudy's we will always eat well, cake or not.

Mary Kate said...

Oh Prudy, have a piece a pie! I would love a slice of yours. It looked beatiful. I have only made apple pies(you know which ones) and would like to try my hand at something else. I think I found my inspiration. By the way, on my summer wish list I have "making homemade jam" on it. Do you by any chance have any recipes that taste just like candy?

Shandy said...

How fun! Your apricot, cherry pie looks so delicious and your photos are beautiful! I love the lattice top too! =D

Tammy said...

wow, I love your filling!!! The lattice top looks fab too!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks wonderful! you're so lucky to have such a nice neighbor!

Nickki said...

Your pie looks just perfect! And that was so lovely of your neighbour. By the way, I'm loving your addictive site! I'm really enjoying your chatty style and great pictures :)

Lynnylu said...

What a great flavor combo! Yum.

Alix D said...

Such cute little pies, and I love the look of lattice crusts.

I do the side to side picture layout to get everything in -- it occasionally gives typepad some fits, but the result is worth it. Especially since it makes it look as if I've written more than i have ;)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Beautiful pie! I love the fruits you used for the filling. I used ginger in my pie too. Did you use fresh or ground? I used fresh and loved it!

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Wow! Your crust turned out beautiful, even using half whole wheat! Like the variation:)
Esther

Pamela said...

I agree about the mini pies being necessary portion control! Too funny. The pie looks great and the fruit combo sounds delicious. What a lovely neighbor you have!

Jaime said...

mmmmm please pass me a slice! love your lattice crust, very rustic and lovely :)

PheMom said...

The only thing I can think to say is YUM - and that just says it all!!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Portion control is always a good thing with pie. I love that you used some whole wheat flour. I thought about it but chickened out.

Jacque said...

Ooooh, I love the colors!! It's lovely and sounds fabulous.

Roni said...

That is one gorgeous pie! I never thought I'd say this, since blueberry anything is about my favorite, but Ginger Scented Apricot Cherry sounds even better than blueberry pie. Love your lattice.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Apricot and cherry pie sounds like heaven and the colors are gorgeous, well done!

Peter M said...

Wow, look at the comments here...you rock!

I'm a sucker for lattice work on a pie or tart...delightful.