Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BWJ - Blueberry Peach Pie


This week's Baking with Julia involved lots of summer fruits and berries - which can be a challenge when you are based in the opposite hemisphere and it is winter.  Today was rather windy and wet and cold, which is a pretty awful combination. 

Our recipe was Blueberry Nectarine Pie, and our hosts are Lizzy of That Skinny Chick Can Bake and Hilary of Manchego's KitchenBig problem - there are no nectarines available here for love or money at this time of year.  I got around it by using canned peaches instead, and I used frozen blueberries.  Because the fruit is cooked before it goes into the pie, this did not cause me any sogginess problems.  I also used all butter and no shortening in my pie crust, because that is how I roll.  Here is my pie:
    This pie was delicious.  I had no problems with the filling being runny, and the crust was suitably flaky.  To see what the other BWJ bakers thought of this pie, visit the LYL section of the BWJ website.

    On a different note, a big thanks to Choc Chip Uru of Go Bake Yourself for presenting me with two awards - The Addictive Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award: 



The rules of the awards are:
  • Thank the person awarding you
  • Share a little about why you blog and how the journey started
  • Paste the blog award on your page
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers you feel deserve the award
I started blogging after being a lurker for two years.  I found blogs through an article in The Age on cupcake blogs, and that took me on the full blogging journey.  In the beginning, I thought that I couldn't write a blog as I wasn't qualified and no-one would read it.  Wrong on both counts really - all you need for your own blog is a passion and a voice, and although the readership was rather slow (I talked to myself for about 7 months), it did eventually take off.  Now, I actually like going back to my old posts for my own interest.

I am going to pass these awards on to Kathy of Bake Away with Me and Chunklet of Yummy Chunklet, two bloggers whom I met through French Fridays with Dorie.  Go check them out - they have fun blogs.

Have a great week.

25 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

It's always so expensive to make blueberry or berry tarts here. I remember being in Canada and seeing these hugs punnets of blueberries for $2. No wonder they make pies! :)

Kayte said...

That does present a bit of a problem for you down there, getting fruit at the peak of the season like we are able to do here right now. I haven't made anything for TWD BwJ in a coon's age, but I might just wander out to the market and pull this one together tomorrow. Might. Yours looks tempting.

Cher Rockwell said...

Those crazy hemispheres and their upside down season :-)
It looks like you figured everything out admirably! This pie was highly addictive - we ate it out of the skillet with spoons.

Gloria said...

Look amazing!

Sunshine said...

Looks good!

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Cathleen said...

Your pie sounds delicious! We are in our summer season and peaches are really tasty now. I'm thinking of going with peach for the galette.

Kari said...

I don't think I've ever used fresh berries for baking, because they seem like such a 'treat' to purchase (well, other than strawberries, they can get pretty affordable). Thus, I'm all in favour of the tinned and frozen approach and this looks like it turned out well. Congratulations on the awards too :)

Cynthia L. said...

Too bad things are so expensive for you. I have a friend down under who told me how much raspberries cost! I was shocked. Your pie looks yummy!

Nicola said...

Looks like you adapted this recipe really well, looks delicious :-)

Johanna GGG said...

nectarines in winter are as rare as hen's teeth! sounds like you got around the problem cleverly and your tart sounds great

Re your comment on my blog about the mural hall at myers - they are doing an afternoon tea there on weekends (I think) - quite pricey but sounds interesting - might be your sort of thing for a special day out.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes said...

Your pie looks great, despite the canned and frozen fruit! I had the same hemisphere problem and used mangoes. But it´s just not the same. Glad you enjoyed it! Congrats on the awards

Asmita said...

Blueberries and peaches are an awesome combination. Such a perfect dessert for the summer. Love this!!!

Lauren said...

I stopped using vegetable shortening a while back. The ease of working with it is not worth all of the potential health problems! I definitely would have made an all-butter crust, as well. I love blueberry pie but I haven't ever made one. I found some blueberries at a local organic market and they were $4 for a half-pint. Eeek. That would be one expensive pie! I guess I need to start growing my own.

Allison Thinklovesleepdine said...

Good to know that they frozen/canned fruit works well. Glad I can make this in the winter!

Kathy said...

Congrats on your award and thanks for choosing my blog to pass it on to! I am honored!
Your pie looks so lovely! A touch of summer even if it is winter down under! You did a great job!

yummychunklet said...

LOVE that you went all butter, my friend! Awesome and tasty looking pie. Thanks for passing the award onto me. Honored!

smarkies said...

I had to substitute my pie with some frozen blackberries as the fresh blueberries were way too expensive.
Your crust and pie look great!

Marlise said...

All I can think about is that you need to start canning fruits in your summer so you have them available when BWJ is using them in your winter. Could be a fun new adventure for you.

Catherine said...

Nice pie and good job on the frozen blueberries and peaches! Also congratulations on your to awards. I am in awe... Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

Lizzy Do said...

Good call on the canned peaches! Yeah, there's no way we'd find decent peaches in the middle of winter here, either! You pie looks great!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Johanna

Sweet and That's it said...

Great lovely Pie you made!
I had to use frozen mixed berries and nectarine and loved the filling (however I will reduce the sugar!)

Im At Home Baking said...

Looks delicious!

The Caked Crusader said...

I am quite obsessed with blueberries at the moment and your pie looks lovely. I agree with the all-butter approach to pastry!

Teresa said...

Nice job on the pie!

It took me some time to get up my gumption to start my own blog, too. Joining French Fridays helped, because it really reduced the "talking to myself" factor.