Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blueberry-Apple Crumble Pie

This rustic looking pie is a flaky pastry shell filled with tart apples, studded with juicy blueberries and covered in a shower of buttery, cinnamony crumbs. I halved the recipe and made this in a 6" spring form pan because I didn't have enough apples. I'm starting to think that maybe I prefer crumb-topped pies to pastry topped ones. I've always been a sucker for streusel/crumb toppings and this one with the pecans in it is a keeper!

Blueberry-Apple Crumble Pie
9" Pie | Gourmet, Nov. 2009

pastry dough:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, 1/2" pieces
2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
Rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

crumble topping:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

2 pounds apples (about 5), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
8 ounces fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Blend together flour, butter, shortening, and salt in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender (or pulse in a food processor) just until mixture resembles coarse meal with some roughly pea-size butter lumps. Drizzle 3 tablespoon ice water evenly over mixture and gently stir with a fork (or pulse) until incorporated.

Squeeze a small handful: If dough doesn't hold together, add more ice water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, stirring until incorporated. Do not overwork dough or pastry will be tough.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 portions. With heel of your hand, smear each portion once or twice in a forward motion to help distribute fat. Gather all dough together (using a pastry scraper if you have one) and form into a 5-inch disk. If dough is sticky, dust lightly with additional flour. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.

crumble topping:
Stir together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips until large clumps form, then stir in pecans. Chill until ready to use.

fruit filling:
Stir together apples, blueberries, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice in a large bowl.

Assemble pie:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F with rack in lower third.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 13-inch round, then fit into pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang, then fold overhang under and crimp decoratively. Transfer fruit filling to pie shell and dot with butter. Loosely cover with foil and bake until apples droop slightly, about 30 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Sprinkle crumble topping over filling and bake, uncovered, until crumble is browned, filling is bubbling, and apples are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour more. Cool completely, 2 to 3 hours.

*Dough can be chilled up to 3 days.
*Pie can be made 1 day ahead and kept, loosely covered, at room temperature.


Jennifer said...

This looks absolutely delicious.

How I miss getting issues of Gourmet magazine.:(

Katrina said...

This looks de-lish!

Helen said...

This looks so nice. I can't make it though as my bf hates apples (with a passion)!! I love the crumb topping as well, so different to a 'normal' apple pie.

Deborah said...

Crumb top pies are my favorite. This sounds amazing!

NJJ said...

I made two of these tonight using 9" springform pans and following the recipe exactly as written. The pastry dough was just barely enough to cover the bottom and halfway up the sides of each pan. In the future, I'd go at least 1.5x on the crust recipe. The crumb topping was also a little dry. Next time, I'll either incorporate the butter more evenly or add a little liquid (or maybe more melted butter?) to the crumb mixture. Otherwise, it was a delicious pie that I will absolutely, definitely make again. Thanks for posting!

Tia said...

Thanks for the feedback NJJ. Maybe if you covered the top w foil for the first while then removed it for the last little bit to brown, that might help it be less dry?

I wonder why there wasn't enough crust when u made it. Hmmm... It was enough for mine, but I'm glad u enjoyed it otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Can u give an exact measure?