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Summer Fruit Pies

yield: 1 nine-inch pie
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Special Equipment

  • A food processor

Ingredients

For the Lard and Butter Pie Crust

    (makes one 9-inch double-lidded pie, or two 5-inch double-lidded pies)

    • 1 cup ice
    • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) cold water
    • 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) apple cider vinegar
    • 2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup (1 stick // 4 ounces) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) very cold rendered leaf lard, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

    For the Rhubarb and Peach Filling

      (for one 9-inch pie)

      • 1 pound fresh rhubarb, ends trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
      • 1/2 pound peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
      • 3/4 cup (5.25 ounces) granulated sugar
      • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) cornstarch
      • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
      • a pinch of kosher salt

      For the Strawberry Balsamic Filling:

        (for two 5-inch pies)

        • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
        • 1/2 cup (3.5 ounces) granulated sugar
        • a pinch of kosher salt
        • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) cornstarch
        • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

        For the Egg Wash

          (enough for one 9-inch double-lidded pie, or two 5-inch double-lidded pies)

          • 2 large egg yolks
          • 1 teaspoon water
          • 2 tablespoons demerara (or other coarse) sugar

          Instructions

          For the Lard and Butter Pie Crust

          • Combine 1 cup ice, 1 cup cold water, and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar in a large liquid measuring cup. Give it a good stir, and then transfer to the refrigerator to chill while you work with the dry ingredients.
          • In the bowl of a food processor, combine 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Give the ingredients a quick pulse until well combined. Add 1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup leaf lard, and process with quick pulses until the mixture resembles coarse meal, around 8 to 10 seconds — don't go any longer than that or you'll overprocess the dough and end up with a dense pie crust!
          • Remove the ice water mixture from the refrigerator. With machine running, add 1/4 cup of the ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: if it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, but don't add too much that you end up with a sticky dough.
          • If making one pie, divide dough into 2 equal balls; if making two mini pies, divide the dough into 4 equal balls.  Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.

          For the Rhubarb and Peach Filling

          • In a large bowl, combine 1 pound sliced rhubarb, 1/2 pound slices peaches, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a pinch of kosher salt. Toss ingredients together until the fruit is coated with cornstarch and sugar. Set aside.

          For the Strawberry Balsamic Filling

          • In a large bowl, combine 2 pints sliced strawberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt. Toss the ingredients together and set aside for 10 minutes to allow the stawberries to mascerate and soften.
          • Once the strawberries are juicy, sprinkle 1/2 cup cornstarch and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar over the fruit. Toss until the strawberries are coated with cornstarch. Set aside.

          Making the Pies

          • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pie dough disks — if making a 9-inch pie, roll into a rough 12-inch circle about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick; if making a 5-inch pie, roll into a rough 8-inch circle. Transfer the circle to a pie pan and spoon the filling into the pie, using a spoon or the back of your hand to flatten the fruit across the pan and create an even layer. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the rest of the pie.
          • Next, make the pie lid. If making a 9-inch pie, roll out the other disk into a 12-inch circle about 1/8 to 1/4-inch thick; if making a 5-inch pie, roll into a rough 8-inch circle. If using cookie cutters to stamp out any shapes or designs onto your lid, this is the time to do it! I recommend these mini alphabet cutters if you want to stamp out any indie folk song lyrics like I did. If the lid starts to feel soft or sticky while you're doing this, transfer the lid to a sheet pan and freeze for 5 to 10 minutes until you've finished your pattern.
          • Once you've finished your lid design, remove the pie base from the refrigerator. Fold the pie dough circle for the lid over your rolling pin and transfer carefully to the pie base. Use a pair of kitchen shears to trim any excess dough hanging over the plate. Use your fingers to gently pinch or press the pie lid into the bottom crust. If you didn't stamp out any designs on your lid, use a sharp knife to make 4 slits to the top of the lid to allow the fruit to ventilate during the baking process (and prevent your the bottom of your pie crust from getting soggy!). Transfer to the freezer to chill for at least 1 hour, but preferably overnight if you want your pie crust design to stay prominent during the baking process.
          • When you're ready to bake the pie(s), center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 (F).
          • In a small bowl, whisk together 2 large egg yolks and 1 teaspoon water to create the egg wash for your pie. Remove the chilled pie from the refrigerator and use a pastry brush to evenly brush the pie lid and crust with the egg wash; sprinkle 2 tablespoons demerara sugar over the egg wash.
          • Set the pie plate on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until the crust has turned golden brown and the juices of the fruit filling are bubbling. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.

          Notes

          Pie crust adapted from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, filling by yours truly