Wednesday, July 29, 2009


There is no doubt in my mind which magazine is going to be next on my subscription list: Cook's Illustrated. The people in America's Test Kitchen continually beat the crowd for innovative ideas and recipes. Their vodka pie crust is just one example of their ingenuity at work. I've already made it several times, and honestly, it is just the best darned crust ever -- so flaky and tender. Of course, I took it to another whole level this time by making it with Limoncello (lemon-infused sweetened vodka).

Currently, I don't subscribe to CI; so, when I saw this recipe in our local paper I decided to try it. The article stated it was an adaptation of CI's blueberry pie. The recipe for their vodka pie crust, and the recipe for the pie were both printed. I had no earthly idea what it was they adapted, left out or added. So I just went with it.

The crust was, of course, fantastic -- made with limoncello, remember? The pie filling was good but not great. It was kind of on the thin side, with only 3-1/2 cups of blueberries. Of course, everyone else loved it. Am I the only persnickety pie eater out there? I knew I was right. So I researched on the internet and found the original CI blueberry pie recipe, which I promptly made and will be posting next. In the meantime, here is the adaptation which is also on the internet somewhere. If you're in a hurry, you can make this version because the original is a bit more work, but vastly superior to the adaptation.

Blueberry Pie
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated by ?
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

INGREDIENTS: Cook's Illustrated Vodka Pie Crust or your favorite crust
3-1/2 cups blueberries, washed and dried
3/4 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1 small green apple (about 1 cup) peeled and grated on large holes of box grater
2-1/2 Tbsp. quick-cooking tapioca

In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, zest, cinnamon, cardamom, grated apple and tapioca. Toss lightly and let stand about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly coat a 9" pie pan with cooking spray. Prepare crust; chill; roll out on well-floured counter to 12" circle. Transfer to prepared pie pan. Trim edges. Transfer blueberry filling and any juices to the pie shell, smoothing the filling into an even layer. Bake 20-25 minutes; reduce temperature to 350F and bake for another 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool at least 2 hours before cutting.

Roll scraps of dough out on floured surface and cut with your favorite cookie cutter. Place these on the pie, or better, on an ungreased cookie sheet to bake alongside the pie. Then you can put the pie crust "cookies" on top of the pie as a decoration. Brush them with some milk, cream or H&H and sprinkle with sugar before you bake them. As you can see, I put mine on top of the pie and they kind of curled up when they baked. They'll look nicer if you bake them separately.


Barbara Bakes said...

I'm a big fan of Cook's Illustrated too! In fact, I need to renew. The pie looks scrumptious. Especially with the ice cream.

Chow and Chatter said...

wow great spices in here, looks divine my Dad would go crazy over this

Katrina said...

That. looks. delicious!

Denise said...

Hi Judy I found my way over from Donna's blog, she is my sister and I love your recipes. I printed out a bunch of them yesterday. I am following along

Judy said...

Welcome,Denise. So glad to have
you as a follower. I love your sister's blog -- she is so creative and original and funny. As soon as she writes a book, I'll be buying it.

Sylwia said...

Cook's Illustrated is one of my favorite magazines!! I also own (to my husband's horror) all of their cookbooks. I have yet to try recipe that did not work. Your pie looks delicious Judy!!!

Juliana said...

Oh Judy, this blueberry pie looks so delicious, very fruity...moist...would love to try it...with ice cream...of course!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

Looks really colorful...I bet it smells divine really mouthwatering :)



Reeni♥ said...

Your torturing me with this pie! I wish I could have a piece. So scrumptious with the vodka crust!

teresa said...

what a thing of beauty, it looks delicious!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMMM,...Judy!! The blueberry pie looks georgous!!

A delicious treat now that we have an abundance of blueberries,...Thanks!

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