Sunday, May 20, 2012

Strawberry/ Pear Lattice Pie

Spring and Summer bring an abundance of wonderful fruit to enjoy. This is a recipe I came up with,  to use Strawberries and Pears in a pie. A bourbon 'marinade' adds a hint of spice to the Strawberries. I added a light crumb topping and dressed it with a pie dough lattice.

Strawberry/ Pear Lattice Pie

Slice Strawberries.  In a small bowl,  'marinate' in 1/4 cup of sugar/stevia and 1 shot glass of Bourbon. Toss to coat and place in refrigerator for an hour or so.

Pie Crust Pastry

3 cups Flour
1 cup Butter or Shortening
approx. 10 tblsp. cold Water

With a fork, cut butter into the flour until blended to consistency of small peas.  Then, sprinkle in cold water until pie dough is moist and firm enough to form two equal sized balls of dough. Flour wax paper and with a rolling pin, roll out 1 ball of the pie dough to fit into a 9 inch pie dish.

Slice four large Red Anjou Pears. No need to remove the red peel from the Pears. Drain and remove the Strawberries from the Bourbon marinade. Layer the
Pear slices and Strawberries in the pie shell as shown.

Crumb Topping

Mix 1/4 cup Oats, 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, 1/4 cup All purpose Flour, and 3 Tblsp. melted Butter with a fork, to form Crumb Topping. Lightly Sprinkle over the Fruit as shown .

With a rolling pin, roll out the second ball of pie dough and cut vertically with a pastry cutter or knife as I have pictured.

'Weave' the strips of dough, like a lattice, over the top of the crumb topping. Tuck the ends of the strips of dough into the pie.

Bake at 350' until the Pie crust becomes Golden and the Fruit mixture bubbles.

Let cool and enjoy it!

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