Blueberry Pie

We live in one of the best locations in the world for blueberries and wild ones in Nova Scotia are a rare find. We found some wild ones in the middle of our province and picked enough for a pie! Blueberries are full of antioxidants and are delicious off the bush or baked up in a yummy pie! This pie recipe has an all butter crust to add to the flavour of this homemade pie.

Pie Crust:

In a food processor mix together:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Add in and pulse until the butter is broken into small bits:

  • 1 cup cold butter

Pulse the flour and butter mixture with:

  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 6-8 tbsp ice water

Pulse only until a soft dough is formed. Separate into 2 discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Filling:

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • juice of half a lemon

Combine together in a bowl. Roll out bottom crust, fit into a pie plate, fill with the blueberry mixture, and roll out the top crust and place on top. Crimp the edges (discarding the excess), brush some cream on top and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until well browned and bubbly. If crust gets too browned, cover with foil part way through baking. Cool and then serve.

 

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Chocolate Twist Bread

This really isn’t the bread making time of year but since I am a teacher and off in the summers, I make bread. This is my version of a chocolate twist bread. I haven’t quite perfected the shape yet but the taste is a-maz-ing! I have filled the bread with chocolate, almonds and cinnamon. The almonds are completely optional. My son is not allergic to almonds, just peanuts so when I can source peanut free almonds, I like baking with them. If you don’t bake with any nuts, then add more chocolate. Yes, more chocolate! Nothing wrong with that! You can also jazz it up with different flavours like orange, coconut, cardamon, cherries, etc.

Chocolate Twist Bread

In a small bowl, mix together and let the yeast activate:

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp yeast

In a small saucepan, combine and warm until the butter is just melted:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (equal to 2 eggs)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar

After the yeast is activated and the milk mixture is at room temperature, combine in a stand mixer and add in flour, starting with 3 cups first:

  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all purpose flour

Once you have added in and mixed the 3 cups, slowly add in the remaining flour until a soft and slightly sticky dough is formed. When it is throughly kneaded, dust with flour and let raise for 1 hour or until double in size.

After the first raise, roll out until 15 by 15 inch square. Cut in half so you have two 15 by 7.5 inch pieces to fill, cut and roll separately.

In food processor, combine and pulse until a few chunks remain:

  • 3/4 cup chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup almonds (optional)

Divide filling between the two pieces of rolled out dough and then roll up each separately. Cut each roll down the middle and twist the 2 pieces together. Some of the filling will fall out but you can just sprinkle it on top after you get it on the pan. I recommend rolling and twisting on the parchment paper you will bake on to make the transfer easier. You will end up with 2 double twisted loaves.

Let raise for another 30 minutes until proofed. At this point, it will look like this:

Brush with cream before baking. Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes on a large parchment lined cookie sheet.