bake something fun, share it with the world, and you could win a marble pastry board.
The winner of this month’s challenge was Suzanne from Pittsburgh. Suzanne, I hope you enjoy your new marble pastry board!
let’s talk about this month’s challenge recipe…
The perfect blueberry pie is just the right amount of sweet and tart, bursting with fresh blueberry flavor, covered in a flaky, tender, sugary crust, and easy to slice and serve.
“When you bake a pie, you are in the kitchen in the company of ghosts.” – In the South, Cake or Pie for Dessert? (NY Times)
I feel that this is a true sentiment about all baking, but also... I feel that pie is something most people have a story about. For me, it's the memories of the strawberry rhubarb and cherry pies my grandmother used to make from wild rhubarb and old cherry orchard trees scattered around my grandparent's property. It's also apple pie - my mom's favorite - with a brown sugar crumble top. In the fall she would make extra apple pie filling from the season's bounty of apples, freezing it for later use. We never had Thanksgiving without one.
And, ever since I can remember, I've baked a blueberry pie on or around the 4th of July. Over the years, I've experimented with a variety of recipes and techniques, and this is my favorite recipe. It has a concentrated fruit flavor, is just the right amount of sweet, and holds its shape when sliced. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
The July Bake Club Prize!
As much as we all might love a great summer pie, making pastry in the middle of a hot summer day can be challenging. This marble pastry board makes the whole process so much easier. Put it in the refrigerator or the freezer an hour or two before you want to roll out your dough, and it will keep the dough cool even if your kitchen is quite warm. The board is also perfect for making candy (like toffee or peanut brittle), working with chocolate, and even makes a fantastic cheese board.