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Blueberry Mascarpone Chess Pie

Blueberry Mascarpone Chess Take 2(1)

 

So, yesterday I set out to bake a new pie. My oven has been out of commission for the past 3 weeks and the apartment complex finally fixed it this week. It seemed right that it’s first use be for treat baking.

 

In an effort to use some of the stranger things I had in my fridge (like mascarpone cheese) and some fruit, which was going to be bad soon, I stumbled upon a promising recipe for Blueberry Mascarpone Chess Pie.

 

My first attempt came out looking like THIS. It smelled nice, but when I cut into it, it was very thin – almost runny, as if it hadn’t cooked properly. I put it back in the oven and baked it some more, but this did nothing to thicken the texture.

 

Today, I gave it another shot, using a chess base similar to the one I use for my Berger Cookie Pies and constructed the pie differently. The pictures above are today’s results. It tastes delicious and definitely has the texture/firmness I’ve come to expect from a chess pie. And the blueberries and mascarpone pair together so well.

 

Recipe:

 

Start with your favorite pie crust recipe. Or just use Pillsbury. (The buttery the pie crust, the better!)

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter (melted)
  • 1 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Mascarpone

 

Directions:

 

Roll out dough and place into pie pan. Drop half the mascarpone by teaspoon along the bottom of the pan. Toss blueberries with 1 tbsp of flour and fill the bottom of the pie pan.

 

In a large bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining flour. Add in eggs, one at a time. Add butter and vanilla, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over blueberries. Dot top of mixture with the remaining mascarpone.

 

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes.

 

Let cool completely before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

 

 

Blueberry Mascarpone Chess Take 2(2)

Apple-Berry Pie

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I created this pie last summer for the 4th of July and now that the weather’s warmer, when I think fruit pies are the best, I figured it’d make a good Easter pie, too! This time, I took photos of the process so I could share the recipe with you guys (click through the slideshow at the bottom of this post!). Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

 

To start: Chose your favorite pie crust recipe or just use Pillsbury (Needs two crusts)

 

Filling:

 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Approximately 10 blackberries & 10 raspberries
  • 4 different kinds of apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter

 

Directions:

 

In a large saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, salt, water, and cinnamon until smooth. Add blueberries. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly.

 

Gently fold apples, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and lemon juice into blueberry mixture. Add filling to pie and dot with butter. Cover with decorative crust.

 

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake an additional 45-50 minutes.

 

 

Berger Cookie Pie

Christmas Pie-CR

 

I’ve made this pie for various occasions, with different decorative toppers, but this Christmas pie has been the prettiest and it was one of 5 Berger Cookie Pies I made this Christmas (some of which people even paid for!).

 

If you’re not from Baltimore, Maryland or somewhere near Maryland, you’ve probably never even heard of Berger Cookies. They are a delicacy specific to our area, characterized by their chocolate fudge-like topping on a shortbread cookie. So rich, you can only eat one or two at a time.

 

Berger Cookies

 

I’ve never tried to make a Berger Cookie, because I live near them so why try, but I have seen people online come up with cookies that look similar. You could try that or you can actually order Berger Cookies online. And if you ever travel through Baltimore, I’d encourage you to pick some up. They freeze well, so they’ll last, and even if you don’t give this pie a try, they’re a cookie you want to taste in your lifetime. Believe me.

 

 

Recipe: 

 

Start with your favorite pie crust recipe. Or just use Pillsbury.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter (melted)
  • 6-7 Berger Cookies (chopped)

 

Directions:

 

Roll out dough and place into pie pan. Fill pie pan with cookie chunks.

 

Mix sugar, brown sugar, and flour in a bowl. Add in eggs, one at a time. Add butter and vanilla, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over cookies chunks.

 

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes.

 

*Best served after cooling completely and being stored in the fridge overnight. Let sit at room temperature about 1 hour prior to serving.

 

Note: This pie was inspired by Dangerously Delicious‘s Baltimore Bomb

Long weekends are supposed to be relaxing…

But this four day holiday weekend wasn't relaxing at all. If it's possible, I'm more tired now than I was when it started. However, exhausting doesn't completely mean bad in this case.

Thursday, the 4th of July, I got up early and baked a super delicious Apple-Berry pie (strawberries, blueberries, and four different kinds of apples) and it wasn't just yummy, it was actually pretty and patriotic, too. See:

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Unfortunately while peeling the apples, I shaved off a portion of my pointer finger/nail bed so that's been pretty painful to deal with all weekend. Still, the pie was gone in a matter of minutes, it was so well received so it made it feel pretty worth it.

We ate said pie at my aunt Kim's house, where we also consumed customary cookout foods, swam, and watched fireworks. If they weren't already dressed in patriotic garb, I made everyone pose with a flag to capture the holiday. You can see the whole photo set by clicking the picture of Gideon and I below.

Sarah & Gideon 4th of July

Friday I was supposed to clean (my house is in desperate need of this) and perhaps write since I'm participating in Grapemo and I'm not exactly off to a good start, but I was so tired from the day before that I got swept away in a book I had no expectations for and found myself hours later sobbing like an idiot over.

Saturday morning I had that photoshoot I mentioned with a friend of my sister's and even though it was 90+ degrees out, I the shoot was a success (or at least better than that last shoot I did with a non-family/friend). The family even said they're interested in having me do Christmas pictures in the fall for them, too! I took a lot of pictures, but I figured I'd share just a few of the best ones here. (Click the pictures to enlarge them.)

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When I got home from the shoot, I baked another pie for another family get together, this time at my mom's. This pie was very different from the first pie, super rich and nothing healthy about it at all. It was my rendition of Dangerously Delicious's Baltimore Bomb Pie aka Berger Cookie Pie. It was sinfully delicious.

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No matter how tired I was today, I had to clean and get ready to return to work tomorrow, but life had other plans and shortly after church I received a hysterical phone call from my sister to rush to her house and watch Gideon because my brother-in-law had been attacked by a swarm of bees. He went into Anaphylactic shock, his blood pressure dropped to nearly nothing and he was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. Thank God they were able to revive him, but he has to remain in the hospital under observation for the next 24 hours. It could have ended a lot worse, had Rachel not been home it's very likely he wouldn't have made it at all.  

All-in-all it wasn't a bad weekend even if it didn't end on that happy of a note, but it was long and tiresome. I'd say I'm looking forward to a regular weekend next weekend, but there are more parties my presence is required and so I'm sure I'll be feeling pretty tired come next Sunday, too.

Did you do anything special for the holiday weekend?