Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Blueberry Pie

More Chicken-Free Nuggets today, along with organic tater tots and blanched green beans. For dessert I baked two of the tiniest blueberry pies you'll ever see, using eensy little pie tins.

Blueberry season is fast approaching, and I wanted to tell you all about Polly's Perfect Blueberry Pie now so you'll be ready. This is a fantastic pie recipe we came across two years ago. It's ideal for those who don't like making and rolling out pie crust. The crust is mixed right in the pie pan -- you press the pie crust into the pan and the pieces that fall over the sides are used as a crumble crust on top. How brilliant is that? It's easy to veganize by using nondairy milk, and I just leave off the bits of butter on top of the pie filling, but you could use margarine. When fresh aren't in season I use frozen (not thawed) blueberries instead, and bake the pie about 10-15 minutes longer.

Oh, and the beverage today is shmoo's new favorite nondairy milk -- oat milk!

Verdict: The pie pans came back empty, but the fork and spoon were still mysteriously clean, wrapped neatly in their napkin. "How did you like the pie?" I asked.

"Good!" shmoo replied.

"How did you eat the pie?"

"I just scooped the pie out with my teeth."

Oh, my. "Show me how the piggy eats." My husband has also enjoyed these past couple days, with brioche and blueberry pie around the house. He didn't face plant into it, though. 4 stars.

47 comments:

PadmeSkywalker said...

Mmmmm blueberry pie. Another masterpiece like always. :)

julie hasson said...

Where did you find the little tiny pie tins? I'm writing a pie book and those little tiny blueberry pies look too cute!

Thanks!

Julie

esm said...

Oat milk is my new favorite too!! I just discovered it a few weeks ago on a search for soy alternatives. Yummy. Bet it would be good with blueberry pie. I think my husband would be thrilled to have the chicken-free nuggets around the house...

OshinkoTickle said...

I have pie/muffin tins that small!! My daughter is having a vegan tea party for her birthday tomorrow and I think I might do those pies! My friend is a tester for Isa's new book coming out in October so she will be bringing along some vegan cupcakes! Have you seen the mini phyllo cups that are about that size in your grocer's freezer? I buy those and put vegan custard in them [mini key lime pies or cream cheeze tarts with berries]. They have to stay cold so they probably wouldn't keep in a lunchbox. But you could make mini quiche out of them too.

Thanks for the link with the recipe!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Where did you find the little tiny pie tins?

Sadly, I have absolutely no idea. They were given to me by my mom, who got them years ago.

Marnie said...

Aren't they just tart tins? Don't people eat tarts where you live? Maybe it's a Canadian thing ... They look terrific, anyway -- blueberry is my favourite filling for pies OR tarts.

kristie said...

About the lunchboxes: My fork mysteriously will not fit in the lunchbox anymore. Has anybody else had this problem?

Jennifer: I love those little pies. So cute!

p.s. this is Kristie from once before.

College Vegan Athlete said...

BLUEBERRIES, my absoulte favorite. You couldn't feed me enough blueberries. I can't wait to try these mini pies. And I've never had oat milk before and would love to try it, but I've never seen it before. Is it just at most health stores (a certain brand?) or did you make it yourself? Thanks- and beautiful lunch as always.

veganmum said...

Marnie, I was thinking the same thing - they look like tarts! I'm quite sure you can get those little tins at any supermarket north of the border. Unless, of course, they actually are different.

Regardless, very, very cute, and I am thoroughly intrigued by the pie recipe. Blueberry pie is my favourite, hands down! :)

Krista

Jennifershmoo said...

Around here tart pans are different, and no, most people I know don't eat or make tarts. They do, however eat lots and lots of pie! Maybe it's a rural America kind of thing?

The pans we know as tart pans have shallower, fluted sides, and usually removable bottoms. Pie tins are deeper, with more filling and a little lip around the edge for a ridge of crust.

Tart pans:

http://www.epinions.com/pr-Bakeware-Sur_La_Table_Round_French_Tart_Pans

Pie pans:

http://www.pastrychef.com/Catalog/individual_pie_pan_set_2824517.htm

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Is it just at most health stores (a certain brand?) or did you make it yourself?

It was Pacific brand Oat Milk from the health food section at my grocery store. Pacific makes Multigrain milk, too, which I think we're going to try next, and Hazelnut, which is my all-time favorite.

Isn't it weird how all these things turn white like milk when they're blended and strained? Well, some are more white than others, but still.

julie hasson said...

That's exactly what I was thinking Jennifer. But, if I can't find those mini pie tins, I will try making them in mini tart pans (or shallow mini muffin pans). Whatever the case, those blueberry pies are adorable!

Calla said...

mini tins for whatever you please!!

http://www.pastrypress.com/tins1.htm

Jennifershmoo said...

>>http://www.pastrypress.com/tins1.htm

Hey, those 2-inch "Tartlet Foil Tins" are them!! Thanks, Calla!

julie hasson said...

Thanks for the link Calla! Now I have a source to put in the cookbook! -and we will all be taking adorable little blueberry pies in our lunches (thanks to the Vegan Lunch Box).

defaultlisa said...

Oat milk is awesome! I prefer it to soy milk or rice milk.

Sheryle said...

I copied that pie recipe into my files. I LOVE blueberries and live in the middle of Oregon blueberry paradise. I can't wait until the end of June when we can pick them and eat them until we pop.

Karlie said...

Yes we use these all time in Canada to make one of our favourite treats: Butter Tarts!

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Butter_tart

They aren't vegan but I'm sure you could veganise them if you like! Although this recipe doesn't state it, you can also put blueberries in and they're delicious.

I laughed that you said it was almost blueberry season! I absolutely don't doubt that in most of the United States it is early in the summer, but up here in the Great White North blueberries are a late July-early August treat, at least where I live. I can't wait, they are my favourite berry and pretty near my favourite food as well. As a side note, have you ever tried saskatoons? They have a slightly blueberry-like flavour and have just as many antioxidants, and I think more fiber because they are much seedier than blueberries.

Dieudonné said...

Have you ever considered making all of this wonderfulness into a book? I would be all over it if you did. Besides that i just want to tell you that you are my hero, these ideas will make moving out for college in the fall much easier on me.

Vegetarian Cooker said...

Blueberry is so delicious and so helth-giving! I like it!
It may be great dessert for Creamy Artichoke Pasta. Test it!

Essy said...

Dieudonne, it is going to be a cookbook!

Unfortunately we're all going to have to wait a while. Geting a book published takes ages. :-(

Also, could somebody explain what a tater tot is? I'd always assumed they were a kind of extra small salad potato, but those look more like egg-shaped hash browns.

Laura Faye said...

You're right, they are much more like hash brown nuggets....and oh so yummy. I buy some called spud puppies from the Cascadian Farms brand. :-) (I think "tater tot" is actually a brand name, but we use it generically here.)

R2K said...

Lol I love his pie eating strategy :)

R2K

Vegan_1 said...

Jennifer, if you use frozen blueberries how do you know how much a quart is? Does it convert to a measuring cup measurement? Thanks for the recipe link. The pies look great.

Melody said...

OMG. Easiest pie crust recipe ever. I'm so making that this weekend.

Lori said...

Ooooh, Yum! I LOVE the way little Shmoo ate his pie too! Way too cute :) I'm making these pies this week to add to my hubbies lunches.....he'll love them! And gotta love that Emeril for coming up with something this easy! Thanks so much Jennifer for your blog and all of the wonderful ideas that you have here!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>Jennifer, if you use frozen blueberries how do you know how much a quart is? Does it convert to a measuring cup measurement?

Hi, vegan_1! Yes, 1 quart equals 4 cups.

Keep an eye on the pie if you make it in smaller pie pans; the baking time will be much less. I think my little 2" pielettes took about 25 minutes or so, using frozen berries. I baked them on a baking sheet to catch any bubbling-over blueberry juice.

Catherine said...

I just discovered this blog and I love it! Even though I am not a vegan, these lunches are very inspirational. I will definitely be copy-catting some of these ideas. Keep it up!

EatPeacePlease said...

Shmoo is so funny! Face diving into the pie. Way to eat a pie!

Kristie said...

I love the Pacific Multigrain milk. It is my favorite non-dairy milk. It does separate a bit when heated, at least for me.

Vegetarian Cooker said...

And what about sweet potato?

I like yammy coins!

Marnie said...

Tarts are definitely finger food here. The only time I see someone use a fork or spoon for them is if they've heated up a butter tart or got an especially runny, gooey one that could get messy.

Pimm said...

Ok, your reference to A Christmas Story cracked me up!

vegineer said...

ha, "show me how the piggy eats". i love the christmas story, that's the best movie ever. i watch it probably 10 tens every december.

CeeVeg said...

Cute!

Wide Lawns Subservient Worker said...

I am sick at home today and I just got finished eating the caramelized tofu from a couple days ago. I added in some chili oil and sesame oil as well as broccoli and water chestnuts, and it was so good. Thanks for the recipe for the glaze. I hope it will have me feeling better soon.

Thought Criminal said...

"I LOVE blueberries and live in the middle of Oregon blueberry paradise. I can't wait until the end of June when we can pick them and eat them until we pop."

I too, am in Oregon -- in the southern part of the state now, but will be moving back up to Eugene in three weeks. My favorite thing to do in the summers is to walk around the farmers' market in Eugene eating fresh blueberries. I buy a whole pint and just walk around eating until they're gone. Yummmm.

Denise said...

OK, so blueberry pie will be my new thing...:)

I looked at the recipie...what did you use instead of butter?

The Urban Hippie said...

Will you be my mommy? I'm a 36 SWF, but I'd love to have a mommy to make my lunches. ;)

ally said...

LOVE the christmas story reference. a perfect mental image! but i'm sure shmoo had fun... :)

Slytherin Chick said...

I made this pie over the weekend and it was super easy and super yummy! thanks!!!

Plume said...

Hi!
I've been reading every single post of your blog and I wish you could make my packed lunch too ;-)

I tried the pie crust in a strawbery version and it was delicious, I'm going to post about it on my blog.

Thanks!

VeganCyclist said...

hey, where did you get the tins from the blueberry pie recipe on April 25th post? thank you!
Kari

VeganCyclist said...

oh, and my daughter says:
thanks!

Jennifershmoo said...

>>hey, where did you get the tins from the blueberry pie recipe on April 25th post? thank you!

Hi, Kari -- Look through the comments above and you'll find a link.

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