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October 15, 2018

Blueberry and Lavender Pies!

Posted on August 8, 2014 by in baked goods

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Blueberry – my mind immediately goes to the old Satchmo singing in his gravely voice “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill…….”

Blueberry Hill was not written by him, but his 1949 recording of this classic, send it to the top of the charts and it became quite an iconic song! Well, I found my thrill this week when I made these delectable Blueberry and Lavender Pies!

I love making pies, big ones, small ones, sweet ones and savory ones…… just love it! You see, it is the different kind of pastries that fascinate me so! Buttery, puff pastry or sweet crumbly shortcrust pastry, I love them all! Making it and eating it! So last week when I was busy making my children’s early morning smoothie, I thought of making little pies, bulging with blueberries!


I have made sweet shortcrust pastry before, but this time, I decided to work with the formula for shortcrust pastry and my resistance literally crumbled after just one bite! The formula is 2 parts flour to 1 part butter. a little salt and ice water. It could not be easier!

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Blueberry and Lavender Pies

makes 12 mini pies

Ingredients

250 g flour – (that is 2 cups)

225 g butter – I used salted – cut into small cubes

60 ml water

30 ml caster sugar – optional when making sweet pies

For the filling

400 ml blueberries – fresh or frozen

15 ml cornflour

juice of 1 lemon

30 ml caster sugar

5 ml chopped lavender

extra granulated sugar for topping

1 egg for egg wash

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Method

Place the flour (and sugar if using)in your food processor and pulse and while the machine is running, add the butter and pulse between each addition until all the butter is incorporated and the flour looks like a rough mealie meal. Add the water and pulse just until the dough comes together. Tip the dough onto a plate and cover with cling wrap. Allow the dough to rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

To make the filling

Simply place the all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix. No cooking involved.

When you are ready to make, preheat the oven to 180C. Roll out the pastry to about 3 mm thickness. Use a cookie cutter and cut our 24  discs. Place some of the blueberry mixture on 2 of the pastry discs. Use the egg white to spread around the edges of the discs and place the other 12 discs on top and press with your finger to form the pies. Give the pies a brushing with the egg wash and sprinkle some sugar over all the pies before baking them to golden perfection!

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3 Responses to “Blueberry and Lavender Pies!”

  1. Ethnic Food 8 August 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I love blueberry. Thanks for this great combination. These blueberry pies look delectable. I would like to try these at my home.

  2. Lettie Hough 25 March 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Dankie Nina vir al die reseppies en inspirasie. Ek
    was n Huishoudkunde onderwyseres vir 30 jaar en by Hotelskool vir13 jaar maar leer nog steeds. Dankie dat jy die volk aan die kook hou.


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