Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nectarine Lattice Pie

I realize it's been a while since I last posted.. but there are good reasons for that, I assure you. One is I finally moved to my new apartment!!!!! Yes, I am sitting on my new bed, enjoying GOOD wireless internet (poo poo poo) in my new neighborhood. :) And secondly, my dad's here for the week, so between unpacking and spending time with him, (and sorting out ANNOYING army stuff) this Nectarine Lattice Pie, which I made a couple of weeks back when I went to visit L and J, got pushed to the back burner. This recipe was adapted from The Art and Soul of Baking. The original recipe is for a Nectarine Blackberry Pie but since blackberries cost an arm and a leg and it is peak season for nectarines, that's exactly what they got. (For those of you who think the concept of nectarine pie is bizarre, just think about peach pie, minus the fuzz.) I really enjoy making pies and this was no exception, especially since this one gave me a chance to improve my lattice making skills.  A scoop of ice cream on a hot Shabbat afternoon wouldn't be amiss here whether you choose to serve the pie hot or cold.

Nectarine Lattice Pie
adapted from the Art and Soul of Baking

2 disks of your favorite pie dough

42 ounces ripe nectarines
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Roll out one disk of pastry and fit it into a 9 inch pie plate. Chill in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
Pit and slice the nectarines.
Place the fruit into a large bowl and add the sugar and flour.
Toss thoroughly to combine.
Spoon the filling into the chilled pie plate and smooth with a spatula as best you can. Return to the fridge.
Roll out the second disk of pie dough and using a knife or a bench scraper, cut strips.
Form a lattice on the top of the filling. Chill at least a half hour or up to an hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the pie on a parchment lined baking sheet and then bake for about an hour until the crust is golden and the fruit is thickened and bubbly. Cool for an hour on a wire rack before cutting into it. Happy summer!

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