Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Berry Cream Pie

I have been up to my ears in pie the last few days. With  some success, and some failures.  I will share my successful pies with you… we ate the failures I'm not so sorry to say, and found that though they didn't look very pretty, they tasted yummy... but, okay,  yes I will share the failures with you as well.

All the pie making (successes and failures alike) has provided a large supply of baked goodies in the house... and it was nice to have a full offering of tasty treats while our oldest son, Nathan, has been here. He has been with us the last couple of weeks, and we have been loving every minute of it. He arrived in Nevada and helped us settle everything we were doing for Mom's estate, and returned to Colorado with Steve via moving truck, two weeks ago. We have been in "non-stop, catch-up" mode ever since and have been up to all kinds of projects. Nathan was also able connect with old friends and also his brother in law, who came down from Denver and spent a couple of days with us.  Nathan returns home to North Carolina today. I am sure his family is very glad he is on his way. We are thankful that they had no problem sharing him with us these last few weeks."Thanks for being so generous to share him with us, Himilce… you and the kids are treasures and we long to have all of you out for a visit soon".
Now what was I saying about pies. Yes I have a couple of pies to share with you. They turned out really yummy, and are perfect Patriotic Pies (now that's a mouthful). I have had the song "American Pie"in my head all week, I think because of all this pie making for the Fourth of July. These pies are made with a homemade pudding combined with cream cheese for the base, and are topped with either fresh berries or cherry and blueberry pie filling and little stars cut out of pie crust. They are delicious, and made with real and organic ingredients.

 You begin by making a Vanilla pudding.

Add a tab of butter.  Allow the pudding to cool slightly.

Mix  2 1/2 8 oz packages of softened Cream Cheese

Pour in the warm pudding and mix until all is smooth.  Set aside.

Make your pie crust for 1 double crusts... (which will become two single crust pies instead). I use this recipe, its my favorite.  I use half white flour and half whole wheat flour.

Prick the bottom of your pies with a fork...

bake, and set aside to cool.

Cut and bake stars from left over pie pastry.  Bake about 10 minutes at 350 degrees, watching them carefully so they don't over brown.

Fill the baked pie crusts with the pudding cream cheese mixture.

Top with fresh berries or pre-made Cherry Pie Filling.
Here is the recipe for homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Decorate with baked pie crust stars.

The creamy filling is delicious with fresh fruit or pre-made pie filling.


The Cherry version didn't come out quite as pretty as the fresh fruit version, but I loved the flavor of the cherries and cream cheese pudding.


I did put a little blueberry pie filling in the middle of the Cherries, but they looked a little too red in their "cooked" state, so I added fresh blueberries to  give it a better visual.

The little mini pies were made with extra crust and filling.

 Berry Cream Pie
Ingredients:
2 baked pie shells (Click here for the Pie Pastry recipe).
2 cups cooked and lightly cooled Vanilla Pudding. 
See below for a recipe for homemade vanilla pudding (you could also use a store bought package to make the pudding). 
2 1/2  8 oz packages of Cream Cheese, softened
1 can Cherry Pie filling (click here for homemade Cherry Pie Filling ).
Fresh Berries of any Variety (Red, White and Blue and the goal for the Fourth of July Pies)
Baked Pie Pastry Stars

Instructions:
  1. Bake Pie Pastry shells.  Allow to cool.
  2. Make Pudding and allow to cool.
  3. Using a hand held mixer, mix cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Pour pudding slowly into cream cheese mixture and blend until all is smooth
  5. Pour mixture into pie shells.
  6. Refrigerate until pudding is firm.
  7. Top with fresh fruit or Pie filling.
  8.  Serve and Enjoy.
  Makes two 8- 9 inch pies
Homemade Vanilla Pudding 


Ingredients:
2 cups organic milk
1/2 cup organic cane sugar or Stevia to taste… yep just put your finger in there and taste test (or you can use coconut sugar or sucanat as well; I used cane sugar to maintain a white appearance for these particular pies).
3 tablespoons tapioca flour or non-GMO cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla or Almond extract
1 tablespoon butter (organic grass-fed if possible)

Instructions:
1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, tapioca and salt.
2. Add milk, a little at a time, stirring to dissolve.
3. Cook and stir until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, allowing it to bubble     only lightly.
4. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter.
5. Cool slightly.
6. Pour into serving dishes.
7. Chill before serving.
Serves 4




Okay, so here they are: the flops, maybe you can gain something from my failures.


It was a fun idea, and started to look as if it would work......

I made pie crust, and used Traditional Blueberry and Cherry Pie fillings;  I did really like how they looked before they were baked.

   I felt very happy about their patriotic beauty....

...but the filling became too bubbly and splattered over everything...

.....it looked like there had been a massacre.  A terrible mess, wouldn't you agree?

No, these pies could not be presented for the Fourth of July... we must eat the evidence and start over.


I decided if I were to do this again, I would pre-bake the pie shells as I did for the big pies, and pre bake the top shells as I did the little stars, and put the pie filling in and either leave it un-baked, or slightly bake it in the pre-baked shell.  I didn't think of that until I had done two batches, and I was a little tired of it by that time, and went with the big pies instead. So there you have it, Patriotic Pie Work shop.  Have fun.


Have a wonderful Fourth of July, 
and
 Happy Baking Everyone... and may your pies never look like a terrible " Massacre".


11 comments:

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Pam, Barb and I think your pies and tarts were so beautiful and we know they all tasted wonderful!
Happy $th of July to you my dear friend!
Your pictures are amazing as usual, I will bring a blue ribbon to you very soon :o)
xoxo

Jan Tanis said...

Hi Pam, I thought when I was here earlier that I left a comment...but I was interrupted a number of times, so I guess I didn't. I love the pies...Berry Cream sounds delicious. Have a blessed 4th! And, thanks for stopping by my Blog and leaving a Garden comment for me.

Hugs,
Jan

Amy said...

These look so wonderful and very Patriotic, Pam! I love that you posted both the pies, even if the smaller ones didn't turn out. I hate it when I bake something with fruit in it and it turns our like a massacre of a mess. But, I'm sure you didn't mind "eating the evidence" I know I would have enjoyed every last bite! :)

I hope you and Steve have a wonderful Fourth of July!

And I hope all those darn grasshoppers drowned in the rain!

We got a small flood out here and there are still a few puddles. It's a soggy mess, but I am rejoicing for the rain the Lord has drenched our land with. Happy Day all around!

Hugs and Smiles,
Amy

Maryann said...

Those little tarts might have been a terrible mess but I'll bet they were delicious. Happy 4th

lizzy said...

Wow what a DELICIOUS POST! And I am soooooo glad you posted the flops! They look so beautiful before being baked. I want to pin them!! You are so creative Mom. I am sorry they didn't work. But I agree with Amy, they still tasted really good hehehe and you got such a laugh out of me reading about a bloody massacre :) Your final masterpiece is so lovely and inspiring. I just bought three mass containers of blueberries at Costco, so I better get to baking something after your beautiful post! Oh and I wasn't able to finish my post, but I did get the pictures uploaded! That is a start :)

Keri On said...

Oh my!
These desserts look delicious! I am having a 4th of July brunch, and hope to make something so beautiful!

Thanks for the recipes!

Kirsteen Murray said...

Oh your pies look so beautiful! I think you are probably right about how to redo the flops but I'm pretty sure they tasted just as good, despite the 'masacre' look!

Now I need a excuse to try out one of those bigger pies!

Oh and thanks for the comment about the non flavoured coconut oil. I didn't know you could get such a thing so must look out for it.

Happy 4th to you and your family xx

Mrs.C said...

What beautiful pies! I've not planned anything patriotic for our quiet weekend, but you have inspired me. It's good to pop in and see that you are up to your beautiful creating, as usual! Don't have as much time these days for blogs, but thought I'd pop into some of my favorites this quiet morning. God bless you and yours this 4th of July!

Cheryl said...

Happy 4th Pam, your berry cream pie look sooooo good. Will be giving that pie a try soon.

The other ones may not of baked up the greatest but I bet they tasted great. Your solution sounds like a good idea.

They all looked delicious. Great post!

Joyfully,
Cheryl

Pam Phelps said...

Its so nice to hear from You Mrs. C. I have missed you very much. Kirsteen thanks for the comment..
blessings to all; Roxy, Jan, Amy, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Marie, Keri, Kirsteen, and Mrs. C, for a Happy Fourth of July

Pam Phelps said...

Thanks Cheryl,
Happy Fourth of July to you and your family.