Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Berry and Peach 'Love' Pie

Please pardon my cutesy name, but it was Valentine's day yesterday (just in case you forgot) and I was in need of a dessert!  My problem was I didn't want the dessert to off set the healthy meal.  So... I used the name as a bit of a disguise (for the kids) and came up with this recipe using frozen berry's I had in the freezer along with a jar of peaches I had in the cupboard.  The crust was using my favorite butter substitute~Earth Balance. 
One side note regarding the butter:  I was talking to a friend of mine and she mentioned she bought the butter I suggested (i.e. Earth Balance).  She stated that she thought it had a funny taste.  Do NOT buy Earth Balance in the tub, rather purchase the sticks.  For some reason, the sticks of Earth Balance tastes much better than the tub, even the color is slightly different. Just thought I would save you the trouble:)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons Earth Balance, cold cut into 1/2 inch dice........................
4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
1/4 cup ice water

2/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
1 jar of sliced peaches, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 cup frozen wild blueberries (I purchased at Costco)
1 cup frozen blackberries
NOTE: You could use fresh for this recipe, I just didn't have any on hand!

To Make the Dough:
1) Mix all the ingredients together in a food processor adding them in the order above. When dough forms a ball take out of processor and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
2) Preheat the oven to 450.
3) On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough into a circle slightly larger than your pie pan.  Slide a large metal spatula underneath the dough to loosen it.  Fold the dough and center it over the pie pan and open it.  Gently press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan to fit to your liking.
4) Place dough lined pie plate in the refrigerator while making the filling.
Make the Filling:
1) In a large bowl, whisk 2/3 cup sugar with the cornstarch.  Gently toss in the peaches, let sit for 5 minutes.
2) Rinse the frozen blueberries and blackberries under lukewarm water and let dry on paper towels.
3) Meanwhile, with the extra dough you have left over from the pie plate roll out and cut into desired shapes (I made Hearts)!
4) Mix the berries in with the peaches.
5) Take the Dough lined pie plate out of the refrigerator and place the peach and berry mixture in the shell. Promptly, arrange the cut out pieces of dough around the edges, and sprinkle over the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, immediately place in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes turn the temperature down to 375 and bake for another 35 to 45 minutes longer. Allow to cool on a rack for an hour or so prior to eating.


  1. Your love pie looks lovely :) Sorry had to say it, but no really like your recipe, hard to find fresh berries this time of year but pretty sure I have lots in the freezer. Your recipe is going to be perfect for my stock pile of frozen fruit, thanks for sharing.

  2. Medifast: Just a heads up...this recipe IS using frozen berries!

  3. What a great recipe... I always have frozen berries in my freezer! Thanks, and great I love your blog!


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