Thursday, April 28, 2011


"Let's see now. We have a dozen peach, a dozen berry, a dozen pumpkin, and a dozen cherry. Now when we finish the apple, we can quit for the night." -
Mildred Pierce

If you watched the miniseries of Mildred Pierce last month then it's more than likely that it left you aching for pie, or chicken and waffles for that matter.

I thoroughly enjoyed this miniseries, although it does leave you quite disturbed at times. It taps into the terribly gloomy depression era with its darkly stunning cinematography, 1930's style, and powerful acting, particularly from Kate Winslet, who plays Mildred Pierce and Evan Rachel Wood, who plays Mildred's pretentious daughter Veda. I heard that this was a much better adaptation of the book than the Joan Crawford movie. Has anyone seen that movie or read the book?

I'm not certain if this peach and blueberry pie is very true to the Great Depression, but Mildred sold really good pies and this is certainly a really good pie. I love the almost neon purple that comes out of the blueberries; it's very striking against the orangey peach and golden crust. This pie is not sickly at all and has a lovely sweet and mellow flavor. The pairing of peach and blueberry together is so perfect and summery.

This peach and blueberry pie is wonderful on its own, served warm or cold, or with a little custard. Please let me know if you do make this and manage to not eat the whole thing in one day...I would love to know how you did it.

Happy Royal Wedding weekend! I will most likely be one of those Brits that feels left out and gets up at 4am to watch it all... :)

Peach & Blueberry Pie: (makes one 9" pie)
For the pie filling:
  • Approx 6 ripe skinned Peaches (or 2 cans of non-syrup, sliced peaches)
  • 4.4 oz blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (extra for sprinkling)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/8th tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8th tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup butter
Prepare the pie base in a 9" pie dish and then par-bake in the oven at 375F for 6 mins. Set aside. (Keep the oven on.)

In a bowl mix together the sliced peaches and all the rest of the pie filling ingredients. Set aside.

In another bowl add all the pie topping ingredients and rub the butter into it all with your fingers until the mixture resembled fine breadcrumbs.

Add the pie filling carefully into the pie crust, distributing everything evenly.

Then add the crumb topping mixture covering all the fruit.

Sprinkle another teaspoon or so of brown sugar on top.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375F for 35-40 mins or until the pie is golden brown.

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  1. Loved the Mildred Pierce mini series. And I wanted pie after each and every episode. This pie sounds and looks amazing. I want it. NOW!

  2. That miniseries *totally* made me crave pie, and peach pie is always the first thing my brain goes to! I love the idea of peaches and blueberries -- you're making me want pie even more!

  3. The colors in this pie are certainly amazing! And well it would lift a depression for sure.. :)

  4. Oh you have me craving pie now! Looks wonderful! Did you get up and watch it in the end?!

  5. These are very professional photos :) Peach and blueberry is a brilliant combination, though I think your photos are a bit too colourful for the Depression :p

  6. @skirmishofwit I did! I woke up at 4am to watch the whole thing! Loved it :) Was so fantastic to see London like that!

  7. I love fruit pie. So virtuous!

  8. Wow, what a great combo!! This looks so fantastic! there's nothing better then a good pie!

  9. Yum it looks delicious, and the colors are beautiful!

  10. Oh wow, that looks absolutely delightful. I love the colour combinations and I am sure it tastes so good! I never heard of the mini series by the way, but it sounds interesting. I will look into it to see if I can watch it here too. Thanks for the tip!

  11. What a beautiful pie! The contrast of the colors is just gorgeous:) I am so happy to have found your blog & just signed up to follow you. Please stop by and visit me sometime at Looking forward to your next delicious post - Cheers!

  12. Wonderful looking pie! I bet it tastes great! I am bookmarking this to make this summer! :)

  13. This pie looks absolutely amazing. The peach looks like it goes so well with the fresh blueberries. I could see this combination in a cobbler as well. Very nice dessert.

  14. What a beautiful and colorful pie. With the peaches, blueberries and orange zest it must be a wonderfully flavorful pie as well.

  15. not seen the show sounds good though lovely pie with vibrant colors :-)

  16. Technicolor pie! How did you keep the berries from staining the peaches and making it all blue?

  17. I have no idea, they just didn't stain! Maybe it was the orange zest? I've made this a few times and the peaches have never stained.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  18. YUMMMY! Good colors in those photos!

  19. Oh I love the color combination! I like how the blueberries come out purplish, almost like flowers in the pie!

  20. I didn't see the movie but I love the pie. Gorgeous!

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  22. This looks SO good!! Lovely flavors and I love that you use ground almonds in the topping. I'm signing up to follow you! - hope you keep cool today in this heat!!

  23. I don't know if I've ever combined blueberries and peaches like this - but I can't wait to try, now!!

  24. first time here...lovely blog...following you. The dish looks so colorful and yummy

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  25. This looks so incredible! I'll have to keep this on file for next summer :)


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