Blackcurrant Pie

This is a pie that I made the other day and I made it again for the BAFTAH picnic today.  It is made from blackcurrants, but if you don’t have them I think that most berries would work.

Blackcurrants: Blackcurrants are a small round edible black berry which grows in loose hanging clusters.  (Definition from Dictionary.com.)  This is a blackcurrant bunch:

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Blackcurrant Pie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 150g cold butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoon (tbsp.) cold waterimg_6102
  • 350g fresh blackcurrants, washed, picked over, topped and tailed
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • Milk and extra sugar to glaze

Method:

  • Put the flour into a food processor bowl.  Cut the butter into small cubes and drop it into the processor.
  • Pulse the butter and flour together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Stir in the ½ cup of sugar followed by the egg yolks and the water if the mix seems too dry.
  • Mix quickly to a stiff dough.
  • Knead lightly until smooth then shape into a rectangular block, wrap well and chill for 1 hour before using. Preheat your oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.
  • If you don’t have a food processor look on the Edmonds Website.
  • Put the blackcurrants into a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar and cornflour.
  • Gently stir with a spoon until the blackcurrants all get coated with the sugar and corn flour.
  • Roll out half of the chilled pastry on a lightly floured surface to fit in the bottom of a pie dish, along with some overhang. Line the pie tin with this.
  • Fill with the fruit sugar mixture.
  • Roll out the remainder of the pastry in a round large enough to cover the top of the pie.
  • Brush the edges of the bottom crust all the way around with some milk.
  • Apply the top crust and trim, pinching and folding the edge to seal.
  • Brush with more milk and extra sugar.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the filling is bubbling and the pastry is golden brown.
  • Serve warm with some ice cream or custard.

This is a delicious recipe, tell me if you’ve tried it.

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