Summertime recipes – summer fruit pie

Seeing as we haven’t had a sweet summertime recipe for a while, this week we’re trying out a dessert that’s perfect for the summer months.

If you’ve got a sweet-tooth, your favorite part of a summertime barbecue is probably when the dessert is brought out! And what better kind of dessert is there for this time of year than a summer fruit pie. Strawberries, peaches and a double-crust sound delicious! Take a look at the ingredients and method below…

Here’s what you’ll need…

2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for the work surface
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening, chilled
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
1 large egg
1 tablespoon white vinegar
6 ripe peaches, each cut into 8 wedges
1 pint strawberries, halved
1/4 cup instant tapioca
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

1. In a food processor, combine the flour, salt, shortening, and ½ cup of the butter until the mixture forms pea-size crumbs. Break the egg into a measuring cup and beat lightly; add the vinegar and enough cold water to measure ½ cup. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, pulsing until a soft dough forms.

2. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disk into a 14-inch circle. Place in a 2-inch-deep 9-inch pie plate.

4. In a medium bowl, gently toss the peaches, strawberries, tapioca, lemon juice, and ½ cup of the sugar. Spoon the fruit mixture into the pie plate and dot with the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter; refrigerate.

5. Roll out the second disk of dough into a 14-inch circle. Drape it over the pie and trim the edge to a ½-inch overhang. Fold under, pressing to seal. Crimp the edge, if desired. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

6. Heat oven to 425° F. Lightly brush the top crust with cold water and sprinkle with the remaining sugar. Cut several slashes into the top crust. Bake until golden, 18 to 22 minutes. Reduce heat to 375° F and continue to bake until the juices bubble, 30 to 40 minutes more.

7. Transfer to a rack and cool for 2 hours before serving.

You could serve each slice with a bit of ice cream to make it even tastier! If you give this recipe a go, let us know how it turns out by leaving a comment below.