“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”

By: musicisfoodoflove

Jul 15 2010

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Category: Recipes

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-Wendell Berry.

Well sorry Wendell Berry, I’m using blueberries, not red berries or wendellberries today.  Think about this quote though…what an incredible image it evokes for me, actually it’s something like this:

This was one of the recipes I made for the dinner party, but I’m only getting around to posting it now.  I made this the night before the party and let it chill overnight in the fridge.

I figured with the southern charm of the quote, and the southern houses I just looked up for 10 minutes because of how stunning they are, I would pick something with an old south feel to it:
“Down to the River to Pray” Alison Krauss

Since this recipe I did not create at all, in any shape or form, I will copy and paste, then share the link of where it came from.  I’m telling you, I don’t bake…so I can’t invent desserts at all!.


For the crust:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, sorted and rinsed

To make the crust, put the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Pulse a few times to blend. Add the butter pieces to flour mixture, and process about 10 seconds until mixture is consistency of coarse meal.

With the food processor running, add the ice water and almond extract in a thin stream just until the dough holds together. Do not process the dough for more than half a minute.

(To hand-mix the dough, mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces, and cut in with a pastry cutter until mixture is consistency of coarse meal. Then mix the dough, sprinkling the ice water and almond extract, until dough holds together.)

Turn dough out and wrap securely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Roll out the dough between two sheets of waxed paper into a 12-inch circle. Peel away the top sheet of waxed paper, turn the dough over, and center it in a 10-inch tart pan. Peel away the remaining waxed paper, and fit the dough to the pan, trimming the excess flush with the edge of the pan. Put the dough in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

To partially bake the dough, line it with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans (or prick the dough many times with a fork and hope for the best). Bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven. Remove the foil and pie weights.

While the dough is baking, make the filling by combining the sugar, flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the sour cream, egg, almond extract and lemon juice, and stir until well mixed. Fold in the blueberries. Pour the filling into the partially baked crust. The filling should be almost even with the top of the pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until filling in the center is just set.


Yeah, I also didn’t do half the steps for the dough, I’m lazy, impatient and a self-proclaimed ‘know-it-all’ who claimed it didn’t matter if we refrigerated it.  I stuck it in the freezer for 15 minutes and called it a day.  Bakers everywhere are probably cringing.

With love,



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