Mango Blueberry Pie

7.31.2012


The mango part of the recipe is the result of cold weather. Our TWD group choose for today´s recipe the Nectarine Blueberry Pie by contributing baker Leslie Mackie, of Macrina fame.


Since it´s winter, nectarines are nowhere to be found, not even bad ones. But I wanted to keep this pie as close as possible to the original; apples and pears were a boring idea, so mango it was. A great alternative because of similarities in texture and color. I liked this recipe, especially the mango berry combination.
But make no mistake, it´s not ideal to make a summer fruit pie in winter. It´s good but will never be great. You need great fruit for a great fruit pie. Period.


But the colors and the incredibly easy to work with dough made this a nice assignment.
The full recipe can be found at our hosts´ sites Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake! and Hilary of Manchego´s Kitchen. I want to send a special shout out to the wonderful Lizzy, who has become a blogging friend and with whom I share another group.



I liked trying pie dough using shortening. I never use it, ever. I´m an all butter kind of person. But the reason I like this group so much is because I have to step out of my comfort zone. With great results many times. I can finally understand that whole flaky pie dough thing. It really is different than butter doughs. The weird thing is that I don´t know if I´ll use it again. I don´t make traditional pies often, my baking is more about tarts, maybe a lattice, and I usually use pasta frolla or pate sablée. 
Also, growing up butter was way more expensive than shortening. So, us kids, we were fed spaghetti with `butter´ and parmesan cheese. Of course it wasn´t butter, that was left for the adults who could appreciate it and justify it´s cost. So shortening is not on my list now that I´m finally the adult!


For the filling half of the fresh fruit is cooked with a bit with sugar, flour and lemon, both zest and juice. I upped the lemon quantities a bit to compensate for the lack of flavor in the mangoes. Then the rest of the fresh fruit is added and the mixture needs to be cooled before spooning it into the crust.


The other half of the dough covers the fruit, the sides get crimped which in my case meant just a fork, and into the fridge goes the whole unbaked pie before finally reaching the oven.
The resulting pie is really nice to look at and feels like a big achievement. Considering how easy it was to put it together, it appears to be a lot of work.


The crust bakes perfectly golden with the sugary crunch on top, courtesy of the egg wash and sprinkle of sugar before baking. It bubbled just a bit which was a disappointment really; I think heavy bubbling and spilling is the sign of juicy fruit. But I guess that doesn´t apply to my poor winter fruit. 
In the end despite the shortening and winter fruit, the pie turned out great, golden, inviting and really delicious. I had it warm and it was wonderful. Cream would certainly be nice with it.




And you know what? I think I´ll give this dough another try with one of those tall and gorgeous double crust apple pies, the kind my grandmother used to make. And maybe some mini jam pies with a double crust also. Or a traditional lemon pie, the way my great grandmother used to make. See why my to-do list never gets shorter?



42 comments:

  1. That is a gorgeous pie! I would never have thought of pairing mango with blueberries. Definitely keen to try the original though when the weather warms up.

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  2. Love mango! Thinking of peach or mango for the galette. Beautiful pics!

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  3. oh.. how i envy you.. and those blueberries.. what a lovely colour!! and with mangoes...even better!

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  4. This is a new combo to me and really can't wait to try it out.. Am glad you pop over to my blog and now I get to read on your culinary journey too. Stay in touch. Cheers, Jo

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  5. Paula, wonderful and delicious looking Blueberry Mango Pie - what a great combination of fruit, that would never have occurred to me but it does sound and look delicious! Your pie crust has a perfect color, some wonderful crunch on top and the sliced pie looks sooo "lecker" ("appetizing")!

    Have a good week!

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  6. Im glad you enjoyed! I loved this pie!

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  7. I like the sound of mango and blueberries. I fell in love with the crust also. I see more pie in the future.

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  8. I am reading this at 7am and it is making me want pie for breakfast. Looks really delicious.

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  9. Great looking pie! I usually do a half butter/half shortening recipe for pie dough but this one had way more shortening than I was used to. I think the end result was great though. I'm making a cherry custard and an apple custard with the rest of the dough - good luck with your list! :)

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  10. Paula, I'm with you with making this pie with apples. Since shortening is not lard, I'm not averse to it. You know one place I don't like shortening...in frosting. I run for the hills when I see that. Don't like the mouth feel...not good. lol.

    Nice photos...especially the 3rd one...up close and wonderful!

    Carmen

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  11. Yummy! This pie looks wonderful!

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  12. LOVE your sub of mango... sounds delicious, Paula! :)

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  13. Beautiful pie! I am curious how the mangos tasted with blueberries..

    The same here with shortening, I usually skip recipes that use it.. This was the first time I bought it from grocery store..

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  14. Wish I could reach in and pick up that fork. What a great pie.

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  15. Mangoes and blueberries hand in hand, I mean in pie :) Who would have thought? Great sounding combination. I love your B&W picture of the bottom crust!

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  16. Mangoes and blueberries in a beautiful flaky crust? I wish I could eat my screen :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  17. Paula, Your pie looks so very beautiful and you can actually see the flakes in your crust…delectable!! My pie crust calls for all butter and I love the way it comes out…so I didn’t use the crust with this recipe! Mango pairs so well with blueberries…great choice! Gorgeous photos!!

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  18. Te ha quedado mucho mas bonito que el mio!!! que rico!!!

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  19. Gorgeousness! Love the mango addition.

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  20. mangoes with blueberries. What a combination! And that pie definitely looks golden-y and delicious. :)

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  21. We love mango and I think you choose a great combination. Thanks for sharing, fun baking with you! Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  22. Ooh, I bet the mangoes were delicious!

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  23. Beautiful substitution, my friend! You in the southern hemisphere are at a disadvantage as we tend to pick seasonal recipes for these challenges. You rose to the occasion...I don't know that I could have been so creative! And thanks for the special shout out :)

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  24. I really agree, Paula, it's all about the ingredients and you need to begin with good ones, in this case, nice juicy summer fruits. You actually turned your lemon into lemonade because I think your pie looks delicious and it passed the taste-test with you. Unfortunately, I have never cooked nor know much about mangoes. Iowa never grew many mangoes so it wasn't a fruit I was ever introduced to. Your to-do list sounds intriquing. Soldier on, no matter what the Season.

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  25. Gorgeous job. I like the thought of using mangoes - it really does play on the original concept very closely.
    Ah, what I would do for a piece of pie right now :-)

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  26. The crust in your close-up pic is gorgeous! So flaky! I'm anti-shortening, too, and used my go-to all-butter recipe for this one. But you've convinced me I should try it.

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  27. Looks delicious. Interesting to add mango!

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  28. Oooh! Mango-blueberry was my first choice!

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  29. What a wonderful substitution to use mangoes!

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  30. Mangoes and blueberries sound wonderful. Your pie looks great! I hope you t ry it again in the summer. It is really delish with the nectarines.

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  31. It's wonderful! I love mango but never made a pie with them ...definitely to try!

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  32. Love that you made the pie work with what you had and it looks great!

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  33. Your pie looks wonderful Paula - I thinbk mango sounds like a great choice with the blueberries.

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  34. YUMMY! Yourpie looks delicious. I like the substitution of mango. I really appreciate that TWD pushes us all to step out of our "comfort zone" too! Happy baking to you!

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  35. I love the idea of mixing blueberries and mango in a pie, what a beautiful flavor combination! I was just enjoying a delicious mango tonight for dinner, YUM! I am sorry I took so long to stop by your lovely blog! I look forward to enjoying your beautiful posts:-) Hugs, Terra

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  36. Mango and berries! Yes, please! The filling sounds heavenly!

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  37. Love the mango idea! I have trouble with all crusts... tips would be very appreciated :) as yours looks amazing!!!!

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  38. I like using so many different pastry recipes, here and in French Fridays - it really makes me think about the constructions and fillings I'm using and what pastry would work best.

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  39. Lovely pie! And who (besides brilliant you) would have thought to use mangoes? Perfect! I also love the B/W photo inserted. Makes me want to do an entire B/W post.

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  40. I know what you mean about the shortening. I know it makes a flakier crust, but I still think I prefer the flavor (and honestly, the idea) of using all butter.

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