We had a “pie in the sky” idea for how to welcome our new neighbors to town. We’ve always loved the tradition of heading over with with a homemade pie, but we decided to try something new. Introducing the “Sky in the Pie”, a pie made from local ingredients which features a crust skyline of their new home. You can following recipe as a template for your own homemade “Sky in the Pie.” We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Time Needed: 45 minutes
Serves: 8 people
Ingredients for Blackberry & Lemon Pie
- 2 pints fresh, local blackberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 lemon squeezed
- You’re favorite pie crust dough
Making the Sky in the Pie Crust
If the dough is refrigerated, allow it to sit in room temperature for 15 minutes so you can easily roll it out flat. Separate out a fourth of your dough which will become your skyline and use the rest to create the bottom crust of the pie. Form the dough into your pie pan, and then set the pan back into the fridge. Next take the remaining quarter of your dough and flatten it out onto a cookie sheet. This will become your skyline and the key is to keep the dough quite cool while cutting your shape so we recommend sticking it back in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before starting to cut.
While you’re chilling the dough, use Google images to find a silhouette of your city’s skyline, then re-size the image to the width of your pie pan (use photoshop, ppt, word, or any app you like). It doesn’t matter if the image is pixellated, you just need to be able to easily follow the border of the skyline. Next, lay a piece of parchment paper over the printed skyline, and carefully trace it using a pencil. You can use tape around the edges of the parchment paper to avoid shifting the tracing. Then take out the flattened pie dough from the fridge and lay the parchment paper over it, re-applying tape to the edges to keep things in place. Use a sharp knife or carving tool (we used woodcarving knives) to gently cut through the parchment paper along the tracing lines and through the dough on the other side. Take this nice and slow to avoid mistakes.
After you’ve cut through the tracing, carefully remove the excess dough using your knife. Then depending on the design of your pie you can either choose to keep the lower half of the crust beneath the skyline, or slice it off like we did. Just depends on how much crust you like! Use your knife to clean up any funky edges and perfect your masterpiece. Toss it into the fridge until your filling is ready.
Preparing the Pie Filling and Adding the Skyline Crust
Make the ‘Sky in the Pie’ filling by tossing the sugar into the crushed blackberries, mixing thoroughly. Then mix the lemon juice into the flour, and then add the two mixes together and blend thoroughly. Carefully place your skyline onto the top of the pie using two large spatulas. You may even need to recruit a third hand to avoid bending your tallest buildings. Once securely in place, slice off the outer edges to align with the curvature of the crust. Now you’re ready to bake! Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, and for the last few minutes turn it up to 425 to get a nice golden brown on your skyline.
We hope you love our “Sky in the Pie” recipe and get a chance to try it for yourself. Post photos of your finished pies in the comments below!