Let’s talk about texting. It drives me CRAZY!
I actually just started texting late last year. Sure, once it became popular, I’d do it now and then just to feel cool, but it wasn’t really my thing.
I like email and sometimes my texts look more like emails than … well … texts. But really, when I’m trying to figure out plans or ask important questions, or I just want to talk to someone, texting really isn’t going to cut it.
I need to talk on the phone. I need that immediate back and forth interaction. I need to hear another human voice rather than stare at another screen.
Plus, you never know what other people mean for sure. I read so much into texts. I work myself up into a frenzy worried people are mad at me when in reality, nothing is wrong. It’s so frustrating and anxiety inducing.
And then there’s the simple, rather bothersome fact that people tend not to text me back. Isn’t the point of texting that it’s quick and easy, only takes a few seconds? It’s a simple way to keep in touch with people in this world where everyone is always busy.
Yet, often weeks and multiple messages go by with no response. I don’t get it and frankly it hurts my feelings sometimes. I guess I need to invent an even faster way for people to communicate. Then again maybe we should just go back to actually talking to each other.
We should also all definitely make this pie. I mean, does it get any better than Cherry Blueberry Pie??? It incorporates some of my favorite summer fruits into one amazingly flaky pie crust. It will make you get up and dance as you’re eating it, which is good because you can burn off some calories from the pie. You’ll want to eat all of it – trust me, I speak from experience.
Juicy, boozy filling, overflowing with fresh fruit (no skimpy filling here) and that flaky, sugar crusted, melt in your mouth crust match perfectly. This is summer in a pie! So go ahead, text your friends about it 😉
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup vegetable shortening
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cold, cubed
4-5 tablespoons cold water
4 cups fresh blueberries
4 cups fresh Bing cherries, pitted
¼ cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons cherry vodka or liqueur
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for assembly
Milk or cream, for assembly
Make the crust. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add shortening and butter and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse sand. Add 4 tablespoons of water and pulse to combine. Squeeze some of the dough together and see if it holds. If it does, the dough is good to go, if not, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it holds together. Pour the dough onto plastic wrap, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
Once the crust has chilled, divide it in half. Roll half of it on a floured surface so that it fits your pie pan. Place it in the pan. Roll the other half so that it is slightly larger than your pie pan. Once rolled, fold it gently and carefully place it in the pie pan. Return to the refrigerator while you make the filling.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make the filling. In a large bowl, stir together blueberries, cherries, cornstarch, vodka, vanilla, sugar, and orange juice and zest.
Remove the crust from the refrigerator. Set the top crust aside. Spoon the filling into the pie pan, leaving as much juice behind as possible. Do not add much juice or the pie will be soupy! Dot the top of the filling with the 2 tablespoons of butter.
Place the top crust over the filling and crimp the edges tightly shut with your fingers. Brush the top with the milk and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Place pie on a foil covered baking sheet to catch any drips (and it will drip!).
Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F without opening the oven. Bake for about an additional hour, rotating halfway through if necessary, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling vigorously. Cool completely in the pan before slicing and serving. Pie may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature or in the freezer, wrapped in quarters in foil and parchment and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in a 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes.
Additional chilling time is necessary
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