Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

Good morning my friends!! I hope all of my American friends had a great holiday weekend! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, there is so much to be thankful for on this historic day.  I truly enjoy spending this holiday with family,but a piece was missing this year because my husband had to work. 🙁

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Despite all the rain, the kiddos had so much fun riding the go kart,playing in the mud, and dancing in the rain!  They had a blast even though we didn’t have a chance to get out on the boat at Lake Kinkaid.

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We did make it out to a town called Jacob, IL where they had their annual Tractor Parade.  To say that my son LOVES tractors is quite the understatement!  He absolutely adores them and begs me to get him one everyday so that he can help cut the grass… gosh it’s so cute.. sigh.. I love that wild child.  These tractors were impressive…  they each look like they had quite the story to tell!!!  Bonus… they tossed out CANDY!! My kids, niece, and nephew were in candy Heaven!!

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Along with all the rain fun, we gathered some veggies from my parents garden.  We dug up some potatoes, picked some zucchini and yellow squash, and cut some rhubarb….  nothing like farm fresh food on your table the same day it has been picked!!!

potatoes   The kids had a great time digging up these potatoes!!

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We also had the chance to pic some fresh fruit from a neighbors house!  He was so kind to let us take as much as we wanted!!  We gathered fresh plums and blackberries…  and they were beautiful!!!!!

 

 

My kids loved every second of finding the biggest, most plump blackberries on the vine and they couldn’t wait to show me their finds.  My mom helped guide my youngest to the ripe berries because she just wanted to pick every berry she saw.  Grandma’s are always so helpful!

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The plum picking was a bit different, because most of the ripe ones were too high for the kiddos to reach.. so that’s where Papa came in to save the day.  Thank God for Papa!!

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So I had these fresh fruits and I NEEDED to make something with them.. I was so antsy to get in the kitchen!!  At our lake house, we only really have the essentials.  So I had to do some thinking…  what was I going to make and how was I going to make it?…….  I was trying to think of some of my other family recipes and how I could change them up to use the plums and blackberries.  Ding, ding, ding…… a custard pie and an added bonus: a sweet sauce! We had all the ingredients to make this amazing pie, so it was time for my Mom and I to get started.

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My mom started peeling the plums, which might I add, are not very easy considering their small size and juicyness (I’m pretty sure that’s not a word).  I started making the pie crust.

 

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Making the pie crust was interesting because I did not have my food processor and I only had one measuring cup (I used this one both for the wet and dry ingredients..  don’t judge).  I also did not have a rolling pin….  “thank you” large bottle of Bloody Mary mix!!  I like to roll out my dough in between cling wrap, but we didn’t have that, so I used tin foil, which proved difficult.  I’d have to say, the lack of utensils was pretty frustrating (Thank you for calming me down, Mom!), but we made it work and I’m pretty proud of us!!!  All in all, you don’t need fancy tools or a fancy kitchen to make a damn good pie!  NO EXCUSES!

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Since I had the blackberries, I also wanted to use them!! I knew the plums have a tartness to them so I wanted to make a mildly sweet sauce to go with the pie.  The blackberries were a perfect pair with the plums and I added a bit of browned butter to the sauce which added a bit of nuttiness… it would have been amazing over some vanilla ice cream too!!

 

 

I have to apologize for all of my “talking” and all of my pictures… but I really wanted to share it ALL!!

Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

 

…… and on with the show!!                                                            GET IN YOUR KITCHENS!

 

Serves 1 slice

Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

1 hrPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the Crust
  • 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Cold butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup Ice water
  • For the Filling
  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds Plums peeled, sliced and pits removed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • For the Blackberry Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of browned butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch

Instructions

  1. Prepare the crust first so you can let it chill in the fridge while you are getting the pie filling ready. You can also use a pre-made pie crust found at your local grocery store... no shame!! But if not, you will want to either grab a large bowl or use your food processor. Add your flour, salt, sugar, and cubed butter and use a pastry cutter, two knives, or your food processor to make a butter crumble. You are looking for pea sized, flour covered, butter balls. When this is achieved, add your ice water ONE TABLESPOON at a time.. There is a very likely chance that you will not use all of your ice water!!!! You do not want to over mix your dough, you want it to JUST come together. At this point I like to turn my dough out onto a piece of cling wrap and gently work it into a disc shape. Wrap it tight and put it in the fridge to set up.
  2. Set your oven temp to 400 degrees F.
  3. You want to choose plums that are mostly ripe, but it will not hurt to choose some that are just under ripe. The ripe plums are so juicy that they bring a lot of extra moisture to your pie. Peel, pit and slice your plums. This process takes the most time.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat your eggs. Add your sugars, milk and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Remove your pie crust from the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface. Place rolled crust in a pie plate and pinch the edges to form a uniform crust.
  6. Pour in filling and place in oven.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Check after 45 minutes. It will be slightly jiggly. I like to check with a toothpick. If your pie is done, your toothpick will come out clean.
  8. While your pie is baking, start making the blueberry sauce.
  9. Wash your blackberries and place in a heavy bottomed pot. Add orange juice, zest, sugar to pot with the blackberries. Turn on burner to medium heat and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes using a wooden spoon to crush the blackberries.
  10. In a separate heavy bottomed pan, brown the butter. (directions for this process can be found on my Blood Orange Poppy Seed bread recipe)
  11. After the blackberry mixture has boiled for about 5 or so minutes, remove from heat and put through a fine sieve. Press on the blackberry mush to release all juices, discard seeds and any other parts of the blackberries that are in the sieve.
  12. Take 1/2 cup of blackberry mixture in a separate bowl and whisk in cornstarch. Add the 1/2 cup of blackberry and cornstarch mixture to the rest of the blackberry sauce and return it to the stove top on low-medium heat. Mix CONSTANTLY until your sauce covers the back of a spoon. You are trying to thicken your sauce. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
  13. When your mixture has thickened, remove from the heat and slowly add your browned butter and stir to combine. Immediately transfer to a glass jar so your sauce does not burn in the still-hot pot.
  14. Let your pie cool for 1-2 hours and serve with your blackberry sauce.
  15. ENJOY!
Recipe Type: Pie

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2 thoughts on “Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

  1. Liz .... I am sooooo impressed w your website and recipes and your pictures along w the fluency of your words...sounds like Martha Stewart. You need to get your own tv show or write a book😊 Keep it up.
    1. Thanks so much Stacey!!! I am having so much fun with this blog!!! Let me know if you have anything you want me to make!! :) I always love inspiration from my favorite people!

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