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Persimmon Holiday Loaf

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As the season has turned and holiday celebrations are upon us, the beautiful shades and tonalities of the produce at my market have noticeably shifted. The bounty is now filled with walnuts, pecans, chestnuts, dried apricots, golden raisins, clementines, a vast assortment of candied fruits for which the region is famous.

Perhaps most spectacular, these deeply rich orange persimmons abound.  I had never tasted a persimmon before, however they were far too beautiful to simply not try. As I was inexperienced in their use I looked to a James Beard recipe and a friend, along with the inspiring colors and flavors abounding in the market to create this absolutely delicious (and super easy!!!) Holiday Persimmon Loaf which I encourage you to try this wintery weekend if you too find yourself standing over a basket of “the fruit of the gods” and wonder just what to do with these orange tinted beauties.

 

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End-of-Summer Blueberry Pie

~Molly & Jamie At the Green Market~

From Chef Molly:

Summer has flown by, but it was a wonderful one! So many sunny days and gorgeous, warm nights. Realizing there were precious few weeks before the change of seasons started to take hold, I decided to host a little end-of-summer gathering for my friends. Just the thought of fall made me nostalgic and longing for my favorite summer treats such as lobster rolls and corn on the cob. So, for my party, I decided to make the ultimate summer delicacy: blueberry pie.

This version is adapted from a Martha Stewart. Granted, not much needed to be changed! I just tweaked a couple of things here and there and I made the pastry dough by hand. It’s a bit more work, but your efforts are well worth it. The crust is buttery and flakey, and the filling is juicy and sweet. I served my pie warm, with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It was a delicious farewell to a beautiful summer!

Crust:

2 1/2 cups flour (plus more for dusting)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small pieces

ice water (1/4-1/2 cup)

Thoroughly mix together the dry ingredients. Add the cold pieces of butter. Using two knives, cut the butter in to the flour. Be patient, this will take about 5-10 minutes. The mixture should resemble very coarse sand with a few larger pieces of butter.

At this point, start adding cold water to the dough a tablespoon or two at a time. Use your hands to start bringing the dough together. Once the mixture begins to come together, turn it out onto a dry surface and quickly work the dough into a ball. Flatten into a disk and wrap with saran. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Filling:

3 pints blueberries, washed and picked over

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, beat the egg and milk. Reserve.

Preheat the oven to 425. Grease a 9” pie plate and put aside. Cut the chilled dough in half keeping the reserved piece in the refrigerator. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a circle, rotating and lifting the dough off of the surface after every roll of the pin (this will help you roll an even circle and will help prevent the dough from sticking). Add a little dusting of flour as you go, if needed.

When the dough is about 1/8” thick, roll the dough onto your rolling pin and place over the prepared pie plate. Let the dough gently settle into the pan and then press it lightly into the dish. Place in the refrigerator and bring out the reserved half of the dough. Repeat the rolling procedure. Using a serrated pastry wheel (pizza rollers work very well) cut the dough into 1” strips.

Take the pie plate out of the refrigerator and fill with the blueberry mixture. Lay the strips vertically across the pie leaving about 1” between each strip. Weave the remaining strips horizontally across the pie to create a braided lattice.

Brush with egg wash and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 and bake for another 35-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the blueberries are bubbling.

Serve warm or at room temperature with a spoonful of vanilla ice-cream.

~ Recipe and words by Chef & Food Stylist, Molly Shuster. Photography by me.

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