Yes, I may have baked this pie specifically so that I could eat pie for breakfast. It's important to have your priorities straight! The leftovers made a good dessert, though.
I wanted to make plum pie because I've been reading the children's book "Each Peach Pear Plum" to my son a lot lately. It ends with "Plum pie in the sun, I spy everyone!" And all the characters look so happy eating the pie and plum pie sounds so appealing, and I realized I had never made a plum pie. So I did. I threw in a handful of raspberries because I had some that needed using. Raspberries always make baked goods even just a little bit better, in my opinion! The crust is from Joanne Chang's Flour cookbook. It's my current favorite. —fiveandspice
one double crust pie
For the crust:
1 3/4 cups
(2 sticks) cold butter, cut into chunks
For the filling and assembly:
recipe pie crust (above)
ripe plums, pitted and sliced into 1 inch-thick slices (no need to peel them)
beaten egg, for an egg wash (I actually skipped the egg wash, but it makes the pie look nicer)
Stir the flour sugar and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the butter chunks just until they are about the size of pecans and the flour will hold together a bit when you clump it.
Whisk together the egg yolks and milk in another small bowl, then dump this into the flour mixture and stir until the dough just comes together in a shaggy mess.
Turn your shaggy mess out onto a cold, un-floured work surface. Gather the dough into a tight mound, then using the palm of your hand, smear the dough down the side of the mound on each side, moving around the mound so all the dough gets smeared. This is a process called fraissage. Scrape the dough back into a mound and repeat. At this point the dough should have come together into a pretty cohesive mass streaked with butter.
Gather the dough, divide it into 2 pieces with one just a bit larger than the other (the bottom crust needs to be a little larger than the top), wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and flatten them into disks. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before using.
For the filling and assembly:
Heat your oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, toss together the plum slices, raspberries, sugar, and cornstarch until the fruit is coated.
On a well-floured work surface, roll out the larger of your crust disks into a circle that's about 12 inches across. Transfer the dough circle into a 9-inch pie pan, gently pressing it into place, and leaving a 1/4-inch lip around the edge of the pie plate.
Transfer the fruit mixture into the pie plate. Roll out the other piece of dough into a circle that's about 10 inches across. Place this on top of the pie, pinch the edges together and crimp them to seal the pie. Poke some slits in the center of the pie to allow steam to escape. Freeze the pie for about 30 minutes.
Put the pie on a rimmed baking sheet to catch the mess of fruit that always bubbles out (the crust sometimes leaks some butter too). Brush the top with your egg wash, if you've made one, then bake it in the center of the oven until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling (about 1 1/2 hours). Allow to cool at least one hour (and preferably more like 3 hours) before eating, to give the filling time to set. Of course, this shouldn't be a problem since you made it so you could have it for breakfast the next day anyway, didn't you?!
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.