Friday, June 19, 2009

Wedding berry pies


People said I was crazy, but I pulled it off. I baked about a dozen and a half pies for the wedding, the day before the wedding. All of them were gluten free, half of them were vegan. And really, it was no big deal. I made the crusts a week ahead of time and stuck them in the freezer, and mixed up big bowls of berry filling, and baked them four at a time. The only problem was finding enough counter space to let them cool, and keeping the naughty cat at my moms house away from them. In the end we stashed them all on a table in the basement.

Here they are in the kitchen at the wedding site. Lined up on two shelves, there were more on the counters. I was originally going to make different kinds, but decided against it. I did a taste test of the vegan crusts with my friend Lizzy a bit before the wedding, and the mixed berry one we made was so awesome. I decided just to buy a few bags of frozen mixed berries and make all berry pies, and what a good choice. My mom picked up a bucked of local vanilla ice cream, and we set out the pies for people to serve themselves, and they were a hit. I made the pies a bit tart, so paired with the sweet creamy ice cream it was the perfect dessert for the most perfect day.

PS- I'll be posting some wedding pictures and notes over the weekend, so check back!

Wedding mixed berry pie
My favorite gluten-free (and vegan) pie crust recipe is really rather simple. You toss the ingredients into the food processor, buzz it, then roll out between two pieces of plastic wrap. It is super easy to do in bulk, can be doubled, and keeps well in the freezer. I lined disposable pie plates with pie crust, then a layer of plastic wrap, and stacked the crusts.

4 c frozen mixed berries
3-4 T sugar
1 T cornstarch
3-4 T juice of your choice

Preheat your oven to 350. Toss the berries with the sugar and cornstarch, and then stir in the juice to moisten a bit. You can skip the juice if your berries are thawed or fresh. Fill up the pie crust, bake 30-40 minutes, and then let cool. The pie will look super runny but will thicken up as it cools. Serve with ice cream.

16 comments:

  1. Those pies are beautiful and perfect! I am uber impressed you made your own wedding dessert! You are A-MAZING!!! PS- wedding photos are necessary!

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  2. Congratulations! And I LOVE mixed berry pies. Baking my own dessert for my own wedding is something I would do. Please post pictures from your wedding!

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  3. Excellent work! they look SO good!!!

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  4. I love that you did this!! I'm fully planning on making my own cake for my wedding so it's especially awesome to see and read from someone else who made their own wedding dessert. Congratulations!

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  5. Wow, now that's a lot of pie. Gorgeous color!
    ~ingrid

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  6. Congrats on the wedding and on the pie making! What a challenge!

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  7. There is a lot to be said to baking your own desserts for your wedding. I hope to bring something personal like this to my wedding too!

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  8. I love the thought of pie for a wedding! I was wondering about how the filling chilled. Good to know:)

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  9. They look fantastic... I'm not usually a pie person, but they look simple, fresh, and delicious!

    And how organised to have made so many pies before your wedding!

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  10. Beautiful work!

    Congrats on your wedding!

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  11. Wow that's a lot of pies! And i'm impressed you can do that just the day b4 your big day!

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  12. what an awesome way to spend the day before your wedding! these look AMAZING. congrats!

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  13. Wow. You didn't have enough on your plate with the actual wedding? LOL You did a beautiful job.

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  14. YAY!
    Thank you for this post. I want to do the same thing for my wedding (next June) and everyone says I'm crazy.
    They don't understand that pie baking makes me happy (and destresses) and that it's not all that much work if you do the prep beforehand.

    :-)

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  15. gorgeous pies, pie baking is so much fun especially when it's for a special occasion

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  16. What a sweet way to personally give back to the guests that helped make your day so special!

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