26 of 52 pies completed, 26 more to go. that puts me at the halfway point. from here, the number of pies left to bake will be smaller than the number of pies already baked. so, the question is, will i make it to the goal? i’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.
this last “catch-up” pie was baked while my mother was still visiting-she came for the graduation and spent nearly 2 weeks with us. it was fun, i never realize how much i miss hanging out with my mom until she arrives for a visit. we spend lots of time wandering through antique shops and thrift stores and chattering about everything. when it was time to bake this last pie, we chose blueberries as a theme and took mom (and our daughter and her boyfriend) to the demo garden(where we work as master gardeners) to pick some fresh blueberries. we only ended up with about 2 cups of rather tart berries so making a pie with them was out of the question. but i remembered my mothers love of cheesecake and decided to improvise.
a thinner more liquid cheesecake custard is garnished with a swirl of blueberry coulis before baking. be sure to use a small spoon and pour in the coulis slowly (to prevent it from sinking) into the pie in random lines. use a bamboo skewer to swirl the coulis around the top of the pie. one hint, skip the fancy name brand cream cheese (you know the one named after the city of brotherly love) because it makes a custard that is runny like water!
after baking in a slow(300 degrees) oven, the pie is thoroughly chilled before serving. use a knife that has been dipped in hot water to get clean cuts and be sure to wipe it off between slices. the blueberry coulis can easily be doubled and the remaining coulis can be used as a sauce for the plate.