Friday, August 12, 2011

Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie

It's been a busy summer.

Three weddings and a wedding cake (and cupcakes) all within 5 weeks.  A fabulous holiday weekend at the Cape.  Training for my first OLY tri (T minus 2ish weeks).  Some Hugo-sitting and trips to visit family.  A continuous stream of veggies thanks to my CSA.  And who knows what else I've forgotten.  Oh, right, I turned 30 last week.

Bake a pie to celebrate with me!



Luckily my aunt knows me well, so when she showed up at camp, she came with a large bucket of blueberries in tow-- fresh from the farmers market that morning!  We plowed through half the bucket in 3 days, but I was determined to save enough to make a pie.  And not just any pie.  A blueberry goat cheese pie that first caught my eye watching and episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with my parents.  I've been dreaming of it ever since, waiting anxiously for blueberry season!

There's another secret ingredient in the pie, can you spot it?

hint:  it's green!

Basil!  I was intrigued by its addition in the pie, and it added an interesting dimension to this delicious pie.  To keep this pie suitable for a friend who can't do cow's milk, I used coconut oil in the crumb topping.  One taster picked up on this and commented that she would almost like more coconut, so think about adding a little shredded coconut to the crumb topping if you like!

pre-bake


Blueberry Goat Cheese Pie
adapted from this recipe
Yield:  1 9" pie

I tried this pie crust, which worked out fine, but I don't think was my favorite.  Clearly I need to make more pie to come up with a go-to crust recipe ;)

1 pie crust (use your favorite recipe, or even one from the store)

For the filling:
4oz goat cheese, RT
1/2c almond milk (dairy would be fine)
1 large egg
scant 1/4c sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/4c white whole wheat flour (AP or whole wheat pastry would also work)
1/4t salt
loose 1/4c chopped basil
5c fresh blueberries

For the topping:
1/2c rolled oats
1/4c white whole wheat flour (see note about flours above)
1/4c sliced almonds
1/4c evaporated cane juice (sugar)
pinch of salt
3-4T coconut oil, melted  (or melted butter or a mild-flavored oil)

Prepare your pie crust and lay into 9"pie plate.  Flue or pinch the edges if you like.  Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the filling.

Preheat the oven to 350deg.

In a large bowl, whisk together goat cheese, milk and egg until the goat cheese is broken up well.  Add flour, salt and basil and mix together well.  Add blueberries and toss until coated.  Taste and adjust as you

In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (oats through salt).  Add coconut oil, starting with 3T, and mix.  Add more oil if necessary, until moistened (there should be no dry ingredients, and the mixture will be crumbly in appearance).

Remove the pie crust from the fridge and pour in blueberry mixture.  Cover with the crumb topping and bake in preheated oven for 50-60min, until it has set and started to brown on top/edges.  Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight, or at least a few hours before serving.




I will be making this again, for sure.  Perhaps even increasing the goat cheese, since I can't get enough ;)  What's your favorite type of pie??




26 comments:

Erica said...

Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a fantastic celebration! This pie looks SO good! Goat cheese? Wonderful

Megan said...

this looks amazing! My fav. kind of pie is pumpkin.. i know BORING.. but anything pumpking flavored is my favorite really! cool blog :)

Lizzy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

You got a lot going on! I feel ya!

I'm intrigued by goat cheese in a pie!! Looks delicious!

Daisy said...

Happy Belated 30th! I'd have to say my fave pie is key lime or pumpkin - depends on the season!!

Megan said...

Happy 30th! You are a rock star! This pie is gorgeous. I love peanut butter pie.

vanillasugarblog said...

oh shan happy birthday doll!
you're an old fart now eh?
well you still look 20 to me.
happy friggin birthday!!!

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Happy belated birthday!!! This pie sounds crazy good - a great celebratory dessert for sure. As for my favorite kind of pie, that's a toughie. Can I pick one for each season? Pumpkin for fall, apple for winter, key lime for spring, and blueberry for summer :).

Looking forward to seeing you next week for restaurant week!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful aunt!

Joanne said...

You have had one CRAZY busy summer! But it sounds like a lot of fun too. I'm so excited for your tri! I know you're going to rock it. Happy belated birthday and what a gorgeous pie!

Elizabeth said...

Blueberries and goat cheese?? Heaven. Happy birthday!!

Candace said...

You had me with goat cheese. I have a mild...ok...pretty major addiction to it. I love that it's combined with blueberries here. I would have never thought to add basil; but, I'm intrigued. It looks absolutely delicious! Have a great weekend

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I am LOVING the idea of blueberries and goat cheese together!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

And happiest of birthdays!

Kerstin said...

Oh, I don't even know where to start with this one - goat cheese, blueberries, and basil = heaven :)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Yum! I am just starting to enjoy goat cheese in desserts - this sounds delicious. Never had a pie with basil, very creative!
My favorite pie is banana cream.
PS - belated happy birthday :)

5 Star Foodie said...

A magnificent pie! with goat cheese and blueberries, and I love the addition of basil! Happy belated birthday!

Natalie said...

happy belated birthday! celebration is absolutely in order and this pie seems to fit the bill :) i've had a blueberry goat cheese muffin and i imagine this is 10x better!

Caratunk Girl said...

That. Looks. Awesome.

Wow.

Jess said...

Happy belated bday! Wow, I love the idea of goat cheese in pie!

Chef Fresco said...

Happy late birthday!! looks like you've had a busy summer like us. =) The pie looks amazing! Creative use of the cheese and basil!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I know I say this every time but I love how most of the recipes you feature how a fun twist. I looooove goat cheese and totally dig the addition of basil. I want to go blueberry picking this weekend... hopefully it's not too late!

kitchenbelle said...

Happy birthday Shannon!!! Wow, you have had a busy summer! Pie looks wonderful-what a cool combination of flavors!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

i'll feed you dinner if you feed me dessert. Deal?
;)

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

how gorgeous is this? love the flavor combo in here! thank you for sharing this:)

Cara said...

Happy Birthday!! What a fabulous way to celebrate :)

Rosiecat said...

Happy (belated) birthday, Shannon! May this year be your best yet :-)

And now for a very important question: when are you opening a bakery? Because seriously, I'd be the first in line. Your sweets always sound amazing.

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