2012/07/31

Hey, it was worth a shot... (TWD BWJ: Blueberry Nectarine Pie)

So, in the height of the heat wave (which has since broken but I am still complaining about), The Fates willed me to make a pie.

Uh, yeah, right. About that...



It was kind of not happening.

Pies need ovens.

Hot ovens.

Ugh. Seriously? Ugh.

But then, inspiration struck.

A post from the fearless Soup Addict came across my inbox - kind of like she was reading my mind. (Which I wouldn't wish on any one - my mind is one heckuva scary place. Just sayin'.)

Daring me to make a pie in the heat. 

But lose the oven. 

Yes, my friends,she took it to the grill.

And in my heat-induced delirium, I followed suit.

The filling was cooked as directed. (Blueberries & raspberries had popped up in that week's CSA box).

I quartered the dough recipe (pie tops and I don't always do so well together) - I used a whole wheat pastry flour & threw it in a cast iron skillet.

Filled up the pie. Folded up the sides. And threw it on the hot grill.

If my neighbors weren't already used to all the insane things that go on my grill, they probably would have been worried.

But I think they are finally getting used to me. The crazy girl next door - a little off her rocker, but generally harmless. Frankly, I think if you are generally quiet (i.e.be friendly but mind your own business) and keep your lawn looking nice, almost anything else can be overlooked. It's the secret to being a good neighbor, I think.

Other than burning the bottom of the crust (I still have some technique perfecting to do), it all worked out admirably well.

If you can avoid turning on the oven & still come out the other end with a pie, then I say win-win.

What's next - genoise? Macarons? Mwahahahahahaha.... Look out world, this girl's got a grill and she's not afraid to use it.

Peace out.



This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for Blueberry Nectarine Pie can be found on the site of this week's hosts: Hilary of Manchego’s Kitchen and Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake.

40 comments:

  1. I love tarts/pies loaded with fruits! This looks awesome!

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  2. Looks yummy. My mum tells me that almost anything can be made in an electric frypan with a lid, cakes included. You just need a trivet of some sort to put the tin on. I have also successfully made scones (biscuits) in a frypan so there are some options out there!

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  3. That's brilliant! Way to beat the summer heat!

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  4. I WISH I would have done a galette :( Yours looks so lovely! And not turning on the oven? Brilliant!!!!

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  5. Cher, loads of wonderful and delicious summer fruit in one heck of a terrific looking galette - I love it and I think that this cast-iron skillet/grilling a galette idea is brilliant!

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    1. I am personally very grateful that there are brilliant people like Soup Addict Karen with ideas like this that we can run with. Personally, I would be in a lot of trouble without so many others to pave the way (and my family would be running around hungry all the time) :-)

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  6. What a great idea! It looks delicious. I am sure your neighbors are just wishing you would share some of your craziness with them!

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  7. LOL - i love your initiative in producing pie without an oven. It looks great. By contrast, I crave having my oven on to warm up the house, because I am not paying through the nose to turn the heater on.

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  8. HA! I never in a million years would think to bake a pie on the grill. I love it.

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  9. The raspberries were a great addition here, kudos to your CSA basket this week. I just love the grill, your skillet tart looks amazing, so juicy! Perfect Cher. Have a great day!

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  10. on a grill!! how cool .. good thinking.. u smart girl! its looking brilliant!!

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  11. Very clever solution to a tiresome summertime problem! Your pie looks great, too -- it had crossed my mind to put some raspberries in the filling. You could probably do crisps and cobblers on the grill, too.

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    1. I wish I had been clever enough to think of it myself - that's the thing I love about the food blogging community. So many great ideas are out there for the sharing!

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  12. So impressed with you ingenuity! If it tastes good. . . All's well that ends well.

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  13. Awesome. How do you test/maintain the temperature on the grill?

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    1. That is one of the techniques I still have to perfect. I'm more at the "art" than "science" stage of things.

      The author of the inspiration post had some good tips. - she is exceedingly clever like that.

      http://soupaddict.com/2012/07/grilled-cherry-blueberry-galette/

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  14. our neighbors wonder about us too-we tend to cook things in a trashcan; it makes the best roast turkey! i braved the heat since i am used to working in a hot kitchen and baked the pie inside but i may have to try your method sometime. looks tasty!!!

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  15. I LOVE it! You need to write a book about being a good neighbor :) Grilling a pie? You get triple bonus points for this one, my friend!!!

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  16. Thanks for the shout-out, my friend. :) The pie looks beautiful! I imagine my neighbors give me the furrowed brow from behind their curtains in the dead of winter, when I'm standing ankle deep in snow, grilling dinner.

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  17. I love this. I think you should call it a "grilled skillet gallette". I've done similar type experiments. To keep the bottom from burning you have to put the skillet on one side of the grill and turn the burner underneath it off. The others can be real low. Baking is by indirect heat after all. I think I only had one burner on eventually when i did it as the grill would still get a bit too hot. Talk to me when you perfect grilled chocolate chip cookies. I've always wanted to try those.

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  18. Are you throwing the glove? Is the rest of the summer baking going to be done on the grill :) Cool!

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  19. Cher, Such a great idea to do the ”pie" on the grill! It really looks wonderfully delicious! Great job…and keeping the house cool was an added bonus! Have a great day!!

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  20. Congratulations on a successful bbq! Looks absolutely delicious and a great way to beat the heat.

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  21. Kudos for stepping outside the box. Ovens are way too hot to use unless the temperature drops a bit.

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  22. And I thought I was going out on a limb by throwing a little Licor 43 into the mix. You went further, almost broke that limb off. Must be 'cuz your younger ---- more willing to take chances. I love the "rustic look" and I would serve it right out of the cast iron skillet like you did. I'm with you on the use of a Grill - but, pastry, I just couldn't go there. Did you actually bake it ON the grill with the hood up or do you have a kettle Weber or do you have a side burner? Curious to know. And, how long? Nice job, Cher.

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  23. Yep, skillet on the grates. Gas grill. Hood down. Was totally winging it. Next time, I would probably use my pizza stone to help even out the heat transfer or use the two burner concept noted by Trevor above. Although, my grill isnt very large, so it may have to be the stone...

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  24. Oh my gosh, I love it! And I think it looks beautiful!

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  25. Hmmm... I wonder if it would work as a galette on a pizza stone on the BBQ??

    (hahahaha... just glanced at one of the comments above!)

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  26. There's crazy and then there's creative. I think this falls under the creative category!
    Nice job!!!

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  27. I really enjoyed reading your post.
    What a lovely grilled pie: you should get a medal!

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  28. All your posts make me smile. Love that you are a breaking the boundaries kind of gal. I think I'd have been happier with the rustic route and nixed the top crust, good idea.

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  29. Great idea to grill your pie! Once we made potato pancakes on our grill, just to save on clean up in the kitchen- our neighbors were hanging over the fence wanting to know what we were cooking, I guess it smelled good, lol! I'm sure the pie was a big hit- just have to run in the kitchen to grab the vanilla ice cream;-)

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  30. I love the idea of a pie with no oven
    In this heat the idea of turning on the oven when it is 40 C outside is not appealing at all.

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  31. That is the coolest thing ever! I would have never thought about baking a pie on the grill. Looks great!

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  32. Brilliant solution, Cher! It looks gorgeous, too.

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  33. Grilled in a skillet-- that is an inspired idea! And I totally agree with your secrets to being a good neighbor. :)

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  34. awesome!! Way to be someone who just changes her sails when the wind blows!!!

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  35. You're a brave woman to grill a pie. It looks delicious too!

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