There’s this odd baker’s conundrum every summer and it’s all about having the best fruit of year on the days when it’s really too hot to bake. Even with air conditioning. I usually get up really early –you’ll know this if you’re a regular reader– and get it done before light comes over the eastern plains horizon.
Because once it does, it gets hot fast. Last week, even on a couple of cool, 75-degree F rainy days, my deck thermometer said 112 degrees Fahrenheit by 8am. (Soon it cools off back there, but not soon enough for coffee outdoors, more’s the pity.)
There are, however, days when bake you must. The fruit calls; it’s Mike’s birthday and Mike LOVES pie. (Is it a guy thing?) The berries in our shops last week were at the top of their form (the Oregon berries are among my favorite), which meant they were cheap. This also means there are jars of blueberry jam coming soon. Very soon. Like today.
If you love blueberry pie, you might love it even more with a few strawberries thrown in for color and flavor; the orange rind does what lemon juice could if it were smart. Make someone happy and make a pie. I won’t tell if you buy the crust (shh!), but it’s tastier, cheaper, and faster to make your own. Try this: