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Ingredients:

Pie Crust- yields 2 crusts

1 1/2 cup Einka® (einkorn) Flour

1 1/2 cup Pasayten Hard White Whole Wheat Flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar (optional)

1 cup (2 sticks) chilled butter, cut into small pieces

6 tablespoons ice water

Filling:

2 pints of fresh blackberries, approximately 1.5 lbs.

1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoons of Pasayten Hard White Whole Wheat Flour

1 tablespoon of instant tapioca

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons butter

Method:

Prepare Pie Crust

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

This crust may be made in a food processor or by hand. Either way, it is critical to work quickly and gently to avoid developing the gluten and to preserve a tender, shortbread-like texture.

To make by hand: Combine the flour, salt, and sugar (if using) in a large bowl. Work the butter into the flour with a knife, pastry cutter, or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the ice water onto the crumbly dough and, with your hands, punch the dough from the sides to the middle of the bowl to form a ball. Transfer to a work surface. Cut the dough in half, place half on top of the other, and press down. Repeat the cutting and pressing steps three or four times until all of the water is incorporated into the dough and it clings together. When you can gather the dough into a ball, separate into two equal portions and let dough sit while you prepare the filling.

To make in a food processor: Cut the butter into 1 inch pieces and place them in the bowl of the food processor. Add the flour, salt, and sugar. Process until all of the ingredients are incorporated. With the processor on, add the water a tablespoon at a time until the dough begins to clump but is still crumbly. Continue to drizzle a little water and pulse the food processor, stopping to test the dough to see if it is moist enough to hold together. When you can gather the dough into a ball, remove it from the processor, separate into two equal portions and let dough sit while you prepare the filling.

Filling: 

Mix blackberries, sugar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and salt together in a medium size bow. Incorporate flour and tapioca until thoroughly blended. Let mixture sit while you roll out the dough.

Sandwich half the dough between wax paper or silicone baking mat (my preference) on a lightly floured surface, and gently flatten the ball of dough with a rolling pin. Starting from the center, roll the dough into a circle about an inch larger than the diameter of the pie pan. Carefully lift the wax paper with rolled dough and flip into pie pan. Crimp edges. Tap dough down  to make sure it is covering the entire dish.

Spoon the blackberry filling into the prepared crust. Cut 1 tablespoon of butter into small pieces and sprinkle on  top of filling.

Roll out the 2nd half of the dough using the process above. Place the rolled dough on top of the filling and crimp sides of dough around the dish with your forefinger and thumb.  Cut off any excess dough around the rim. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and brush on top of the the top crust. Cut slits on top of pie to allow the steam to escape.

Bake at 375 degrees on center rack for one hour and fifteen minutes until pie is golden brown. Let sit for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

Equipment: rolling pin, pie pan, wax paper or silicon baking mat, food processor (optional).