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Sweet Melissa Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pie & Winners

Not only does Melissa Murphy’s latest book satisfies my cravings for bakery sweets but it also fulfills my love for all things citrusy. I wish I could show you how good her Lemon Squares are but I am afraid I only have the crumbs on our plates to show for it as they were devoured faster than I could take a picture. I had to hide the Lemon Blueberry Tartlets pictured to avoid the same "problem" (eating is never a problem in our neighborhood). I bookmarked the original recipe Lemon Blueberry Pie the first time I flipped through the book for plenty of delicious reasons: it had lemon, buttermilk, blueberries (the freezer is stock full of them) and I could make minis for a dinner party. They lasted for about 5 minutes and then our guests asked to come back next week for another try-out from the book (Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte anyone?)

Before I give you the recipe, I know you are awaiting to read if your name got pick to receive one of the 5 copies the publishers were giving away and this is great news for the winners. Thank you all for your participation, I know Melissa must be thrilled about it! I have got even more good news for the 250-ish of you who showed up for the event….keep on reading…..

I need the following people to send me their mailing address at mytartelette(@)gmail(dot)com so we can get the books on their way to ya’ll’s kitchen!
Congratulations to:
– Steph from Stephanie’s Kitchen
– The Coffee Snob from Eat and Be Happy
– Merav from A Tasteful Journey
– Kevin from Closet Cooking
– Ginny from Just Get Floury

The good news? Ariela from Baking and Books is also holding a giveaway for another 5 copies!! So…if your name did not get picked this time around, run to her blog and put your name in the hat once more! Who knows?!

Lemon Blueberry Buttermilk Pie
Reprinted with permission from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy.

Blueberries really need to be offset by something tart to taste their best. This pie
is so delicious because the rich tang of buttermilk and fresh lemon juice shows off
plump ripe blueberries. This one is really fun and easy to make.

Makes one 10-inch pie (or 8 minis)

For The Pie:

1 prebaked 10-inch piecrust made from All-Butter Pie Dough (1/2 of the recipe below)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, sifted
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For The Blueberry Topping:

1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 dry pints fresh blueberries, picked through, stems discarded

All Butter Pie Dough:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 Tb sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6-8 Tb ice water

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar baking powder and salt. Add the butter pieces, tossing with your figers to coat them with the flour. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter ito the flour util it is the size of large peas. Sprinkle 6 Tb of the water over the mixture and toss with a fork. The dough whould hold together when you squeeze it in your hand. If it is too dry, add the rest of the water.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat it together in one piece. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, flatten each into a disk and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling. When ready to use, roll it out and fit a pie pan with the dough, prick with a fork. Cover with parchment paper and fill with beans or pastry weights. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or so.

Position a rack in the center of your oven. Preheat the oven to 350ยฐF. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, butter, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, zest, and lemon juice until smooth. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the prebaked pie shell.
Place the pie plate on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the custard is set. Remove to a wire rack to cool to room temperature before topping with the blueberries.

To Make The Blueberry Topping

In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the apricot preserves and the water until melted. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer into a medium bowl. Add the blueberries and, using a rubber spatula, stir gently to coat. Pile the blueberries on top of the pie.
Serve the pie chilled or at room temperature. It keeps tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Peabody March 18, 2008 um 6:16 am

Those look wonderful. You are really going to town with this book. I have only had time to make one thing so far…but a very good thing.

Suzana March 18, 2008 um 9:33 am

I’m getting all curious about this book – it sounds like a terrific one. Those tarts look lovely!

Mari March 18, 2008 um 10:53 am

Blueberries & lemons?! My mouth is watering, and I can see my plan to take a break from the kitchen during Easter is not going to work out…LOL!

Cannelle Et Vanille March 18, 2008 um 11:07 am

I want to be your neighbor too! I’m always in the lookout for lemon bars, one of my favorite bakery treats. These look really good and I was actually wondering what to make with the leftover buttermilk I have in the fridge. This could be it!

Anonymous March 18, 2008 um 11:21 am

it’s so sweet ! the picture is beautiful , like all of yours ;…

Ginny March 18, 2008 um 11:56 am

Looks delicious! It was such a nice surprise this morning to discover I won! Thanks! I’m so excited! The Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Torte sounds like its calling my name!

MyKitchenInHalfCups March 18, 2008 um 11:59 am

Oh my these are lovelies! Love that little lemon pig tail! Perfect. Now, I’ve done my first buttermilk pie and how I love it. Yours are prettier.

Gretchen Noelle March 18, 2008 um 12:07 pm

Adorable mini pies. What time will the truffle torte be served? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Patricia Scarpin March 18, 2008 um 12:35 pm

Helen, these are so beautiful! And I’m a sucker for citrus flavors, too – these are right up my alley.

Brilynn March 18, 2008 um 12:52 pm

The random number generator bests me again!

Those tarts look awesome!

Kana March 18, 2008 um 12:57 pm

I love blueberry anything!! These tarts look perfect!

Dana March 18, 2008 um 1:37 pm

I can be very picky about my citrus desserts — I love them, but some recipes come out way to sweet or way to puckery. But these sound ab fab and just right, and are another endorsement for me to get my hands on this book!

Unknown March 18, 2008 um 2:09 pm

*sigh* I never win these things! Oh, well. That pie sounds divine. I love the mini form that you’ve done.

Anonymous March 18, 2008 um 2:21 pm

Cute site, with great pictures. Looking forward to reading more.
Tarts look good also…….

Veron March 18, 2008 um 2:25 pm

those tarts are adorable! Love your food styling too !

Catherine Wilkinson March 18, 2008 um 3:08 pm

Beautiful. And obviously delicious. Sweet Melissa…my favorite Allman Brothers song.

Katy March 18, 2008 um 3:45 pm

so cute! just in time for the first blueberries of spring…

Julie March 18, 2008 um 4:54 pm

I cannot wait until blueberry season. They are my second favorite fruit, after figs. I like the buttermilk in this recipe.

Deborah March 18, 2008 um 5:02 pm

I am definitely buying this book!!

Annemarie March 18, 2008 um 5:45 pm

These look absolutely scrumptious – my kind of dessert with a bit of fruit to make you feel you’re doing something good to yourself. I really want this cookbook now…

DoughGirl March 18, 2008 um 6:48 pm

Those little tarts look delicious…I’m definitely going to have to buy this book!

Astrid March 18, 2008 um 7:03 pm

I must have this book! Yes I love citrusy desserts, but most of all, I lived in Cobble Hill when Sweet Melissa opened there. It must have been in 1997 or 98, and I thought wow, my neighborhood has suddenly become so cool! Needless to say, I was a regular customer for the few months before I moved back to France…

Anonymous March 18, 2008 um 7:04 pm

These look delicious! I am definitely going to have to buy this book better yet I am running to the blog that you posted and entering!

Mike of Mike's Table March 18, 2008 um 7:50 pm

Those look mouthwatering and I am impressed with the presentation! Save one (or two or three or…) for me? Here’s hoping my piddly little blueberry plant steps up to the job this season…

glamah16 March 18, 2008 um 8:29 pm

Ah well. Next time perhaps. At least I have this great Blueberry tart recipe to follow.

Lori March 18, 2008 um 10:03 pm

Very cute! Those blueberries look very content sitting on top of that tart.Your good I tell yah!

giz March 18, 2008 um 10:37 pm

lemon and blueberry – how do I love thee – let me count the ways – can’t count that high on my fingers and toes – just gimme that to eat instead ๐Ÿ™‚

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) March 18, 2008 um 11:10 pm

Every summer I mean to go blueberry picking, so I could freeze the berries to use in the winter. If I had done it last summer, I’d be able to make these beautiful little tarts. This year, I’ll definitely go picking!

test it comm March 19, 2008 um 1:59 am

Those tart look great! Nice lemon swirls on top. Lemon and blueberry is one of my favorite combinations! And there is also some apricot tossed in…mmm…

Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict….You Decide March 19, 2008 um 6:00 am

Blueberries are my FAVORITE fruit. It bums me out so bad when I bring them home and they have no taste and I just wasted $5.98 for a small pint. Ugh…why do they have to be sooooo expensive????

ChichaJo March 19, 2008 um 6:58 am

Those look adorable…and yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the lemon rind curls ๐Ÿ™‚

LizNoVeggieGirl March 19, 2008 um 11:21 am

Wow, Melissa Murphy’s new book sounds lovely; and look at those mini buttermilk (AND BLUEBERRY YUM!) pies!! so divine and elegant. once again, your food-photography is impeccable, Helen!

Cheryl March 19, 2008 um 12:39 pm

Those are cute, cute, cute. Just a lovely little dessert.

Kelly-Jane March 19, 2008 um 3:33 pm

They look so sweet and good, will have to go and check out this book….

Susan @ SGCC March 19, 2008 um 4:32 pm

What adorable little tartlets they are! Blueberry and lemon is such a great combination. I will definitely have to check out this book!

Anonymous March 19, 2008 um 8:21 pm

that crust looks amazingly delicious!

and thank you for your sweet comments! You are truly my inspiration Tartelette! I hope to keep it up!

Unknown March 21, 2008 um 4:45 pm

they look so good!

Jaime March 22, 2008 um 3:48 am

those are so cute! i LOVE anything with fruit in it!

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