Gallery: How To: 6 Steps To an Easy and Delicious Summer Fruit Pie

If you have been buying those store bought pies because the thought of making your own seemed daunting, this seamless recipe will save you from those overly sugary pies, save money, and score you props at the next barbecue or family gathering for making something that seems really sophisticated. And like the picture demonstrates, it does not have to be perfectly shaped--the point is that it is "rustic."

Step One: Make the Pie Dough

You can use just about any recipe, but I use a modified version found in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

2 cups organic flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

8 tablespoons cold unsalted organic butter (if you are vegan, try using Earth Balance spread or olive oil)

1 tablespoon maple syrup (you can use agave syrup or honey; if you are a traditionalist, use organic sugar)

1/3 to 1/2 cup ice cold water

Mix the dry ingredients. Using a pastry knife, fold the butter into the mixture, leaving pea sized butter cuts. Add the syrup and slowly add the water, kneading until the dough is no longer sticky. Shape it into a ball and let it rest in your refrigerator for 30 minutes.


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