Bake: Mixed Berry Pie

Ok, so, it's been a long time since my last post, and even longer since my last recipe post.  Summer is a busy time!  In honor of Independence Day, I baked up a mixed berry pie.  Recipe after the jump...

Mixed Berry Pie

8oz butter, cut into small piece
8oz cream cheese
3 tbsp sugar
1.66 c pastry flour
1 tsp salt
All-purpose flour for dusting

1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
0.5 pint raspberries
0.5 pint blueberries
0.5 c sugar
3 tbsp quick tapioca 
dash of vanilla extract
juice and zest of one lemon
2 tbsp butter, sliced into thin pats

(1) Mix butter, cream cheese, and 3tbsp sugar together until combined

(2) Add pastry flour and salt

(3) Mix until just combined - don't overmix!

(4) Turn dough out onto a floured surface; cut in half

(5) Flatten each half into a round disc, cover in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes

(6) Preheat oven to 375 degrees

(7) Remove one dough disc from the refrigerator and roll out to approximately 11" round

(8) Place dough into 9" pie pan and cut so no dough hangs over the edge

(9) Cover with foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans

(10) Bake 25 minutes until crust begins to brown

(11) Remove foil and weights, bake for another 10-15 minutes until fully browned (you should be able to remove the crust from the pan completely - if it sticks, bake it longer)

(12) Let crust cool completely

(13) Once crust is cool, preheat oven to 375 degrees again

(14) Make the filling by combining berries, lemon juice, lemon zest, tapioca, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl and letting sit for 15 minutes

(15) Meanwhile, roll out second disc of dough and cut into shapes (I used a star cookie cutter)

(16) Place dough cutouts on parchment and refrigerate while filling is stewing

(17) Pour filling into crust

(18) Layer the butter pats over the filling

(19) Top with the star cutouts

(20) Bake for 45-60 minutes, until stars are fully browned and filling is bubbling; cover edges with foil if they're getting too brown

(21) Let cool at room temperature before eating.

Happy 4th Everyone!

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