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Rustic Pie with Beets, Apples and Plums

Pie-it could be sweet or savory, and I must say I love both. Sweet pies are always comforting, but I cannot eat more than few bites if it has too much sugar. 
 This is what happens when I have a craving for a good ol' pie; ingredients are combined even without giving it the second thought, kitchen turns into mess, flour all over the place...and the good thing is that it actually turned out fantastic. Honestly I ate it instead of my lunch the other day....don't judge, it has beets in it! LOL!
Did my family like it, well there was mixed emotions. They like really good ol' pie to be extremely sweet, but at least my oldest son and I enjoyed it. We cleaned the baking pan spotless and were fighting over the last slice that's how good it was for two of us. 
There is no easier way to make and bake pie from scratch. Yes, you can buy pie shell and try perhaps this filling instead of apple pie. Either way to try I am sure you will enjoy it very much! 
Homemade Rustic Pie with Beets, Apples and Plums

Rustic Pie with Beets, Apples and Plums
Dough Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour-reserve few spoons for rolling
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp ice water, more if needed
1. Combine in a food processor flour, salt, and sugar; pulse for few seconds. Add butter and pulse several times, until mixture looks like crumbly  Add cold iced water 1 Tbsp at a time, pulsing until dough just begins to clump together. If you pinch some of the crumbly dough and it holds together, it's ready. If the dough doesn't hold together, add a little more water and pulse again. You must know that too much water will make the crust tough.
2. Knead the dough just enough to form one disks. You will be able to see bits of butter in the dough. Sprinkle a little flour around the disks. Wrap the dough disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, but it can last for 2 days.
3. Remove the dough disk from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes in order to soften just enough to make rolling out a bit easier. Roll out with a rolling pin on a floured surface to a 14-inch circle and about 1/8 of an inch thick. As you roll out the dough, check if the dough is sticking to the surface below. You must add bit more flour under the dough to keep the dough from sticking. Lightly butter the pie dish and carefully place in a 9 in. pie dish. Gently press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the pie plate. The dough needs to overlap. 
4. Now it's ready for filling.

Note*If you do not own really motor strong food processor use your hands and fork do make dough. 
Simple and homemade Rustic Pie with Beets, Apples and Plums

fantastic homemade Rustic Pie with Beets, Apples and Plums
  • 3 Plums
  • 3 apples
  • Juice from ½ Lemon
  • 1½ Tbs. Sugar, for apples and plums
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Large Beet Root + ½ tsp. Sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Apple Sauce
  • ½ Cup Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tbs. Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar

1. Wash the apples and plums, and slice into wages. Add sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and toss. Peel the beet root and cut into chunks; put it in a food processor or a blender and add apple sauce and sugar. Pulse until well blended. 

2. Put the sliced apples and plums in the pie shell, and then add processed beets-spread evenly over the apples and plums. 

3. Close the overlapping pie dough and just lightly push down to get to kind of glued to the pie filling. You will have an opening in the middle, it can be bigger or smaller depending how much you stretched your dough. 
In a bowl put bread crumbs and mix in the cold unsalted butter and sugar. Try to mash it with the fork to combine all together. You will have lumps; just sprinkle those buttery and sugary lumps over the pie filling.

4. Melt about 1/2 tsp. of butter and brush over the pie dough that you closed, and then sprinkle just a bit of sugar; this will make pie crust crunchy and bit glossy too. 

5. In preheated oven (375F) and in the middle of the baking rack place the pie. Bake for about 45 minutes and for the first 30 minutes keep the Aluminum Foil on top of the pie to prevent from burning fast. 
After it's baked place the Aluminium foil on to get the crust just a bit softer and pie filling will get even more steamed and juicy. 
6. Let it cool down under the foil for at least 15 minutes after baking before cutting and eating the pie. 


Delicious and homemade Rustic Pie with Beets, Apples and Plums

I wish you fantastic weekend ahead!!!!!

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  1. The filling is so interesting, combining apples, plums and beets sounds and looks fantastic!

  2. Love this! what a beautiful rustic pie! love the addition of beets! and I especially love the last photo with the entire piece of pie eaten! :)

  3. this looks so good and definitely rustic. love adding of beets. and fabulous photos!

  4. Beautiful pie Sandra, and very interesting combination of filling :)

  5. I love pie whether you are savory or sweet (not too sweet). I love to try your pie recipe looks so delicious and pretty pictures too.

  6. This looks amazing and I love the rustic factor. I would have never thought about adding beets, something new and interesting. I was thinking about making some apple pie with all the apples I got last weekend, so this will definitely be in my plans soon. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Amazing looking pie. The pictures are so rustic , adds to the mood of the season and the look of the pie.

  8. I love how the beet root is snuggled in there...I tried eating a cold beet salad and it was no bueno but THIS, I'll take 4 slices, please =)

  9. What a gorgeous pie my friend rustic and delicious :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. That looks absolutely delicious. Love the combi of beets, apples and plums. YUM

  11. Sandra this is one seriously beautiful pie.

  12. I would definitely leave out the beets - don't like them at all. But the rest sounds fine to me.

  13. I never would have thought to combine beets with apples in the same pie - but this looks so good and I'm sure it tasted incredible too... What a fantastic idea... I'm featuring this post as part of Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution) and thanks for making me drool!

  14. Whoa... what a beautiful pie. The color is incredibly beautiful, Sandra! Lately I was disappointed by the store bought pie shell (it wasn't tasty) so I need to try learning to make from dough next time. How wonderful that you put beats, apples, and plums together to make such a gorgeous pie! I wish I was making a pie at the same time you were making (did you get it? hehe).

  15. I found you via Pintarest and had to leave the comment.This seriously made me drool!!! I love your pictures, very rustic and they are going well with your pie!

  16. Wow! Adding beets to a dessert is something I wouldn't have thought of. This is simply delish!

  17. I love all these delicious images! I just want to dive straight into the pie! Although, I have never had betrothal in a pie before... It sounds interesting!

  18. I never would have thought to put beets in a pie, but it kind of makes sense with the flavors and textures. It looks great!

  19. This looks fabulous! If you don't mind me asking, what setting on your camera did you use to take these pictures? I'm trying to teach myself to take above-average pics, but am having little bit of difficulty. Also, did you run it through Photoshop? I don't think it's a bad thing, but sometimes a little retouching is a good thing! Thanks so much!

  20. I love the addition of beets to this pie! Very creative and so pretty!

  21. I totally agree with you Sandra! If it contains beets, it's a meal. :-) I'm not too crazy about ultra-sweet desserts either. I always use less sugar.

    LOVE the color of the pie. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

  22. Sandra, this is a beautiful-looking pie! Your styling is totally gorgeous - I would eat this in a heartbeat! Great job, Sandra!

  23. Hello Sandra!
    We really enjoyed getting to know you and your food in your blogger of the day interview on our site! We are currently hosting a recipe contest in search of the best apple recipe. This recipe would be a great contender! The contest ends 10/10/2013. If you are interested in competing, visit our site to share your favorite apple recipe for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD!

    1. Thank you Lydia so much for letting me know...just entered!


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