Pie in the Park 2009

Two years ago, my dear friend Lauren decided to invite all her friends to Prospect Park for “Pie in the Park.” Everyone brought a pie, and despite a little rain, we all had a great time. It was such a success, that Lauren decided to do it again last year and make it a pie baking contest. This year, the Third Annual Pie in the Park was also a fundraiser for Hot Bread Kitchen, and the rain didn’t start until we were already on our way home.

Last year I made a key lime pie, and this year I decided to up the ante and make a tarte au citron that they serve at Bouchon, French Laundry and Per Se. I found the recipe on Epicurious. One of the more intriguing elements is the pine nut crust. In addition to being delicious and unusual, it is easier to make and work with than pastry dough. You press it into the pie plate and bake it while you’re whipping up the sabayon filling. After pouring the custard into the crust, I made a little addition:

Pie 3

Blueberries! I tossed them with some sugar and plopped them on top. After a minute of broiling, we had this rustic beauty.

Pie 2

Though the pie did not win the contest, I was very happy with the result. It was fresh, light and full of summer flavors, with the berries adding sweet and colorful bursts. It was not long before it was all gobbled up.

Pie 1

Fortunately, before it was all gone, the Metromix photographer who came to cover the event got a great picture. You can see the article and slideshow here. It was so much fun; I can’t wait for next year!

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2 Responses to “Pie in the Park 2009”

  1. julixdoc Says:

    SO COOL! MISS NY!

  2. JV Says:

    mmmmmm!
    Wish I could have been there for a bite!

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