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Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies

Loreto July 3, 2020

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Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies, amazingly cute and delectable pies that will surely bring a smile to whoever has one in front of them. These small bundles of joy host a flaky light melt in your mouth crust, some plump juicy sweet berries, and a luscious layer of mascarpone topped with wonderful meringue!

Music of the day: ‘Dessert Dreams’ by me.

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies-view from the top

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies, there are some things in life you can’t pass up, and these are one of those! They are made with pure joy and the most wonderful ingredients. The end result, smiling faces, and sounds of total appreciation and warmth! Sounds like a win-win to me!

 

Trying the other side of things……..

If you know us, then you probably know that I am not the baker of the duo. That is usually Nicoletta, whom I might add, does it extremely well.  I was a bit nervous hoping that I do Nicoletta proud, but like always, I take that fear and put it into productivity.

I didn’t do everything from scratch, but the creativity and combination were all mine. Nicoletta left me with some of her amazing pie dough in the freezer, before she left for Rome. A pie came to mind, however, I thought to myself that is just too easy. Something a bit more challenging and creative is more up my alley according to my inner voice.

And the winner is…………..

So after much mental deliberation I finally decided on a pie, go figure, however not just your normal pie, let’s call it a lazy pie, like a galette. I wanted to make it super delectable so I decided some mascarpone inside would fit that bill perfectly!  So now that my idea is solidifying, the only thing to do is make it and I sure do hope you come along with me on this baking adventure.

A little surprise…………

I have been working on an idea for quite some time. I always wanted to put drumming rhythms to food. So you know what I did? I built a little recording studio and started recording, and today I am sharing it with you!

My inspiration for this rhythm was a little video I kept seeing in my head while thinking about these Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies. I imagined this boy running home after school because he was excited to eat this dessert his mom made. So the feeling of these riffs is his journey home! I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think.  

It is called “Dessert Dreams” by Loreto Nardelli

 

So with that being said, let’s get right into this recipe! Let’s bake!

This is what you will need:

  • pie dough (for our homemade pie dough, see here. You will need just half of the dough recipe, or make more)
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • lemon
  • maple syrup
  • mascarpone cheese
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • sugar
  • half and half cream

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies-rolling dough

Now the fun begins……………………

I could go through the dough process however Nicoletta has done a great job in her recipe and she has the link in the recipe card. 

Let’s get into playing with the dough

  1. So firstly you have to divide the dough into three equal pieces. Aand time to flour a surface and roll out the dough into a nice circle 1/8 thick. Do the same with the other dough pieces.
  2. Secondly, in a bowl toss in blackberries and cut up strawberries. Add some lemon zest, vanilla, and maple syrup and with a spoon mix it up.

    3. Thirdly, I whisked the mascarpone with some maple syrup and now we are going to spread some on the dough rounds staying away from the edges a bit.

    4. Fourthly, we place a nice portion of the macerated berries on top of the mascarpone.

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies-ready for the oven

     5. Time to bundle up these berries and fold in the edges of the circle making a nice bowl for the berries. I brushed the edges with half and half cream and sprinkled them with cane sugar.

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies-meringue on top

     6. Into a preheated 375 degree oven they go and baked until nice and golden.

Time for the topper!

    7. So the final steps. Simply get some egg whites and cream of tartar into a bowl, whip with a hand blender adding sugar a little at a             time. Whip until nice stiff peaks form. Hold the bowl over your head, just kidding, but this is a great way to see if your meringue is good, lol!

    8. So by now, your Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies are out of the oven and cooled. Time to pipe that meringue into the center atop the berries and back into a 350 degree F oven for about 5 minutes. You are going to see that meringue host a beautiful golden hue which means deliciousness!

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies-from the top

Lastly, the only thing to do is have a taste of course. I call it quality control, very important to make sure the product will deliver! lol.

If there was ever a taste of heaven……………………..

I have to say the end result of the Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies is absolutely beautiful in a cutesy sort of way. They are rustic delicate and have this way of just generating smiles and laughter. A good thing I must add because if you’re happy before taking a bite then, when it’s in your mouth, it is a bit of heaven dancing in my mouth!

The crust is wonderful, flaky, buttery, light, and just melts ever so slowly on my tongue. Likewise, the richness and creaminess of the mascarpone just adds to that luscious feeling as the berries brighten the day with the freshness and plump juiciness of these amazing strawberries and blackberries. The real treat is that meringue, a nice crispy surface and that gooey inside marries perfectly with the totality of this dessert. 

Final thoughts……………………….

I just want to say thank you to Nicoletta for leaving me this dough and to have a bit of baking experience. I am going to make you these real soon!

These Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies were just a pure delight to make, share, and eat! The fourth of July is coming and I could not think of a better way to celebrate than with a little joy, sweetness, and deliciousness!  However, I believe in the celebration of the everyday in life, so, make them as much as you want and whenever you want!

Thank you for coming on this baking adventure and Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Cheers!

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Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies

  • Author: Nicoletta and Loreto Nardelli
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 3 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking

Description

Mixed Berry Lazy Day Pies amazingly cute and delectable pies that will surely bring a smile to whoever has one in front of them. These small bundles of joy host a flaky light melt in your mouth crust, some plump juicy sweet berries, and a luscious layer of mascarpone topped with wonderful meringue!


Ingredients

For our homemade pie dough, see here (You will need just half of the dough recipe, or make more)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cut up strawberries
  • a handful of blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp half and half cream
  • 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar

For the Meringue:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar

Instructions

The dough:

  1. Place your pie dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into three equal rounds.
  2. With a rolling pin roll out the rounds into a 6-inch x 1/8 inch thick circle. Do the same for the other two rounds of dough.

The berries:

  1. In a bowl macerate the berries with the maple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla.

The assembly:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place dough circles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave a nice amount of space between them.
  3. Take a tablespoon of the mascarpone mix and spread it onto the dough circles. Leave a good inch around the outside edge free.
  4. Spoon a third of the macerated berries onto the mascarpone. Take the outer edges and fold them in creating a bowl.
  5. Brush the top edges with the half and half and sprinkle with some cane sugar and into the oven they go. Bake for 20 minutes or until they are golden in color.
  6. Take out of the oven and let cool on the baking sheet.

Meringue:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Separate two eggs and take the whites and add cream of tartar. With a hand blender, start to whip and slowly add the sugar a little at a time.
  3. Continue whipping until stiff peaks form. Put meringue into a piping bag and pipe into the center of the lazy pies.
  4. Place back in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes or until the meringue turns a nice caramel or golden color.
  5. Take out of the oven and let cool.

Ready to serve! Enjoy!


Notes

Make sure to keep an eye on the pies when baking the meringue, because it could burn easily.

If meringue is not your thing, then whipped cream or a dollop of ice cream would work fantastically.

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5 Comments

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    Reply Joss July 8, 2020 at 10:32 am

    These look and sound amazing! And that is so cool that you made a song to the recipe :).

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 12, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Hi Joss Thank you! I have been wanting to put percussion’s to the post for quite a while. So glad you enjoyed it! I was a bit nervous about it, however you have to go with your heart and that is what I did.

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    Reply Sean@Diversivore July 12, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Well I’m pretty delighted that you gave Nicoletta a break and took up the rolling pin yourself, because these are fantastic! They’re wonderfully simple and lazy in the best of ways, and the combination of fruit and mascarpone is phenomenal. Well done.

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    Reply Cynthia Priest July 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Love the music! These lazy pies look great. I can just imagine the flavours of the mascarpone and berries together. Yum. Topping it with meringue is genius.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 13, 2020 at 6:51 am

      Thank you Cynthia, so glad you enjoyed the music and pies. You are very kind in your words and I so appreciate that. I love the meringue top and it makes these lazy day pies look even more cute! Thanks for checking this out again!
      Have a great day!

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