Mixed Berry and Anise Pie


For the crust:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup shortening, frozen and cut into small pieces
10 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks), cut into small pieces
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the pie:

2 cups blueberries
2 cups blackberries
2 cups raspberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon anise extract
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon sanding sugar


For the crust:

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Toss shortening and butter in flour mixture until well coated. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut shortening and butter into dry ingredients until reduced to pea-size pieces, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Drizzle 6 tablespoons ice water and lemon juice into flour mixture and mix just until dough comes together. (Add the last 2 tablespoons of ice water if necessary, but do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.)

Divide dough into 2 flat disks (one slightly larger than the other). Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the pie:

Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack on the bottom. Place a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil on the rack.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the slightly larger disk of dough to about 12 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the dough and trim to leave a 1-1/2-inch overhang.

Place berries and granulated sugar in a large bowl and stir gently until combined. Stir in lemon juice and anise extract. Sprinkle cornstarch over fruit and gently stir until combined; set aside.

Roll out the remaining disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to about 11 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick.

Brush the edges and the inside of the bottom crust with egg white. Add the berry mixture and place the top crust over the fruit. Trim the excess dough to a 1-inch overhang. Fold the edge of the bottom crust over the top crust and press to seal.

Using your fingers or the back of a fork, crimp the dough to seal it tightly. With a sharp knife, cut 6 slits in the top crust, evenly spaced and radiating out from the center. Brush the top of the pie with the remaining egg white and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Place the pie on the hot baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350°F and bake until the crust is brown and the fruit is bubbling, about 40 to 50 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheet until the fruit stops bubbling, then place on a wire rack to cool completely (at least 1 hour) before cutting.

Recipe shared from: http://www.chow.com/recipes/25776-mixed-berry-and-anise-pie