Blueberry + Peach Pie

Sunshine streams through the windows, the birds sing their sweet songs and I find myself slowly relaxing.  Breathing in the fresh crisp air, my heartbeat steadies.  It's finally here. The loveliness of spring has arrived.

Truly my favorite season of the year, I'd like to say that I wait patiently spring, but that would be a falsehood. As soon as March arrives and little wisps of spring show themselves, I am on the edge of my seat ready to leap up and celebrate its arrival.

With this year came many new adventures for my Love and I.  Adventures that challenged the simplicity with which I prefer to live. I have never been skilled in the art of prioritizing and have found that reducing my involvements allows me to honor the dear people and value the commitments I've incorporated into my life.  Yet, this past winter I felt the Lord encouraging me to take a new journey.  I found it far more challenging than I anticipated.  My ability to keep life in order began to sink.  It's remarkable how easily this occurs. Floating in a blur of exhaustion and inner voices proclaiming failure, I finally took head of the Spirit's voice and acknowledged my attempts to survive and succeed on my own.  The weight lifted, and once again I was reminded of the many moments in my life He has gently called me back to His way. Since that sweet moment, He has graciously reminded me of His daily direction and provision of energy, clarity of mind and sweet peace. 

Simplicity is still my preference, but with Jesus as my guide I can journey through these new adventures with a refreshed spirit and ease of heart.  I can take the time to celebrate the beauty found in the lovely season  of spring around me. 

Cherishing the creativity of His lovely fruit this morning I was inspired to create a delicious pie with these sweet blueberries and peaches.  Pie seems to carry with it nostalgic and sweet emotions. I find it brings me thoughts of lovely little grandmas, bright spring days and picnics. So silly, but it's what I think of almost every time. What memories and thoughts do pies bring you?

{Blueberry + Peach Pie}

Golden Flaky Crust
           ~adapted from Flying Apron's GF + Vegan Baking Book

3 cups Brown Rice Flour
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/2 cups Palm Oil
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Organic Madhava Agave or Pure Maple Syrup
2 tbsp Cold Water

Fruit Filling

4 Fresh Ripe Organic Peaches, sliced
3 cups Fresh Organic Blueberries
1 tbsp Pure Vanilla
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 tbsp Arrowroot

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. In a glass bowl combine the flour and salt. Place the palm oil in a bowl with a standing mixture, paddle attachment advised.  Whip the palm oil until soft and then slowly add in the flour mixture. Carefully pour in your liquids until a soft dough has formed.  If the dough is dry add additional tablespoons of cold water, one at a time. Divide the dough in half and set one aside.  Take one and place it in your pie pan.  Dust your hands with rice flour and gently work the dough toward the pan edges until it fills the pan. Place pan in the oven to par-bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  While the bottom crust is baking, cut a sheet of parchment paper for your base to roll the top crust dough.  Sprinkle the parchment, your hands and the dough with rice flour, then roll out the dough on it, forming  a 11-12 inch disc. Set aside. Pull out your bottom crust and let it cool.  Now, to create your filling place the fruit in a large glass bowl and slowly add the remaining ingredients in the order listed.  Stir well with a wooden spoon, then pour into the par-baked bottom crust and arrange evenly.

Gently lift the rolled top crust and flip over onto the prepared pie.  Delicately mold the edges, so that the fruit is completely enclosed.  Dust with cinnamon for a finishing touch and place in the oven for 50 to 60 minutes.  If the top begins to darken too quickly, move the pan to the bottom rack and lower the temperature to 350 degrees. When finished pull it out and let it cool for 15 minutes.  Pull out a serving knife and give it a try!  I hope you allow this refreshing combination of blueberry and peach to liven up your day, as it has mine. May this season of spring bring you joy in the little beauties it blooms.  Wishing you well dear friends!

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