You may have heard it said that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and such is the case with the dewberry.
To many, a dewberry plant is a bothersome weed to be removed. It has thorns and is a running vine that will take over an area.
I know this, because it has happened in our own backyard. Thankfully, our kind neighbors are gracious about the weedy patches in the piney woods behind our house.
John, I was delighted one day recently when you came in from your backyard wanderings and told me you had found berries.
We checked them out and learned that we had dewberries.
Dewberries grow earlier than blackberries and are on thorny, low-growing vines as opposed to self-supporting, upright canes. It is my understanding they are found mainly here in the South.
I told you, John, that if you could pick four cups of berries, I’d make a pie.
That’s pretty tricky, because dewberries don’t grow in clusters like blackberries. It took a bit of patience and hard work on your part.
Life can be like that.
Things sometimes become a mess (like the weedy woods behind our house), and working through the mess can be very hard (like John braving the thorns as he picked the berries).
The rewards for your perseverance can be great, though, so I encourage you to be strong and courageous when the way looks hard.
Don’t shy away from difficult tasks.
It is rarely easy or fun to walk demanding paths, but I have found them to be worthwhile.
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It happens in life by way of prayer, grace, and the support of family and friends.
It happens in the kitchen by doing the following:
Prepare a double batch of the pie crust recipe. I think you know what doubling a recipe means, but just to be clear, it means you do twice the amount of every ingredient. In the end, you’ll have enough dough for two pies instead of one. This is so you’ll have one for the bottom and one for the lattice work on top of the pie.
Please forgive me if I have just offended your mathematic sensibilities. I have been confused over lesser things, so I just wanted to be clear what it means to double a recipe. Any multiple will work, of course, depending on your needs.
After you make the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Divide the dough in half and roll out one half of it and place in a pie dish, crimping the edges.
Your berries have likely waited their 15 minutes now. (It won’t hurt if it’s been longer.) Sorry I forgot to take a photo, but now you gently spoon the berries into the uncooked pie crust.
Now the fun part!
Notice that the left strip is on top of the cross piece, and the right strip is under. You’re going to weave more and more pieces in this over/under fashion until you’ve covered the entire pie.
You just do it a step at a time, though, so it’s doable.
Keep doing this until you have worked all the way across the pie. That will leave you with six or so vertical strips and one horizontal strip.
Bake your pie in the oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 and bake 35-40 minutes more or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven.
Let the pie set at least 15 minutes before slicing.
I love you,