John Contratti’s Fourth of July Pie


5 cups of fresh peaches (peeled and sliced)

1 pint of fresh blueberries (rinsed and drained) all stems removed

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

Pie Crust Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 sticks of very cold unsalted butter (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

7 tbs. ice water

Egg Wash and Sugar Ingredients:

1 large egg white (beaten)

1 tsp. water

1-2 tbs. coarse sugar (for sprinkling)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. In a food processor, mix all dry pie crust ingredients and then add cold butter. Pulse 6 to 8 times. Flour should be course. Slowly add a tbs. of iced water at a time. Pulse slowly. Dough should become more firm. Pinch dough and it should be firm. Add a drop more water if it’s not firm. 

2. Roll dough on a floured surface. Roll into a ball and cut in half. 

3. In a large bowl, put peaches, blueberries, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla extract. Mix together.

4. Take half of the dough and roll out. Place dough in 9 inch pie pan.

5. Take fruit filling and put in pan.

6. Take second half of dough and roll out. Cut dough into 1 inch strips.

7. Crisscross strips of dough on top of pie. (See photo) Crimp dough around entire pie.

8. In a little bowl, mix egg white and water.

9. Brush egg wash on top of pie thoroughly. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of dough strips.

10. Place pie pan on a cookie sheet. (You don’t want juice of pie dripping in stove.)

11. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. Pie crust should be golden brown and fruit should be bubbly when done.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janet
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 00:15:49

    Looks. Good!!!


  2. Lauren
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 00:33:43

    Came out awesome!!


  3. Erin
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 01:58:22

    Now that’s a pie !! Erin


  4. Corinne
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 15:58:31

    Happy 4th of July. This pie looks spectacular. Corinne Sacramento, CA


  5. Alexis
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 02:42:40

    Super pie, Mr. C. Alexis


  6. Nina
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 15:31:43

    What a beautiful pie. Nina Cincinnati, Ohio


  7. Ray
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 00:18:20

    Gorgeous pie !!


  8. Paige
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 14:29:31

    What a beautiful pie. Paige


  9. Dillon
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 21:52:13

    A Four Star Pie, John. Dillon M.


  10. Felicity
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 23:30:43

    Looks so yummy ! Felicity NC


  11. Janice
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 23:42:34

    Hi Mr. C. I made your pie today. It was one of the best I’ve made in a long time. Janice


  12. Denise
    Jul 10, 2013 @ 21:46:30

    What a extraordinary looking pie. Denise


  13. Maggie
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 20:07:10

    Very professional. Maggie


  14. Helen
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 15:43:02

    I am going to attempt to make this pie. :)


  15. Estelle
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 03:19:38

    What a great looking pie. I can never get mine to look that good.


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