I’m super thrilled to finally reveal this recipe, so grab a cup of coffee and get in this kitchen!
If you follow me on social media you know that I came across a photo of this pie on a Texas women’s group on facebook around Thanksgiving, and promptly fell in love. Who wouldn’t?! It’s adorable! I started referring to it as Texas Pie and thus it shall be named forevermore.
Well, I never did track down the original author, so as promised, I whipped up a new recipe that we could all enjoy.
This recipe took a little longer to hack (because I was committed to making it from scratch), but after 5 failed pies I discovered that homemade pie filling will not work. The fresh fruit weeps and destroys the design. The fruit filling needs to be a dry jelly to maintain the structural integrity during baking. In short— it can’t contain water, which homemade pie filling surely contains.
So finally, I began to play with canned and jarred pie fillings, trying different brands until I found a winner. I enjoyed name brands from the east coast for the blueberry filling, but the store brand for the apple and cherry filling was pretty dang good. Also worthy of mention, the name brand pie fillings such as William Sonoma and Cracker Barrel are terrific if you can find them.
So, take heed and use prepared pie filling for your Texas pie!
Here is the cookie cutters you’ll need! They also have the Texas cookie cutter at HEB stores.
Follow my instructions precisely and you’ll nail this design on your first shot!
1 box of Pillsbury pie dough (should be 2 circles of dough inside), defrosted
21 oz. jar cherry pie filling
21 oz. apple and cinnamon pie filling
21 oz. jar blueberry pie filling
1 Texas cookie cutter, 1 star cookie cutter
1 egg for egg wash, and a pastry brush
Optional: Turbinado Sugar for sprinkling on top
1 9-inch glass pie dish, greased
Large piece of foil as needed for protecting the edges of the crust from rapid browning
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Open one package of the defrosted pie dough and place it into the greased glass pie dish.
Open all of the cans of pie filling and place a different spoon in each one. Review the design in the picture and begin to fill the pie in as displayed with the blueberries taking up half of the pie from 6 'clock to 12 o' clock, the apples from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock, and the cherries from 3 o' clock to 5 o' clock. Use only enough to mound the fruit up in it's section and reserve the rest for another project.
(You will use all of the blueberry but have some left over apples and cherries... these are pretty good on toast for breakfast!)
Put the pie in a cool safe place while you lay out the final piece of pie dough. Cut out 4 Texas shapes using the Texas cookie cutter (link above). Cut out 1 star or cut it free hand with a knife.
To finish the pie, place the star over the blueberries in the upper corner. Get it just where you want it and then lay the Texas dough sections down around the pie to fill in. Crimp the edges of the pie and make any final adjustments to make it look pretty.
For the egg wash, beat an egg in a coffee cup, thinning with water if necessary to make spreadable.
Using the pastry brush, brush all of the dough. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. The sugar increases browning and you will likely have to use the foil method to protect the crust from over browning at some point but the sugar garnish looks extra professional!
Bake the pie dough for 40 minutes. If at any time the outside crust begins to get very dark remove the pie and gently scrunch the foil around the edges. It just needs to cover up the surface of the crust to protect it from browning any further. This will allow the crust over the fruit to continue to bake (it takes a little longer.) You may add 10-12 minutes longer if needed to finish browning the crust.
When done, remove the pie and serve as usual. Vanilla ice cream is the best accompaniment with hot pie!