Whipped Cream Vodka Pie Crust (makes a strawberry/blueberry galette)

June 18, 2012 · 35 comments

strawberry/blueberry galette

Sometimes shortcuts are a seriously necessary life trick.

Like when playing Monopoly. I’m all for someone robbing the bank to end the world’s longest game already.

Or on Friday afternoons, rounding up the clock numbers to leave work juuuuust a little early.

And if there was an app that kick-started the coffee maker in the morning…I know. Perfection.

strawberry/blueberry galette

Other times shortcuts are the cheap, lazy cheater’s way.

I know. These times happen way more often. It’s sometimes unfair. But it’s best to accept the challenge and just feel good about it…as tricky as this can be.

When bike riding, don’t avoid the hills. Even if you start to slide back down the big ones a little when your legs are too tired to pedal…just walk. I know this (way too well).

Payless will always hurt your feet. Cheap liqour will always hurt your head. Bootleg brand strapless bras just don’t stay up…and create terribly awkward social situations. Sometimes you just have to splurge. It’s reality. Don’t fight it.

Pie crust from a box…will still make a pie. It’s fuss free and simple and totally tempting. I get it. But pie crust from scratch is the real deal.

And, pie crust from scratch has room for vodka. (I learned this from Cook’s Illustrated.) It’s a sneaky trick for a flakier, more tender end result.

This pie crust makes good use of whipped cream vodka. It’s stretched into a cast iron skillet and filled with fresh, summer strawberries and blueberries.

strawberry and blueberry filling

Then, the edges of the crust are folded down, to create about a one inch border of crust. Fancy people call this a galette. I call it a rustic excuse to make an imperfect pie crust. No bigs.

This should be eaten on the back patio in the summer. I’m also a serious fan of serving it on Solo plates…because I love clean-up shortcuts.

one slice of galette

Whipped Cream Vodka Pie Crust
adapted from Cooks Illustrated

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, very cold
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka, also very cold

Whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Cut butter into chunks and cut into flour mixture using a pastry blender or two knives. (I cut in one stick at a time, leaving the other in the fridge to stay cold.) When mixture resembles a coarse meal, add cold water and vodka and stir just to combine. (A wooden spoon works well here.) The dough will be sticky; don’t fret. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 45 minutes, and up to two days.

Strawberry/Blueberry Galette
adapted from allrecipes.com

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups blueberries, washed and dried
2 cups strawberries, washed, dried and halved
1 egg white.

Combine sugar, corn starch and salt in a small mixing bowl; set aside. Prep berries and place in a larger mixing bowl. Sprinkle berries with sugar mixture and stir to coat.

Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll into a circle, on a lightly floured surface. Place rolled dough in a lightly buttered cast iron skillet, and pull the dough up the sides. Brush the bottom of the dough with egg white (this prevents the crust from getting soggy) and fill with berry mixture. Gently, fold the dough you pulled up the sides of the skillet down, creating a border of crust. Don’t worry about things being perfect. Brush the border with egg white and sprinkle it with sugar.

Bake in a preheated 400° oven for 35-40 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Keely @ Hairbows and Butter June 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Oh. My. Gosh! Yum! It is so perfect and gorgeous! And it seems so simple. I may have to try this sometime soon…now to find a need for a pie?

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Baking Serendipity June 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Fact: Sometimes I just say, “It’s Monday. I need a pie.”

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Mmm, this sounds divine, Sarah! Gorgeous pics! Love the berry galette – it just screams Summer! :) Have a fabulous day!

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Joy June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Whipped cream vodka? What an interesting add. I would never think of adding anything like that.

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Cinnamon @ eatpraytri June 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Dying right now…seriously dying….

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Cassie June 18, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Yes, yes, and yes. This post is packed with some great stuff but the best is adding vodka to pie crust. Pure brilliance.

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Reem | Simply Reem June 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Ok this is what I need now and every night when I need to get a big smile on my face after long hard day…
Perfect!!

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Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! June 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I’ve heard of the vodka trick for pie crust but haven’t tried it. Looks like it works wonderfully! I would love a slice of this right now. :)

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

What a great crust! I need to try boozy. :)

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Jen @ Savory Simple June 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’ve never tried vodka in pie crust. But I always hear good things. Beautiful galette!

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sally @ sallys baking addiction June 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm

OMG. Whipped cream vodka IN pie crust? I’m in heaven. This is unreal! I can’t imagine how AMAZING that tastes!

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chiari June 18, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Beautiful!! Those pics make me want to dig right into this gorgeous berry pie! I HAVE to look for that whipped cream vodka. And I completely agree with you, that some days, you just need a pie ^_^

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Kitchen Belleicious June 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

you just made me mad. Yes mad because now i have to have this and it is 9 at night and i am exhausted so I am mad that I can;t get in the kitchen and make it right now! lol love it

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Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook June 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Well this has to be the most intriguing pie crust I’ve ever seen! I totally loving this :)

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Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 19, 2012 at 1:18 am

I have used vodka in pastry making before but never whipped cream vodka. I’m off to search for it here.

This galette looks perfect.

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Kristen June 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

Looks delicious! I’ll have to try making this sometime

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish June 19, 2012 at 2:11 am

Whipped cream vodka?! I had no idea such a thing existed, but you’ve definitely piqued my interest. Especially because its an essential ingredient in this incredibly delicious-looking galette. I might try this on 4th of July!

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Emily @ Life on Food June 19, 2012 at 5:44 am

Haha, this looks delicious. And yes, cheap bras are never a good decision.

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Medeja June 19, 2012 at 6:31 am

I like shortcuts sometimes.. But there are things that I would never do like pancakes, cakes and cupcakes from the boxes :)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 19, 2012 at 7:37 am

Gorgeous! I want some, I have to make this!! With my love of berries this would make a fabulous dessert!! I have to pick up some whipped cream vodka!

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Julia {The Roasted Root} June 19, 2012 at 8:27 am

Very creative pie crust and delicious looking galette! I wish I had a piece to enjoy with my coffee!!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

Love the vodka in the crust The strawberries and blueberries together sound amazing!

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Monet June 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

Ah, there is nothing like a berry pie in the summer. And I just love the addition of the vodka. It does wonders, I know!

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myfudo June 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love the luscious center…Can’t wait to try. Berries are definitely in!

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Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Oh my!
This looks incredible!
And yes, cheap liquor WILL always hurt your head. I learned my lesson with that a few times. :)

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Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Oh my, this looks amazing! My mouth is completely watering. What a great dessert. I do love my Pinnacle Whipped Vodka. What a creative idea!

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Whhaaaaaa?! I love the way you think adding booze to the crust!! This looks pretty amazing!

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torviewtoronto June 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

this looks wonderful lovely flavours

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Corrie Anne June 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

Gorgeous. What a fun summer dessert! I’m in the process of teaching my husband that there are desserts other than apple crisp. :)

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Dress and Dish June 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Amen. Looks wonderful!

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Dana June 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

“Payless will always hurt your feet. Cheap liqour will always hurt your head. Bootleg brand strapless bras just don’t stay up…and create terribly awkward social situations.”

SO TRUE!!

This gallette looks delicious… I will definitely be trying it out this summer!

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Ti-7-4Raven August 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Excellent idea ^.^

Also, there are coffee makers you can set a time on and they start the coffee for you at that time, it’s pretty great, and best of all, no app needed! :P

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Kathy June 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I have a lot of different vodkas would it work to use an unflavored one?

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Baking Serendipity June 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

Yes!

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