I know, I should quit playing games with your heart (your heart), with your heart (your heart), with your heart (your heart). No? Don’t remember that one? Too old to remember the Backstreet Boys? Blocked it from your memory?
Either way, I know. I said stop eating pie, and now I’m saying eat pie. And since you look to me for guidance in all aspects of your life, how are you to know which one I really mean? Well, I’ll give you a hint. It’s the one that says to eat pie. More specifically, this pie. All the time. Until you die of gluttony, much like that poor man in Se7en (did you like that? well, it’s officially the correct spelling of the movie title. don’t believe me? LOOK IT UP, bitches.).
Know what I love about this pie? I’ll give you another hint. It’s everything. It’s the healthy-tasting but not undelicious wheaty crust. It’s the tart burst of each currant as you bite down. It’s the sweet sour cream custard that nestles its way in between the little red berries. It’s everything. Sticking with my Backstreet Boys theme, if I had to tell you how to make the perfect pie, I’d give you one of these and proclaim, “I Want It That Way.” Hah, so, full disclosure. Just looked at the wikipedia page for the Backstreet Boys to see if there were any other songs I could masterfully weave into this post. Turns out they had a song called “That’s What She Said.” Ooh, burn, I just looked up the lyrics. Non-hilarious. Bummer.
Er, what were we talking about? Oh yeah, this pie. I realize you guys don’t all have currant bushes in your yard (word to the wise, get on that). But I’ve totally seen them at Whole Foods, and you totally shop there, don’t you, you conscientious shopper, you. Even if you don’t (and I don’t blame you, it’s expensive!), seek out some red currants specifically for this pie. I think this is red currants at their very best. I suspect you can also get away with using blueberries, although you’d miss out on a lot of the tartness.
And, the Backstreet Boys never made a song called “This is the Perfect Pie (So Perfect),” so the references end here. In conclusion, here’s the original recipe in Finnish, so we can all look at it and be baffled that a language like that exists.
Red Currant Pie
from that there piece of paper
10 1/2 tbsps butter (yeah, so some things translate kinda wacky. deal with it)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups red currants
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar, then add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flours and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until incorporated. Press into a tart or pie pan (with wet hands).
Mix together sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Pour berries into crust. Pour sour cream mixture over berries.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the custard is set and the crust is browned.