Pies are one of the most popular desserts in the world. When many people think of pies, it is fruit pies that they envision. Apple is the universal favorite, but there is no reason why a combination of fruits can’t be as delicious as a single fruit pie.
Strawberry rhubarb is a prime example of the two-fruit pie. While certainly both of them can stand alone in any dessert, the combination is magical. The sweetness of the strawberries is a perfect foil for the tartness of the rhubarb. The proportion of each of the fruits must be considered carefully, but when it is done well, this is one of the most flavorful pies in the world.
For a true taste of autumn, nothing beats apple and pear. Both of these fruits are in season in the fall and combine beautifully. There is a similarity in texture and sweetness, but the taste is so uniquely different that the blend is heavenly. There are many different varieties of both apples and pears, and each variety has its own texture and sweetness. Bosc pears and Cortland apples work well together. When making your choice, try not to choose both a tart or sweet pear and apple, use one sweet and one tart. It makes for a better taste combination.
Apples combine well with most berries. Apple and blackberry is a traditional combination and certainly a combination of mixed berries and apples makes what is commonly called a razzleberry pie. This is perfect for when you have a mixture of leftover berries that you want to use before you lose them.
Pear and fig is a less common, more unexpected combination of fruits, but the result is sweet and delicious with Italian influences. If using dried figs, they need to be rehydrated before baking.
If you have very sweet luscious peaches, they make a beautiful combination with a sour cherry. The interaction of the bright red and the yellow is visually appealing. The tastes also meld together harmoniously.
When using fruits such as nectarines and plums, a one-crust pie is often the way to go. It is very attractive to slice the fruits and arrange them in pattern within the pie crust. Use nuts to flavor the crust and add a nice crunch to the whole dessert.
When it comes to pies and combinations of fruit, it is hard to go wrong. Most fruits won’t clash, just keep in mind the amount of moisture each fruit is capable of producing when cooked, and the amount or lack of sugar in the fruit, then let your imagination go wild.