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Nectarine-raspberry Pie

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    A flaky pie crust for a 2-crust 9-inch pie

    8 cups (sliced) nectarines (ripe but firm), rinsed (5 to 6 large), pitted and sliced but not peeled
    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    3/4 cup sugar
    a pinch of salt
    1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 cup raspberries

    Line a pie plate with pastry. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Place sliced nectarines in large bowl, sprinkle with lemon juice. Sprinkle on sugar and salt, toss gently to mix evenly. Allow to macerate for a minimum of 30 minutes and maximum of 1 hour. Transfer nectarines and juices to a colander suspended over a bowl. You should get about 1 cup liquid. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, boil down liquid to 1/2 cup, or until syrupy and lightly carmelized. Swirl but do not stir. Allow to cool about 10 minutes, until warm. The liquid must not be hot when added to the nectarines because it could cause cornstarch to lump.

    Meanwhile, transfer the nectarines to a bowl and toss with the lemon zest and cornstarch until all traces of cornstarch have disappeared. Pour cooled syrup over nectarines, tossing gently. Transfer nectarine mixture to pie shell and top with raspberries.

    Roll out top crust and cover pie, crimping edges and make about 5 2-inch slashes on top. Cover pie loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before baking.

    Preheat oven to 425F. Set oven rack at lowest level and place a baking sheet on it before preheating. Place a large piece of aluminum foil on top to catch bubbling juices.

    Set pie directly on the foil-topped baking sheet and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the juices bubble thickly through slashes and nectarines feel tender but not mushy when cake tester or small knife is inserted through a slash. After 30 minutes, protect the edges from over-browning with a foil ring. Cool pie on a rack for at least 3 hours before cutting.
    Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health. ~ Julia Child