Monday, May 23, 2011

Fresh Blueberry Pie!

The warm weather is finally coming! After weeks of rain and clouds, the clouds are starting to clear... a little.  I've been so sick of sitting around and waiting for beautiful weather that I decided to bring the joys of warm weather to my own kitchen! Although I am currently on the Dukan Diet, there is just nothing better than the smell of a fresh pie cooking in the oven!


Every year I like to try and go blueberry picking so that I can have a batch of fresh blueberries to make a pie.  This is definitely one my favorites, and is quite popular with the boyfriend as well.  This time around, since I cannot enjoy the pie for the time being, I am going to sit back and watch my boyfriend devour it! I figured I could also spread my love blueberry pie baking with the rest of you!

Blueberry Pie
Ingredients

Filling:
-5 to 6 cups fresh blueberries (frozen works as well)
-1/2 cup water
-3/4 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
-2 tablespoons cornstarch (if you want a less juicy/runny pie, then use a little more cornstarch, especially if using frozen blueberries)
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-Zest and juice from 1 lemon
-1 to 2 tablespoons butter cut into pieces
-1 egg plus a tablespoon of water for egg was

Crust:
Use either a prepared crust, a crust of your choice, or, click here for my recipe. 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 

In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon.  Stir rapidly over medium-high heat until thickened.  Remove from heat and let cool.  

Meanwhile, roll out your dough into two separate pieces.  In a deep dish pie plate, place one of the layers of dough on the bottom of the plate, and let the extra dough hang over the edge.  Set the other piece of dough aside until later. 

Now that the cornstarch mixture is cooled, pour the mixture into a bowl and add the blueberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice.  Mix all the ingredients until they are well combined.  When ready, pour the mixture over the layer of dough in the pie pan.  Take the pieces of cut up butter, and scatter them over the top of the filling.  Then, taking the other layer of dough, cover your pie, trim off the excess dough, and crimp the edges together.  If you want, you can do a lattice design like I did, just cut your top layer of dough into strips and weave them.  

Finally, beat the egg and mix with the water for your egg wash.  Brush the egg wash over the top of the pie and then sprinkle a little extra sugar on top.  Wrap the outside edges of the pie with tin foil so that the edges do not burn.  Place the pie on a baking sheet and then into the oven.  Bake for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, remove the tin foil and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the blueberries and juices are bubbling. 

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or just by itself! Enjoy!

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25 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I love this time of year because of the fresh berries, looks so good!

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  2. Baking is not one of my strengths, but your beautiful pie has given me the inspiration to tackle the challenge. Thank you for sharing this with your readers.

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  3. My husband's all time favorite pie. He's been requesting one for a few weeks now, I really need to make him one! Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. My ears just perked, I love pie, and especially berry pies. This pie looks so beautiful, like a picture out of a lovely magazine! :-)

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  5. Gorgeous! I can't wait for berry season to begin here!!

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  6. You've got a lot of will power not to eat this... It looks so pretty :)

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  7. I could not resist this! In fact, I'd love to make it, it looks too good!!!

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  8. Blueberry pie is so good! Look at your pretty lattice crust! :)

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  9. This looks stunning! I love the lattice crust you did. Just perfect.

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  10. That is one gorgeous pie! You've got amazing willpower! I don't think I'd be able to resist digging in. :)

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  11. Blueberry picking sounds so fun! I told my bf we should go strawberry picking. I hope we make it before the season ends so I can make something yummy like this!

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  12. I guess no one can say no to a pie and yours looks so perfectly made !

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  13. Your crust turned out beautifully. I have been making more pies this year just to make things a bit more home-y around here. A blueberry pie looks like it should be next on my list!

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  14. Gorgeous lattice work!!! My husband would be thrilled if I whipped up one of these soon....and I'd love a slice topped with vanilla ice cream :)

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  15. Blueberry pie sounds so good right now. I am happy to see that the price has come down now at Costco. I haven't made a pie in ages but yours certainly inspires me.

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  16. Blueberry pie is my favorite fruit pie and yours is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  17. This pie looks so good. berry season is my favorite time of the year. So many delicious things to make.

    How's your diet going? Hope everything's OK.

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  18. Thanks for asking! The diet is going well... 11 pounds down so far! Just about 10 more to go!

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  19. I'm jealous of your talent with the lattice crust! :) I can't do it if my life depended on it. Beautiful job!!

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  20. So glad you shared - this is a goooorgeous pie. I've been enjoying my berries too. Hope the diet is going well!

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  21. This looks like the type of wonderful pie that is left to cool on a windowsill in old movies set in the Deep South before being stolen by someone who just cannot resist the delicious sweet aromas. If I saw this on a windowsill, I would whisk it away, and I probably wouldn't share :)

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  22. What a beautiful pie! Oh, now I'm hungry again...

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  23. OH WOW!!!!!!! I wish I can bake a blueberry pie like you. But then I know I'll eat half of it right after it comes out from the oven.... I love blueberries so much but I don't know how to bake, so I just end up eating as they are... I wish I can bake this seriously!

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  24. My hubby's favorite! You made a beautiful looking pie. I am definitely bookmarking this for the hubby.

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