Blueberry pieI love blueberries!  For as long as I can remember, my parents have had blueberry bushes.  Some of my oldest memories are of picking berries in the hot summer sun.  There is nothing like the taste of blueberry that is warm from the sun.  It just seems to burst in your mouth!

As a little kid, one of my daily chores was to fill a coffee can with blueberries every day (for as long as the season lasted). Back then I would complain about having to pick them, but now…I love it.  It’s so relaxing to be in the blueberry patch, plucking handful after handful of those dark blue gems!  When I was little, it seemed to me that it would take hours to fill that coffee can.  Now, I can stay down there all evening and fill bucket after bucket!

Since I’ve always had easy access to blueberries, I’ve become sort-of a blueberry snob.  I don’t like blueberry flavored foods, like muffins, cakes, or blueberry topping that comes in a can.   Only fresh picked berries will do for me!  In fact, when I still lived at home with my parents, I would usually just take my measuring cup down to the blueberry patch to pick whatever I needed to bake or cook with. They would go right from the bush and into my muffins or pancakes or coffee cake.  I also pick buckets full during the summer and freeze them to use during the off-season.

You name it and we’ve made it with blueberries!  Of course there are pies, cakes, muffins, and pancakes.  There’s also cobblers, crisps, smoothies, jam, syrup, sauces and, most recently, wine!

My husband and I just planted over 30 blueberry bushes on our land this past spring!  Right now, they are just little twigs that we’re trying to nurture and coax into the big bushes my parent’s have.  I think I was able to pick 6 berries from our bushes this year!  Definitely not enough for a pie!  So for the time being, I’ll continue to raid my parent’s blueberry patch!

Thanks for reading my rambling trip down my blueberry memory lane.  I hope you enjoy this blueberry pie as much as my family does.

 

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Blueberry pie

Baked for 25 minutes in the ramekin

Blueberry pie

Carefully removed from the ramekin!

When I make this pie, I usually do a lattice top crust.  This leaves me with some extra pastry.  Rather than throw it away, I used it make this little individual pies in ramekins!  I made them for my girlfriends as a little treat for our playgroup.  I have to admit I was surprised at how good they came out!  This is a very cute twist on traditional blueberry pie!  And, everyone had their own little pie!

Is it a Keeper?

Do you know how you know when you’ve made a great blueberry pie?  When you take the first slice of pie of the pan, and the juice from the pies doesn’t run into the empty space!  Or, when you put a slice of pie on your plate and it holds its shape – that’s when you know you did it right!

This pie recipe is perfect every single time!  The berries are sweet and the crust is so flaky and tender.  It’s the  quintessential summer dessert!  I love making these pies (and my husband loves eating them!).

Pie Making Tips

Here are few tips that I’ve learned (most of them I’ve learned the hard way!) along the way:

  • It is 100 times fast to make pie crust in a food processor.  The dough is ready in under 30 seconds!
  • Make sure all of your pastry ingredients are ICE COLD!  You don’t want to use room temperature anything! This will make a flaky crust.
  • If you’re using frozen blueberries, do not thaw them.  Use them frozen.
  • If your crust starts browning too fast in the oven, cover the edges with a pie crust shied or a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Bake your pie on the middle rack of your oven.
  • Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and put the foil lined sheet on the rack directly under the pie in the oven.  This will catch any bubble over spills and make a clean up easy.

Christina

 

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    9 Responses to The Perfect Blueberry Pie!

    1. Karen says:

      One cup of flour doesn’t sound like enough for a 2 crust pie. Is this right?

    2. Karen says:

      Thanks, that sounds better. One other thing that I discovered about a year ago that makes pie baking so much easier. I bought a pastry cloth at a kitchen shop and it came with a cover for my rolling pin…..what a difference in rolling it out and getting the dough off the cloth instead of rolling on the counter top. Oh, if I had only known this 45 years earlier!! I love your posts……keep’em coming!

      • itsakeeper says:

        That’s what happens when you try to write after working a full day and then having 7 kids, ages 4 and under, over to play! :)

        Is your pastry cloth an actual cloth or is it a silicone baking mat? I have a silicone baking mat that I absolutely love and use for everything! I love it so much that I bought 2 of them. I got mine from Tupperware. It even has circles on it so you know how big to roll out your pie crust!

        Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you find my adventures interesting!

    3. Karen says:

      Whew! I don’t know how you can even think…let alone write anything! Mine is a cloth. I had one of the Tupperware mats with the circles years ago. It wasn’t silicone but plastic like their containers. It got sticky after it got older. I have a silicone baking mat that I put on cookie sheets. Now I’ll have to find a Tupperware dealer and get one of the new mats and try it too. Thanks for the idea!

    4. [...] pie shell, baked and cooled (try the pie crust recipe in my Perfect Blueberry Pie post) 4 cups fresh blueberries, divided 1/2 cup sugar 2 Tbsp instant tapioca 1 box instant vanilla [...]

    5. diane says:

      thanks for linking up to What’s Cooking Wednesday! I love blueberry pie…I wish my blueberry bushes were more prolific so I could make it with my own berries!

    6. Kat Griffin says:

      looks wonderful My mom always used tapioca too. must be so good with fresh any kind of berries

    7. Pearl says:

      I’m afraid to bake pies, so far after a years worth of learning how to cook and bake, I’ve never dared bake such a lovely pie like yours! :)

      Oh, btw, I’d like to invite you to join Weekday Potluck Meme and link up your food entries for the week! :)

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