Our local farm is starting to dust off their blueberry signs. Soon, it will be time to gather up our buckets and head out for a fun afternoon!
When setting off to the berry patch, I remind the kids what they should be looking for as they pick:
Find fruits that are deep blue and plump, that aren’t shriveled. Those that appear red are not fully ripened, and white and green berries will not ripen after being plucked from the bush.
After a couple hours, we’ll return home giggling with our fingertips dyed a faint shade of purple. Back in the kitchen, we transform our harvest into jams and jellies (read Foodal’s guide to water bath canning), berry crisps, and breakfast muffins.
And of course, my favorite, sweet blueberry pie.
It’s such an easy recipe. In addition to a big pile of fresh, plump blueberries, the filling is a simple mixture of basic ingredients, lightly sweetened with sugar and flavored with a little lemon juice and cinnamon.
Even the homemade dough is a breeze to make – 4 ingredients will get you one of the flakiest, most tender crusts of your pastry dreams!
Enjoy summer’s sweet bounty, and make our dessert after your next trip to the farm.Print
Nothing smells quite as good as a hot blueberry pie cooling on the table. Topped with vanilla ice cream, this treat is really hard to beat.
For the Easy Pie Crust:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup cold water
For the Blueberry Filling:
- 6 cups (3 dry pints) fresh blueberries, rinsed with stems removed
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup whole milk (optional)
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (optional)
For the Easy Pie Crust:
- Combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the butter, and cut together with a pastry cutter, or with two knives or your hands, until the mixture looks crumbly.
- Stir in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a dough forms. You may not need to use all of the water. Do not overmix.
- Gently knead into a flat disk. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
For the Filling:
- When the dough has properly chilled, place the blueberries in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt in a separate small bowl. Pour mixture over the blueberries and mix gently to combine.
To Assemble and Bake:
- Set out a 9-inch pie pan.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and let rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes before rolling out. Divide in half, and roll out one half to about 1/8-inch thick. Measure it to fit the base of the pie pan, being sure there is about 1/2 inch of excess around the edges. Carefully transfer it to the bottom of the pie pan, pressing down gently on the bottom and around the sides. Crimp the overhang with your fingers, and place it back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
- When ready to bake, pour the blueberry mixture into the bottom of the prepared crust. Scatter evenly with the butter cubes.
- With the other half of the pie dough, roll out and cut your top crust design (solid layer, lattice crust, cut-outs, etc.). Place on top of the filling. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. If desired, brush the chilled top crust with milk and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until golden-brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Let the filling set at room temperature for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
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Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prepare the Dough
Using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut and mix the butter into the flour until the mixture has a crumbly appearance.
Stir in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a uniform dough forms, with chunks of butter still visible in the dough. You may not need to use all of the water. To keep the crust light and flaky, do not overmix.
Flatten the dough out to form a disc, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Step 2 – Make the Filling
Do not wash your berries until you are ready to use them, or you risk having them turn mushy or become moldy. This fruit, when freshly picked, will store well in the refrigerator for about two weeks.
When the dough has chilled, place the blueberries in a large mixing bowl.
Combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt in a separate small bowl. Pour this mixture over the blueberries, and mix gently to combine.
Step 3 – Prep the Bottom Crust
Remove one half of the dough from the fridge and let rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes before rolling out.
With a rolling pin, roll out to about a 1/8-inch thickness in a circle shape. Measure it to fit the base of a 9-inch pie pan, being sure there is about 1/2 inch of excess around the edges.
Carefully transfer it to the bottom of the pan, pressing gently down on the bottom and around the sides.
Crimp the overhang with your fingers, and place it back in the refrigerator while completing the next steps.
Need a little help with the crust? If you’re looking to perfect your pastry game, learn our tips for the best pie crust.
Step 4 – Fill
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
When ready to bake, pour the blueberry mixture into the bottom of the prepared bottom crust. Scatter the butter cubes evenly on top.
Step 5 – Prep the Top Crust
With the other half of the dough, roll out and cut your top crust. You can choose to do a whole solid layer, lattice crust, cut-outs, or a pretty combination of designs!
Place on top of the blueberry filling. Put it back in the fridge to chill for another 20 minutes, to re-harden the butter.
Step 6 – Bake, Cool, and Serve
If desired, you can brush the top of the crust with milk, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar to get a browner crust with a crunchy texture.
Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Let the filling set at room temperature for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.
If cut into it sooner, the filling will still be very liquidy and saucy. The filling needs time to thicken and set as it cools.
To speed up the process, put it in the refrigerator to cool more quickly.
Once set, cut the pie in slices and serve!
Enjoy a Very Berry Dessert
These tiny blue wonders are one of the easiest fruits to work with in the kitchen. There is no need to peel, pit, cut, or core them.
And nothing smells better than a freshly baked pie cooling on the counter. Topped with homemade vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, this dessert is a real crowd-pleaser.
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Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Jennifer Swartvagher on April 25th, 2015. Last updated: June 24, 2018 at 11:22 am, with additional writing and editing by Nikki Cervone.
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