Blueberry Pie

There is nothing better than fresh, plump, sweet blueberries, especially when they are wrapped in a delicious, buttery pastry crust!

Makes 8-12 Servings

For the crust:

  • 2½ cups        all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp             salt
  • 1¼ cups        unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 8-10 Tbs        of ice water
  • egg beaten with 1 Tbs milk

For the Filling:

  • 8 cups            blueberries, picked over and washed
  • ½ cup            raw sugar
  • 2 Tbs              lemon juice
  • 2-3 Tbs          arrowroot flour or cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp             kosher salt

 

To make the crust, combine the flour and salt in a large bowl or food processor. Add the butter, and either use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, or pulse the processor a few times. Gradually and lightly mix in ice water, a few tablespoons at a time, until the dough just comes together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gather into a ball. Divide the ball into two equal portions, and flatten each into a disc. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour.

 

Prebake the pie shell. Heat oven to 375. Roll out one of the discs of dough on a lightly floured surface, and fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Trim the dough so that there is a slight overhang at the top of the pie dish, then place the shell in the freezer for 20 minutes to chill. Remove the pie shell from the freezer, cover the dough with parchment paper and fill the shell with pie weights or dried beans. Place the shell into the oven, and bake until the bottom has just started to brown, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Take the pie shell out of the oven, remove the parchment and pie weights and allow to cool.

 

Make the filling. Take one cup of the blueberries, and combine them in the bowl of a food processor or blender with the sugar, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the arrowroot flour or cornstarch and the salt, then pulse to purée. Put the blueberry mixture into a small pot set over medium-high heat, and cook, whisking constantly, until the liquid has just thickened, about one minute. Pour the thickened mixture over the remaining blueberries, and stir to combine.

 

Bake the pie. Heat oven to 400. Mound the filling high in the center of the cooled pie shell, and apply the egg wash to the top edge of the cooked bottom crust. Roll out the second disc of dough, and place it over the top, gently crimping it onto the egg-washed edge of the bottom crust. Place the pie into the freezer to set, approximately 20 minutes, then cut vents into the top with a sharp knife. Place the pie on a baking sheet and set it into the oven to bake for approximately 30 minutes. Then turn the pie, reduce heat to 350 and bake until the pie is golden and the filling has begun to bubble up through the vents, another 25 to 45 minutes. Allow pie to cool to room temperature cutting and serving.

Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.