Yay! Blueberry Pie!
I'm secretly convinced that people who don't like pie, haven't ever HAD great pie. I mean, how can you not enjoy goodness contained in a flaky crust? You know how I rave about the Cook's Illustrated Apple Cranberry pie and my Nutter Butter pie seems to have a life all of its own thanks to Pinterest, but today's post is a summer favorite - Blueberry pie! I love, love, love this recipe (adapted from William Sonoma), but note you have to allow time for the pie to cool at the end, so don't make this for a last-minute dessert!
Here's what you need for a SINGLE pie! (Note: I doubled the recipe since I was feeding a crowd, so the quantity in the pictures will look larger than the list of ingredients.)
- 1 package pre-made pie crusts (feel free to make your own crust if you'd rather!)
- 4 cups blueberries
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, strained
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons corn starch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten (optional)
Begin by rolling out the dough in your pie plates.
Zest and juice the lemon.
Wash and pick through the blueberries. Add the lemon juice and toss to coat the berries.Stir together the sugar, corn starch, salt, cinnamon, and lemon zest.Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the berries.Put the berries in the prepared pie pan and top with the butter.Roll out the top part of the pie dough and cover pie. Put the covered pie in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until the dough is firm. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.Remove the chilled pie and cut an asterisk (4-5 inches long) on top of the pie so there will be proper ventilation as it cooks. In order to get the lovely golden brown crust, take a lightly beaten egg white and brush the top part of the crust. Bake for 45-60 minutes until the filling looks thick and bubbly and the crust looks beautiful!Cool the pie on a wire rack or cool stove top for 1-2 hours to allow the insides to settle. Serve with ice cream because every blueberry pie needs ice cream!Happy Summer!!!