Last month, we visited a small homestead where we can pick blueberries. We picked two gallons and froze most of them. But, we decided to use some of them to make a blueberry pie. I didn’t have a specific recipe to use, so I searched online and found “the World’s Best Blueberry Pie” at PickYourOwn.org. The first time I made it, we were hooked! We even returned to the homestead to pick two more gallons of blueberries and we hope to return again before the season is over!
I’ve made this blueberry pie with the included crust recipe and with store-bought pie crust and we actually prefer the store bought. So, my recipe will be based on store-bought crust. Naturally, you can substitute your own home-made crust recipe; or, the one listed at Pick Your Own, if you prefer. I have also made a few minor adjustments to the recipe.
- 3 to 4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen; do not use blueberry pie filling from a can)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 7 tablespoons corn starch
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 pie crusts (if regular depth, use 3 cups blueberries; if deep dish, use 4 cups blueberries)
Preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl, mix sugar, corn starch, and cinnamon. Slowly add the water and lemon juice, mixing until smooth. Add fresh or thawed blueberries then gently mix together. Pour the blueberry mixture into a thawed pie shell. Place the second pie shell on top with the bottom of the shell on top of the filling. Pinch the edges of the two crusts together. This creates a thick, tasty crust; but it also seals the edges to prevent the filling from leaking out during baking. Cover the top of the pie with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top crust is ready. This takes approximately 20 minutes, but keep an eye on the pie crust to keep it from overcooking.
I’ve made this pie at least 6 times since the beginning of August and it is always best when I use about 3 cups of fresh, refrigerated (not frozen and thawed) berries and two pre-made pie crusts placed together as mentioned in the instructions. The berries should be pre-washed to make sure all stems and leaves are removed, but make sure they are dry when you use them for the pie. The pie is particularly juicy and will be too much so if there is any extra water in the berries.