As promised this long holiday week, I made a blueberry pie as a follow-up to the 4th of July Cherry Pie (July 2018 archives). For blueberry, I had the idea to add a fresh herb. I again checked the tried and true “plaid cookbook,” and I googled for herbs to pair with blueberry and found a helpful article on Driscoll’s berry farm web site. Here is my original recipe for Summer Blueberry Pie:
Blueberry Pie Filling
3 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed+drained
1 cup sugar
Rounded 1/4 cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
Zest+juice from 1/2 lemon
2 Tbs softened butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Additional flour, salt, shortening for pie crust
Whisk together: sugar + flour + salt + rosemary. With a fork, mash in softened butter. Add and mix in with fork: lemon zest + lemon juice + vanilla. Toss in blueberries.
Set aside blueberry mixture to macerate. Meanwhile, make pie crust…
Homemade Pie Crust
Sift together: 1+1/2 cups flour + 1/2 tsp salt.
Cut in: 1/2 cup shortening.
Add and toss lightly with a fork to mix dough: 4-5 Tbs cold water, adding and mixing 1 Tbs at a time.
Gather dough into a ball and knead a couple times. Do not over-handle the dough. Form dough into a ball; cut ball in half; form each half into a disk; wrap each disk in plastic wrap; refrigerate to chill.
Roll one disk of dough onto floured board; roll out enough that dough will hang over edge of pie dish. Roll pie dough onto rolling pin and lift gently to transfer rolled dough to pie dish.
Give blueberry pie filling a stir and pour it into pie shell.
Roll second disk of dough onto floured board; roll out enough that dough will cover pie. Roll pie dough onto rolling pin and lift gently to transfer rolled dough to top of pie; fold ends of dough under and crimp top and bottom pie crusts together to form sealed edge. Cut slits in top pie crust to allow steam to escape as pie bakes.
Loosely cover edge of pie crust with foil to protect from burning. Bake at 425* for 40 minutes. Let pie cool completely on a wire rack to set filling before slicing.
Serve plain or with vanilla ice cream. I’m convinced leftover fruit pie makes a healthy breakfast.
For ambitious bakers, it would be fantastic to make both a cherry pie and a blueberry pie for the 4th of July! God bless America!
Up next: I had the crazy decadent idea to make cherry pie s’more…