When blueberries are in season, what better to do with them (other than eating them straight from the basket) than make blueberry pie?
Blueberries have been found to be a "superfood", so good for you that you should go out of your way to eat them. (As if we need a reason, right?)
They neutralize free radicals, protect your heart, improve your vision, and protect against degenerative brain diseases. (See the whole story at The World's Healthiest Foods website.)
Video: How to Make Blueberry Pie
Blueberries come into season in early summer, but they freeze well, and you can easily make this pie with frozen berries.
The Best Blueberries to Use for Blueberry Pie
Fresh, in season blueberries from a local source are the best to use for this pie. If they aren't available, fresh or frozen blueberries from the store can be used. If using frozen blueberries, allow them to thaw first and drain any excess juice.
Swaps and Substitutions
If you don't have all the ingredients on hand, there are some swaps you can make for this easy blueberry pie.
- Swap the cornstarch, flour, or tapioca for an equal amount of arrowroot.
- Swap half the blueberries for another berry such as strawberries or huckleberries.
- Use store bought crust (deep dish) instead of homemade.
- If you don't have fresh lemons, use bottled lemon juice and omit the lemon zest.
Keep an eye on your pie as it cooks and follow these tips if problems arise.
- Brush the egg wash on evenly and don't allow it to pool at the edges of the pie or you might end up with a little baked egg on your pie.
- If the crust begins to brown too much before the pie is done baking, tent aluminum foil over the crust until the pie is cooked through.
- The filling must cook till it bubbles or it won't thicken completely after cooling. Keep the pie in the oven until it bubbles. (Keep an eye on the crust to make sure it doesn't brown too much.)
- To keep the filling from being runny, cool the pie completely before slicing.
How to Store Homemade Blueberry Pie
Cover the pie loosely and store it on the counter for 3 to 4 days. After 4 days, store covered in the refrigerator for an additional 3 days.
We do not recommend freezing this pie.
More Blueberry Recipes to Try!
If you use quick-cooking tapioca to thicken the filling, grinding it to a powder first in a spice grinder or mini-processor will prevent the pie from having tiny pearls of tapioca.
One recipe for a top and bottom crust from our no-fail pastry crust dough
6 cups (about 2 1/4 pounds ) fresh or frozen blueberries, rinsed and stems removed (if using frozen, defrost and drain first)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup (about 30g) cornstarch, all-purpose flour, or quick-cooking tapioca
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Egg wash ingredients:
1 tablespoon milk
Prepare the bottom crust:
Remove a dough disc from refrigerator and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to take the chill off.
Place it on a lightly floured clean, flat surface. Roll it out into a circle about 13 inches wide.
Place the rolled out dough on to a 9-inch pie pan. Trim the edges to 1/2 inch over the edge of the plan. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
Make the blueberry filling:
Pull the second disc of dough from the refrigerator so it can come to temp while you make the filling.
Place the blueberries, sugar, cornstarch (or flour or quick tapioca), cinnamon, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gently stir them so that all of the blueberries are coated with some sugar and flour.
Fill the bottom crust:
Remove the bottom crust from the refrigerator and place the sugar coated berries into the pan.
Roll out the second dough disc:
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to the same size and thickness as the first. Place on top of the berry filling.
Tuck the top dough over and under the edge of the bottom dough, and crimp the edges with your fingers.
Place in refrigerator while you make the egg wash.
Preheat the oven:
Place the baking rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425°F.
Brush the pie with the egg wash:
Whisk egg and milk together to make an egg wash. Brush the top crust with egg wash. Score the pie on the top with several cuts (so steam can escape while cooking).
Bake the pie:
Place the pie on the middle rack of the oven with a foil or Silpat lined baking pan positioned on the lower rack to catch any filling that may bubble over.
Bake for 20 minutes at 425°. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 30 to 40 minutes more or until juices are bubbling and have thickened.
Cool the pie, then serve:
Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before serving.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||28%|
|Total Carbohydrate 65g||24%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||17%|
|Total Sugars 26g|
|Vitamin C 11mg||57%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|