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Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche

Breakfast Quiche is perfect for a weekend brunch or for a light supper with a salad.  I love this recipe. It’s simple. And very tasty. It’s elegant and pretty enough for special entertaining, such as a Mother’s Day Brunch, or for Christmas or Easter. Yet 

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

Here is our family recipe for Homemade Apple Pie. This recipe has been in our family for at least four generations and has won two grand champion ribbons at our county fair. Pastry that is flaky, tender, and delicious. Sweet apple filling that is juicy 

Country Blueberry Pie

Country Blueberry Pie

Here’s a delicious recipe for Country Blueberry Pie that uses fresh blueberries and a homemade pie crust. So yummy! Especially when served with whipping cream or ice cream! 

I didn’t make a homemade blueberry pie until just a few years ago. In fact, we rarely ate fresh blueberries when our daughters were growing up. I’m not sure why, other than perhaps fresh blueberries seemed expensive, or they weren’t readily available. That is not the case now, however, as you can purchase blueberries year round.

Fresh Blueberries

It wasn’t until the advent of our grandchildren that I began stocking blueberries in our fridge. The kids simply adore them and eat them by the handful. It was such fun watching them gobble them up, I always made sure to have blueberries when they came to visit. And so, my love for blueberries began.

Their prime growing season is May through July, depending on where you live. So watch for best grocery sales for them at that time.

If you haven’t heard about the many health benefits from blueberries, check out this article from The World’s Healthiest Foods. Fresh blueberries provide anti-inflammatory benefits, help to control blood pressure, blood sugar, and may help lower your risk for cancer. All wonderful things. 

 

Ingredients to Make Country Blueberry Pie

Filling:

  • fresh blueberries
  • granulated sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • lemon juice
  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • butter

Pie Pastry:

  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • vegetable shortening
  • cold water

Topping:

  • whole milk
  • granulated sugar

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare your ingredients. Rinse and drain the fresh blueberries in a colander.

 

Prepare the Berry Filling

Preparing the Blueberries

In a medium bowl, combine the drained blueberries, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon and nutmeg, and lemon juice. Gently stir until mixed well. Set aside while you prepare the pie pastry.

Our middle daughter has made this recipe using frozen blueberries. While I prefer fresh blueberries,  frozen will work. You may need to add a bit more flour to offset the extra juice. I would suggest using the blueberries frozen rather than thawed.

 

To Make The Pastry

You could buy a frozen pie dough from the store, if you desire. But I encourage you to make your own. This pie pastry is very good and has won at least three grand champion ribbons at our county fair.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and salt.

Cut in vegetable shortening with a blending fork until crumbly.

Add 1/4 cup cold water and mix, then add the rest of the water to finish mixing the dough. At this point the dough should hold together in a ball.

Making Pie Dough

Divide the dough in half. Roll the dough out on floured surface into the size of your pie plate. Repeat for the top crust.

For top crusts, remember to make slits in the dough so your pie can breathe while it is baking.

Place bottom crust in a pie pan and form to the top edge. Place blueberry mixture inside bottom crust. Dot with bits of butter. Smooth water along edge of pie crust with fingertips (to help seal the pie). Add the top pastry to pie and crimp edges.

Country Blueberry Pie

To finish, I like to smooth 1-2 tablespoons of milk over the top of the pastry and then sprinkle with sugar to make a pretty crust. Bake on next to bottom oven rack for 45-50 minutes until filling bubbles and top crust is golden.

Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. This pie will serve 8-10 people.

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Country Blueberry Pie

Country Blueberry Pie

Here's a delicious recipe for Blueberry Pie.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fresh Blueberries, Fruit Pie, Homemade Pie Pastry
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Equipment

Glass Mixing Bowls
Blending Fork
Rolling Pin
Glass Pie Plates

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter for dotting on filling

Pie Pastry:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water 2 parts

Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
    Prepare your ingredients. Using a colander, wash and drain the blueberries.

Making the Berry Filling

  • In medium bowl, combine drained blueberries, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon and nutmeg, and lemon juice. Gently stir until mixed well. Set aside while you prepare the pie pastry.

Prepare the Pie Pastry

  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour and salt.
  • Cut in shortening with a blending fork until crumbly.
  • Add 1/4 cup cold water and mix. Then add the rest of the water to finish mixing the dough. Dough should hold together in a ball.

Assembling the Pie

  • Divide the dough in half. Roll the dough out on lightly floured surface into a circle the size of your pie plate. Repeat for the top crust.
    For top crusts, remember to make slits in the dough so your pie can breathe while it is baking.
  • Place bottom crust in a pie pan and form to the top edge. Place blueberry mixture inside the bottom crust. Dot with bits of butter. Smooth water along edge of pie crust with fingertips (to help seal the pie). Add the top pastry to pie and crimp edges.
  • To finish, I like to smooth 1-2 tablespoons of milk over the top of the pastry and then sprinkle with sugar to make a pretty crust.
  • Bake in preheated oven on the next to bottom oven rack for 45-50 minutes until filling bubbles and top crust is golden. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Serves 8.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter used on this recipe site is salted.
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