Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Who gets to count the chicken? That’s what my kids wanted to know. The blueberry farm is about 45 mins away from us and, in an effort to kill some time (and keep my middlest from taking a nap he’s way too old for) I’d come up with the game of finding animals along our route. My daughter had immediately picked her beloved horses, my son right away insisted that he was looking for cows. And so we started off. Several horses were spotted along with a donkey which my daughter successfully argued should count as a horse because they are in the same family. Several cows of different breeds and coat patterns were also spotted. Then my daughter spotted a horse topiary which she argued should count and her brother, of course, just as firmly argued should not. She tried to convince him by pointing out we could possibly see plenty of cow pictures along the way (although we hadn’t seen a one yet) and then those would count too, but for him. He stood firm and wasn’t buying it so she reluctantly let the horse topiary go. We were almost at the farm when my daughter said, hey, there’s a chicken. Who gets to count the chicken? I do, I said, or maybe it should count for your younger brother (the two year old who insisted, insisted that he could not possibly spot cows out his window if it wasn’t rolled down half way. “I can’t see mama, I can’t see!”) They didn’t buy it, but neither could agree which a chicken might be closer to, a horse or a cow. Alas, we ended up throwing the chicken out on a technicality (it didn’t have four legs) and our game ended in a tie. Parenting tip for the future, if you serve two pieces of pie at the exact same time, one in each hand, they both count as getting the first piece of pie. The blueberries we picked that day were excellent too.

Note: Blueberries and vanilla ice cream pair so well together that I decided to skip a step and add that vanilla note up front. It’s very subtle. Also note the lack of mandatory lemon juice in this pie. My husband can’t stand lemon in his baked good, (unless it’s like a lemon bar or something) and claims that, however little you add, you can always taste it. He’s right actually. The solution to this (since the lemon is supposed to be there to balance out the sweet) is to pick with small children. They have a habit of picking the odd under ripe and therefore tart berry. Make the pie with everything picked and it will come out perfectly.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups fresh blueberries
  •  2 pie crusts
  •  1 cup sugar (or slightly more if your blueberries are tart)
  •  1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  •  1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  •  1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  2 tablespoons butter
  •  1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Mix sugar, blueberries, flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir well. Line pie tine with crust and pour in blueberry mixture. Chunk the butter into small pieces and dot the top of the filling.
  3. Place top crust over and cut a few air holes.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes until golden.

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Blueberry Pie

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