We have made a lot of blueberry pies over the years at the farm. So many people have asked for the recipe for both the crust and the filling and it’s really pretty simple and definitely not earth shattering but we want to share it with our customers who have asked.
You can definitely make the crust by hand with a pastry blender but we have found good results by using a food processor. The real trick to making and working with pie crust is to keep your butter chilled until ready to use and add ice cold water to blend your dough. We also sweeten up the crust a little with 2 tablespoons of sugar but you could certainly leave this part out.
Also remember not to overmix the butter in the food processor. You should just blend it enough to have pea sized granules of flour and butter. Next add your ice cold water and blend with the food processor until the buttery dough forms.
If you are making a nine inch pie then remove the dough from the food processor and split in half to form the bottom and top pie crust. Roll out the dough on a floured board into a large circle. You can also roll out the crust between waxed paper if this seems easier but try and do this quickly because the more you handle the dough, the warmer it becomes and harder to work with.
Fold the dough in half and fit into your pie plate. Sometimes the dough may tear a little but once in the pie plate you can patch it up with your hands and a little water on your finger tips. Place the blueberry pie filling inside the bottom crust and dot with a tablespoon of butter. Our filling goes easy on the sugar and uses corn starch for thickening.
Roll out the other half of your pie dough to form the top crust and carefully place this on top. Trim off any excess unless of course you like a substantial crust edge. At this point you need to seal the two crusts together and there are several ways to do this. I roll the top dough over the bottom and press to seal and then I proceed to crimp the edge with my fingers. You could just roll it over and call it a day or you could use the tines of a fork to make the edge look nice. When I was first learning to make pies, I went to Youtube and watched videos for this part. I have to say Martha Stewart’s instructions were the best but you be the judge.
Right before baking this yummy pie, I brushed on an egg wash to create a golden crust and of course don’t forget to add some slats on the top with a knife to vent your pie.
I cook the pie in a 400 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes and I try to take it out just when the juices are starting to peek onto the top pie crust. Let it cool for an hour and you have a great pie that hopefully was easy to make.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ⅔ cup butter cut into small tablespoon pieces
- 5 to 7 tablespoons ice water
- 6 cups of fresh blueberries
- ¾ to 1 cup sugar
- juice of half a lemon
- 4 to 6 tablespoons of corn starch depending on how juicy you want the pie
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Blend together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water
- First make your crust with a food processor
- Add flour, salt, sugar and butter
- Pulse food processor until flour looks like very tiny peas
- Add ice water
- Pulse food processor until flour forms a ball of dough
- Roll dough into a ball on floured surface
- Cut in half and flatten each half into a disc with your hand
- Wrap what will be the top of your pie with saran wrap and keep chilled in fridge until ready to be rolled.
- Roll out bottom half larger than the pie plate so it will fit inside and up the sides of plate.
- Prepare pie filling by mixing all incredients together.
- Place filling inside pie plate on the bottom crust.
- Add dot of butter to top of blueberries.
- Roll out second disc of dough so that it fits over the berries and hangs over the pie plate.
- Using your fingers, seal the top crust to the bottom crust.
- Brush the egg wash over the top crust and carefully vent the pie with a sharp knife.
- Cook in a 400 degree preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.