Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blueberry Pie

A few weeks ago we were celebrating my brother's birthday and he asked me to bake a pie. My mom said that she didn't think pie was good enough for a birthday so we agreed upon a cake instead. As a compromise, I promised him that I would make him a pie sometime in the near future. In that same week, my mom also bought a 10 lb box of blueberries, knowing they are my favorite berry and that the season was ending. As much as I love blueberries, it is difficult to eat 10 lbs on my own so I was looking for some recipe that would use up a significant amount. That's when I got the idea to make a blueberry pie, therefore fulfilling my brother's request and serving my blueberry purpose.

I've only baked a pie once before, almost two years ago when my friend asked me to help her make an apple pie. Unfortunately, since she took it home with her I never had the chance to taste it. This time I definitely made sure I had a nice big slice when I invited my cousins and grandparents over for dinner one evening. The pie was delicious and I enjoyed a slice for breakfast the next morning as well.

Blueberry Pie

For the dough:
Note: This is enough to make one 9" crust. To make the top layer double-up the ingredients.

  • 1¼ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (8 tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3-4 tbsp ice cold water
  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse a couple of times in a food processor. Add the chunks of butter into the processor and pulse until the butter pieces are roughly the size of walnuts. If you don't have a food processor use a pastry cutter or fork and knife to cut the butter into the flour.
  2. Transfer the dough mixture into a bowl and moisten with the water, starting with just a couple of tablespoons at first. Work the mixture until it forms a dough, adding water by the tablespoon only as needed if it feels dry.
  3. Form the dough into a small disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before rolling it out.
For the filling:
  • 6 cups of fresh blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
  • ½ lemon, juiced and zested
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter (unsalted), cut into small pieces 
To assemble:
  1. Combine all of the filling ingredients and set aside.
  2. Remove the dough from fridge and divide in half. On a floured work surface, roll out two equal discs about ⅛" thick. Lay one disc over a well-greased 9" pie pan and press down to line the dish with the dough.
  3. Pour the filling over the dough in the dish and dot with the pieces of butter.
  4. Cover the pie with the second piece of dough and use a fork to seal and crimp the edges all the way around. Trim any excess dough from the sides and use a knife to cut some slits in the dough to allow the steam to escape while baking.
  5. Blend an egg yolk with a few tablespoons of water and brush the egg wash over the top of the dough. 
  6. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for an hour until the blueberry juices are thickened and bubbling.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool before cutting.
Note: It may be helpful to cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil as they brown faster than the middle. Also, put the pie dish on a baking tray so that it may catch any drippings. Although delicious when served warm, it is also harder to slice.

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