Blueberry Pie So Easy Your Kids Can Make It Themselves

Chow on 06.21.12
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It was the first Monday with no school and no camp, and my daughter Virginia had "nothing to do."  Until a friend called up and invited her to go blueberry picking at a nearby farm.  She came home tired and happy, with a bucketful of blueberries on her arm, saying, "Let's make a pie!"

So we did. It was good. There are few things better than the smell of blueberry pie wafting through the house -- fruity, cinnamony, doughy. We made one for us, and one for the blueberry trip friends.

Photo: Amy Suardi/Frugal Mama

We have been using this recipe for years; it is so simple that my daughters, who are now 10 and 8, made it by themselves.

Blueberry Pie

adapted from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything

We take a shortcut and use those unroll-and-bake pie crusts you find in the grocery store dairy section. However, Suz Lipman of Slow Family Online can show you how to make pie crust from scratch.

  •  5 cups blueberries (about 2 1/2 pints)
  •  3/4 cup sugar
  •  2 tablespoons cornstarch
  •  pinch of salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  pinch of ground nutmeg
  •  1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  •  2 pie crusts 
  •  2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits

Photo: Amy Suardi/Frugal Mama

  1. Toss the blueberries with all the other ingredients, except for the milk and butter (or the pie crusts, says Virginia).
  2. Pile berry mixture into the rolled-out shell, letting it mound up in the center. Dot the berries with bits of butter. 
  3. Lay over the top crust and fold the edges under the bottom crust. Seal them together by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork.
  4. With a sharp knife, cut steam holes into the top crust. So that it browns nicely, brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for another 45 minutes until golden.

Photo: Amy Suardi/Frugal Mama

Blueberries are in season in much of the U.S. right now, and a pie is a great way to celebrate summer. Bring one to a new friend, to a 4th of July party, or to a family who has just moved to the neighborhood. Make the world a better place, one pie at a time.

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