Saturday, December 25, 2010

Crumbly Blueberry Pie

While pie-maker Lou was out of town we jumped on the chance to make blueberry pie! Lou's not a fan but Kimmy and I (Amy) love it and this recipe did not disappoint! We had a guest pie-maker, Elizabeth, and she also thought it was a hit.

The filling recipe was found here and our edits are below.

4 cups or 2 pints blueberries (frozen are fine)
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice

The basic technique is that you cook 1/3 of your fruit (in this recipe just over a cup of blueberries) with the sugar, zest and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until combined and liquified. This is the gooey part of the filling. Mix the cornstarch and water together in a bowl until smooth and add to the saucepan. Let mixture come to a simmer and the cornstarch will thicken the "goo". If you would like the filling a little thicker mix an additional tablespoon of cornstarch and water together and repeat.
Add remaining fruit and stir to combine. Taste and adjust, ours needed a little more lemon to balance the sweetness. Let cool to room temp (or close) before adding filling to pie shell.

The crumb topping recipe was found here and our edits are below.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Stir all ingredients except butter together. Cut butter into small pieces and cut in with a fork until it's a coarse texture. Small pieces of butter are great, but no big chunks.

This topping was great on this pie and I think it would work well on any fruit pie that you want a crumb topping. The oatmeal gave it a great texture.

Add the pie filling to the pie shell of your choice and dot with
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Add crumb topping over filling and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.

Pie is done when your crust and crumb topping are brown. If the edges of your crust are browning too fast cover with strips of tinfoil.
Let cool a little because this filling is HOT right out of the oven. Would be yummy with fresh whipped cream OR vanilla ice-cream.

Per my father-in-law's request i'm making this one again for Christmas eve dinner. Yum!

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