At a loss for a simple dessert? Here’s a recipe for blueberry pie that is assembled in minutes and is absolutely fabulous. Serve it warm or cold, with vanilla ice cream or with whipped cream (I prefer the real thing versus the stuff in a can)
You will need:
2 pre-made pie crusts
4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
1 tbs vanilla
½ tsp of cinnamon
1 tbs milk or 1 egg white
1 additional tbs sugar
(I use a glass pie dish and purchase the crusts that come rolled up. Feel free to use the crusts that come in their own disposable aluminum tin. Simply separate one crust, place it over the filled pie and allow to thaw slightly before pressing into shape.)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place one pie crust in the bottom of a pie dish, gently shaping it to fit, making sure it extends over the side just a bit.
Toss the blueberries with the flour, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a mixing bowl. If using frozen berries you may want to add a tablespoon or two of water to help it all stick together. Place the entire mixture in the crust.
You will have a powdery mixture of sugar, berry juice and flour in the bottom of the bowl, don’t panic, distribute it evenly around the pie.
Top with the remaining crust.
Press the edges together and pinch with two fingers or with a fork to make a border.
Brush the top of the pie with a little milk, or egg white, and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Cut two vents into the top of the pie.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 350 for a further 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Allow to rest for 15 minutes and slice.
Serve warm and gooey with ice cream or fresh whipped cream.
My favorite variation on this recipe uses a mixture of frozen berries. Feel free to experiment with different berry blends. I prefer lots of blackberries.
For fresh whipped cream:
Place one cup of heavy cream in a blender or food processor and blend until firm peaks form.
You can also whip the cream in a mixing bowl using an immersion blender, a hand mixer, or a whisk (though your arm will get a work out)
If you prefer sweetened whipped cream add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and a few drops of vanilla extract before whipping.