“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, first you must invent the universe.”- Carl Sagan
Pies are a precarious things. Many people attempt them, many don’t even bother and many buy the frozen variety. There is something time consuming and stressful about a pie crust, you really never know how it will turn out. If you are anything like me, you spend a whole day trying to touch it and mix it as little as possible in the hopes it is thick and flaky and doesn’t collapse. There is just something comforting about a home made pie and I guess that is why we go to all the trouble. Thanksgiving growing up wouldn’t have been the same without mom’s pumpkin pie, nor Christmas without apple. Pie was such an all time favorite in our house that both my sister and father opted out on birthday cakes in request of their favorite pie, leaving my mother to get up at crow-piss and make a masterpiece for them.
Recently my favorite guy was away on vacation so I thought I would make him his all time favorite pie…blueberry. I was talking about this at work and asking around to see if anyone had a decent recipe. That is when Sheila introduced me to a wonderful thing, The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Beranbaum.
Oh-ma-gahd, this book is the same size and weight as my Joy of Cooking, but where Irma B stocked hers full of every type of recipe you can think of and just a bit of every cultural food and dessert, Rose dedicated as many pages to pie and pastry ridden desserts. Sheila assured me, this book has never lead her wrong and that it was full of important tips. Did you know that pie crust should be cold when you fill it and then chilled an hour before you bake it? Or that you should put a foil ring around the edge of your crust half way through so that it doesn’t over-brown. I feel as though I have been waiting my whole life for these tips! Her blueberry pie was simple as can be and was a show stopper. Recipe follows pics! Forgive the side-ways pictures, haven’t figured out how to flip I-phone pics yet!!
Pie Bible’s Blueberry Pie
Make a crust of your desire (2x9inch) and chill. Pre-heat oven to 425 and line a cookie sheet with tin foil (to avoid over flow ). In a mixing bowl add four cups of washed and dried blueberries, in a second bowl combine half a cup of sugar, two tsp of lemon zest, two tbs of lemon juice, two tbs or corn starch and a pinch of salt. Mix up and then toss with blueberries until well coated. Transfer mix into bottom pie crust and apply top crust, tucking under moistened bottom edge and finishing with a fork or whatever you fancy. Chill for an hour. Bake for 40-50 min, applying a foil ring to the crust edge at 30 minutes to prevent from over browning. Allow to cool and set for at least 3-4 hours so you filling doesn’t run like lava out of your delicious flaky crust!