Since at present I have this beautiful purple background going, and since 'tis still the season of the blueberry, and since I have these old photos hanging around of my blueberry pie...well...get ready to feel your mouth fill with spit, because I am going to treat you today to some lovely pictures of and a beautiful recipe for blueberry pie, guaranteed to make your empty mouth water, and your sagging spirits soar.
(note: the filling of this pie is the same topping that I put on my cheesecake, if you tuned in for that recipe. It is kinda awesome, so this works out fine.)
Well, here's the pie crust recipe:
This recipe is from Southern Living:
2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. salt
2/3 c. plus 2 T. shortening (I use those sticks from Crisco - no mess measuring!)
4 to 5 T. cold water
(I use ICE water - and sometimes I only need 3 T. water, especially if it's humid.)
Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with pastry blender (use two forks if you don't have a pastry blender) until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle cold water (1 T. at a time) evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape into two discs and wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour.
Double Good Blueberry Pie:
3/4 c. sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1/8 t. salt
4 c. blueberries (divided into 2 c. each)
1/2 c. water
1 T. butter
1 T. lemon juice
Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in saucepan. Add water and 2 c. blueberries, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and is thickened. (Mixture will be quite thick - I added another 1/4 c. water to mine at that point to get the consistency I wanted, which was somewhat thinner.) Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon juice. Add remaining blueberries.
Roll out first pie pastry disc and place in pie dish. Pour in pie filling. Cover with 2nd rolled out pastry disc. Flute edges, and cut in vents for steam.
Here's a little trick I learned from my Momma and it will give your crust a sheen, and a sparkle: take about a teaspoon or so of milk and kind of dabble and smooth it over the top of the crust, and then, sprinkle about a tablespoon full of sugar on top of the crust before you slide it in the oven.
Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
Oh, baby. Oh, baby.