Remember Violet? She's the one who constantly chewed gum in Willy Wonka. She stole the gum that tasted like dinner and dessert. That little action caused her to turn into a human blueberry. Love that scene! My favorite part is when the oompa loompas roll her out to juice her. Honestly, that image always pops in my mind when I think about blueberry's. You're going to love this pie.
2 crust pie dough (either store-bought or homemade)
6 cups of fresh (or frozen) blueberries, rinsed and stems removed (if using frozen, defrost and drain first)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (for thickening)
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter (unsalted), cut into small pieces
Egg wash ingredients:
1 Tbsp milk
- Prepare the crust. Roll out half of the dough to 1/8-inch-thick circle on a lightly floured work surface, about 13" in diameter. Fit the dough over a 9" pie pan, and trim the edges to a 1/2 inch over the edge all around the pan. Put into the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.
- Gently mix the blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a large bowl. Transfer them to the chilled bottom crust of the pie pan. Dot with butter pieces. Roll out remaining dough to the same size and thickness as the first. (At this point you can cut into strips to make a lattice top or keep in tact for whole top). Place on top of the berry filling. Tuck the top dough over and under the edge of the bottom dough, and crimp the edges with your fingers. Transfer the pie to the refrigerator to chill until the dough is firm, about 30 minutes. Heat oven to 425°F.
- Whisk egg and milk together to make an egg wash.
- Remove the unbaked pie from refrigerator. Brush the top with egg wash. If you did not make a lattice top, score the pie on the top with 4 cuts (so steam can escape while cooking). Place the pie on the middle rack of the oven with a silicone baking mat lined cookie sheet positioned on the lower rack to catch any filling that may bubble over. Bake for 20 minutes at 425°. Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 30 to 40 minutes more or until juices are bubbling and have thickened.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cool completely before serving.
Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes.com.
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