Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blueberry Pie

We can learn a lot about life from making a pie.  (Surprised?)  Allow me to explain.
These are the top 5 life lessons that we can learn from pie making:

1.  Life is messy - Pie bakers make messes.  Inevitably, we end up with flour all over the counter, the floor and more than likely - ourselves.
2.  Beauty isn't everything - Sometimes the most perfect looking crust can reveal a flavorless pie but a less than beautiful exterior isn't always a good indication of the flavor inside.  Don't worry if your pie crust doesn't come out perfectly every time.
3.  Home is always best - You can get pie in almost any bakery these days but nothing compares to the taste of a pie that is made by your own mother.  There's just something about sitting around the kitchen table eating a slice of my mom's pie that makes it taste way better than bakery pie.
4.  Everything in moderation - Even though I would like to believe that packing that much fruit into a dessert is healthy, the reality is that the fat and sugar content in a pie far outweigh the healthy fruit components.  It is still okay to enjoy a slice of pie every now and then - just not the whole pie.  (That was for me - not you.)
5.  Math is important - Measuring, weighing and calculating ingredients accurately is crucial to the success of a pie.  And let's face it, it's critical you know your fractions so that the pie can be divided evenly. 

SO lets get right to the pie making process...

Blueberry Pie
1 recipe for a double pie crust
1 quart blueberries (I used 1 1/2 quarts)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 Tablespoons butter

Toss blueberries with lemon juice.

Combine flour, sugar and spices.  Mix with blueberries. 

Lay crust in the bottom of a pie dish.

Fill crust with blueberry mixture.  Dot with butter.

Cover the top with lattice strips made from crust dough.

Brush crust with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake 1 hour at 425.

This pie was given away so I don't have any pictures of a slice but I can tell you that it smelled divine. 

Time to get yourself into the kitchen to start baking.


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