Lattice Topped Blueberry Pie #DessertChallenge

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Bill has been dropping not so subtle hints this summer about his love of blueberry pie. So finally, on the 4th of July, I baked up one of his favorites. Now why I thought July was the perfect time to fiddle with pie crust is beyond me. I stink with crusts and, as you bakers know, the dough needs to stay cold. And then I decided a lattice crust would be pretty. But weaving over a deep blue filling was an insane idea. But being the sweet wife (no snickering, family), I trudged ahead and whipped up a top-notch lattice topped blueberry pie.

I turned to Nick Malgieri for the filling inspiration. Cooking the filling ahead of time ensures your pie won’t be too juicy or gloppy…but just perfect. It just happened that this month’s Dessert Challenge (hosted by Sheryl of Lady Behind the Curtain) ingredients were Blueberries and Lemon, a classic combination…another reason to bring hubby’s request to fruition.

The time to make a blueberry pie is now…the blueberries are plump, juicy and sweet. And, as is per usual, the Driscoll’s berries in my market looked terrific. I made sure I had 5 full cups…no need to skimp on filling…my favorite part of a pie! Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream will make you swoon…and swoon they did! I served this to a group of neighbors who were over on Independence Day…and the pie was basically wiped out despite the other desserts. I love when that happens.

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Lattice Topped Blueberry Pie

Ingredients

    Adapted from Nick Malgieri
    Filling:
  • 2 pints blueberries (4+ cups), rinsed (Driscoll's preferred)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few gratings of fresh nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Egg wash:
  • 1 egg well beaten with a pinch of salt
  • Sugar to sprinkle over top before baking

Instructions

  1. Make your favorite double pie crust recipe. Wrap dough, and chill as directed in 2 disks.
  2. To make the filling, combine 1 cup of the blueberries with the sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, till sugar is melted, about 5 minutes. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and whisk the blueberry and sugar mixture into it. Return mixture to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, over low heat, until it boils, thickens and becomes clear. Pour into a large bowl and mix in the lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. Mix in the rest of the blueberries. Cool.
  3. Preheat to 400º. Roll out the bottom crust and place in bottom of pie plate. Trim the edges, then add the blueberry filling. Roll out top crust into a rectangle and into 8-10 strips to make the lattice topping. You can get fancy and weave the strips or just place half in one direction and top diagonally with the other half. Seal and crimp the edges as desired. Sprinkle the top of the pie with sugar.
  4. Place the pie on a parchment lined baking sheet (to catch drips) and put on a lower shelf of your oven. Immediately reduce the temperature to 375º. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the crust golden and the filling is bubbling. Cool the pie on a rack.
  5. Total time: 2 hours
    Yield: 6-8 servings
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The kind folks at Driscoll’s provided me with complimentary berries for this pie. All opinions stated are my own. I was not compensated for this review.


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Comments

  1. I’m sure there isn’t much proof (if any) that that pie ever existed – lol!

  2. I’ve been obsessed with blueberries this summer!!!

    Your pie looks beautiful, Lizzy. Save me a slice :)

    Toodles,
    Tammy<3

  3. Such a great choice, I adore blueberry pie and totally agree on no skimping. I made a pie too but quite different.

  4. Stopping by from LBC Dessert Challenge, this pie looks amazing!

  5. What a beautiful pie! It may be breakfast time…but starting the day with dessert sure does appeal to me…one slice and a cup of coffee, please!

  6. I haven’t had blueberry pie in soooo looong! Thanks for the knock out recipe, Liz!

  7. Blueberries and lemons, what a great combination for a dessert challenge-love your lattice topped blueberry pie and I can just see it going very fast on the 4th of July!

  8. I saw this beautiful pie on the challenge and of course it is yours! Your creations are always so beautiful. I so want a bite!

  9. I have never made a blueberry pie, but this looks pretty delicious. I am always intimidated by making pie crust. I love the lattice crust on yours and this looks so yummy.

  10. Liz, you truly are a sweet wife..This lattice is very beautiful. Hope enjoyed your hard work..

  11. When I see blueberry pie I always think about this famous quotation from “My blueberry nights” movie. “What’s wrong with the blueberry pie? There’s nothing wrong with the blueberry pie, just people make other choices. You can’t blame the blueberry pie, it’s just…no one wants it.” It is absolutely not true and your pie is a proof:)

  12. You are a good wife! Braden can hint as much as he wants on something but I need to be in the mood to make it, not when he wants it! Beautiful pie.

  13. Beautiful! I would love of slice of this pie. I can see why it was wiped out!

  14. I can’t seem to get enough of blueberries lately too and what I wouldn’t give for a taste of that gorgeous blueberry pie of yours :) I love that you loaded the filling with so many blueberries! Yum!

  15. Your pie looks so pretty and I bet it was delicious! I am terrible at pie crusts any time of the year so I applaud you for trying one during the heat of summer.

  16. Beautiful pie. Thanks for the tip reminder too. I always forget what a great idea it is to pre-cook the filling. You have told Bill recently how awesome his wife is, right? :)

  17. You did good girl! I hope Bill did the dishes or something nice for you! It looks wonderful and would not say you stink at pie crust, on the contrary it looks very professional and VERY delicious!

  18. This pie looks brilliant, Bill is so lucky :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  19. Your pie is gorgeous and it’s been years since I’ve had blueberry pie – I know. I have to change that!

  20. Blueberries and Lemons, a gay “marriage” indeed! I just made a ton of room in my freezer because I plan on loading up on blueberries this season. The crop seems to be extraordinarily good! Perfect for July because as we all know, July is National Blueberry Month and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a requested Lattice Topped Blueberry Pie!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…

  21. I couldn’t wait to see what you made! Looks yummy and your lattice is perfect!! I was late to the party, but Sheryl added my post.

  22. That is such a pretty blueberry pie Liz. I love the lattice top crust. We recently had our fence rebuilt and it also has a lattice top. :) Looks delicious! I wish I had a big slice right now. Have a great Thursday!

  23. Wow and yum! Your pie is beautiful and I’d like one of everything linked in the bake-along too:@)

  24. Beautiful. This looks like the kind of pie I would dive straight into! Love the lattice top!

  25. Gorgeous, Liz! Yes, pie dough needs to be cold and it’s freaking hot around here! Brian is perpetually in the mood for blueberry pie. :) I’ve never tried pre-cooking my filling. I just mix whatever it is with sugar, lemon and flour and dump it in to the crust. Lazy pie maker, here. :)

  26. I love the look of your pie and well done with the lattice work – I can imagine that took some patience! When my father was an exchange student in the USA (way back in the 1950′s when you had to travel by ship to get there), he was served his first ever blueberry pie. It has been his favourite dessert ever since xx

  27. My comment just vaporised! I’ll try again. That’s a lovely looking pie and well done with the lattice – I can imagine that took some patience! When my father went to the USA as an exchange student (way back in the 1950′s when the only way to get there from NZ was to go by ship), he was served his first ever blueberry pie. It has been his favourite dessert ever since!

  28. I love blueberries always! and love this tart Lizzy!!

  29. Liz, this pie is gorgeous. I adore blueberry pie.

  30. I love blueberries, your pie turned out beautifully! :)

  31. This pie is Americana at its best, Liz! And yes, you are a sweet wife & mother =)

  32. Oh this is a beautiful pie, Liz. And you are right….the blueberries are so good right now. It would be criminal not to bake with them! I just never get tired of blueberries! And your crust turned out so pretty! I really need to bake a blueberry pie soon!

  33. That is one perfect lattice top, Liz! This is gorgeous all around. Blueberry pie is so-summer!

  34. What gorgeous photos!

  35. Amazing lattice top!

  36. such a stunningly beautiful pie! it is 10 pm and now all I want is pie!

  37. Hi Liz,
    Thanks so much for participating in this months Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge. Your recipe pie looks delicious! See you next month for Peaches and Cream! YUM! :)

  38. Of course this would be a hit, no doubt! Who can resist such a lovely pie?

  39. The lattice top is perfectly woven. The pie looks divine.

  40. Blueberry pie is my all-time favorite dessert. Hands down. I grew up on wild blueberry desserts from blueberries we’d rake not far from the national park near Bar Harbor. (That would be Bah Hahbah in Maine-speak). My father loved blueberry pie for breakfast and so did I. My mother wasn’t so sure it was a good idea.

    Your pie is beautiful!

  41. Gorgeous! That sounds so good!

  42. If I looked up blueberry pie in the dictionary… this is what I would see… it looks perfect!

  43. What a BEAUTIFUL pie!!!! Looks just beautiful and absolutely delicious, too!

  44. I’ll bet it tastes as good as it looks!

  45. The pie looks fantastic Liz ! I wish I was your neighbour. They must have had such a treat !

  46. This looks delicious! I love blueberries. They’re one of my favorite summertime fruits. Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday. I shared your pie with my Walking on Sunshine FB page today!

  47. One day I will get over my fear of pie making, but until then I’m just going to admire this one. It is so pretty looking!

  48. You are very sweet to make a lattice in this heat! It look absolutely gorgeous & I can only imagine how good it would be with vanilla ice cream! Pinning!

  49. I can see why this is Bill’s favorite! It could easily become my favorite. What a perfect pie!

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