Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blueberry Lemon Pie with a Touch of Fresh Mint



Pie used to be holiday food until I set my pride aside and started using purchased pie crusts the rest of the year. Now fruit pie around here is breakfast! This pie only takes a few minutes to put together, and about an hour to bake. Life is too short not to eat pie often.

Ingredients
1 box store bought refrigerator pie crusts (Or make your own, I won’t tell)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
6 cups frozen blueberries
Zest of 1 small lemon
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract (Optional for more lemon flavor)
1 to 2 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint to taste
Butter for dotting pie and brushing bottom crust
Milk for brushing pie and granulated sugar for sprinkling top

Instructions
1. Place the oven rack on the lower 3rd of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees.

2. Mix together sugar and cornstarch. Don’t skip this step, it helps the pie consistency.

3. In a large bowl toss together the blueberries, sugar mixture, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and mint.

4. Between wax paper gently roll out the pie dough and stretch it about another inch or more for the bottom piece, and roll the top piece gently to even out the dough.

5. Line a 9 ½” Pyrex pie dish with the bottom crust, brush with soften butter. Add the blueberry mixture and spread out evenly. Dot the mixture with little bits of butter here and there.

6. Cover with the top crust. Press the top dough into the bottom piece gently to stick together. Tuck the top edges into the pie dish leaving a little to crimp at the top. Flute the edges. (See notes for fluting link)

7. Brush the pie with milk, sprinkle with a little granulated sugar, and poke a few holes in the crust for venting. I usually cut out a small circle in the middle with a paring knife.

8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown for store bought crust. If the edges start to get too brown cover them with foil or a pie crust shield. Remove the pie from the oven and set on a cooling rack for several hours to set up the filling.

Notes:

1. Purchased pie crusts need to be pretty deep golden brown before they are really done. Lightly golden will leave you with raw dough on the bottom.

2. Instructions for fluting pie crust at http://www.wikihow.com/Put-a-Fancy-Edge-on-a-Pie-Crust.

Recipe by Laura Flowers.



26 comments:

Mary said...

I'm a blueberry pie lover and yours sounds perfect. I love berry season.

Jeanine said...

That pie looks amazing. What a great flavour combination. I can see the blueberry & lemon, but the mint adds a new twist to it. nice!

Marta said...

Hahaha is your last name Flores or Flowers? I love it either way! Very spring-y, you might say :)
This pie looks very tastyu, the addition of mint is elegant and refreshing, love it!

Altered Glass said...

Pie for breakfast has always been a staple at our house. One time my daughter was at a sleep over and when asked if she wanted cereal for breakfast, she replied "what kinda pie do you have?" It got a chuckle out of the mom. Of course, my d. then thought breakfast at home WAS special...the recipe and pic look oh so yummy... thanks, I'll be trying this one!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Lol Hi Marta!

It's Flowers, it's a nice name for a female, but my poor husband lol!

He has tough skin. :)

Laura

The Cooking Photographer said...

Yay for pie for breakfast! I think that is so neat your daughter said that!

Ginger said...

Hi Laura,

I just figured out that I have been sitting here staring at your pie for over five minutes! I am thinking to myself, am I staring because of the awesome photo or unbelievable pie? BOTH. The photo just jumps out at you. Thanks for sharing. Your talent gets better everyday, if that is even possible!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Wow. Thank-you Ginger!

Oceanside Creations said...

I have been enjoying your delicious recipes and mouthwatering pictures everyday. I have posted a Lovely Blog Award for you on my blog.

ButterYum said...

I'm in trouble now... blueberry pie is my all time favorite pie! I've never had it with mint - must give this a try!!! Fantastic photo as usual!!!

La Table De Nana said...

My favoritest pie! Truly..and this one looks perfect.The mint addition sounds really unique and delicious.

finsmom said...

Wow - I bet the blueberry/mint combo was to die for! Thanks for the great idea

girlichef said...

I love the addition of mint...this sounds amazing (I love pie!!)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Wow does that photo ever make me want a slice of that pie. I love the addition of lemon and mint.

Risa said...

First I want to say thank you for complimenting my photo. Coming from the cooking photographer it means a lot. Second, I want to mention that this pie looks just like the pie at the orchard which I was ready to dig my face in! I have never made a pie other than pumpkin, but your recipes are always great so I will put this one my list.

oneordinaryday said...

I love cold pie for breakfast. This looks yummy.

Anonymous said...

Hello Laura,
My name is Tracey, and I work for a company that imports organic, fair trade cinnamon and vanilla from farmers in developing countries. We're in the process of updating our website, and we're looking for recipes that feature vanilla or cinnamon, or both as a prominent ingredient or flavor to post. We're especially looking for recipes that are unique or different from the traditionally thought of genre for these ingredients. Of course we would give you credit for the recipe, and post a link back to your blog. You can check out our current website here: http://www.kestrelgrowth.com It will be updated in the next couple of weeks. Thanks so much, I look forward to speaking with you!
Tracey

P.S. I absolutely LOVE your blog! I think I've book marked the whole thing to try when I get home! I can already see the numbers on the scale rising o.o

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hello Tracey,

I hope you enjoy the recipes. Of course you can post them on your site if you like them. I'm happy to share, and grateful for the credit and the link back.

You can always email me at laurajeanne25@yahoo.com with any questions.

Laura Flowers

doggybloggy said...

wow I I have been craving blueberry pie and now you have pretty much put me over the edge...this pie looks great!

Esi said...

One of my favorite restaurants has a blueberry mint lemonade and this reminds me of that in dessert form. As always, gorgeous photos.

Kevin said...

That blueberry pie looks so good! I like the sound of using the mint in it.

Veronica Miller said...

It took me long enough, but now I'm one of your followers here too! I don't hardly ever check on the blogs I follow, though--I'm mostly a myspace girl. BTW, I love that second shot of the pie where it's head on--and I love how the blueberries are nearly whole--it looks so fresh! I can not wait to make this!

Dimah said...

That blueberry pie looks and sounds delicious!

Ana said...

there's absolutely nothing wrong with pie for breakfast. it's probably more healthy than most bowls of cereal, and far more delicious.

Jamie said...

This must be the most amazing-looking blueberry pie I have ever seen! Wow! I so want a slice right now! Gorgeous!

Veronica Miller said...

I made this for a family barbecue today and everyone was raving about it!!! It was so delicious, Laura, I will definitely be making this one again and again. And sorry I didn't do it justice--it was really ugly (and runny b/c I served it 3 hrs after taking it out of the oven)....but everyone still loved the taste!

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