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Blueberry Pie {Homemade from Scratch}

Featuring homemade from scratch pie crust and frozen wild blueberries

by HomeNaturallyMade
homemade scratch blueberry pie recipe

Blueberry Pie using homemade from-scratch pie crust and wild blueberries is so yummy, nutritious, and easy to make. Since Maine wild blueberries are most available in a frozen state, I developed this special recipe to use the instant frozen Maine wild blueberries. It is indeed an incredible superfood treat, one of my favorites.

homemade from scratch wild blueberry pie receipe

How to make a pie crust from scratch that is easy, yummy, and nutritious?

Making a pie crust from scratch may seem daunting initially, trust me, I was there. Nevertheless, the truth is it is so straightforward and uses very limited ingredients after I have figured out a few important techniques.

In regards to the ingredients, all-purpose flour, butter, a splash of whole milk powder, a pinch of salt, and some iced water are all you need. The rest is easy-to-follow techniques. Read here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial.

homemade pie crust recipe

How to weave a lattice pie crust pattern?

It is easier than you thought to make a lattice pattern for the pie crust. First is to slice the rolled-out pie crust into 1-inch wide strips and then alternate the neighboring strips forward and back into an inter-lock lattice. Remember to leave about 1-inch space between the crust strips and fix the edge accordingly.

Read here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial.

how to weave lattice pie crust tutorial

Can I use frozen blueberry for the blueberry pie filling?

Absolutely yes. I am a huge fan of Maine’s wild blueberry, which is most available in the frozen form. These tiny blueberries are loaded with nutrients and contain 2x antioxidants compared to regular blueberries.

So what are the differences between using fresh vs. frozen blueberries? Frozen blueberries, especially the smaller wild blueberries release way more juice during the baking. Therefore, we need to use extra flour, approximately 3x flour to accommodate that. I also add a splash of grass-fed beef gelatin powder to help with the process, which adds the glow to the filing too.

mixing frozen wild blueberry pie filling

How to make a tasty blueberry pie filling?

Add 150 g all-purpose flour, 200 g organic cane sugar, and 15 g gelatin powder to a very large mixing bowl, and use a pair of bamboo spatulas to toss and mix well.

Then add 1020 g (6 cups) frozen wild blueberries to the mixing bowl, toss and mix again to blend.

Two tips to keep in mind:

First is to mix the blueberry pie filling right before you are ready to fill the pie crust. This means after you have rolled out the pie crust and have pre-baked the bottom pie crust. Pre-bake the pie crust without filling is called baking blind. I’ll talk more about it.

The second is to keep the frozen blueberries in the fridge until you are ready to mix.

blueberry pie filling in the pie crust

Is it necessary to pre-bake the pie crust for fruit pies such as blueberry pie?

Pre-bake the pie crust without the filling is a process referred to as blank baking. I highly recommend pre-bake the bottom of the pie crust to ensure the bottom crust is fully cooked. This is especially important when using frozen wild blueberries. Imagine a big pile of frozen blueberries sitting in the middle, which makes the bottom of the pie crust very hard to be cooked through. I learned this the hard way, LOL.

So how to blank bake the pie crust? Cut tin foil into small rectangle shape strips and wrap them around the edge of the pie crust to cover the edge and walls. Only leave the center or the entire flat base bottom of the pie crust to pre-bake.

wrap tin foil around the wall and edge of the pie crust for blank baking

Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees {or 219 C degrees) and bake for 10 minutes, or till the crust turns golden.

freshly blank baked pie crust bottom

Lots of discussions regarding whether pie weights are required for the blank baking process. By the way, pie weights are the stuff you use to fill the pie crust and avoid it from being warped. From my experience, I really do not see the necessity. Plus, any stuff put on top of the pie crust bottom will prevent it from being cooked properly, which almost defeated the purpose of pre-baking.

You will fill the pie crust with filling anyway. Frankly speaking, you wouldn’t even notice or see it after the pie is baked. However, you will notice if the bottom crust is not fully cooked.

homemade from scratch blueberry pie recipe using wild blueberry

homemade scratch blueberry pie recipe

Homemade Blueberry Pie from Scratch Recipe {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Blueberry Pie using homemade from-scratch pie crust and wild blueberries is so yummy, nutritious, and easy to make. A wonderful superfood treat.

Ingredients

For Pie Crust:

  • 315 g all-purpose flour
  • 108 g butter, one bar, unsalted, organic preferred, chopped into pea-size pieces
  • 3/4 tsp salt, such as Himalayan pink salt or sea salt
  • 15 g milk powder
  • 142 g iced water, about 3/4 cup

For Blueberry Pie Filling:

  • 1020 g (6 cups) of frozen wild blueberry or 6 cups of fresh blueberry
  • 200 g cane sugar, organic unrefined preferred
  • 150 g all-purse flour, organic unbleached preferred, use 50 g for fresh regular blueberry
  • 15 g (1.5 tbsp) beef gelatin powder, grass fed beef preferred

For the Egg-wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp whole milk

Instructions

Make the Pie Crust Dough:

  • Making a tasty pie crust dough is quick and easy when you know a few tips and tricks. See here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial.
    pie crust dough bottom in the pie baking dish

Prepare the Pie Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  • The first is to blank bake the pie crust bottom. Cut tin foil into small rectangle shape strips and wrap them around the edge of the pie crust to cover the edge and walls. Only leave the center or the entire flat base bottom of the pie crust to be pre-baked.
    wrap tin foil around the wall and edge of the pie crust for blank baking
  • Once the oven reaches 425 F, bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack. Then turn off the oven, remove the pie crust from the oven and remove the tin foils and let it cool on a wired rack.
    freshly blank baked pie crust bottom

Make the Blueberry Pie Filling:

  • Add 150 g all-purpose flour, 200 g cane sugar and 15 g gelatin powder to a very large mixing bowl. Use a pair of bambo spatula to toss and mix well before adding 1020 g frozen blueberries. Toss and mix well again.
    mixing frozen wild blueberry pie filling

Assemble the Blueberry Pie:

  • Add the pie filling into the pre-baked pie crust bottom. It should be filled all the way to the top. Once blueberries are cooked, they will come down.
    blueberry pie filling in the pie crust
  • Remove the other half of pie crust dough from the fridge. Roll out, cut into 1-inch wide strips and cover the pie top in a lattice pattern.
    Read here for a detailed step-by-step tutorial.
    how to weave lattice pie crust tutorial
  • Add 1 egg and 1 tbsp whole milk to a small bowl and whisk well to blend. Use a kitchen brush to brush the egg wash over the lattice.
    brush egg wash over the pie before baking

Bake the Pie:

  • Set the oven temperature to 425 F again, and bake the pie on the middle rack for 20 minutes.
  • Adjust the temperature to 375 F and bake for additional 50 minutes.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and cool it on a wired rack.
    wild blueberry pie recipe
  • Wait until it is completely cooled to room temperature before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
    homemade from scratch blueberry pie recipe using wild blueberry
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 610Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 348mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 4gSugar: 25gProtein: 34g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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