Recipe courtesy of Kathryn Beall

Polly's Perfect Blueberry Pie

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 50 min
  • Yield: 1 (9-inch) pie
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Ingredients

Crust:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 to 2/3 cup salad oil

3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Pie Filling:

1 quart fresh blueberries, washed

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3/4 cup sugar

Dash ground cinnamon

Dash freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon lemon juice

4 teaspoons butter

Directions

  1. Crust:
  2. Into a 9-inch pie plate, sift together the flour, sugar, and the salt. In a glass measuring cup, whisk together 1/2 cup salad oil and 3 tablespoons milk with a fork. Pour that over the flour mixture in pie plate and mix with a fork until all flour is evenly dampened. If it is still too dry to work with your hands, mix a little more oil with a little milk and add to flour mixture. With your hands press the dough evenly against the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, allowing the excess to fall on the counter. (This will be the top crumble crust and is about 1/3 of the total crust mixture.) Sweep it into your hand and reserve in a small bowl. Crimp the edges of the bottom crust or use a fork dipped in milk to flatten the crust along the rim.
  3. Berry pie filling:
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. To the washed berries add cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon, and freshly grated nutmeg. Stir gently.
  6. Place the berry mixture in the bottom crust and sprinkle lemon juice over it. Then with an ordinary teaspoon, place little 1/2 teaspoons soft butter evenly over the top of the berry filling.
  7. Crumble the reserved crust on top of the pie.
  8. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Check it after 30 minutes. If crust is getting golden but pie filling is not quite congealed, tent the pie with aluminum foil to keep crust from getting too brown.
  9. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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