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Mary Blenk's Maine Wild-Blueberry Pie

Mary Blenk’s Maine Wild-Blueberry Pie
5 votes, 4.80 avg. rating (93% score)
by in Jul 2012
Mary Blenk's Maine Wild-Blueberry PiePhoto/Art by Stacey Cramp

Total Time: 30

Yield: 1 double-crust pie

This award-winning wild-blueberry pie recipe is i juicy, not runny, the berries sweet (yet just a bit tart), the crust flaky and light: everything a blueberry pie should be.

Ingredients:

  • dough for a 9-inch, 2-crust pie:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface and crust bottom
  • 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup butter-flavored vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon regular(unflavored) vegetable shortening
  • 5-7 tablespoons ice water, divided
  • Granulated sugar (for crust bottom)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, whisk flours with salt and baking powder. Add butter-flavored shortening; use a pastry blender to work it in until the mixture has the consistency of fine meal. Add regular shortening, and blend until mixture looks like wet sand with pea-sized bits of shortening (Mary says this will make the crust flakier).
Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time. Toss with a fork until dough starts to form a ball. Turn dough onto floured counter, and knead three times, until smooth. Divide dough into two balls, one slightly larger than the other.
On a floured surface, roll out larger ball to a 13-inch circle and transfer into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Dust bottom of crust with a bit of sugar and flour. Trim any excess dough that is draping over the edges of the pie plate, and set aside.

Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2-1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Minute Tapioca mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups Maine wild blueberries (preferably frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

Instructions:

In a separate mixing bowl, prepare the filling. Whisk together sugars, flour, tapioca, and spices. Toss berries in dry mixture. Pour berries gradually into crust, holding back flour mixture with a big spoon. When the coated berries fill the bottom, pour the rest of the dry mixture on top of berries. Drizzle lemon juice over berries; dot with butter.
Roll out top crust to a 10-inch circle and set atop pie. Fold bottom crust up over top crust; crimp to seal. Cut slits in the top. Use leftover dough to make berries and leaves to decorate the top. Bake 40-45 minutes for fresh berries, 5-10 minutes longer if you're using frozen, until juices bubble up out of the vents.

Updated Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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