Did you know that Canada is the world’s second-largest producer and exporter of blueberries? Take advantage of the natural abundance of these spheres of deliciousness with what may be the best blueberry pie recipe you’ve ever tried. It starts with our “Perfect Pie Crust” and ends with mounds of sweet, juicy berries. (It may even end with a second slice!)
For the crust:
- 1 recipe “Perfect Pie Crust” 1 recipe “Perfect Pie Crust”
For the filling:
- 1 cup (217 g) Redpath® Golden Sugar, firmly packed 1 cup (217 g) Redpath® Golden Sugar, firmly packed
- 7 tbsp (56 g) tapioca starch 7 tbsp (56 g) tapioca starch
- 1 tbsp (3 g) lemon or lime zest 1 tbsp (3 g) lemon or lime zest
- ½ tsp (2 g) ground ginger ½ tsp (2 g) ground ginger
- ¼ tsp (2 g) salt ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
- 6 cups (881 g) fresh blueberries 6 cups (881 g) fresh blueberries
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lemon or lime juice 2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh lemon or lime juice
- 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
For the egg wash:
- 1 large egg 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) heavy cream or milk 1 tbsp (15 ml) heavy cream or milk
For the crust:
Make pie crust as directed in the recipe Perfect Pie Crust. Place some of the pie dough that has been rolled to ⅛ to ¼ inch thickness (13 inch circle) into a 9” or 9 ½” pie dish. Crimp edges. Cut out 2” circles (or desired shape) using a cookie cutter from the other half of the pie dough that has been rolled out. Place cutouts onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill the cutouts and the lined pie dish until needed.
Preheat oven to 400℉ (200℃). Position oven rack on the lower third of the oven. Place a baking sheet onto the rack to preheat.
For the Blueberry Pie Filling:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the Redpath Golden Sugar, tapioca starch, zest, ground ginger, and salt until well mixed. Set aside.
Place fresh blueberries in a large bowl, toss with the fresh lemon or lime juice, and vanilla extract.
Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the blueberries, toss to coat blueberries.
Transfer the blueberries into the prepared pie dish. Arrange the cutouts about a half-inch away from the crimped edges in concentric circles, overlapping the edges slightly.
Place pie into the fridge to chill; 20 minutes.
Whisk together the egg with heavy cream or milk.
Remove the chilled pie from the fridge and brush the crust and cutouts lightly with the egg wash.
Place pie onto the preheated baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Reduce heat to 375℉ (190℃) and continue to bake for another 50 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is deep golden in colour and the filling is bubbling.
Carefully remove pie from the oven. Transfer pie to a wire rack to cool completely before attempting to slice; at least 3 hours.
*If the crust is browning too fast, cover with aluminum foil and continue to bake until the pie is done.
*Make the pie crust the day before or a few days in advance for an easy throw together dessert.
*Make sure the pie cools for the allotted time to ensure that the filling is set and does not run out when sliced.
*3 tablespoons + 1 ½ teaspoons (28 grams) of cornstarch may be substituted for the tapioca starch.