Blueberry season is starting early this year and it's going to be a good one!! We've already been out picking at my cabin and it's looking like another amazing year for the blueberries in this area.
There's really nothing quite like wild blueberries in my opinion, and every year we wait patiently to see how the berries will do and if we'll get to stock the freezer or have to wait another year.
A quick side story - When I first met my husband and I was flying out to BC to meet his family, I wanted to bring something from Northern Ontario so I thought about blueberries. I asked him if they had wild blueberries in B.C. and he said "There are tons of blueberries here. You see them selling them all over the place and on the side of the road."
So I didn't bring them, just to realize that B.C. is full of FARMED blueberries - whah whah - NOT the same at all! (But in his defence, he had no idea haha). And there are probably wild blueberries there somewhere, but we haven't found them yet!
So anyway, if you're lucky enough to have fresh, wild blueberries, this is by far my favourite recipe.
It uses FRESH berries and the filling isn't cooked, so it keeps the flavour of the berries so well as opposed to a cooked pie.
I use frozen berries from the previous year for the glaze since they are being cooked anyway and that way I can save the fresh ones for enjoying as is.
So without further ado, here's the recipe:
THE BEST FRESH BLUEBERRY PIE
1 x 9 inch deep dish pie crust
4 cups fresh wild blueberries
1 cup frozen wild blueberries (can use fresh if needed)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
fresh whipping cream, optional - but a must in my opinion ;)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
If using a frozen pie shell, let thaw and then poke a few holes in the bottom with a fork (this will help it from getting big air bubbles in the crust)
Bake pie shell for about 10 minutes until golden brown
Place 4 cups of fresh blueberries into a large bowl and set aside
In a sauce pan bring 1c frozen berries, sugar, and lemon juice to a boil
Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
Mix the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl
Add the cornstarch mixture to the hot blueberry mixture
Stir until thickened
Pour the blueberry mixture over the fresh berries and gently stir until the berries are coated
Pour berries into the pie shell and chill until set (about 2 hours)
Serve with fresh whipping cream if desired (don't forget the sugar and vanilla!)
Not only is this pie delicious, but blueberries have so many health benefits! You can check more out on that in my blog post The Amazing Benefits of Fresh Berries.
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