I grew up surrounded by great pie makers. As a result, I love pie. Well, that’s almost true. I’m still waiting to be convinced that there is such a thing as a good banana cream pie. But, I must be honest, bananas are my least favorite fruit and I’m not very fond of whipped cream. I know, not liking whipped cream is un-Norwegian; it’s the ultimate in white food. Tell no one; I could be stripped of half of my heritage.
My Grandma Olson had 10 children, plus they lived on a farm and had extra hands come harvest time. So when she made pies, she made pies! My first trip back to Minnesota was eye opening. My family knows how to cook. We were there for a family reunion and there was food for days. They cook breakfast, supper and dinner everyday. Or was it breakfast, dinner and supper? All I know is no one went hungry.
This is just one example of Grandma’s clever use of fruit in her pies. This one is extra special for several reasons. The blueberries do taste so fresh you will be amazed. You can bake several pie shells at once and then fill them with anything you have on hand. Not having to bake a pie for 45 to 55 minutes during a Minnesota summer heat wave was a very good thing.
If you are a blueberry person, and remember they are a super food, you need to give this pie a try. If you aren’t into crusts, this makes a nummy topping for ice cream. I’ll bet you hadn’t thought about that one. The possibilities are endless. Be sure and share any new ideas with me.
Fresh Blueberry Pie
Combine in a saucepan:
¾ cup sugar
2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup water
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Bring to a boil and cook stirring constantly until very thick.
Then stir in:
2 tablespoon butter
1 ½ tablespoon lemon juice
Fold in 2 cups fresh blueberries.
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Pour into a baked pie shell. Chill.
Serve with whipped cream.
* From the Recipe Box:
This is truly an amazing recipe and it does taste so fresh.
This recipe comes from Grandma Olson’s recipe box.
and remember: Seize the moment! Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. Big kiss, Lynn