Blueberry Pie! - A 3 year olds First Blueberry Pie (adapted original recipe to include some store bought items)

My little helpers and I made two (2) blueberry pies yesterday!  Although I planned to make it completely from scratch like usual, I realized with a 3 year old and a 16 month old wanting to 'help' and trying to get two dinner meals made (one to eat and one to refrigerate for the next night) AND the fact we weren't starting until about 5:00 that afternoon....  while I was at the store picking up some groceries, I opted for a few 'already made' store bought items that made the fun little project quick and easy for all.

My original Blueberry Pie  Recipe
(originally posted on An American Housewife in 2006 and 2007)

3 pints blueberries - cleaned and stems removed or frozen
2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 c all purpose flour
1/2 c sugar (I use a mixture of brown and white)
1/4 t cinnamon
2 T butter, cut up

A double pie crust (I don't have time to post the recipe - so use your recipe or just buy the canned or frozen version).

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and then place in the bottom crust. Top with the cut up butter and then carefully place the top crust over and crimp or use a fork to seal the edges. Slice a pretty star shape on the top with a knife or fork to let steam escape. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 for another 30-40 minutes.

Let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

I've listed this recipe on here before but I want to add some notes to this one. You can ALWAYS 'play around' with a recipe and add and delete on a whim. I wanted to let you know what I do to perk this one up sometimes.

lemon rind
orange rind
all brown sugar, no white
a little rum or rum extract

I've used all of the above at one time or another. Just a light sprinkle of one or two of them together really brings out some flavor in this pie. 


Adapted recipe to use some store bought items to make it faster and easier

2 cans blueberry pie filling
1 pint fresh/frozen real blueberries
2 packages store bought frozen pie crusts (deep dish style)
1 T sugar
1 T brown sugar
1/2 t cinnamon

Pre-bake the crusts for about 10 minutes for a better textured bottom crust.  Pour the pie filling into the deep dish pie crust. Top with the fresh blueberries.  Use the second crust to turn over, upside down onto the pie/fruit.  If it's frozen, let it set about 10 minutes, if it's thawed, continue right away to crimp the edges to seal.

Slash some holes in the top and mix the sugars together and sprinkle all over the pie.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven about 50 minutes or so.  If the crust is getting to brown on top just place some aluminum foil over the top and continue cooking.  Remove and set aside to let cool completely.

These freeze well.

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