I am eating a piece of homemade blueberry pie that was baked with local fruit purchased last summer and frozen for this very purpose. A blueberry pie in January is my own winter ritual. But I am not just chewing any old pastry, but folding my tongue around bursting balloons of blue brilliant with the warm rains and velvet nights of summer.
I have a love affair with blueberries. This is what the color blue tastes like; not too sweet, not too tart, a pop of pure honesty, soft bells of the gods heralding the honesty of the tiniest of fruits. There is something so innocent in their eagerness to give themselves up all in one season.
I prefer having pie for a mid-morning snack. You can taste it better at 10 o’clock in the morning when your palette isn’t overloaded with dinner and looking for something to do. I also cut myself an extra large slice, reasoning that since I didn’t have “my” piece the night before after dinner, I could have twice the usual portion size.
Here’s an easy recipe:
January Blueberry Pie
Pie Crust (easy!–recipe from Mom):
1 1/3 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup corn or vegetable oil
3 Tblsp milk
In small bowl, mix flour & salt together. Pour oil in measuring cup, and carefully pour in milk. DO NOT MIX THE MILK AND OIL. Let the milk slip to the bottom.
Make a “well” in the flour mixture, then pour in oil/milk and mix carefully. Roll it out between two sheets of waxed paper (sprinkle some water on the rolling surface so it doesn’t slide.) Peel off the top sheet of paper, then pick the dough up with the other and mold into pie plate, then carefully peel paper back. Makes one crust.
4 cups blueberries
2 Tblsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2/3 – 1 cup sugar
Mix cornstarch and water, then mix in sugar. Pour over berries. Mix gently and let stand 15 minutes, folding berries occasionally.
Pour berries into crust and top with 5 slices of butter. Put another pie crust on top, brush with milk and poke holes in it so the steam can escape.
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until crust is golden.
Enjoy! Cut yourself an extra large slice!