Blueberry Pie

Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli
Show: Alex's Day Off Episode: All-American Meal
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 10 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive Prep: 25 min
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
 
YIELD: 8 to 10 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

CRUST:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cubed, plus 1 tablespoon for pan
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling dough
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup shortening, chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons ice water
  • Special equipment: 1 (9-inch) pie tin
FILLING:
  • 5 cups blueberries, discard any small or overly soft berries
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 12 to 14 ounces good quality blueberry jam
GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
recipe tools
  • COMMENT ON THIS PROJECT

        

    Sign in

    All fields are required.

    E-mail Address:

    Password:

    Remember me on this computer

    Signing in

    Please enter your email address and we will send your password

    E-mail Address

    Your password has been sent and should arrive in your mailbox very soon.

    Not a member?

    Sign up for My Cooking Channel to share photos, show off your style, and connect to an enthusiastic and helpful community.

    It's free and easy.

  • Print Recipe

Directions

Coat the pie tin with 1 tablespoon of butter. Clear and clean off a large, flat surface. Lightly flour the area.

Crust:
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Pulse in the shortening and 1 stick of the butter. Add some of the ice water and continue to mix until it looks like wet sand. Scrape down the sides of the bowl before adding more water and pulse again until it just comes together into a ball.

Put the dough on the floured surface and roll it into a ball. Cut in half. Reserve the second half. Using a rolling pin, roll out the first half, until its at least 4 to 5 inches wider than the 9-inch pie tin, about 1/4-inch thick. Gently roll the dough onto your floured rolling pin and lay the dough into the pie tin. Press it into the bottom and the sides of the tin. Cooks Note: dont dock the crust because the filling is liquidy and will cause the crust to stick to the pie tin. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Roll the second half of the dough larger than the pie tin for the top of the pie. Gingerly lay it on a baking sheet and refrigerate it until filling is ready.

Filling:
In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, flour, butter, sugar, salt, lemon zest and juice. Mix to blend. Stir in the jam and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Remove the pie pan from the refrigerator and pour in the filling.

Remove the top crust from the refrigerator and fold it onto the rolling pin. Lay the dough over the top of the pie. Trim the overlapping edges to a 1 1/2-inch overhang. Tuck the edges of the top crust under the edges of the bottom crust, this eliminates the need for an egg wash. Pinch the top to make the edges fluted and sealed all around the pie. Use a pastry cutter or small knife to cut an opening in the center of the top crust.

Put the pie in the center of the oven and bake, undisturbed, for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 30 minutes.

While the pie is baking, combine the sugar, water and orange juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer gently to reduce by about half and coats the back of a spoon.

Open the oven door and slide the rack out slightly. Pour the mixture over the pie and into the opening in the top of the crust. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool completely before slicing. Serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Notes

This was a staple in my house growing up. The addition of the jam to the filling adds pectin and body so you can avoid using cornstarch. It also adds a richer flavor to the blueberries. Allow the pie to cool for at least a couple of hours (if you can stand the wait) or even overnight. The filling will be more together that way.

COMMENT ON THIS PROJECT

    

Sign in

All fields are required.

E-mail Address:

Password:

Remember me on this computer

Signing in

Please enter your email address and we will send your password

E-mail Address

Your password has been sent and should arrive in your mailbox very soon.

Not a member?

Sign up for My Cooking Channel to share photos, show off your style, and connect to an enthusiastic and helpful community.

It's free and easy.

Review This Recipe

You must be logged in to review this recipe.

3

Newest Ratings and Reviews

Read all 3 reviews

  • on August 15, 2011

    Flag

    Alex, I love you to death and I will be at your restaurant Butter dec 15, but your blueberry pie was like blueberry soup. I followed recipe to the tee and was very disappointed on the way it turned out. I called it cobbler even tho still too runny for that. I even followed along with you on the taped version on TV. Something not right.

    people found this review Helpful.
    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
  • on August 07, 2011

    Flag

    The flavors of the blueberries and the crust were phenomenal, but I followed the recipe to the T, and it was so liquidy that it was like blueberry juice inside. I cooled it in the fridge for 5 hrs before serving after it cooled for 2 hrs on the counters....and still liquidy. Otherwise I loved the flavors.

    people found this review Helpful.
    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
  • on August 07, 2011

    Flag

    Saw this on TV and thought it was pretty easy, so I gave it a try. Taste was great - but way too soupy. Even after a night in the fridge it was still soupy. The Jam didn't do enough to jell the filling (I used 1/2 a 24 oz jar. Next time I will add 2T of ground Tapioca pearls.

    people found this review Helpful.
    Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Advertisement

On TV

*ALL TIMES EASTERN
ON AIR
NOW
TONIGHT
10:00
PM

what's hot

MasterChef Canada

Get Cooking Channel on your TV.