When it comes to classic fruit pies, blueberry pie stands out as a beloved favorite. I love using fresh blueberries when in season, but if I get a request for blueberry pie for Thanksgiving, I am always happy to make one using frozen blueberries. With a little extra thickener, the pie filling comes together perfectly and you can enjoy this seasonal berry pie all year long.
Ingredients for Blueberry Pie with Frozen Blueberries
- Frozen blueberries (or fresh, if in season. I like the wild blueberries from TJs)
- Corn starch or tapioca starch
- Zest and juice of one lemon
- Pinch of salt
- 2 rounds of pie dough (bottom and top crust)
- Egg (for egg wash)
Supplies needed for Blueberry Pie:
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- Pastry cutter or pizza cutter
- Pastry brush
- Pie pan
- Wire rack
- Preheat and Prep: Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). This high oven temperature is key to achieving that beautifully flaky crust and golden-brown finish.
- Blueberry Filling: In a large bowl, combine the frozen blueberries (no need to thaw), granulated sugar, corn or tapioca starch, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt. Mix until the blueberries are evenly coated. Cook the filling on the stovetop until thickened.
- Pie Crusts: Roll out one of your pie crusts and place it in your pie pan. Pour the blueberry mixture into the bottom crust.
- Top Crust: Roll out the second pie crust and place it over the filling. You can opt for a traditional top crust or get fancy with a lattice top for that classic look. Trim any excess dough from the edges and crimp as desired.
- Egg Wash: For that shiny, golden finish, brush the top crust with a beaten egg. This step adds a lovely sheen to your pie.
- Ventilation: To allow steam to escape during baking and prevent a runny pie, make a few small slits or cutouts in the top crust if you aren’t doing a lattice top.
Baking and Beyond:
- Pie Shield: To protect the edges of the crust from over-browning, cover them with aluminum foil or use a pie shield. This will ensure that your pie has a beautifully even crust. I usually check the pie after 30 minutes of baking and add a foil “ring” if needed.
- Into the Oven: Place your pie on the middle rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the crust is a perfect golden brown and the filling bubbles enticingly.
- Cooling: When your pie emerges from the oven, let it cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours. This time allows the filling to set so it slices well and isn’t runny.
Now it’s time to enjoy a slice of this delicious blueberry pie, preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a warm cup of coffee. Using frozen berries for pie is a great way to celebrate the flavors of summer, no matter the time of year.
In conclusion, this easy blueberry pie recipe is a fantastic choice, whether you’re using fresh or frozen berries. The combination of lemon juice and zest elevates the juicy blueberry filling, making it a true crowd-pleaser. So, grab your pie pan, roll out that homemade pie crust, and enjoy a slice of heaven with this perfect blueberry pie recipe.
Should I thaw my berries first?
Nope you don’t need to. The liquids will melt on the stovetop and create a thick filling when they combine with the corn starch.
What is the best pie thickener?
I really love tapioca starch because it always results in a perfect slice of pie. You can definitely use corn starch too!
Other favorite Berry pies:
- 5 cups frozen wild blueberries (or fresh, if in season)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup corn starch or tapioca starch
- Zest and juice from 1 lemon
- Pinch of salt
- 2 prepared pie crusts (bottom and top crust)
- 1 egg (for egg wash)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F
- Prepare the blueberry filling: In a large bowl, combine frozen blueberries, granulated sugar, tapioca starch, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt. Mix well.
- Cook filling: In a saucepan cook the filling for 15 minutes or so, until the juices release and the filling has thickened. It will continue to thicken in the oven, but you want to help it along to control the juiciness. Allow filling to cool.
- Prepare the pie crusts: Roll out one pie crust to about 12 inches in diameter and place it in a pie pan without trimming the over-hang. Pour the cooled blueberry mixture into the crust.
- Add the top crust: Roll out the second pie crust. Either cut into strips to make a lattice top or simply place it over the filling. Trim any excess dough and crimp the edges to seal.
- Brush with egg wash: Beat the egg and brush it over the top crust for a golden finish.
- Ventilation: If you didn't make a lattice top- make a few small slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
- Bake: Put the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Add a pie shield or round of aluminum foil if the edges start getting too golden.
- Cool: Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours before serving.