By Accident Blueberry Pie

Blueberry pie is on my top ten dessert list. Especially when paired with homemade vanilla ice cream. My mom and I decided to whip up two pies on the 4th of July, and really, this recipe couldn’t be easier. It is a pie without a top crust, which isn’t how I normally eat fruit filled pies. But I decided to trust her and roll with it. Or not roll with it, as we didn’t make our own pie crust.

She said this recipe wasn’t by accident, she knows what she is doing. It is a “by eye” and “by taste” recipe, but I think by accident blueberry pie rolls off the tongue better.

By Accident Blueberry Pie

1 9-inch pie shell (we used Marie Callendar’s frozen)

5-6 cups blueberries, divided (we used frozen and thawed them under running lukewarm water)

1.5 heaping TBS cornstarch

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar (we used Baker’s sugar)

1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp – 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Pre-bake pie shell according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large pot combine 2 cups blueberries, cornstarch, water, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Bring to a boil (make sure cornstarch is combined thoroughly before you turn on the heat!), stir constantly on high heat, and reduce down until you have a nice saucy consistency. There will still be some whole blueberries, but it will mostly be a gelatinous mixture. If it gets too thick add water to adjust. At most this will take 5 minutes.

Add remaining 3-4 cups blueberries to the sauce and stir to coat with the sauce. Taste and adjust for flavor, adding more sugar if needed. If you are using fresh blueberries you will want to cook them in the sauce a little bit, about 2-3 minutes.

Once pie crust has cooled completely, pour blueberry mixture into pie crust and chill. Serve cold or at room temperature.

What is your favorite flavor of pie?

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Snow? Don’t think so.

My phone alerted me that there was a “severe storm advisory” for today. No snow, not even rain, to keep me from my fillings this morning. Darn.

I did learn a lesson though: don’t schedule a filling appointment for 11 a.m. Even if you eat right before you arrive, you will be ready for lunch after and you won’t be able to do anything about it for a few hours because your mouth will be numb. Sigh. Back to 8 a.m. appointments.

Since I was already on the south hill I was able to stop by my favorite grocery store. I really hate that there aren’t any great grocery stores within walking distance of my new place. I also decided to head over to The Rack to use my very first Groupon. Yay! I found a pair of Joe’s Jeans (I LOVE their jeans), and only had to spend $29. Score!

I did have some nummy car snacks to munch on after the novocaine wore off.

Bell pepper filled with a laughing cow light wedge.

Kashi bar (a little too crunchy! for my sore mouth).

Some cherry prunes.

And a special treat (a.k.a. totally empty calories).

At 3 my mouth was still killing me and my head was pounding. I popped some excedrin and decided if it kicked in by the time I arrived at the gym I would do 20 minutes. It did, and I wound up blasting Katy Perry and Ke$ha for an hour on the treadclimber.

Now I’m relaxing in my red chair munching on some bread and the provincial oil I received for Christmas.

Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup is on the stove

And a cherry pie is in the oven.

This is my first attempt at baking a cherry pie…wish me luck!