My Husband and I both had to work this past Saturday morning. Luckily, we were both done by lunchtime and when I got home, he said he had a surprise for me! Yay! I can usually figure out what his surprises are, but this one really had me stumped. We got in the car and headed to wherever the surprise was. We ended up in the next town over, Pilot Mountain. He was taking me blueberry picking! There was this cute little blueberry farm that he had driven by on his milk truck route and he thought I would like it. Of course I would! I love doing stuff like that! So, we pull in and there are 2 people there, none of whom work there. We just grab a little bucket and start picking. It was hot, but we had a lot of fun eating berries and throwing them at each other!. When our bucket is full, we head back, but there is still not anyone in sight that works there. Well, there is a table set up with scales, plastic bags, a metal box, and a piece of paper. The paper says “The Honor System: You pick them, weigh them, put them in a bag, and leave your money in the box.” So we did! I thought that was pretty cool!
Apparently, I was tricked because, little did I know, Johnny had been wanting a blueberry pie, which I have never made before. Of course, I wasn’t going to tell him that. And it turned out freaking fabulous! So, here is my recipe. I apologize for the measurements. I tend to not measure things. I just guess and add and pour, but I will try to get as close as possible.
So to start, if you are using fresh berries, you need to wash them of course. I assume everyone knows this, but I also forget that not everyone has blueberry farms 15 minutes from their house. If you buy them from the store, I would recommend washing them anyway! Now, I’m not going to get into the pie/sonker/cobbler thing (that’s a whole other blog) but, I had just bought a deep dish pie crust and I really wanted to use it, while I really felt like the blueberries would work best in a sonker/cobbler setting. I filled the pie crust with blueberries. I really don’t know how many it was, but if I had to guess, I would say 6 cups. Next, you mix together 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup light brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. I just poured that over the berries inside of the pie crust and kind of tossed it around until all the berries were coated.
Next step is the topping. This is just a crust, you could use another pie crust if you wanted, I just didn’t want to go that route with this one. I melted 6 tablespoons of butter a mixed in 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of sugar. I also added some cinnamon and quick cooking oats to it, just to be fancy. (Reminder: I don’t measure, so what I am writing on here is just a guess of what I used.) Mix everything together until it is pasty. It shouldn’t be runny. More like a cookie dough. You kind of have to drop it onto the top of the blueberries in the pie crust as evenly as you can.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. You can’t cut it immediately, it needs time to set up. This pie is so good!
That’s why you shouldn’t cut it immediately. But, he was going to terrorize it anyways! It was a great Saturday! I also got a new planter from my Dad and got my chicks and hens planted (This is what I call that plant, although I have heard several other names. I do know it is one of the only plants that I can successfully multiply!!!)