Local Fare: Blueberry Pie

Not that New Brunswick can necessarily lay claim to blueberry pie, but any dish with blueberries seems to be one of the staples of local cooking – like good seafood, maple syrup and fiddleheads. We have company from Ontario for a couple of days, and I thought I’d crack out a blueberry pie. (And Ben and the posse certainly did not object.)

Really, it’s a stunning sight to drive along the highways and see crimson fields of blueberry plants, nestled against the fir tree backdrops.

image

Local blueberries in Pocologan, about 45 min away

The recipe is a mish mash: the crust is a great find in a May/June 2014 Food Network magazine – super flaky and crispy. And great tips to get a crust in the pan!

image

The filling is courtesy of that old treasure trove of cooking tips, Joy of Cooking: berries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. The berries are from McKays in Pennfield, a little blue stand off the old highway that sells 5lb boxes of berries…and the best fresh blueberry shortcakes around. Well worth the detour.

image

I baked at 425 for about 20, then reduced to 375 and went another 50 min.

Now, if I can hold off the vultures before supper…

image