Traditional country pie pastry made with lard and a filling made of fresh blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Flaky, tender and delicious. Easy instructions for how to make this homemade pie.

Classic Blueberry Pie

My favorite dessert has got to be a fresh fruit pie! I love a wonderful flaky pastry holding together a sweet and tart fruit filling. I like almost any fruit pie, but berry pies are my absolute favorite and blueberry is the top. I have made blueberry pies with a can of pie filling and also frozen berries, but there is nothing like using fresh blueberries. They are plump, sweet and full of flavor!

This recipe is not new and it does not take a modern twist on a blueberry pie. Nope, this is just a down home classic recipe for your basic blueberry pie using fresh berries!

For me, this is one of my staple recipes – one that I could make all the time and everyone who tries it, just loves it.

Traditional country pie pastry made with lard and a filling made of fresh blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Flaky, tender and delicious. Easy instructions for how to make this homemade pie.

The photos may look like the filling is runnier than you might like. We like to have our fruit pie while it is still warm, and therefore it was still runny, as it had not set yet. If you leave this pie to fully cool, it will set perfectly and will not be runny at all!

I use tapioca as my thickener and setting agent, but I blitz it in a blender for a minute or so to grind it more like a powder or flour. I prefer this over corn starch.

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Toss the fresh blueberries with the sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Be gentle so that the blueberries stay whole and do not get crushed. Pour them into the pie shell and dot with butter.

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Make sure to run a wet finger along the rim of the bottom pie crust, as this helps it to seal to the top pie crust. Pressing down with two fingers to make a scalloped edge on the crust is great for the seal and it looks nice as well!

Cut a few slits in the top of the pie so that air can escape.

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This pie is great served warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Yum!

Classic Blueberry Pie

Traditional country pie pastry made with lard and a filling made of fresh blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Flaky, tender and delicious. Easy instructions for how to make this homemade pie.
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Traditional country pie pastry made with lard and a filling made of fresh blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Flaky, tender and delicious. Easy instructions for how to make this homemade pie.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • enough pie pastry for 1 double crust 9 inch pie
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp tapioca
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cream

Instructions

  • Roll out half of the pie pastry and lay out in pie plate. Make sure there is enough pastry to have it hang over the edge of the pie plate rim. Press down on all the edges and corners to make sure there are no air pockets. Use a knife to trim any off the pastry that is hanging over the rim of the plate.
  • Blitz the tapioca in a blender to grind it fine, almost like flour.
  • Mix together the blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice so the blueberries are well coated.
  • Pour the blueberry mixture into the pie shell. Dot with butter.
  • Roll out the top pie shell. Dip a finger in a little water and run it along the rim of the bottom pie shell. This helps the top crust stick and seal to the bottom.
  • Lay the top shell on top of the pie. Use a knife to trim any overhanging pastry.
  • Use two fingers to press on the rim pf the pie. Press down with the two fingers and push them together. this creates the scallop design on the rim of the pastry.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush cream on the top of the pie.
  • Cut 3 or 4 slits into the top of the pie.
  • Preheat oven for 425F. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 375F and bake 25 minutes more.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 30-45 minutes before serving.

Traditional country pie pastry made with lard and a filling made of fresh blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Flaky, tender and delicious. Easy instructions for how to make this homemade pie.

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Traditional country pie pastry made with lard and a filling made of fresh blueberries, sugar, tapioca and lemon juice. Flaky, tender and delicious. Easy instructions for how to make this homemade pie.

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  • Classic is right… this is a beautiful pie!! Love how you crimped the pie edges.. very nice. 🙂

  • […] pie has that wonderful combination of sweet and tart flavors. This recipe is very similar to my blueberry pie recipe with the only difference being a little more sugar and a hint of cinnamon. Serve this warm with a […]

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