As far as I can remember, there hasn’t been a single summer that has passed without me enjoying at least one homemade blueberry pie. It’s one of those foods that I was raised on, and it is ingrained in my soul. I’ve written about my history with blueberry pie before, and it’s still one of my favorite foods of all time. It’s also one of the few recipes that was passed down to me from my Grandma.
The women in my life never put much emphasis on cooking. There was always a hot meal on the table, but my mom and grandma’s energies were always directed more towards outdoor activities. It was a great way to grow up as a girl, but we’re sorely lacking in the “family recipe” area. I never thought much of this until I married The Hubs who is from the deep south and has a mother who is bursting with classic, hand me down, foolproof recipes that she can make from memory. It’s one of the most impressive and fascinating things for me to witness.
As I hope to learn all of my mother in law’s family recipes one day, I already have the one tried and true one memorized from my side of the family. Blueberry pie.
Here’s a little secret though, even the best blueberry pie can stand some adjusting occasionally. For this particular pie, I switched out the lemon juice and zest that my classic recipe calls for with grapefruit zest and juice. What?!?!? I know, I’m so crazy sometimes, but I had a grapefruit in my CSA box so I thought, “why the heck not?” It gave this pie an awesome tanginess that no one could exactly put their finger on.
I also made this crazy adorable star crust in lieu of my usual full double crust. The 4th of July is coming up, and I was feeling nostalgic for my summers at the lake in Minnesota, so I decided to make it a bit more festive.
2 things I will NEVER change from my grandma’s recipe is using shortening for the dough, and brushing the top with an egg wash and sprinkling it with sugar before baking. It makes for the perfect golden brown crust.
I was sure to save a piece for my brother who I know lives for blueberry pie in the summers the same way I do.