blueberry streusel pie

Shall we talk about pie today? It’s May Day after all and while I won’t be dancing around a maypole with scarves in hand, I will think about the plate that once held this blueberry pie.

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In this house, we have a weakness for blueberries, as you may have read about here and here oh here too which means every year, usually in the hottest parts of July or August, David, Luke, and I make our annual pilgrimage to a local fruit orchard to stock up on a 10 month supply of blueberries. Around here, we take this matter seriously.

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So in the middle of last week, when I baked the last 10 cups of wild low bush berries from The Benson Place farm into a blueberry streusel pie, my efforts were met with both joy and remorse. It’s only May after all and our freezer is already berry-less. Sure we have 4 pints of blueberry butter along with 2 half-pints of jam left in the pantry, but what about the pancakes, cornbread, coffee cake, muffins, and pies?

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For someone like David, who grew up in New England with a moderate collection of blueberry bushes right in his front yard, the matter of running not just low but completely out of stock two months ahead of schedule is not a casual matter. Of course, there will be plenty of worthy fruits to distract us all in the months ahead, rhubarb, strawberries, then later on peaches, gooseberries, apples, pears, and cranberries that also find their way into similar baked goods.

For someone like me, who grew up traveling across state lines from Indiana to Michigan to search out the best berries at the height of the season, I celebrate their arrival and passing. Growing up, we picked about three months worth of berries, no more, no less. Summer remains a bittersweet celebration of the temporal nature of the season, fresh blueberries, beach picnics, and a car ride or two in the back of the tiny MG to the blueberry farm. All too often, we forget to truly savor the moment.

When David and I sat down for pie the other night, I can assure you, none of the lament we now feel was in our thoughts, nope, it was simply, This is damn good pie.

Hope you feel the same.

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Blueberry Streusel Pie
makes one 9-inch single crust pie

Crust
1 prepared unbaked piecrust for a 9-inch single-crust pie

Blueberry Filling
5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen berries, partially thaw so blueberries don’t stick together in frozen clumps)
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces

To make the streusel topping:
Mix the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the butter and pinch it into the streusel mixture until crumbly.

To make the blueberry filling: Preheat oven to 375F. Stir together sugar, flour, and salt; add the melted butter then mix in the blueberries. Turn into the prepared piecrust pan. Crumble streusel mixture evenly over filling.

Bake on the lower shelf of the oven for about 1 hour, or until the crust and topping are golden brown and the juice bubbles thickly on the outer edge against the crust. If the crust edges brown too fast, cover them with a strip of foil while the pie finishes baking.

Transfer pie to a rack and cool for an hour or two before serving at room temperature. To serve warm, place the pie in a 375F oven and warm for 10 to 15 minutes before serving, with or without a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s good either way.

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Comments

  1. Delicious! I love pies and blueberries.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. Yum, I love blueberry pie! A perfect May Day treat!

  3. You know, we love blueberries so much that they barely ever even survive the walk home from the farmer’s market. But this pie must might give me the willpower to actually get them home–or at least to buy so many we can’t possibly eat them ALL on the walk home. :)

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Thanks, Eileen. I like the way you think and we’re known to eat our way through berry picking as well!

  4. Ever since you tweeted about blueberry pie I’ve been patiently waiting for the recipe, mouth watering. Growing up, blueberries were my favorite fruit, so they hold a ton of nostalgia for me. I love a streusel topping (I think it’s my German heritage), and will definitely be making this recipe soon.

    • ArtandLemons says:

      Jess, Same here, and I come up with any excuse to combine blueberries and streusel topping, a bit of German in me as well!

  5. I love the monochrome nature of this post. It makes you imagine the purple juice from the blueberries leaching out into the streusel – stunning.

  6. When you mentioned that you’d been eating blueberry pie for breakfast I hoped you’d be posting it on the blog :-) I adore blueberries too and love the idea of stocking up for the year…just need to double my amount of freezer space and I could probably do it! This looks gorgeous – will definitely be making :-)

  7. What a gorgeous pie! I love blueberries – in summer in the Alps you get lots of teeny tiny wild blueberries by the side of the paths. They’re adorable.

    I love the photos too.

  8. Ah, this reminds me that I should make a blueberry pie. I used the last of the raspberries we picked last summer just last week so I understand–raspberries, blackberries and all their cousins are for me what blueberries are for your family–though blueberries really only barely don’t make the cut. All berries are really equally wonderful. We just put in a bunch of blueberry and raspberry bushes last fall and I can’t wait to see what summer brings. By the way your scalloped crust is lovely!

  9. Sounds delicious :) Being German, I am always in for a good streuselkuchen!

  10. Love the black and white shots. I don’t see them often on food blogs. Pie sounds wonderful.

  11. I lived in New England for a long time, and have vivid memories of going blueberrying on the weekends, and eating amazing dishes with the blueberries afterwards. We just planted 4 blueberry bushes in our back yard and I already have lots of plans for those berries. This pie is now one of those plans. Thanks so much for sharing. I also really liek the B&W photos. Very, very nice. In this world of explosive color, it’s so calming to see some well-done B&Ws! Love.

  12. Oh, I love this pie! Blueberry is one of my hubby’s favorites…but I’ve never made it will a streusel topping. I will make yours next :)

  13. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and my parents and I used to go to Michigan every summer to pick tons of blueberries. I can definitely relate!

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