Sunday, July 26, 2009

Love, Laughter & Blueberry Pie

I love blueberries. I especially love to freeze them for a chilly snack or to use in smoothies. That's what I ended up doing with this batch. Even as I washed and prepared them for freezing, I couldn't help remembering a blueberry pie Mom made years ago. This was back when the world was larger than today, but somehow we had a lot more time on our hands. Time to make a homemade pie crust. Time to sit and visit with relatives over a cup of coffee. Whenever my Aunt or Grandma visited, most of the time was spent in the kitchen. The house wasn't perfect and the food wasn't prepared before they arrived. It seems to me that part of the joy of those visits was three women cooking up food and chatting a mile a minute. I remember Daddy saying he'd never heard so much talking and laughing in all his life. Isn't that what life is all about? Looking back, those moments that seemed so small at the time stand out in my memory. A simplier time filled with love, laughter and blueberry pie.
Mom's Blueberry Pie
Pastry for 2-crust pie (8-inch)
4 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed & drained
4 teaspoons lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sifted flour
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle lemon juice over blueberries & toss. Mix sugar, flour, lemon peel, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt. Gently toss in blueberries. Turn mixture into a pastry shell, heaping slightly at center. Dot with butter. Top with additional pastry crust, crimping around edges to seal. Pierce top crust with a fork in several places. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 to 35 minutes longer or until crust is light golden brown. Cool on cooling rack.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of our Christmas cooking at Patsy's. The simple times of the 3 of us. A memory that brings a smile to my heart when I think of it.

Thanks for being such a good friend.