Introduction: Mom's Blueberry Crumb Pie

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When it comes to baking, my mother doesn't mess around. And one of the things she bakes best is blueberry pie. Unfortunately, she only bakes it once or twice a year because she refuses to make it when blueberries are out of season (like I said, she doesn't mess around). For those of you that don't know, blueberries are only in season during the sweltering summer months and hence, she only makes blueberry pie once or twice a summer. As such, when I think of summer, I think of blueberry pie.

Having spent the past few summer's 3,000 miles away in the land of eternal fog, I've really been craving some blueberry pie (thinking about it just makes me homesick). Anyhow, this year I've finally taken it upon myself to do something about this. I got my mother to send me the recipe and made this killer pie myself. Problem solved.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

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Stuff you will need...

For the crust:
2 cups flours
2 sticks cold butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ice water

For the filling:
6 cups of blueberries (3 large pints)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar (give or take)
A pinch brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the topping:
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour plus a little
1 stick cold butter
a pinch of cinnamon

Pie tin
2-3 mixing bowls
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Forks, spoons, butter knives
Mixing Spoons
Cutting knives
Pastry blender
Rolling pin
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap

Step 2: Bathe the Berries

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Wash off the berries in your colander and set them aside to dry.

Step 3: Water on Ice

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Stick two cups of cold water in the freezer to chill.

Step 4: Start the Dough

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Start the dough for the crust by mixing together the two cups of flour with the half teaspoon of salt

Step 5: Butter It Up

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Take your two sticks of cold butter and cut them into small slices. Put these slices into the dough and mix them in with your pastry blender. Don't be shy about it. You need to grind it all together until it starts to form small clumps.

Step 6: On Ice

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Mix the ice water into the dough approximately one tablespoon at a time and continue mixing it in until the dough can hold itself together. You probably shouldn't end up putting too much more than a quarter of a cup.

Step 7: Powder Your Hands, Not Your Nose.

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Lightly sprinkle flour onto your hands and rub it around such that your hands are coated. You do this so that you can handle the dough in the next step without it being sticky.

(You did wash your hands first, right?)

Step 8: Rolly-polly

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With both hands roll the dough around until it forms a single solid ball.

Step 9: Flatten

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Lightly flour your counter surface and place dough ball on it. With rolling pin spread out dough until it is roughly 12" square (1 foot). A good method for stretching it out evenly is to roll back and forth around the dough in a clockwise manner such that you stretch it at least once in every direction.

Step 10: More Buttering

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Wipe down your pie tin with butter and then lightly flour it. This is to keep the dough from sticking.

Step 11: The Big Switch

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With both hands, carefully lift your dough off the counter and transfer it into the pie tin (be careful not to rip it). Lightly push it down so that it fills in the entire pie dish. Also, trim away the extra dough from around the rim. if you want, you can lightly dot all over the bottom of the pie with the fork (but don't go all the way through).

Step 12: Cover and Chill

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Cover the pie crust with plastic wrap and let it refrigerate for at least over an hour.

Step 13: Wait

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Wait an hour for the dough to cool.

Step 14: Grind It Up

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Peel the lemon and then and collect the peel. With your grater, grind inside of peel into fine flakes until you have half a teaspoon worth.

Step 15: Prepare the Blueberries

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Place the blueberries in a large bowl and mix in all of the ingredients for the filling listed in Step 1. Mix thoroughly with your hands and then let is sit for a few minutes so that you can make the crumbs.

(Now would be a good time to preheat the oven to 425 degrees)

Step 16: Crumbs

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Mix together the ingredients listed in Step 1 for the crumbs. With your pastry blender, mix well until you can no longer see any chunks of butter and small crumbs have formed. It helps if you pound the mixture with the pastry blender.

Step 17: Fill'er Up

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Take pie shell out of refrigerator and fill it with your berry filling.

(If you still haven't preheated the oven to 425 degrees, do it now)

Step 18: And Sugar on Top

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Evenly coat the top of the berries with crumbs.

Step 19: Bake Time

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Loosely cover the pie in aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes at 425 degrees. After the first 50 minutes, remove the aluminum foil and bake until the crumbs start turning golden brown.

Step 20: Be Cool

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Let the pie cool down on a cooling rack or on a cool stove-top burner.

Step 21: Serve

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Serve it up!

For maximum impact, heat slightly and serve with vanilla bean ice cream.


BeccaV3 (author)2016-05-17

Does anybody know if you can freeze this? I just had a baby and am trying to stockpile frozen meals but we need dessert too :-)

jojo616 (author)BeccaV32016-10-27

Are you serious, you can't cook and take care of a baby that sleeps and only wakes up to eat. Wow, your in trouble

randofo (author)BeccaV32016-06-07

I don't know. I have never tried. I suppose you could

justjimAZ made it! (author)2011-07-31

Made this for the second time tonight, and for the second time it was a huge hit! This is a great recipe and instructable. I also added home made vanilla ice cream tonight too. Delicious.

CrispyCrunch (author)2011-05-10

I think something went wrong with my pie :-(
After removing the Aluminium foil, the filling and toping were like swimming in fat (from the butter?). I don't know, what i did wrong. Maybe because i used frozen blueberries?
Or is german butter different? :D

randofo (author)CrispyCrunch2011-05-10

Hmmm... I don't know about German butter. Maybe you didn't defrost the blueberries enough? Or maybe you didn't mix the crumbs together well enough? Or possibly you covered the pie too tightly? I'm not really sure why that would happen.

CrispyCrunch (author)randofo2011-05-11

I think it had something to do with the covering or the mixing of the crumbs (i don't have a pastry blender).
But the baking after removing of the aluminium foil saved the pie, it takes good, just looks a bit weird.

code-of-conduct (author)2010-04-30

ha ha sounds yummy i would eat it all

ax89 (author)2010-03-15

Yum yum yum yum yum!!!  I love blueberries and will definitely try this.

I prefer to use frozen when I make blueberry jam as the flavour is much more intense.  I keep the frozen berries in the freezer for several months so they can accumulate a nice bit of ice in the bag.  Then I take the frozen berries out of the bag, knock any ice off them, and put them back in the freezer on a tray (not in the bag) for a day or two or three.  Then I make the jam.

I will try the same method for the berries for this pie.

Your mamma must be proud of you!  Very nice instructable too.  Fave'd.

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-08-05

Oh, and how much is a "stick" of butter?

 Being a Canadian professional in the food industry and having lived in both the United States (Florida, California both) and here in Ontario I can explain what and why a "stick of butter" is.

In the US of A they like their extra packaging. Instead of the grease proof paper or recycled thin foil theirs often comes in a cardboard box with 4 equal "sticks" of butter (1/4 lb) Imagine if you will your regular pound of butter unwrapped standing on end so it's taller rather than wider. Now if you were to cut it twice in a cross so that you have four long sticks of butter.

The purpose is so that it fit's nicely on a butter tray. Each lb has 4 sticks. They also measure it that way in recipes. We Canadians have markings on the outside of the package to denote measurements so we can cut just the right amount for a recipe.

Thats super, thanks a pile!

randofo (author)I_am_Canadian2008-08-05

It's one stick of butter. And thanks for the compliments! The clock... belongs to my roommate. It has a different bird call for every hour. It has grown on me over time.

I_am_Canadian (author)randofo2008-08-06

Even better, could you tell me how many grams there are?

toklatkate (author)I_am_Canadian2010-03-14

My butter does not list grams, but if your butter comes in a 1 pound package, with 4 sticks, then one of those is 1/2 pound. you cand do aconversion to find out grams. there are many places online thay you can find that information.

I_am_Canadian (author)randofo2008-08-06

So a stick is just one of those standard rectangular cube-ish things?

zaniac77 (author)I_am_Canadian2010-03-14


backcountry (author)randofo2008-08-06

One stick of butter is 1/2 a cup (4 oz).

randofo (author)backcountry2008-08-06

That's what I meant to say... whoops.

nathan42100 (author)2010-03-14

If you don't have a pastry blender, you can stick it into a food processor and pulse it a few times. If you make it too buttery by accident, don't worry. Just form it into a dough and break it into little pieces when you top the pie with it. Works just as well. When you use the pastry blender or food processor, make sure the butter is COLD. otherwise it is more likely to form a dough.

kaykaren (author)nathan421002010-03-14

If you don't have a pastry blender OR a food processor, you can grab two table knives & use them scissor-like to do the same thing. I've seen adept cooks use them both in one hand, but I've always had really good results putting a knive in each hand and sort of crossing them past each other, dragging the fat (butter) through the flour/sugar/whatever dry ingredients... it really doesn't take long, either.

GREAT looking pie! I just wish it was cool enough in my part of New Mexico to grow blueberries.

nathan42100 (author)2010-03-14

That looks delicious. I really want pie now, but alas, as a college student I have no kitchen.

nathan42100 (author)2010-03-14

The rack/burner is important because cool air should touch the bottom for it to cool properly. You can make an improv one out of some bent metal hangers.

strmrnnr (author)2009-04-10

Looks like a great recipe. I look forward to trying it. I have one question though. Are you sure she used the pith instead of the rind? The rind holds the flavours and essential oils, and the pith has nothing really.

greenmia (author)strmrnnr2009-11-26

Yeah, isn't the pith also suppose to be bitter?

nathan42100 (author)greenmia2010-03-14

Yes it is. If you want it to be even better, take the whole lemon and just start grating it until you get to the pith (white), then just rotate and repeat so you get only the zest

Yerboogieman (author)2010-03-13

Tell you what, if I make this, my dad cannot get mad about skins on the blueberries because it is impossible to get them off.

randofo (author)Yerboogieman2010-03-14

This one is good. Really good. Much better than the apple pie. I swear.

blckthng (author)2008-08-06

Looks pretty awesome but is this strictly for blueberries? you dont get them easily in india.............

randofo (author)blckthng2008-08-06

I suppose you can make this also with apples and peaches, but you may want to maybe cut back on the flour in the filling (I think). Beyond that... I suppose you can try different fruits and let me know :-)

Lindie (author)randofo2008-08-11

It seems I taught you something! Great Job! Love, The Mother

ElChick (author)Lindie2010-03-11

Hooray for Moms and Mom's Recipies!!!

Lindie (author)ElChick2010-03-11

Thank you!  I love to see my baking skills passed on. :-)

pbharris4 (author)2008-12-25

Thank you!!!!! There was a restaurant where I grew up in PA that made the most amazing pies (Blueberry Crumb was a favorite). Everyone always wanted me to bring pies back to VA when I visited. That restaurant went out of business 3 yrs ago and I have been searching high and low for a really good Blueberry Crumb Pie recipe. Alot of others had oats or other ingredients that just didn't make it the same until I found your recipe!!! The key is the fresh blueberries. I am so greatful to have found your recipe. It will become a holiday standard. I do have a question if you can help me out. I like tons of crumbs on the top of my baked pie and some chunky baked crumbs, do I not crush the crumb topping as much to get that? I did cover the pie in crumbs, but I pretty much grounded them fine with the pastry blender.

pattyann made it! (author)2008-09-20

best blueberry pie ever....I had to use frozen berries so added a couple of tablespoons of tapioca to soak of the extra juice...otherwise I followed your instructions from start to finish with no problems. my 89 yr old mom called it "wonderful" . before and after (serving that is) pics included

Plasmana (author)2008-08-20

That is a very good instructable AND the pie looks too good to eat! I love it! 1+ vote!

Plasmana (author)Plasmana2008-08-20

And 5 stars!

menace (author)2008-08-07

I made it also, best pie ever! Thank you so much for the recipe I also made an extra pie thing with the extra ingredients.

randofo (author)menace2008-08-09

Cool. Happy you liked it.

krstlchik made it! (author)2008-08-08

I made it too!! Yummmm! Recipe worked perfectly. Thanks for sharing!! Crystal

randofo (author)krstlchik2008-08-09

No problem! Glad it turned out well for you.

nabil1122 (author)2008-08-07

now i wish the pint of blueberries on my table was inside a pie
ty =D

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-08-06

I made it! I had enough pie crust to make 2, though I had to make more filling and a tad more crumbs than you called for. Great Job! 5/5 and Favorite.

randofo (author)I_am_Canadian2008-08-06

Awesome! Have any pictures?

I_am_Canadian made it! (author)randofo2008-08-06

You wanted pictures... You got them! Vola!

I_am_Canadian (author)randofo2008-08-06

Err... I could get some... We will see.

rachel (author)2008-08-06

I was lucky enough to have a slice of this pie... it was easily the best blueberry pie I've ever had and well into the top 5 of all pies. DELICIOUS!!!

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-08-05

What a really corking instructable. The pictures are great, descriptions are great and the pie is great! 5/5 stars. I will make this to-morrow.

I_am_Canadian (author)2008-08-05

Nice Clock! Are you a birdwatcher?

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