Monday, March 14, 2011

30 Things to Make Before I Turn 30: Blueberry Pie

Today is my thirtieth birthday. Yikes, that's hard to say. Although it was hard to see my twenties come to an end, a friend at work gave me the best words of wisdom I've heard on turning thirty. She told me, "All the things you worked so hard for in your twenties will happen in your thirties." For my husband and I this is so true. Lots of exciting things are going to be happening in the near future and I am really looking forward to seeing all that is in store for the next chapter in our lives!

Now about that pie! It just so happens that my birthday is 3/14 which is also known to nerds and mathematicians as "Pi" Day (since Pi is 3.14). And coincidently, Blueberry Pie was the last item on my list of 30 Things to Make Before I Turn 30. (For those of you really keeping track of my list I haven't posted the yeast bread I made yet, but I have made it! It will be posted soon.) My Mom and Dad flew in this weekend to celebrate the big 3-0 and so I enlisted my Mom's help in making my very first pie crust from scratch and my Gram's delicious no bake blueberry pie.
I was adamant that the crust had to be homemade because I felt like I was sorta cheating in not baking the blueberry pie. Mom and I were nervous the whole time because neither one of us are bakers. My Grandma Hutch was an amazing baker and her pie crusts were to die for! So with a little inspiration from Grandma H and the use of her glass pie plate that I inherited, we went to work creating Better Homes and Garden's Single Pie Pastry. (Recipe to come next.) It wasn't the most beautiful, smooth pie crust in the world but it turned out perfectly golden brown and more importantly tasted flaky and was awesome with the blueberry filling. I achieved pie perfection at the ripe age of 29 years and 364 days!
No Bake Blueberry Pie
From Grandma W with a little modification by my Momma
1 baked pie shell
4 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon sugar

In a large pot heat 2 cups of berries with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar over medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
 In a small bowl mix 1/2 cup sugar with the cornstarch and salt. Take two large spoonfuls of liquid from the mixed berries and add to the cornstarch mixture. 
Stir to make a paste, then add in slowly to the pot of cooked berries. Slowly stir to thicken and add in lemon juice. Take the pot off the heat and cool slightly. 
While berries are cooling whisk together softened cream cheese and 1 tablespoon of sugar. 
Spread with a spoon in the bottom of the pie crust. (This was my Mom's modification to add a little creaminess to the pie and ensure the crust doesn't become soggy.) 
Fold in the remaining two cups of berries into the pot. 
Pour into pie shell. 
Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow pie to set. Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or by itself! 


  1. Looks great!! I love your mom's idea of adding the cream cheese mixture to the bottom of the pie. Happy Birthday and congrats on crossing every single thing off of your big list! Woo hoo!

  2. Happy Birthday! And congrats on finishing your list!!! How awesome! I have to admit, I'm not really a pie person but this looks delicious and not to difficult, I may just have to try it! Hope you have a great 30th Birthday!

  3. I love the idea of the cream cheese layer, that's ingenious! Happy 30th Birthday!! I've only been 30 for a few months but so far I like it.

  4. Happy three oh, Ashley! I just had a birthday too and found out at the liquor store that I had in fact turned 27, not 28, so I guess of still got time to make and cook a list. I love that you did that, by the way. Congrats on conquering the list! This pie would really top off the supper we just finished.

  5. What a yummy pie, and wow - you're 30!!! Happy birthday :). Turning 25 was probably the hardest for me... weird, but 30 didn't bother me at all... neither did 40 ;).




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