Sunday, December 09, 2007

Starry Vegan Blueberry Pie

Well, I was shopping at Whole Foods a month ago, and they were sampling an amazing looking blueberry pie. Usually I'm not a big dessert lover, but that pie was totally calling my name. So, I tried a small (and scrumptious) sample, and as soon as it hit my mouth, my hand instinctively reached for a pie to place in my cart. However, upon reading the ingredients - and looking at the $15 price tag - I balked. Thus, instead of eating something so disappointingly unhealthy, I decided to make a pie of my own...


Although I will admit that the crust isn't homemade, everything is still vegan. I created the starry scheme myself, which was actually really fun. Also, I used fresh blueberries, and very little sugar. (Next time, I'll definitely sprinkle some sugar on top of the pie crust - that might have been what was missing.) Although it didn't turn out as delicious as I'd hoped, my beau certainly enjoyed it. And that's all that counts, right?


Plus, there's just something holiday-ish about pie, and who am I to deny the people what they want? ("The people" = my mom. Hi, Mom!) Anyway, this recipe is simple, easily-alterable, and just plain good.

Recipe: Starry Vegan Blueberry Pie

1/2 cup white sugar (+ extra for sprinkling on top of pie)
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 c. fresh (or frozen + rinsed) blueberries
1/2 a lemon, juiced
1 9 in. double crust pie (homemade or store-bought)
1 Tbsp. Earth Balance (or other vegan butter substitute)

*Optional: star-shaped cookie cutters

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.) Place blueberries in a large bowl & set aside.
3.) In a separate bowl, mix white & brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, & cinnamon together. Then, sprinkle mixture over blueberries & stir.
4.) Stir lemon juice into berry mixture.
5.) Place one pie crust in pie dish, & pour berry mixture into it. Then, dot berries with butter.
6.) If using cookie cutters, use second pie crust to create various-sized stars, placing them on top as you go. Otherwise, create a lattice by cutting the crust into long strips & weaving it on top of the pie.
7.) Sprinkle a bit of sugar over top of pie, & bake on lower oven shelf for about 50 mins., or until crust is golden brown.

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6 comments:

  1. Wow, that pie is stunning! Seriously, you could sell those. Gorgeous!

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  2. That is a beautiful pie! How creative!

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  3. That is the cutest little pie I have ever seen!!! I love love love blueberry pie.

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  4. Thanks for your note re: my Israeli salad. It's even better than it looks.

    Love your blueberry pie with the creative stars, the only note I was going to make wass to recommend adding some lemon juice to the filling...but I see it is in the instructions, just omitted from the ingredient list...something I do quite frequently - I use 'age' as my excuse, but you can't do that yet. :-)

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  5. Herbivore - thanks so much! It was so much fun to make :) I can only imagine all of the other cookie cutter patterns that could be made...

    Joyce - Thanks a million for catching the lemon juice commission on the ingredients list! I *hate* when that happens! However, I guess I'll just have to blame my mistake on "Finals Brain" - LOL!

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  6. I really love the star idea for a top crust and the pie sounds great.

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