Fresh Blueberry Pie


For dessert, Michelle shared a Fresh Blueberry Pie. Blueberries are in season locally in June.

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This fresh Blueberry Pie is best served with whipped cream.

Blueberry Health Benefits: information provided by the North American Blueberry Council

  • Fresh blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, the pigments responsible for the blue color of blueberries. Antioxidants are important because they appear to be at least partially responsible for lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants do this by protecting the body’s blood vessel walls, making them more resistant to damage caused by oxidation.
  • Antioxidants also seem to have a role in delaying the aging process. Fresh blueberries contain 15 different anthocyanins, as well as other antioxidants like Vitamin C.
  • Research indicates that adding half cup of fresh blueberries to an average daily variety of fruits and vegetables consumed by an individual would essentially double the body’s antioxidant level.
  • Fresh blueberries are rich in Vitamin C and naturally low in fat, cholesterol and sodium.
  • Fresh blueberries contain iron, potassium and other important minerals, and are a good source of dietary fiber.
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • fresh blueberries, washed and dried to fill pie shell
  • whip cream
Blueberry Glaze
  • 1 cup additional fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

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Source: via South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club

Instructions

011Prick the pie shell with a fork. Bake as per instructions on package.
022Wash and lightly pat dry blueberries with kitchen towel.
018To prepare the glaze:Combine 1 cup of blueberries and water, bring to just boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
025Strain, reserving juice (about 1/2 cup).
029Combine sugar and cornstarch; gradually add reserved juice. Cook, stirring constantly until thick and clear.Cool slightly, add lemon juice.
026Fill baked pastry shell with blueberries.
031Drizzle blueberries glaze over blueberries evenly, try coating all the blueberries.Refrigerate until set and cooled.

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