Maine's Dessert: Blueberry Pie


Recently there has been talk in the news about what dessert best represents the State of Maine. The whoopie pie and the blueberry pie are the only contestants. I vote for the blueberry pie. Maine is known for its blueberries. For me, summer isn't summer without picking gallons of blueberries. When my children were young, I uses to freeze 40 quarts of them every summer.  I have made a lot of pies and muffins and pancakes! As for the whoopie pie, most of them are made with industrial filling. I have no desire to eat them. However, I do have a homemade version I may include here someday. Here is my blueberry pie recipe. Make two and freeze one unbaked for unexpected company!


4 cups of blueberries

1/3-1/2 cup maple syrup (use the higher amount for those with sweet tooth!)

2 tbsp. flour (whole wheat pastry)


1/2 cup safflower oil

1/3 cup cold water

1/2 tsp sea salt

Whisk together.

Add a scant 2 cups of flour ( whole wheat pastry and unbleached , any combination-try half and half first)

Mix lightly with a fork.

Divide in half....a top and a bottom crust.

Roll out in-between two pieces of wax paper, wetting counter under wax paper to prevent slipping.

This makes a 9 inch pie.

Bake 40-45 if the berries are fresh, and 10 minutes longer if they are frozen.