I was born in the heart of Blueberry Country, so my love affair with those tiny, real Maine Blueberries goes wayyyy back. My grandparents had a small blueberry field behind their house and every summer you could spot my tiny , tanned grandmother—in her glory– painstakingly filling her empty Cool Whip bowl with hundreds of those little delicious berries.
Today, I buy Maine Blueberries whenever they are available. While fresh blueberries are tough to beat, frozen varieties like Wyman’s brand, are perfect for baking and smoothie-making year-round (and both kinds, fresh and frozen, get a NuVal Score of 100!). Here is just such an example that I call Deep Winter Blueberry Pie. It’s the same wonderful blueberry pie, made heartier and more nutritious with whole wheat crust. The results were pretty impressive. Hey, when an 11-year-old says it’s great, what more do you need for success? This is a fun way to make another fruit serving fun for everyone!
Reduced Fat Pie Crust
(from 1001 Low Fat Vegetarian Recipes)
For one 8-9 inch pie
1 ¼ cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour [NuVal Score 91]
2 T sugar
¼ t salt
3-4 T Canoleo Soft Margarine, with no hydrogenated oil or trans fat [NuVal Score 10]
4-5 T ice water
- 1. Combine flour, sugar and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with ice water, 1 T at a time, mixing with fork just until dough holds together.
- 2. Roll pastry on floured surface into 2 circles about 2 inches larger than the inverted pie pan. Ease pastry into pan; trim and flute edge.
Blueberry pie filling
4 cups blueberries [NuVal Score 100]
¼ cup Kraft Minute Tapioca
1 cup sugar
- 1. Mix fruit, tapioca and sugar in a bowl. Let stand 15 minutes.
- 2. Fill pie crust with mixture and add top crust or lattice crust. Dot with 1 T margarine.
- 3. Seat and flute edges if desired. Cut several slits in top crust.
- 4. Cover rim of pie with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
- 5. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 45-50 minutes or until juices form bubbles that burst slowly.
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