Sunday, August 19, 2007

Blueberry Pie recipes

Enjoying the Blueberry Pie recipes ?

Try this one

Blueberry Pie with Lemon Pastry.


  • Pie Filling:
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 5 cups fresh or frozen thawed blueberries, rinsed well
  • Pastry:
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2/3 cup shortening, cold
  • 4 + tablespoons ice cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cold lemon juice


In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, lemon juice and grated peel, and blueberries. Roll out half of the pastry (recipe follows) - line a 9-inch pie pan and trim edges. Pour blueberry mixture into pie crust. Roll out remaining pastry to about 1/8 inch thick. Cover pie; trim, turn edge under and crimp. Cut a few vents in top of crust to allow steam to escape. Bake at 425° for 40 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned.

Pie Pastry:
Sift together flour and salt; blend in lemon peel. With a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Mix together 4 tablespoons of the water and the lemon juice. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of lemon water over the dry ingredients; mix lightly, adding just enough additional cold water to hold dough together. Divide dough into 2 portions and shape each portion into a ball. Flatten pastry balls 1 at a time, on lightly floured surface. Roll out to form a circle, rolling from center edge until dough is 1/8-inch thick.

Blueberry Pie recipes will keep you coming back for more !

Blueberry Pie recipes - blueberries and ageing

I have to bring to your attention that while you are smacking your lips on the Blueberry pie recipes, you are combating the ageing process !

Blueberries and Aging

In a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans.

In one study, Jim Joseph, director of the neuroscience laboratory in the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC), fed blueberry extractions—the equivalent of a human eating one cup of blueberries a day—to mice and then ran them through a series of motor skills tests.

He found that the blueberry-fed mice performed better than their control group counterparts in motor behavioral learning and memory, and he noticed an increase in exploratory behavior. When he examined their brains, he found a marked decrease in oxidative stress in two regions of the brain and better retention of signal-transmitting neurons compared with the control mice.

The compound that appears responsible for this neuron protection, anthocyanin, also gives blueberries their color and might be the key component of the blueberry’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries, along with other colorful fruits and vegetables, test high in their ability to subdue free radicals. These free radicals, which can damage cell membranes and DNA through a process known as oxidative stress, are blamed for many of the dysfunctions and diseases associated with aging.

These findings could become increasingly important as the U.S. population ages. It is projected that by 2050, more than 30% of Americans will be over 65 and will have the decreased cognitive and motor function that accompanies advanced age. Joseph is currently testing the effects of blueberries on humans. Preliminary results show that people who ate a cup of blueberries a day have performed 5–6% better on motor skills tests than the control group.

Just another reason to go for more Blueberry Pie recipes.

Blueberry Pie recipes - an easy one !


  • 1 can (2 cups) blueberries in syrup
  • 1 can (8 to 9 ounces) crushed pineapple in syrup
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 baked pastry shell, 9-inch
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped


Drain blueberries and pineapple, reserving syrup from both. Blend cream cheese with 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and the vanilla. Set aside a few tablespoons of the pineapple for garnish and stir remaining pineapple into the cream cheese mixture. Spread pineapple and cream cheese mixture over bottom of the prepared pie shell. Chill thoroughly. In a saucepan, blend the 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and cornstarch. Combine the reserved syrups and measure 1 1/3 cups. Blend into the cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring, until thickened. Stir in blueberries and lemon juices. Cool. Pour over the chilled cream cheese layer. Chill. Top the chilled pie with whipped cream and the reserved pineapple.

Blueberry Pie Recipes

While we know that this site is all about Blueberry Pie Recipes ( yummy ), it in good to know a bit more about what we are eating.
For example, did you know that Blueberries are actually healthy to eat ?

Blueberries and Antioxidant Activity

Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with the aging process. Fresh fruits, including blueberries, and vegetables contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.

Now, if that is not enough reason to travel down the road of Blueberry pie recipes, then I dunno.