Blueberry Bliss: Mini-Pies

Blueberry season is here and I’m in danger of turning as blue in the face as Violet from “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.” We went picking for blueberries at a local farm on Sunday and filled three quart-sized containers. The tiny berries are irresistible and I’m baking something every night.

Where I grew up, there were wild blueberry bushes in the neighborhood and we would pick enough to make muffins. One of my earliest baking memories involves making muffins with Dominique from around the block and messing up the recipe by confusing the salt and sugar measurements. (The oversalted muffins were hard as rocks.) I’ve since learned to follow a recipe more closely and to improvise carefully.

Instead of making a traditional blueberry pie the other night, I opted for mini-pies baked in ramekins. They were like little pots of love.

To make them, I make a pie dough based on Martha Stewart’s recipe. She calls for butter in the recipe, but I use a combination of butter and vegetable shortening (the shortening makes the crust more flaky). Half the dough was used for a pie shell and the other half I used for making tarts and the mini-pies.

Blueberry Mini-Pies (Pots of Love)

1 cup of blueberries
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Pie dough

Makes: 2 mini-pies

Preheat oven at 375 degrees

Lightly spray ramekins with canola oil and dust with flour

Take a piece of pie dough (the size of a lemon) and roll on lightly floured surface

Repeat with second piece of dough

Fill ramekins with rolled dough and crimp on the edges like you would a pie crust, on the inside rim of the ramekins

Mix 1 cup of berries in a bowl with sugar, lemon juice and corn starch

Add berries to ramekins and bake for 30 minutes, until edge of crust is golden

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