Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

My longtime favorite recipe for blueberry pie, fabulous with fresh blueberries that "pop" in the light sour cream filling and topped with a toasted-almond streusel.

Blueberry Sour Cream Pie ♥ KitchenParade.com, my longtime favorite recipe for blueberry pie, fabulous with fresh blueberries that 'pop' in the light sour cream filling and topped with a toasted-almond streusel.

"Yes." That’s the answer, always accompanied by a puckish grin, when some of my favorite men, not a yes-man among them, are asked about their favorite pies. Cream pie? Fruit? With meringue? À la mode? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Left over for breakfast? Yes again, at least when the answer comes from my own father.

Credit thirty years of pie-baking to my Uncle Marv, who beamed and extolled and then insisted on seconds with my first pie, a creditable Thanksgiving apple, when I was just sixteen. With such psychic income, what aspiring cook wouldn’t happily enter the pie business?

In all that time, this blueberry pie ranks high among favorites. It shouts summer, the berries puffed plump in light, sweet cream. It smells delicious and tastes even better.

It will make yes-men (and yes-women) of us all.

When I was a girl, blueberry picking was an all-hands endeavor at the summer cottage in the Whiteshell of Manitoba. "No picky-no eaty," Nana would admonish as she led all the aunts and cousins into the rocky woods to brave bears and skeeters to gather buckets of wild blueberries.

So there's a special spot in my palate for the northern orbs of summer ... and while wild berries are a rare treat these days, during the season I'll buy pint after pint (after pint) of berries as long as they last at the supermarket.

ALANNA's TIPS Sorry, this pie really needs fresh blueberries to be special. It's how they soften and "pop" after baking. This is the pie recipe I use for frozen berries during the winter, it's a rustic Blueberry Galette. Two pints of berries fit perfectly in a standard pie dish. If yours is a deep dish, use three pints. Unsurprisingly, the better the berries, the better the pie. One year, the pie was (slightly) disappointing because the berries had so little flavor. And I only use full-fat sour cream in this pie too, even though I'm a fan of low-fat sour cream in many, many situations. Refrigerated pie crusts are big time savers and have improved immeasurably. Though not comparable to a perfect homemade crust, they’re quite good, especially when rolled, just a bit, slightly thinner. If you'd like to try making a homemade pie crust, be sure to check out the photo instructions and tips for How to Make Flaky Tender Pie Crust. Tips for crust makers: for perfect slicing, lightly butter the pie pan before arranging the crust; for easy handling, use equal parts cake and all-purpose flour; for delectable flavor, use half lard, half butter; for tenderness, refrigerate dough for an hour before rolling. For years, I’ve substituted a Penzey’s spice blend called "cake spice" in recipes calling for cinnamon or nutmeg. Last summer I discovered Penzey's "baking spice". It turns this pie from superior to sublime.
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BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM PIE RECIPE

Berries puffed in light sweet cream
Hands-on time: 15 minutes over 70 minutes
Time-to-table: About 3 hours
Serves 10
    CRUST
  • 1 unbaked pie crust, homemade or refrigerated (see ALANNA’s TIPS)
    FILLING
  • 2 or 3 pints (see TIPS) fresh blueberries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (8oz/227g) full-fat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (16g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (see TIPS)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
    TOPPING
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons/1/2 stick/57g) salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons (32g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/56g) toasted sliced almonds

CRUST Roll out the pie crust, then transfer it to a glass pie dish. Freeze the crust for 10 minutes while the oven heats up. (These next extra steps help the crust get brown and crispy.) Put an oven rack in the bottom third of the oven and put a baking sheet upside down on that rack. Heat the oven to 400F/200C. Before putting the crust in the oven, gently cover the crust with foil being especially careful with the edging. Fill the foil with sugar (my favorite!) or dried beans or pie weights to keep it in place. Bake the crust until the sides set, about 12 minutes, then remove from the oven and carefully remove the foil. The crust is now "par baked" – it's only partially baked but has a head start before the fruit is added.

FILLING Pick through and wash the blue berries, drain well in a colander.

Whisk the egg in a large bowl. Add the remaining filling ingredients and combine well, then gently stir in the blueberries. Pour the filling into the partially baked crust.

BAKE Bake until filling is just set, about 25 minutes. It's not done yet, not until the topping is on and baked!

TOPPING Melt the butter in microwave in a small bowl. Stir in the remaining topping ingredients. With your fingers, drop in small dollops of the Toppin evenly across the top of the pie.

FINISH BAKING Bake until the topping browns slightly and crisps up, about 12 minutes.

COOL & SET Cool to room temperature, then chill to set the filling. Allow several hours for cooling and chilling.

NUTRITION INFORMATION for BLUEBERRY SOUR CREAM PIE Per Slice, assumes 10/8 slices: 387/484 Calories; 21/27g Tot Fat; 11/14g Sat Fat; 43/54g Carb; 3g Fiber; 325/397mg Sodium; 58/73mg Cholesterol; 25/32g Sugar; 5/6g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 9/11, WW PointsPlus 11/13, WW SmartPoints 17/22 (and worth it!) WEIGHT WATCHERS TIPS Portion size matters, especially with a rich indulgence like a good piece of pie. Beginning in 2012, I'm changing my standard portion size for pie from 8 slices to 10 slices. Since it will take awhile to make the transition, I've included the nutrition information for 8 slices as well.

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Beautiful pie, Alanna. Decadent, but no doubt very much worth it.
 
Looks delicious! Probably will make those when we can pick blueberries here soon!
 
Oh Alanna, that one is sooo tempting. It sounds fantastic. Print print print!
 
Very indulgent, but I might just go for this one!
 
Well if blueberries aren't enough to tempt you, check out the rhubarb!
 
No pickey, no eaty--I love that:-)
Gorgeous pies--both of them!
 
Thanks all, this is one of those summer specialties you're really glad to know about!
 
This pie sounds absolutely delicious--and it's gorgeous. I've been wanting to try making a sour cream apple pie for years, but I think blueberry sour cream sounds even better. Unfortunately I've just learned that my local blueberry grower had most of his crop wiped out during that freak April freeze! I'm saving your recipe to del.icio.us in the hopes that next year I'll be able to get my usual five gallons of fresh blueberries. It's sure gonna be a long wait. : )
 

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