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

"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.

ALANNA's TIPS 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. 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. For years, I’ve substituted a Penzey’s spice blend called ‘cake spice’ in recipes calling for cinnamon or nutmeg. Last summer I discovered ‘baking spice’. It turns this pie from superior to sublime.

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 (frozen just don’t work)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (8oz/227g) sour cream (sorry, reduced-fat sour cream just doesn't work as well)
  • 3/4 cup (165g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (16g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (see TIPS)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
    TOPPING
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons (32g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/56g) toasted sliced almonds

CRUST Roll crust, then transfer to a glass pie dish. Freeze for 10 minutes while oven preheats to 400F. Cover crust with foil, fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until sides set, about 12 minutes. Remove foil.

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

Whisk egg in a large bowl. Add remaining filling ingredients and combine well. Stir in berries. Pour into partially baked crust. Bake until filling is just set, about 25 minutes.

TOPPING Melt butter in microwave in a small bowl. Stir in remaining topping ingredients. With fingers, drop in small dollops evenly across partially baked pie. Bake until topping browns slightly, about 12 minutes. Cool to room temperature to serve.

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; 5/6g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS WW Old Points 9/11, WW PointsPlus 11/13 (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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