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My Grandma's Blueberry Pie!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013


Every Grandma has that secret recipe that is their specialty.

Everyone in town wants that certain recipe because it is that good. 


From her hand-picked blueberries to her homemade pie crust with, wait for it, vodka in it. I think it's safe to say making Blueberry Pie is my Grandma's specialty.


Though the pie tastes amazing, I love the memories and love that come with the pie more than the actual pie itself.

 Call me tender-hearted.


When I eat a piece of my Grandma's Blueberry Pie, I think about all the times we've gone blueberry picking together and all the tasty pies that I've 'helped'  her make in the past.


There's something special about eating a piece of pie that is filled with blueberries you and your family picked and has your Grandma's fingerprints on the crust where she carefully formed the edges.


Okay, enough with being sentimental. Even if you don't have fresh blueberries that you picked or time to make this with you Grandma, it's still delicious without the memories!

My dad and brother eat this pie for breakfast. so there must be more to it than just fond memories! :)


My Grandma's Blueberry Pie

Crust: (Makes both the top and bottom crust!)

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup of vodka
  • 1/4 cup of ice-cold water
  • 3/4 cup of oil

Filling:

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of blueberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of flour

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • In a medium bowl mix flour and salt and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix vodka and water. Freeze the mixture until it feels 'slushy'. Add the mixture and oil to the dry ingredients. Divide the pastry and shape into 2 flattened rounds on a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin, adding flour as needed. Press one of the rounds into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • In a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, blueberries, nutmeg and lemon juice. Spoon into the pastry-lined pie plate. Cover the filling with the other pie crust. Cut slits into the crust and sprinkle sugar and nutmeg as wanted.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 425F then reduce temperature to 375F and bake 25 to 35 or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust,  Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours.




What is/was your Grandma's 'specialty'?

On an off note, I found a new nut butter company (I know, I'm obsessed!) Have you ever heard of You Fresh Naturals? Paleo, gluten free, all natural nut butters with amazing things like coconut in them? I think I'm in love! What new companies have you found lately?

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42 Happy Thoughts

  1. Oh this makes me want pie so badly... I have the fresh picked blueberries, but my mom doesn't have vodka. Is there anything I could substitute for it? Or should I just leave it out? Thanks Katherine! Beautiful pictures by the way (:

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    1. I wish I could share! If you don't have vodka, use cold water! Vodka just helps the crust roll out easier then cooks right out!

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  2. I really wanted to take a bite out of the monitor as I scrolled through those photos. Well done, Grandma's Blueberry Pie, well done.

    -Amy

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    1. Aw my Grandma would smile so much if she saw this comment! I'll have to show her!

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  3. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF VODKA IN A PIE RECIPE BUT SIGN ME UP. Hahahaha omg, Grandmas are the absolute best.

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    1. It helps the pie crust roll out easier, then it cooks out so don't get too excited! :)

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  4. Ohhhhh man I want a pice of this pie. That is very rude of you to taunt us all with these amazing pictures. ;)

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    1. Will you ever forgive me Leigha? I would share if I could :)

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  5. Wow! Vodka in the pie?! I never thought that would be a good addition to pie but yours looks amazing! I don't really like blueberries but I would definitely eat this one for breakfast.

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    1. You can't even taste it! It just helps with rolling the crust out! It makes it 100X easier! I swear it also makes the pie taste a little better though!

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  6. Yum I love blueberry pie. My grandma's specialty is pecan pie :)

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    1. My mom made a homemade pecan pie once and it was amazing! I can't even begin to imagine how good your grandma's was!

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  7. This looks heavenly!! And I SO never would have guessed that there would be vodka in the crust. I wonder what would happen if you used blueberry flavored vodka?? ;)

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    1. Blueberry flavored vodka would be revolutionary Hannah. Are you sure you don't want to start a restaurant or bakery?

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  8. Okay, I'm totally drooling right now. Can I have some for lunch? Please?
    It looks amazing and I'm very intrigued by the use of vodka!

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    1. Just give me your address and I'll send some up ;)

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  9. I am lucky enough to have tasted this pie and it is delish!! Thanks for making it for us, Katherine!!

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    1. Well I'm lucky enough to have gotten the chance to make it for you! I can't wait to see you next summer!

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  10. Gah! I'm not even the biggest fan of pie, but I would eat a slice of this in a heartbeat! I have a weakness for any type of grandma food in general though... I think it's the love in it ;) My grandma used to make the BEST cinnamon apple pancakes. She'd go to the market every morning to buy fresh ingredients before us kids woke up, and we'd have them waiting on the table when we came into the kitchen. So many good memories...

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    1. Grandma's food never tastes bad! Even stuff I don't like tastes good at my grandma's house, so I can relate. Cinnamon apple pancakes sound to die for! I love good memories like that. She sounds like such a lovely person!

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  11. My mouth is actually watering - YUM

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  12. As I'm scrolling I'm thinking there's no way she'd share the recipe, it's gotta be a family secret- and then you did- yay!! so excited to try this asap!

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    1. My Grandma's not very internet savvy, so she never has to know, rightt? :)

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  13. Family recipes are always the best! This pie looks fantastic, it has definitely got me craving blueberries!

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    1. Family recipes really are great! Blueberries have been great this summer, so I can relate!

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  14. Oh that looks amazing!!! My Great Grandma used to make cherry pies with the cherries that came off her trees and OMG it was the best stuff ever!!!

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    1. I've actually never had a cherry pie before or handpicked my own cherries! That sounds wonderful!

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  15. Your grandma's pie looks amazing!!

    No, haven't heard of that nut butter company! Sounds great though!! I may have to check it out. ;)

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    1. I find SO many nut butter companies from you, so I'm glad you saw that! And thanks Karey!

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  16. I love blueberry pie! I definitely fail at making pies though.

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    1. Luckily my Grandma had my back on this one, so I didn't have a big chance of failing! On my own it's not nearly as pretty!

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  17. Love that there is vodka in the recipe :)

    Now I just need for blueberries to be in season here and I can make it.

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    1. I always forget about the different seasons happening! I'm not trying to make you jealous! :) I would send you some if they would keep!

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  18. I bet the vodka in the crust is what makes this pie so amazing. ;) Haha okay I've never even had vodka (or any alcoholic drink for that matter!), but it just seemed like the thing to say lol! Grandma's sure know how to cook. My Grandma makes the best baked mac and cheese. It's nothing like regular mac and cheese, but so much better in my opinion! :)
    And that nut butter.... omg they have cookie dough!!!

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    1. I've never put it in my crust either, but my Grandma has this cookbook that is the science of cooking and it says vodka helps the crust roll out and stay together better! Or maybe my Grandma also likes her alcoholic beverages :) Homemade mac and cheese sounds SO good! Gah I love grandmas! And I know! The cookie dough blew my mind!

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  19. You had me at vodka..WOOOOOWW! HAHA! These photos are gorgeous and I NEED a slice of this..no no..I need the whole pie.

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    1. The whole pie was gone in one sitting! And the vodka always blows everyone's minds! It's so tasty though!

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  20. Aw, what a sweet post! You've made me get all nostalgic for my grandmothers- I miss them! Blueberry pie sounds sooo good to me right now. My dad's mother's specialty recipe was a chocolate layer cake- also her chocolate chip cookies :)

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    1. Grandmas really are the best! I'm trying to treasure all my time I can get with them. Cookies and cake are the best homemade treats! I can't imagine how good a layer cake would be!

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    1. It bakes out, but I LOVE telling people that I used vodka in the pie! It's a conversation starter!

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