Blueberry Pie Recipe: How to make the world's best blueberry pie
easy and GREAT blueberry pie recipe!
Want to make the best blueberry pie you've ever had, with a crumbly
topping and a sweet deep blueberry flavor, and don't want to spend all day in
the kitchen combing the Internet or studying overly complicated recipes?
This pie is so easy and has stood the test of time; read the comments near the
bottom of the page. What makes it different from other blueberry pies is:
it's mostly blueberries, not crust or sugar; and the combination of spices is
superb! And it doesn't matter if you're not a chef or have never made a
pie before! Following these illustrated directions ANYONE can cook a perfect
blueberry pie! Take this pie to a Fourth of July picnic and be the hit of the
Ingredients and Equipment
(per 9 inch
deep dish pie)
- 3 to 4 cups of Blueberries - fresh or frozen (without
syrup) (3 cups if you like a thin pie, 4 cups if you like it a
- 7 Tablespoons corn starch (for those of you in the
British Isles, you know it as "corn flour"). You may also use an
equivalent amount of flaked tapioca instead - the tapioca balls
don't dissolve well.
- 3 Tablespoons water (or grape juice)
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- One 9 inch pie crust (see
this page for the world's easiest flour pie crust recipe and
directions!) OR.. if you are like me, you'll DEFINITELY prefer a
graham cracker pie crust
(again, in England, this would be made from "Digestive" biscuits!) -
if you haven't tried the graham cracker crust - I highly recommend
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- One 9 inch deep-dish Pie Plate - (grocery stores sell
both disposable pie pans and glass pans. Get the deep type!
- 2/3 cup granulated (ordinary table) Sugar
- 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup Stevia (or if you prefer, Splenda)
(Stevia (or if you prefer, Splenda) works in pie recipes, but
not by itself. The pie turns out heavy and with much less
And now, choose the topping you prefer:
- Crumb topping (my preference, again):
- 1/4 cup sugar (OR 1/8 cup sugar and 1/8 cup Stevia (or if
you prefer, Splenda))
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- Dough topping:
pie crust recipe and double
it to make extra to roll out as a topping to cover the pie.
Step 1 - Make the pie crust
Never made a crust, either? Fear not, they are really simple.
Click here for instructions about
making a flour pie crust. It will open in a new window, so just close
the new window to return here. I prefer blueberry pie in a
graham cracker crust; click on
the link for directions. .Now is also a good time to get the oven preheating
to 375 F.
Step 2- Wash the blueberries
rinse them in a colander or sieve in cold water, no soap.
Pick out and remove any bits of stems, leaves and soft or
mushy berries. It is easiest to do this in a large bowl of
water and gently run your hands through the berries as they
float. With your fingers slightly apart, you will
easily feel any soft or mushy berries get caught in your
Step 3 - Mix the dry filling ingredients.
the 2/3 cup sugar (or sugar/Stevia (or if you prefer, Splenda) blend), 7
Tablespoons of corn starch in a bowl and mix well! Some people
like 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and/or 1/4 teaspoon of allspice, mixed in,
also. That's optional, but it is nice!
Step 4 - Mix in the
the 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice, and 3 Tablespoons of water (or grape
juice) and stir it up. If you use Stevia (or if you prefer, Splenda), it
will be pretty gloppy, rather than drier crumbs, but it still works the
Step 5 - Add the blueberries to the pie crust
the blueberries to the pie crust. Just pour them in! There's
lots of air space and it will cook down, so don't worry if they mound up
about an inch (2.5 cm) above the edge of the plate.
Step 6 - Pour the liquid mix into the pie
pour the mixture of sugar, juice, etc. into the pie all over the
blueberries. If it is a gloppy liquid, don't worry, just pour it somewhat
evenly over the top. But it doesn't take perfection; it will smooth itself
out in the oven.
Step 7 - Make and add your topping
you want the crumb topping, just mix
- 1/4 cup sugar (OR 1/8 cup sugar and 1/8 cup Stevia (or if you prefer,
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine.
Do not melt the butter, just dice it into the sugar and flour as
you mix them together. in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the pie.
The dough dicer/blender, shown above in the Amazon box, is ideal for
making a perfect crumb topping. A fork or potato masher is your next
If you want to the dough topping instead, roll out a circular section of
dough that you made in step 1, to 1/8 inch thick, then place it over the
pie. Seal it against the edges with the pie crust, and make decorative
slits with a knife.
Step 8 - Put the pie in the oven!
the pie at 375 F (or 190 Celsius) for 1 hour.
Step 9 - Remove when the pie is golden and pie is bubbling
Check to see if it is bubbling and crust is golden brown. If if not,
check every 3 or 4 minutes until it is.
Step 10 - Enjoy!
the pie on a rack to cool and enjoy! Here is a slice of the finished
pie! Serve warm with ice cream. Refrigerate after it is cooled. It
easily lasts a week in the fridge (that is, if there is no one there to eat
it. Most of the time, people eat it all within a day!)
- If you use frozen berries, it helps to sprinkle 3 tablespoons of corn
starch in pie crust/pan just before you add the blueberries! That helps to
suck up any additional liquid, so the pie won't be runny.
- Making a Blueberry pie for Passover:
from a visitor on March 24, 2012: "I'm going to bake it for this year's
big Passover feast on April 6 (2012). Because of Passover's restrictions
against using wheat and corn, I can't use either flour or cornstarch or
I'll use potato starch instead of corn starch, and will
use Passover matzoh cake meal (very, very, finely ground matzoh) instead of
For the crust, I'm going to try using Passover macaroons. Maybe
coconut macaroons smashed up and then mixed with coconut oil instead of
butter. (Passover has no restriction against using butter, but I've been
substituting coconut oil instead of butter in all my daily cooking year
round, just for nutritional health reasons.) I'm thinking it will be
delicious. Here's hoping. -Carolyn"
Comments and feedback
Here's what some visitors had to say:
- A visitor writes on July 2, 2015: "Still baking your Grandma's pie recipe and share it with my customers ! Love
- A visitor writes on July 12, 2013: "I love blueberry pie and I
love to cook. ( I was a gourmet waiter before I became a Christian). I tried
different recipes and then found yours. It was the best I found and then I
think I improved it just a little by sprinkling 1 tablespoon of butter over
the top of the berries before putting the top crust in place. Thank you very
much for a great recipe! Rev. Charles "
- A visitor writes on June 13, 2013: "The BEST blueberry pie. I
came across the website last year looking for an easy pie to make for
someone like me who's never made one. It's simple and fantastic, and I
always use grape juice and allspice and cinnamon. It just makes it all
wonderful! It's 11:00 pm and my boyfriend and our friends are staying late,
despite a long work day tomorrow, just to have some of the amazing blueberry
pie. Thank you!!!"
- Comments from a visitor on August 11, 2012: "every year we
vacation in north Conway, new Hampshire and bring blueberries that we pick
from home. When we get to NH, we have been using this blueberry pie recipe
for over 4 years now.We love it and this is one of the things we look most
forward to on our summer vacation! Thanks so much for sharing!!!"
- Comments from a visitor on May 16, 2012: "The Blueberry Pie
turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing the love!"
- Comments from a visitor on December 06, 2011: "I absolutely LOVE,
LOVE LOVE, your website. It has prompted me to try making pies, jams, etc.
that I never would have thought to try. I have to say that your Blueberry
Pie recipe is THE BOMB. I have made it for several occasions and now
everyone asks me to bring it when they invite me over. (Is it me they like
or the pie?) I have become very popular lately. Thanks so much for all the
information. Your website is fun to read and certainly inspirational to
those of us who are first time bakers. My Dad and I are going to make your
Pumpkin Pie next. He's out hunting down the pumpkins. Such Fun for the whole
- Comments from a visitor on May 25, 2011: "I have just made my
second blueberry pie ever using your recipe both times. I used a boxed
pie-dough mix and double crust. I didn't have allspice, so I substituted
nutmeg, and that adds an extra element to the "yummy" factor. I cannot begin
to tell you how delicious this pie is, and it's so EASY to make. My family
and I thank you! "
- Comments from a visitor on May 23, 2011: "WOW!!! I made your
Blueberry Pie today. This was my first attempt at making a "from scratch"
pie and I was so pleased! I was concerned the filling would not set up
because you don't cook it first but, this was by far the best blueberry pie
I've ever had. Hands down. THE BEST!!!"
- Comments from a visitor on May 19, 2011: "I have tried your
Blueberry pie, and it was absolutely delicious. This was my first time ever
baking a homemade pie, and I was very pleased with the overall taste and
presentation of it (literally, I took pictures of it). I think what worked
very well was the correspondence of the grape, the cinnamon, and the lemon
juice in the filling. I will never bake a different recipe-I'm serious! I
cannot wait to give my grandfather a few slices of this pie. Thanks for the
wonderful recipe! "
- Comments from a visitor on November 26, 2010: "I found your
recipe for making a blueberry pie a few days ago and since I was making that
as one of my Thanksgiving pies, I decided to try it. Now, my 85 year old
grandmother(Nana)makes the best pies, hands down. I learned from her and
every Thanksgiving, I try new recipes to go with old favorites. Well, my
Nana tried a piece of my blueberry pie and insisted on having the recipe!
She is thrilled that she can completely skip cooking and thickening the
blueberries first. I have to say that everyone was extremely impressed.
Thank you for the greatest & easiest blueberry pie recipe! I'm trying the
pumpkin pie one next."
- Comments from a visitor on November 18, 2010: "I found this
website by going to Google and I typed in "World's Best Blue Berry Pie" and
let me just say it sure is. We picked fresh blueberries this past summer and
froze them and I couldn't decide what to make with them, so when I was asked
to bring a pie to Thanksgiving this year I started in on the research. I
thought this recipe was super easy. I went with the Graham Cracker crust and
it was the best I have ever had. along with the crumb topping everyone was
amazed. I made a sample one first and took it to my work and everyone loved
it. This recipe is going in the family cook book for sure. Thanks so much
for an amazing recipe."
- Comments from a visitor on June 08, 2010: "I just made the
"World's Best Blueberry Pie" and it sure lived up to its name! It was
FANTASTIC!!! I have made good blueberry pies before, but none have met this
one! Everyone loved it. I made it with a double crust, latticing the top. I
used the crust recipe that you have, and that was the best crust I've ever
made! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I did two things that I did that
helped. After I washed the berries I put them in the salad spinner and that
helped get rid of any excess water. Then due to the climate that I live in,
I put a bunch of ice in a large zipper bag, and chill my granite counter top
before I roll out dough. This worked well to help keep the dough cold. "
- Comments from a visitor on October 29, 2009: "I just wanted to
thank you for the best blueberry pie recipe ever. I have only been baking my
own pies for three years (next month will be my third Thanksgiving) and this
recipe has been the biggest hit. My family has actually fought over who got
to take the leftovers home. Before, my father would have only one slice a
year, but now I end up baking him at least 3 whole pies between Thanksgiving
and Christmas. "
- Comments from a visitor on October 03, 2009: "This was the best
blueberry pie i had ever made. I usually don't like blueberries, but my
family does, and they all loved it, and so did I. I followed the recipe and
it came out perfectly, also I recommend the crumb top because the dough top
can be a little overwhelming."
- Comments from a visitor on September 15, 2009: "Skeptically I
followed your pie crust recipe which was included with the blueberry pie.
The recipe is definitely a keeper! Thank you for sharing it, which I just
did with one of my close friends after she and her husband had tasted it.
Keep up the wonderful site. Pat
- Comments from a visitor on August 21, 2009: "Loved your recipe it
was so simple and just what I was looking for. Now I can enjoy my
blueberries that I grow. I used raw sugar and it worked excellent I also
have a gas well so I put the crock in the oven on keep warm worked out just
fine. thank you for sharing it."
- Comments from a visitor on September 01, 2009: "Here in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan we have an abundance of wild blueberries. I just
wanted to say that this is a very easy and delicious pie recipe. I have made
it 4 times in the last two weeks. My family loves it! To make it even easier
I have been using a frozen crust already in the pan and then using a
Pillsbury refrigerated crust for the top crust. It makes it a lot easier to
whip a pie together to bring somewhere for dessert. And everybody is
impressed with the fabulous homemade pie!"
- Comments from a visitor on August 08, 2009: "I LOVE the Blueberry
Pie recipe!!!! I made it for a dinner with friends and have been making it
EVERY week since! The recipe is so simple and inexpensive. I'm a pretty
novice chef, so I was amazed that I could create something this delicious!
Thank you so much! "
- Comments from a visitor on July 27, 2009: "Wonderful Pie! Even
the children LOVED it! I had to make another pie the very next day! I bought
a double deep dish pie crust and used the extra to make a crust on top with
six slits to allow steam to expel. Perfect pie every time and simple recipe
- Comments from a visitor on July 26, 2009: "That is truly the best
blueberry pie recipe I have ever tried. Thanks"
- Comments from a visitor on July 18, 2009: "I made the blueberry
pie and the whole family loved it. I used the graham cracker crust and have
a tip to make it even easier. Just buy an extra pie crust. Put in in a
baggie and crush it up. Use this as your topping."
- Comments from a visitor on March 17, 2009: "This is in regards to
your blueberry pie recipe. I had some frozen blueberries in the freezer.
They have been there for awhile. I also had to already made pie tin doughs
from the store. I was searching for something quick and easy to make my
husband for that night. I wanted to use up those blueberries, and pie
doughs. They have been in the freezer too long : ) Your recipe was quick,
simple, and tasted FANTASTIC! My husband was so excited to try them when he
saw them in the fridge. (I made two) He said it was the best blueberry pie
he ever had! He also said it was even better than than the ones in the store
or restaurants we have been to! I did not have the 5 spice so I just added
the cinnamon and it turned out great anyway. I can't wait to get fresh
blueberries and try this recipe again. I am sure it will taste even better!
Thank you so much for this recipe. It was packed full of blueberries and not
runny stayed together. Really great! Will make again and again and again! "
- Comments from a visitor on August 27, 2008: "Made the blueberry
pie with the graham cracker crust and struesel and have to say this was the
first time I have ever had a blueberry pie that actually had a lot of fruit
in it, not just thickened juice, and it was able to hold its shape, it
didn't run all over the plate. As to taste, my wife and I both agree it was
the best we have ever had. Can't wait to try the
fresh pumpkin pie recipe. Thanks for the recipe, it will get used often.
Fresh fruit pie lover in Tucson AZ."
- Comments from a visitor on July 13, 2008: "I just tried your
blueberry pie recipe and it was AWESOME!!! Thank you so much. We had a BBQ
tonight and the pie was the hit of the evening. (I picked the blueberries
from a farm in Indiana, but we also have many great farms here in Michigan
- Comments from a visitor on July 13, 2008: "I have to tell you,
this website has been a huge help. I haven't gardened in a few years and now
that we've moved out of town so I have some space to play, I've been busy
canning and freezing. The information you provide has been wonderful. The
blueberry pie was a huge hit at our family Fourth of July gathering. I even
took your blueberry jam recipe, made some modifications with it, and made a
mixed berry jam with blueberries, blackberries, and wild cherry infusion for
- Comments from a visitor on June 22, 2008: "I made your recipe
w/1/2 the sugar and lemon zest w/incredible results...do you think I could
follow the recipe w/frozen blackberries w/the same wonderful results? I made
the blueberry pie for a neighbor who frequents Maine and he said it was
better than anything he has had in Maine. "
Blake - Yep, it works great with blackberries, too
Comments from a visitor on May 31, 2008: "I LOVE your recipe for 'the
best blueberry pie' and use is regularly. Just recently my partner was
diagnosed with diabetes so now I look at the 'total carbs' on all things. I
was wondering if you have that information, I DID notice the 'Stevia (or if
you prefer, Splenda)' & sugar mix, which I am going to use today. "
Comments from a visitor on March 3, 2008: "Thank you for your
Blueberry pie web page (http://pickyourown.org/blueberrypie.php) and
recipe. I made my first blueberry pie ever in February using your recipe. I
used 3 cups of Blueberries plus I added 1/2 cup of raspberries. My wife was
thrilled with the results (except for the extra calories to her waist