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Blueberry Custard Pie (Serves 10)

Here in southwest Michigan, many folks are very partial to locally grown blueberries. This high quality fruit works beautifully in this delicious no-bake blueberry pie. It’s a pie that even most novice pie baker can easily prepare.

1 quart fresh blueberries (washed, drained, and divided)
1 cup water (divided)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (10-inch diameter) baked piecrust

1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, simmer 1 cup of the blueberries with 2/3 cup water for about 3 minutes

2. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and remaining 1/3 cup water; add to simmering fruit mixture.

3. Bring to a boil and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.

4. Add lemon juice, Cool fruit filling in pan.

5. In medium chilled bowl with electric mixer, whip dry pudding mix with whipping cream, milk and vanilla, until blended and thick, about 30 seconds.

6. Spread custard evenly over cooled pie crust in pie pan.

7. Place remaining 3 cups uncooked blueberries on top of custard.

8. Pour cooled fruit filling over fresh berries.

9. Refrigerate, covered loosely with plastic warp until firm.  Serve cold.

Microwave:  In step 1, combine 1 cup blueberries and 2/3 cup water in 2-quart microwave-safe measurer.  Microwave mixture on Full Power 2-3 minutes, stirring once.
In step 2, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and remaining 1/3 cup water in a small bowl.
In step 3, microwave on Full Power until thickened 3-4 minutes, stirring every minute.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:
With regular graham cracker crust and regular sweetened condensed milk: 297 Calories, 6 grams protein 13 grams fat, 41 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 38 milligrams cholesterol, 230 milligrams sodium

With reduced-fat graham cracker crust and fat-free sweetened condensed milk:269 calories, 6 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 44 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams fiber, 25 milligrams cholesterol, 184 milligrams sodium