National Pie Day!
January 22, 2018 | Rob Edgerley
January 22, 2018

Happy Monday!

This week we celebrate National Pie Day, which falls on Tuesday, January 23rd. The American Pie Council created this day simply to celebrate the pie.

National Pie Day is a special day that is set aside to bake and cook all of your favorite pies. On this day, you are also encouraged to bake a few new pie recipes. And most importantly, it's a day to eat pies! A great way to celebrate National Pie Day is to bake some pies and give them away to friends, neighbors, and relatives. You never know, you may be starting a tradition of pie giving between your friends and family.

The American Pie Council sponsors the National Pie Championships. Some of the best pie makers in the world enter their pies.  Perhaps you will enter and win the "American Pie Council's Best Pie in America" award. Here is a great recipe to help celebrate:

Simply the Best Blueberry Pie
by Sally - Sally's Blog

Homemade Blueberry Pie
yield: 1 PIE
prep time: 3 HOURS (INCLUDES DOUGH CHILLING)
total time: 7 HOURS (INCLUDES COOLING)
Print Recipe - Full Recipe Here

Ingredients:
Homemade pie crust (my recipe makes 2 crusts; 1 for bottom 1 for top)
6 cups (890g) fresh blueberries*
2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (28g) cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
1 Tablespoon (15g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
optional: coarse sugar for garnish

Directions:
The crust: Prepare my pie crust recipe through step 5.
Make the filling: Stir the blueberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Set filling aside as the oven preheats.

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).

Roll out the chilled pie dough: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the discs of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Spoon the filling into the crust, leaving any excess liquid in the bowl (you don't want that in the filling-- discard it). Dot the pieces of butter on top of the filling.

Arrange the lattice: Remove the other disc of chilled pie dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a circle that is 12 inches diameter. Using a pastry wheel, sharp knife, or pizza cutter, cut strips 1-2 inches wide. Carefully thread the strips over and under one another, pulling back strips as necessary to weave. Press the edges of the strips into the bottom pie crust edges to seal. Use a small knife to trim off excess dough. Crimp the edges with a fork, if desired. (Alternatively, you can top with pie crust stars, as pictured above. See notes below. Or simply cover the filling with the 12-inch pie dough circle. Cut slits in the top to form steam vents. Trim and crimp the edges. Or a crumble or streusel topping would be great as well.)
Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg/milk mixture. Sprinkle the top with a little coarse sugar, if desired.

Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350°F (177°C) and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. After the first 20 minutes of bake time, I place a pie crust shield on top of the pie to prevent the edges from browning too quickly.

Allow the pie to cool for 3 full hours at room temperature before serving. This time allows the filling to thicken up. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead tip/Freezing: This a great pie to make 1 day in advance since it is so juicy - the filling will have time to set overnight. The pie crust dough can also be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Baked pie freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature before serving. Prepared filling can be frozen up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Recipe Notes:
*I strongly suggest using fresh blueberries, not frozen. The pie will be quite soupy if using frozen. If you decide to use frozen, do not thaw first. The pie will take several more minutes in the oven due to the increased liquid.

Make it a great week!

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