A Birthday and A Blueberry Pie

Happy Birthday Daddy

I would like to dedicate this post to my Dad. Today is his birthday and I miss him a lot. 

He died when I was sixteen, though the years I was blessed with him were precious and the most impressionable of my life. He taught me more in those years than could be imagined. He was a thinker, a creator, a doer, an artist, a poet, a lover of music, a dedicated family man, a patient man, a fisherman, a coffee lover, a delicious cook and most important a dreamer. 

I miss the conversations. He loved the simple things in life to the fullest. 

He died much too early in my life. I miss him and think of him each and every day. 

I was very blessed to have him for those sixteen years of my life. 

I am my father’s daughter.

I love you Dad. 

Your Loving Daughter
xo 


Flakey Butter Crust: 
(Makes 2 crusts) 

2 ½ cups AP flour 
1 stick margarine 
2 tablespoons shortening 
2 tablespoons sugar 
¼ cup iced water 

Blueberry Filling:

2 pints fresh blueberries 
4 tablespoons AP flour 
½ cup sugar 
Zest of ½ a lemon 
Raw Sugar for Sprinkling 

Preheat over to 350 degrees:

 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a small bowl, combine ingredients for Blueberry Filling. Give it a gentle toss and set aside.

In large bowl combine all ingredients for Flakey Butter Crust until a soft dough forms. Turn over onto a well floured surface and knead gently 4-5 times. Do not over knead! Cut dough in half and reserve other half for later. 

Roll out one of the doughs to fit a 9 ½
 inch pie dish. Fill the pie with blueberry filling. 

Roll out reserved dough and gently cover over pie. Trim the edges and pinch with a fork. Taking a knife, make little incisions all around the pie. For the finishing touch, brush pie with water and sprinkle with raw sugar. 

Place pie dish on lined baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden. 

Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for several hours before serving. 


OPTIONAL: Blueberry Hand Pies 

In step 4, rather than fitting a pie dish, take a pizza slicer and slice the dough into 6 equal sized squares as pictured above. 

Place about a tablespoon of blueberry filling towards the edges of the square and fold over, pinching the edges closed with a fork. 

Beat 1 egg and with 1 teaspoon water. Brush each hand pie with egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar. 

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden. 

Enjoy with Love,

Catherine
xo
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21 comments:

  1. What a lovely tribute to your father. I can tell you adore him to this day.

    Have a terrific day Catherine. Big hugs. ☺

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  2. What a sweet story. I love this post! And, what a beautiful pie!

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  3. So nice of you to dedicate a wonderfully simple and tasty recipe to your Dad. Thanks for sharing and God bless you.

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  4. Ah fathers and daughters, there's just nothing like it.

    Beautiful post, Catherine. The pie looks pretty darn good too!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  5. What a nice post about your Dad. I am sure he would love some of this pie and the chance to share it with you. Happy Birthday to him.

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  6. What wonderful memories of your dad. You lost him way too soon, my friend...I'm so sorry. xo

    PS...my hubby would love both your pie options!

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  7. Wow!!
    Very delicious! And thanks, I love pie but in Italy they aren't so usual!!
    I will follow your recipe!!

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  8. Catherine, what a heartfelt and beautiful post. I, too, lost my Dad much too early, when I was 14 and I can feel all of the emotion in your words. The pie sounds just wonderful. Thank you for sharing - I know that, in spirit, each of our Dads are with us always.

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  9. What a wonderful wonderful tribute to your father. I am sorry you lost him so early. It wasn't easy to be so young and lose your father.

    The blueberry pie - looks so wonderful! sandie

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  10. Lovely post and wonderful looking pie. Whenever I have blueberry pie I think of my dad. Now I will think of your dad too.

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  11. What you said about your father is really touching, Catherine. And I love this beautiful pie!

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  12. A beautiful tribute. :) and a lovely recipe in his memory. This post nearly made me well up.

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  13. A beautiful way to remember your dad. I agree, 16 was way too young to lose him! Glad you have such wonderful memories. I lost my dad 5 years ago and like you I think of him every day. My dad would have loved this blueberry pie! Sharing on Walking on Sunshine FB page. Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday!

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  14. That was so sweet...and I love blueberry pie! :)

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  15. Lovely tribute to your Dad!

    Hugs, Rose

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  16. Catherine, Very nice blog! Plus this is a beautiful blueberry pie...and I love blueberry pie! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  17. Catherine, Very nice blog! Plus this is a beautiful blueberry pie...and I love blueberry pie! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  18. These look amazing what lovely tribute!

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  19. What a lovely tribute to your father and what a lovely pie. Thank you for sharing.
    Terri Henkels
    BBQ Block Party

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. Beautiful tribute to your father and a beautiful pie. My father would love this pie and I am thankful everyday that I still have him in my life. Thanks for sharing this on Foodie Friends Friday.

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