It really is easy to cook up nutritious homemade blueberry pie filling. These blue colored berries are super good for you which makes them a favorite fruit to cook with.
Antioxidant rich blueberries are wonderfully nutritious and can bake up into the sweetest dessert recipes.
For an extra healthy twist for your homemade pie I have included the directions for my oatmeal crust recipe. It is a heart healthy crust for those with cholesterol concerns and it is a delicious addition to any flavor of pie.
Once you have your pie crusts ready then making the blueberry filling from scratch is really quite simple. It takes a very short amount of time to cook up and the aroma and flavor are delightfully tantalizing as only homemade can be. So grab about six cups of blueberries, a wooden spoon, and your favorite large cooking pot. Let's cook up some delicious homemade blueberry pie filling.
2 pounds (6 cups) of fresh blueberries.
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Of course you always do have the option of using canned pie filling as well. We buy blueberries in season while they are at a good sale price. Then I freeze them for later use so we generally always have fresh berries for our pies.
1) Set your pot onto medium heat. Melt the butter in pot, then add in your blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
2) Blend the corn starch and water together and then add this mix into the pot. Mash blueberries lightly with a potato masher.
3) Bring your filling mixture to a boil, reduce heat slightly, and allow to cook for about another 5 - 10 minutes. To prevent sticking stir your pudding frequently as it cooks. Filling is ready to add into your pie shells when it is creamy thick.
My Low Cholesterol Oatmeal Pie Crust
It is the crust on a pie which can be the cholesterol ridden culprit of this fabulously tasty dessert. So making a healthy pie crust = healthy pie. If you want to a healthier twist to your pies then follow the directions for the oatmeal crust recipe that I always use.
I created this low cholesterol pie crust when I learned that my future husband-to-be had high cholesterol. Well he is now my husband and he is happily enjoyed my healthy home baked pies on a regular basis.
The crust is why pie gets a bad rap in the nutrition department so I make my pie crust from heart healthy oatmeal. Oatmeal is soluble fiber and can help to reduce high cholesterol. Now my husband can enjoy that second piece of pie guilt free.
Photo Shows Crust in 3 Stages as it is Pressed Into the Pie Pans
Oatmeal Crust Recipe
1 1/4 cups of non-hydrogenated zero trans-fats margarine
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 1/2 cups of your choice of white flour
3 cups of quick oats
1 cup of old fashioned oats
1) In large bowl combine margarine and brown sugar. Add in remaining ingredients and crumble between hands till blended together.
2) Divide crust mix between 3 pie pans and gently press into the shape of a shell. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Add filling.
I Add a Little Vanilla Pudding to the Top of My Pies
I mix up a package of vanilla instant pudding.
The Vanilla pudding mix is made using 1 percent milk so that the cholesterol and fat content of my pie will remain low. (The package I mix up makes about 2 cups of pudding).
After I fill my pie with my homemade blueberry pie filling I then add into each pie about 1/3 of the vanilla pudding.
I then swirl the pudding throughout the pie to create an attractive topper for my blueberry pie. The pies are then refrigerated till cool and then served.
The Pudding Adds a Little Creamier Texture to the Pie
I Chill the Pie, Add a Dab of Ice Cream, and Serve
Internal Moisture and Steam Can Make a Crust Soggy
If you are using a crust that is not pre-baked then pop a top shell onto your blueberry pies and preheat your oven to 375 degrees. You will need to cook your pies for about 40 minutes.
Ovens vary in temperature so be sure to keep an eye on your pies to insure that your crusts do not become too dark. Adjust your oven temperature and time to accommodate any temperature variance in your oven.
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