Blueberry Pie

North Carolina State Fair

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Blueberry Pie North Carolina State Fair Winner 1

No matter how you slice it, this blueberry pie is delicious! And it’s a gorgeous one as well.

You use fresh blueberries in the filling. Sugar, a pinch of salt, and a few tablespoons of fresh lime juice gives it a perfect balance of flavors and perfect level of sweetness. You thicken the filling with cornstarch.

Blueberry Pie North Carolina State Fair Winner 2

Derrick Lingle won 1st place with it at the North Carolina State Fair.  The win was an impressive feat, with this fair being one of the largest in the country. (Find our top 30 list here.)

Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie

The winner’s easy-to-follow crust directions help ensure a lovely lattice crust. Find the recipe below for step by step tips. Derek likes to make his top and bottom crust separately. The top crust is thicker for easy handling. The bit of extra effort pays off with how impressive it looks when you’re done.

Blueberry Pie North Carolina State Fair Winner 3

When you’re craving an amazing fruit pie, this is a go-to recipe for sure. July and August is blueberry picking time in Minnesota, but fortunately, you can find great tasting blueberries in stores year-round. One taste of this and you’ll know why it won. Bake it today.

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Blueberry Pie


Bottom Crust:

1 3/8 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

5/8 teaspoon coarse salt

1 1/8 sticks cold unsalted butter (cubed)

2-3 tablespoons ice water


Top Crust:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt

2 1/4 sticks cold unsalted butter, cubed

4-6 tablespoons ice water

Egg wash and sugar (reserved for final assembly)



1 1/4 cups sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 pinch coarse salt

2 pounds (about 6 cups) fresh blueberries

1/4 cup lime juice


Bottom Crust: Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor to combine. Add butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 10 seconds). While pulsing the food processor in 1-second increments, slowly add ice water in a steady stream through the feed tube. Continue to pulse until the dough starts to hold together (no longer than 30 seconds). Wrap dough in plastic and shape into a disc. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Top Crust: Follow the same procedure as bottom crust, but divide the dough into two equal portions before wrapping and refrigerating.

Assembly: Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with vegetable shortening. Roll out bottom crust dough disc on lightly floured surface until the diameter is roughly 13 inches (about ¼ inch thick). Transfer dough to 9-inch greased pie pan and allow the dough to rest into place. Lightly press the inside edges to form the dough into the pie pan. Refrigerate. Meanwhile, onto wax paper lightly dusted with flour, roll out top crust dough discs (separately) until each diameter is roughly 13 inches (about ¼ inch thick). Using a fluted pastry cutter, cut both discs into 1-inch vertical strips, keeping the circles intact. Refrigerate while you prepare filling.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F while you prep the filling and lattice top. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl. Add blueberries and lime juice. Toss to make sure all ingredients are mixed well with the blueberries. Pour on top of bottom crust, spreading the filling evenly.

Lattice: Lay the strips from one circle of rolled out dough horizontally over the pie, using the longer strips in the middle of the pie and shorter strips toward the edges. Keep all strips close together. Fold every other strip back onto itself. Lay a strip from the second circle of dough vertically so it lays across the unfolded horizontal strips, keeping all the strips snug. Swap the folded and unfolded horizontal strips and add another vertical strip. Continue swapping the folded and unfolded horizontal strips and adding a new vertical strip each time. Keep repeating to “weave” all the strips and create a lattice pattern across the entire top. Cut the excess dough away from the pie’s edge crust, leaving a 1/4-inch overhang for crimping. Pinch the edge of the crust between your thumb and side of your index finger to flute the outside edge.

Whisk 1 large egg with 1 teaspoon milk and brush on top of pie. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Place on rimmed baking sheet in center of oven and bake for 1 ½ hours or until golden brown. Let cool at least 6 hours before serving. Makes 8 servings.

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