Blueberry pie is a perfect summer dessert. Yes, it's pie; but blueberries are one of the healthiest foods around, and they require no pitting or peeling. Just remove twigs and leaves and refrigerate until ready to rinse, pat dry, and serve -- or add to your blueberry pie recipe. Recipe adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook," Clarkson Potter, 2005.
The crust is most crisp the day it's made, but the pie without the whipped-cream topping and chocolate shavings can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. To cut the pie into neat slices, use a serrated knife.
You can substitute whiskey, rum, or rye for the bourbon. If you cannot find all-butter puff pastry, you can use other types of puff pastry and bake at 400 degrees. The apple filling can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator; bring to room temperature before using.
One of our favorite ways to spend an autumn weekend afternoon is to fill the kitchen with the warm aromas of buttery pastry, juicy apples, and spicy cinnamon. Get your hands on a bushel of apples and bake up a pie, crisp, crumble, or tart.
Come Thanksgiving, you can never have too many pies! Choose from easy, traditional favorites like pumpkin, apple, pecan, and sweet potato, or go for something unexpected, such as coconut-key lime, pear custard, or chocolate mousse tart.