Blueberry pie is an iconic summer dessert. This recipe adds a squeeze of lime and pinch of allspice for a zesty kick. Opting to finish it off with a coconut-lime crumble adds more tropical punch and texture—but go for the lattice variation if you would prefer a more traditional pie. 

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2021

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Credit: Paola + Murray

Recipe Summary test

prep:
45 mins
total:
4 hrs 45 mins
Yield:
Serves 8 to 10
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Ingredients

Topping
Filling

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Topping: Preheat oven to 375°F with racks in center and bottom. Place a sheet of foil on bottom rack (to catch drips). Whisk together flour, coconut, baking powder, salt, and lime zest. Beat butter with brown sugar on medium speed until light and creamy, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour mixture. Using your hands, squeeze mixture into clumps.

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  • Filling: Toss 1 cup fresh berries with 1 teaspoon cornstarch. In a medium saucepan, combine remaining 4 cups berries, granulated sugar, lime juice, salt, allspice, and remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently (pay close attention to bottom of pan—the mixture is quite thick and may stick, which can cause burning).

  • Remove from heat; stir in raw-berry mixture. Spread on a baking sheet and let cool completely. (You should have about 3 cups.)

  • Meanwhile, on a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into an 11-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch pie dish; trim overhang to 1 inch. Fold overhang under and crimp edges as desired. Refrigerate while filling is cooling, at least 30 minutes.

  • Scrape berry mixture into piecrust. Crumble topping evenly over berries. Bake until juices are bubbling vigorously and bottom is evenly golden brown, 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes (if top is browning too quickly, tent with foil). Let cool completely on a wire rack before serving, at least 3 hours.

Cook's Notes

We prefer a combo of two cups wild berries and three cups cultivated berries. Wild ones have more intense flavor, but thicker skin, so using only that kind alters the pie's texture.

Variations

To Make a Lattice Crust: 

1. Omit topping ingredients and step 1. Make a full recipe of pâte brisée; instead of equal disks, divide dough into two pieces, one about 12 ounces, the other 1 pound.

2. Shape smaller one into a round disk and larger one into a rectangle before chilling. In step 3, roll disk into an 11-inch round for bottom crust. Then roll rectangle into a 15- by-11-inch rectangle and cut into 1-inch-wide strips.

3. Weave lattice over top of pie, trimming edges to 1 inch. Crimp as desired and brush with a beaten egg before baking.

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