Aaaahhh, the end of the summer. Tomorrow marks the first day of fall here in Georgia. Last night, the hubs and I enjoyed such a lovely evening at my parents' house in Atlanta. And Nanny herself was there with one of her famous pies.
I admit it, dear readers: I've been holding out on you.
I've been saving some of the best of the best recipes in my family . . . saving them for a rainy day. Well, I'm not sure whether you've heard, but it's raining buckets here in drought-ridden North Georgia, so it's about time for me to share one of these precious gems with you all!
My sweet grandmother "Nanny" is famous for her pies. In the summertime, it's all about the blueberries . . . Nanny's fresh blueberry pie is delicious enough to bring tears to your eyes . . . and yet so wonderful in its simplicity. I think that most of Nanny's recipes shine through in their beautiful simplicity - truly highlighting the fresh ingredients without need for masking them with a myriad of distracting flavors.
So here is my gem for you today, dear readers, as the rain pours down over Georgia. Happy autumnal equinox - have a slice of pie!
Nanny's Fresh Blueberry Pie
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces of shortening
2 ounces of ice cold water
4 cups fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoons butter
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
For the pastry, sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add shortening and blend with pastry blender until the mixture reaches the consistency of small peas. Add ice water and chop mixture with a knife. Mix with your hand until a soft ball forms. Separate into halves. Take the first piece and roll in extra flour. Line a 9" pie pan with the first half, leaving a small overlap around the edges of the pie dish. Repeat with the second half of the dough, and set aside.
For the filling, mix flour, sugar, and salt. Sprinkle 1/4 of this mixture on the uncooked bottom crust. Add blueberries. Sprinkle the remainder of the sugar mixture on top. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and dot with the butter. Flute the top crust, pinching it to the bottom crust.
Bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees, and bake for about 25-30 more minutes, until the berries are tender. Cool before slicing and serve with vanilla ice cream.