Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

March 14, 2017 By Cathy — 13 Comments
Happy Pi(e) Day! Let’s get it going with a blueberry pie with a cornmeal crust. Simple, sweet and oh so celebratory!

Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

So much for spring ūüôĀ

Well it’s not news (if you’ve been following the news) that here in the northeast we’re currently smack dab in the middle of winter again. The biggest storm of the year…heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions. Twelve to eighteen inches!!

And my apologies in advance, but it’s my fault.

Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust


Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Yep, I jinxed us and have no one to blame but myself. I actually said, out loud, to my friend the other day “we made out pretty well this winter”. See what happened there? The Almighty Jinx. I¬†even went so far as to schedule our spring clean up with the landscaper. Double jinx. Sorry guys.

Thing is, I know better. I’ve been threatened, um advised, by my husband¬†when we’re heading into the city to never utter the words “we’re making good time” or “can’t believe there’s no traffic in the tunnel” by penalty of death. Or when I thought my strong constitution protected me from my family’s attack of the stomach flu…(“can’t believe I didn’t get it!”), you’ll never guess what happened. UGH.

Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Yep, you would have thought I learned, but sorry folks, here comes Winter Storm Stella.

But, may I present to you the silver lining? PIE. That’s right, it’s Pi (3.14) Day!

Now, as baker and a cook I firmly believe that Pi Day should be a national holiday. So since we have this late winter snow day, looks like I got my wish. I am a pie fanatic. If you follow the blog you know I’m a bit of pie crust snob and believe whole-heartedly that it’s so much¬†better homemade. Sorry, it just is.

Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

But if you’re still skeptical, well, today’s recipe is for you. This pie crust recipe is a little more hearty thanks to the addition of cornmeal and therefore a little more forgiving. It’s no delicate flower and holds up to rolling and folding, trimming and crimping. I love having a little fun with the decorating and since I have about a million or so mini cookie cutters, I cut out mini flowers and glued them on top with a brush of¬†cream. Obviously this bit of whimsy is fun, but isn’t necessary because, well, ¬†you can’t eat delicious. And trust me, this pie is delicious.

Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

Even though I’m seeing snowflakes, I’m summoning spring with this blueberry pie. Blueberry pie is one my warm weather favorites, but I saw a beautiful bunch of berries in the market and in spite of the snow, knew this was how I wanted to celebrate Pi Day. This pie is simple and unfussy, with a just hint of lemon that allows¬†the blueberries to be¬†the star. It’s so¬†good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream or even no frills, just paired with a mug of coffee. And¬†if you’re socked in by the snow like me, it’s perfectly acceptable for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or hell, all three.

Happy Pi Day!

Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

5 from 2 votes
Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
Happy Pi(e) Day! Let's get it going with a blueberry pie with a cornmeal crust. Simple, sweet and oh so celebratory!
Course: Pie
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Cathy |
  • Cornmeal Crust
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 oz cold unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1/3 cup ice water

  • Blueberry Pie
  • 3 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  1. Cornmeal Crust: Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, lemon zest and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to mix.
  2. Add the cold, chopped butter and pulse about 10 -12 times until the butter is cut into the flour mixture and it's pea size.
  3. Pour in the ice water and pulse a few more times until a ball begins to form, being careful not to overmix. The dough should not be completely blended, it will come together on the counter.
  4. Scrape dough onto the counter, divide it in two and form into two flat discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight. (Dough can also be frozen for several weeks. Defrost in refrigerator before proceeding.)
  5. Pie: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and remove the dough from the refrigerator.
  6. In a large bowl combine the blueberries, corn starch, sugar, cinnamon, salt, zest and lemon juice. Stir well and set aside.
  7. Roll out one half of the dough between lightly floured pieces of wax paper, carefully turning and lightly flouring to prevent sticking. Lay into a 9"inch pie plate, trimming the edges.
  8. Pour the blueberry mixture into the pie shell.
  9. Roll out the other half of the pastry and make decorative cut outs if desired.
  10. If not making cut outs, use a sharp knife to make slits to vent. Lay over the blueberry mixture and crimp the edges.
  11. Chill the pie for 30 mins in the refrigerator and then brush with heavy cream. Sprinkle the crust with sugar.
  12. Bake for 20 mins, then reduce heat to 350. Continue baking for about 50 mins or until crust is golden brown and blueberry filling is bubbling. Cover the edges with foil if they begin to brown to quickly.
  13. Allow the pie to cool and set for a least an hour or two before serving.
Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust

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13 responses to “Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust”

  1. No, no Cathy, it’s not your fault, it’s MY fault. I had the nerve to put away all of our snow clothes, scarves, hats and boots on Sunday. WTH was I thinking. I take all blame. I am so wishing I was snowed in with this gorgeous pie and I know I would be the hit of the neighborhood if I brought slices of this baby out the sledders in my hood. Happy Snow Day girl! xo

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you for accepting the blame Karen. You definitely had a hand in this! How dare you put all that stuff away?! Think we can bring on summer if we take our bathing suits and flip flops out?

  2. This is pi day perfection! Such a beautiful pie and blueberry is my favourite ūüôā Love the cornmeal in the crust.

  3. Madelyn says:

    OMG! That blueberry pie is the most beautiful pie I have ever seen. I love the cut outs. Can’t wait to make it (mine won’t be as pretty as yours). Love your website Cathy.

  4. Totally gorgeous pie Cathy! Blueberry pie is one of my favorites and I bet the cornmeal crust is delish! I believe in the almighty jinx too! I used to jinx myself when the kids were little and say “wow, they’ve been so healthy this winter” and BAM, ear infection two days later! UGH!

  5. So funny, I am not sure if I should say sorry for the added snow day or you lucky girl. Either way, I am glad you are dreaming of spring blueberry pies. The photos are truly beautiful, and that pie. WOW! Keep ’em coming. Please mother earth, let spring arrive for Cathy and pi company.

  6. Kim says:

    That is the most beautiful pie I’ve ever seen. Oh, and April 26 and hitting 31F tonight. Spring has been slow to launch!

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