Old-Fashioned Blueberry Custard Pie

In my last post I left you all hanging.  I promised you more information about an old-fashioned blueberry custard pie I had made after picking fresh blueberries. Here is the continuation as promised.

I decided to make a custard pie for several reasons.  The first reason, our chickens are out doing themselves in egg production these days.  The second reason, I haven’t had a piece of old-fashioned custard pie since I was a little girl. And thirdly, I wanted to pick blueberries but needed an excuse to make something oh – so comforting with them.

With no recipe in my recipe box for a custard pie I decided to search on-line for one.  The first recipe I came to was submitted to Food.com by Michelle S – and it looked like a winner.  There were great reviews and the recipe sounded so easy.  I figured what the heck, I’d give it a try.

The only problem with the recipe? I didn’t have any evaporated milk on hand and the recipe called for it.  I thought about running to the store for a brief second and then I decided to do a little more research.  I found other recipes that didn’t call for evaporated milk so I decided to go ahead and make it with the skim milk I had on hand. 

What I liked about this recipe?  You use a pre-baked pie shell, you dump your berries directly into the pie shell, and in a separate bowl you mix your eggs, milk, sugar, flour and vanilla together. Once your egg mixture is ready you pour it over the berries and it’s ready for the oven.  Easy, easy, easy….

I could barely wait for it to cool before I sampled it.  And then there was the moment of truth.  Would this recipe stand up to the great reputation it had seemed to earn? 

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The pie was DELICIOUS!   Perfect – not too custardy, lots of fruit, and sweet and smooth – no disappointments.  This pie definitely lived up to it’s given reputation.

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This is one of those times that I couldn’t finish taking pictures without tasting.  As you can see, one taste lead to another and another.

This pie would be great made with other berries too. I’m thinking a red raspberry custard pie is in my future.

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Picking blueberries and my mood

I love picking blueberries.  There is something therapeutic about it.  You start out thinking you’re never going to fill your (rather large) pail and before you know it, your mind wanders off and suddenly your pail is full of ripe, fresh berries. 

I  made a trip to Glenhaven Farm  to pick some berries today.  It was nice to enjoy the farms beautiful and quiet country setting and sample a couple of their delicious wines before heading home to make an old-fashioned blueberry custard pie (more on that in the near future).  I took my camera along for the ride, took some pictures while I was at the farm, and played around with it once I got back home.  A perfect afternoon in my book. 

I’ve notice that my mood dictates a lot of my posts.  Sometimes I feel more like writing, sometimes I feel like spending more time on my photos, and sometimes I’m just very concentrated on baking a perfect treat.  Today was definitely a photo day but I have to admit the reason I picked blueberries was for the sole purpose of making an old-fashioned blueberry custard pie.  The pie turned out delicious and we had it for dessert.  It was very hard to refrain from going back for a second piece.

 

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These gals were waiting for me when I got home.

 

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To be continued.  Stay tuned for more on the old-fashioned blueberry custard pie….