Lemon Blueberry Pie*

Lemon Blueberry Pie via thenovicechefblog.com

Lemon is one of my favorite fruits for desserts. I crave that tart flavor that they give to just about anything you add them too. One of my favorite Summer desserts is my Lemonade Pops (which I eventually will get around to sharing!).

When I found myself staring at a basket full of lemons on my counter last week, I started getting ideas for adult style fresh lemonade. That’s where you mix fresh lemonade and Bacardi Dragonberry Rum. It’s a delicious and dangerous idea.

However, it was a Monday afternoon. I changed courses and decided that a Tart Lemon Pie would hit the spot instead. I was going to make the pie for a friends birthday and decided to fancy it up with some blueberries swirled in.

Lemon Blueberry Pie via thenovicechefblog.com

To be honest, I mostly added the blueberries because I have barely made a single dent in the 8 pounds I picked. I swear I am going to have blueberries till next year! After serving up the pie though, I am really glad I decided to add the blueberry layer. Without it, this pie would almost be too tart…if that’s possible. ;-)

The lemon filling part of this pie is a spin on the Key Lime Pie. However, instead of using a can of condensed milk — I added regular sugar and used gelatin to hold it all together. I wish I could tell you that I did it because I am a mastermind and knew it would work out better…but honestly I just didn’t want to go to the store for a can of condensed milk! I was really happy to discover that using regular sugar and gelatin works to keep the pie super tart and the lemon and blueberry flavors shining!

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Tart Lemon Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

1 9 inch pie crust, pre baked and cooled

blueberry filling:
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

lemon filling:
1 teaspoon gelatin
1 tablespoon water
4 large eggs
1 cup Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 lemon, zested (and a little extra for garnish if you want)

Directions:

blueberry filling:

In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, water and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until fruit is tender.

Stir in cornstarch and continue to cook over medium heat until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.


lemon filling:

In a small bowl, combine gelatin and water. Set aside.

Using a double boiler (or a glass/metal bowl over a pan of simmering water), combine eggs, sugar and lemon juice - whisking constantly. Continue cooking (and whisking) until mixture beings to thicken, about 4 minutes.

Once the thickening starts, add one piece of butter at a time. Continue whisking and adding butter until the lemon curd is thick and all butter has been added. Add the lemon zest and the gelatin mixture and whisk to combine. Remove from heat.

Pour half of the lemon curd into the prepared pie crust. Pour in the blueberry filling and spread it evenly with a spatula. Top with the remaining lemon curd. At this point you can leave it for a layered look, or swirl the top with a knife like in the photos above.

Let pie chill for at least 2 hours before serving to allow filling to completely set up. Garnish with lemon zest if you wish!

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32 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Pie”

  1. 1

    Tieghan — June 17, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    Sounds so good!! Looks beautiful too!

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    simo — June 17, 2013 @ 2:44 am

    che spettacolo questo dolce, si gusta prima con gli occhi, ha un colore meraviglioso e deve essere molto profumato….

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    Kathryn — June 17, 2013 @ 5:02 am

    So beautiful! Love those purple and pink swirls.

  4. 4

    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 17, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    I love how swirly it is!

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    Kelsey @aslolife — June 17, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    This is so gorgeous!!

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    Sues — June 17, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    What a gorgeous pie! Love the purple swirls and yellow zest :)

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — June 17, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    Lemon is one of my favorite dessert flavors, too. Combined with blueberry, even better! This pie looks so delicious!

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    TiffanyAzure — June 17, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Jessica this looks SO good! Just tweeted cause it had to be shared. :) I really just can’t get over the fun colors in the pie! To me that makes anything taste twice as good!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 17, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Now ain’t that just the prettiest little thang! I could so sink a fork into a slice (or three) of this beauty!

  10. 10

    patty — June 17, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    This looks so yummy and perfect for summer!

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    claire (@realnutritioncg) — June 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    NOW THAT is a pie.

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    Cookbook Queen — June 17, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

    Beautiful!! I love lemon/blueberry combo. Perfect pairing :)

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    Eileen — June 17, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    Lemon and blueberry is such a great combination! This pie looks fabulous–and so PINK. :) I’m jealous of your massive blueberry supply!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 17, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    You cannot go wrong with combining blueberries and lemon. Great pie! Love the swirly effects.

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    Suzanne — June 17, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    I’m in the same boat – I went blueberry picking twice in one week, and now our fridge is bursting at the seams with blueberry-filled clam shells! I may have to freeze them before they go bad.

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    Joanne — June 17, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    That sweet tart thing is totally a love of mine! I pretty much need that pie in my life.

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 17, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    Sweet tart are two words that always belong together! This pie is mighty pretty.

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — June 17, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    I love lemon and blueberry together! And while I’m all about desserts with condensed milk, I’m glad to hear that sugar and gelatin works too :)

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    Cookie — June 17, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    8 pounds of blueberries? So jealous…. I need to move to the berry belt.
    The pie sounds really refreshing. I used to make a lemon blueberry cake; those two flavors are a great combo.

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — June 18, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    I always go for the key lime pie dessert option, but I’m thinking I would totally LOVE this pie! It almost looks too gorgeous to eat…ALMOST ;)!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — June 18, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    & i totally just recognized that gorgeous silver platter ;)

  22. 22

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 18, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    This is so gorgeous!! LOVE this idea!

  23. 23

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 18, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    I adore lemony desserts too and this looks fabulous!

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    Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds — June 18, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    That is probably the prettiest colored pie I’ve ever seen.

  25. 25

    Megan {Country Cleaver} — June 18, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    I could stare at this pie alll day….I’d prefer to eat it allll dayyy though. :)

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    Jessica — June 19, 2013 @ 4:22 am

    Wow, this looks gorgeous! Love the punch of bright pink from the berries.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 21, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Gawwwwwgeous!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 29, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

    Lemon & blueberry, so dreamy :) I love this pie!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — July 2, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    This looks delicious!

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