We’re sharing a dazzling Fresh Blueberry Pie with Almond Pie Crust today, just in time for berry season.
In the summer, we like to take our kids up to a wonderful little spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway called Graveyard Fields. It’s a popular stop for casual (kid friendly) hiking and wild blueberry picking.
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs 469 miles through the Appalachians and was started as an employment program after the Great Depression. It took over 25 years to complete and did, in fact, employ thousands of people. Several friends I have met here in Asheville, tell stories of their grandparents housing parkway workers or opening businesses to serve the new crowds coming through.
Although there are many fantastic places to stop, my personal favorites (other than Graveyard Fields) within an hour of Asheville are: Crabtree Falls, Mount Mitchell, and Craggy Gardens. (For more info visit Romantic Asheville or the official Blue Ridge Parkway site.)
But I digress… After picking bundles of wild blueberries, we head home to bake the most classic berry dessert I can think of, Fresh Blueberry Pie with Almond Pie Crust.
Who doesn’t like pie? Really, can you imagine someone not enjoying flaky buttery layers of crust and juicy blueberry filing?
Although I always prefer baking with fresh berries, the great secret of berry pies is that they can be made with frozen berries all year long.
Since berries are generally packaged at the height of the season, berry pies made with frozen berries are debatably just as good. No one has to know your berries weren’t freshly picked!
This particular Fresh Blueberry Pie with Almond Pie Crust is a classic rendition. I like to keep such nostalgic dishes fairly straight forward. The only artist license I took was with the crust.
I tweaked my favorite pie crust recipe by incorporating ground almonds and amaretto. The almonds create a slightly more brittle, but exquisitely flaky crust and the amaretto deepens the sweet, nutty flavor. It is a superb crust, if I do say so myself!
Fresh Blueberry Pie with Almond Pie Crust is a fabulous dessert for your Independence Day celebration this year. Make it the day before, so it has plenty of time to cool and set.
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