4th of July Dessert Recipe: Star Spangled Blueberry Pie
There’s nothing better than blueberry pie on the 4th of July. The blueberries are juicy and sweet because they’re in season, and everybody loves a good piece of pie at a barbeque or cookout. That in itself is a reason to celebrate! When I make a blueberry pie, I always use my delicious Cognac Barrel-aged Pure Vanilla Extract, and I add a little cinnamon. Follow my lead and you’ll be sharing a blueberry pie recipe that really shines. I also love making blueberry jam with leftover blueberries, but that’s a story for another day!
Bonus: blueberries make for an easy pie recipe.
Blueberry pie is one of the easiest fruit pies to make because you don’t have to peel or pit anything. It’s also one of our most traditional pies, as blueberries are native to North America. Americans have been making blueberry pies since the first immigrants arrived here from Europe.
How to Pick the Best Blueberries for a Blueberry Pie
In order to make a good blueberry pie, you’ll want to choose the right blueberries. Go for the bluest berries you can find. Avoid soft and blemished blueberries. If you find some good ones, stock up! Don’t worry about wasting them—you can just freeze them for later use. Certain berries are more flavorful than others. Wild blueberries are my first choice when I can find them.
How to Freeze Blueberries: The Individual Quick Freeze Method
If you do decide to stock up, here’s a pro tip for how to freeze blueberries: the “individual quick freeze” method. This is the best way to freeze fresh berries (and really, any fruit pieces).
Here’s how it works:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then lay the fresh fruit out evenly over the pan. Stick the whole thing in the freezer, and let it freeze!
Once your fruit is frozen, you can transfer it to a freezer bag and keep it on hand for up to 6 months.
I love using this blueberry freezing method whenever I’m lucky enough to get fresh-picked berries right off the stand at my local farmer’s market. I’m telling you, I stock up! The best part, of course, is enjoying that fresh blueberry flavor all year long.
Tips and Tricks: Making a Blueberry Pie to Remember
My Star Spangled Blueberry Pie is my favorite dessert to serve at 4th of July gatherings. Since the 4th of July usually means a lot of guests will be around, I like to make it pretty—just to add another layer of enjoyment! My friends and family certainly deserve it, and I bet yours do, too. The extra pizzazz is easy to achieve: just break out your star-shaped cookie cutters (or cut out stars by hand) and place them on top of the unbaked pie before putting it into the oven. Remember to give them a brush of egg wash and a sprinkle of sugar so they come out nicely browned and sparkly!
Serving Up Your Blueberry Pie for 4th of July and Summer Entertaining
This festive 4th of July pie is perfect for your next summer buffet, picnic, or any outdoor get-together. Of course, the best way to serve this (and most pies) is with vanilla ice cream. I don’t skimp on the quality of my ice cream, especially if I put in the time to make a homemade pie. My personal favorites are Ben and Jerry’s or Häagen Dazs. If you really want to go all out, you could pair this pie with some of my homemade Sweet Corn Ice Cream. Now I’m getting hungry!