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Blueberry Dream Pie

This showstopping pie can be decorated to fit any season. I like to make hearts for Valentine's Day, flowers for spring, stars for Independence Day and even leaves for fall. Have fun with it! —Kerry Nakayama, New York, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • Dough for double-crust pie
  • CHEESE FILLING:
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • BLUEBERRY FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 6 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint or 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 large egg white, beaten

Directions

  • On a floured surface, roll each dough disk to fit a 9-in. deep-dish cast-iron or other cast-iron skillet. Line skillet with bottom crust. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Line unpricked crust with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 375°.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and lemon juice until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk until blended. Spread into crust.
  • In a large saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour and cornstarch; stir in water until smooth. Stir in 2 cups berries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Cool slightly. Gently stir in the lemon juice, mint and remaining berries. Pour over cheese filling.
  • Cut decorative cutouts in remaining crust; arrange over filling, leaving center uncovered. Brush crust with egg white; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Bake at 375° until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 35-40 minutes. If necessary, cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 442 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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