Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird

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April 27, 2023
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Thank you to the US Highbush Blueberry Council for sponsoring this easy blueberry pie recipe through Mom It Forward. I was compensated for this post, but my love for blueberries is real.

We love blueberries in our house. LOVE them! When my oldest was a toddler, we went over to a friend’s house for a pancake breakfast, and we were supposed to bring the blueberries. We showed up with a meager half pint, and my son ate them all before they could ever be added to the pancakes! Things haven’t changed, and these little blue beauties still don’t last long in our house.

Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird

Needless to say, when I was asked to write a post about blueberries, I jumped at the chance! More often than not we eat our berries by the handful or in cereal since they are so good on their own, so I wanted to write a recipe that really allowed the wonderful blueberry flavor to shine. Blueberry pie seemed perfect since there are so few other ingredients getting between you and your sweet, juicy blueberries. Another reason I was inspired to make this easy blueberry pie is that my husband gave me an adorable pie bird for Christmas. I had never seen such a thing but have been excited to use it. (So excited that it took me two months to get around to it…) The idea is that it allows steam to escape from the pie to avoid filling explosions and to prevent soggy crusts. Let’s see how it works!

Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird

So today, let’s learn how to make easy blueberry pie AND use a pie bird! This pie is so simple, especially if you use storebought pie crusts like I did. Now, if you love making your crusts from scratch, by all means go for it. Personally, I am perfectly satisfied with the premade kind and love how easy they are to use. I did add a bonus ingredient to this pie: Cream cheese. I have been seeing lots of king cake recipes lately since Mardi Gras is approaching, and they bring back fond memories of growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where king cakes are plentiful. My favorite filling has always been blueberry cream cheese, so I tried to bring a little of that taste to this blueberry pie recipe. The cream cheese addition did not disappoint!

Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird

Now, let’s take a photo tour of this easy blueberry pie recipe and how to use the pie bird. The full recipe is at the end of the post.

Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
First, wash your gorgeous blueberries with cold water and drain.
Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
In a large bowl, stir together berries, flour, and sugar.
Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
Line your pie pan with pie crust. Place pie bird in the center of the crust, and pour berries around the bird. Drop dollops of cream cheese all around the top.
Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
Cut a small “X” in the center of the other pie crust, and lay it over the top of the pie, allowing the bird’s head to poke through the “X”. Pinch the dough around the bird’s shoulders. Bake. (If you aren’t using a pie bird, cut a few slits in the dough to allow the pie to vent.)
Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
After your pie has cooled, cut the first wedge with the bird still in place.
Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
Carefully remove the bird. A little crust may stick to the bird as seen here, but it’s OK.
Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird
Now you are ready to enjoy your pie!
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Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird

Easy Blueberry Pie and How to Use a Pie Bird

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This simple pie is a perfect way to showcase the natural sweetness of flavor of fresh blueberries.

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 pie crusts for 9” pie pan at room temperature storebought or homemade
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries (about 4 1/2 c.)
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1/3 c. cream cheese optional
  • 2 tsp. sanding sugar optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line 9″ pie pan with one pie crust. Place pie bird in the center of crust if using one.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together clean blueberries, sugar, and flour. Pour into prepared pan around the pie bird (if using one). Drop cream cheese dollops about ½ tsp. each all over the top of the filling.
  4. Cut a small “X” in the center of the top crust if using a pie bird, and lay crust over the filling, allowing the bird’s head to poke through the “X”. (If not using a pie bird, skip the center “X” and cut a few slits in a nice pattern on the top.) Crimp the edges of the crust with your fingers or fork tines, and trim away the excess. Sprinkle sanding sugar evenly over the pie.
  5. Place pie on a baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool almost completely before cutting.
  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40

Thank you again to the US Highbush Blueberry Council for sponsoring this post through Mom It Forward.

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

19 comments

George
5 years ago

Can’t wait to try out my Christmas pie bird with this pie over the weekend.

Sarah E
10 years ago

Wow this pie was super easy! I saw this and pinned it, and also requested (more demanded) to get a pie bird for my birthday! My boyfriend did not dissapointe, and I am the proud owner of my very own pie bird!
So of course I had to come to my inspiration and use it right away.

I made this pie and it was amazing! I love blueberries and the crust came out perfectly!
Thank you for posting this!!

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Sarah! I am SO sorry it took me a few days to get back to you, but I really appreciated your message! That is so fun that my post inspired you to get a pie bird. What does yours look like? I’m so happy you liked the recipe, and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know :)

wendi mattson
10 years ago

YUMMMMY!!! Looks amazing! You have made it seem possible for me to make a tasty blueberry pie…I have not been very successful in the past, my poor family..LOL!! Thank You!!

Andi
10 years ago

This is seriously just about the easiest pie you can make, so I’m sure yours is going to turn out great! You don’t have to have a pie bird of course. Just cut a few slits in the top, and it’s done when the crust browns and filling starts to bubble through the slits. Let me know how it turns out!

Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats
10 years ago

Hi Andy,

Such a beautiful pie and cute pie bird. I have never heard or seen one before. I think I totally need one for gluten free baking.

Now I totally have “Sing A Song Of Six Pence” stuck in my head.

Andi
10 years ago

That’s better than having “Gangnam Style” stuck in your head, which is usually the case for me since my kids (even the 2-year-old!) sing it all the time! I hope you find a cute pie bird if you decide to pick one up. Thanks for stopping by!

Dana Rodriguez
10 years ago

Thank you for sharing Andi!!That pie looks delicious!I love blueberries and I love easy so I pinned this so I can make it soon :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Dana! I was so surprised a few years ago when I found out how few ingredients you need for blueberry pie. It’s one of my favorites!

Kelly
10 years ago

This pie looks incredible Andi – the pie bird is adorable! Love blueberry pie and adding cream cheese to the filling sounds amazing:) Pinning!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you so much, Kelly! Have a great weekend!

Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy
10 years ago

DROOLING!!! What an absolutely stunning pie, Andi! I am dying to try this amazing recipe! Thank you for the giveaway – I entered and crossing my fingers I win! Thanks lady! XO!

Andi
10 years ago

You are so sweet, Jen! Thank you! It would be fun if you were the winner — good luck!

Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
10 years ago

I love how simple this recipe is, Andi! :) And the pie bird is adorable! Pinned.
And thank you for the giveaway!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing it, Carrie. Good luck in the giveaway!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
10 years ago

Love! Love! All of your beautiful pictures. I got a pie bird awhile back and it sits prettily in my kitchen area but I never knew how to use it. My mother never used one, so why would I type thing. I’m excited to try it out now. Also love the idea of cream cheese in a blueberry pie!

Andi
10 years ago

The crust did turn out perfectly brown and crisp, so maybe the pie bird is worth a try! I had never seen or used one either, so I had to do research to know how to use it. I hope this helped you, and thanks so much for your sweet comment, Laura!

Brittany @ The Domestic Geek
10 years ago

This looks amazing! I love the idea of adding cream cheese to the blueberry pie. You have to try making your own pie crust though, it’s so easy and makes every pie taste so much better. I use a recipe that only uses flour, butter, salt, and water. It’s also nice to have so you can whip up a pie without having to run to the store.

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Brittany! I have made my own pie crust, like twice, but I always wimp out and buy the premade ones! You are very convincing though, so I’ll have to go check out your recipe :)

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