Blueberry Pie Filing

Ingredients

2pints blueberries (4 cups)
3⁄4cup sugar
3tablespoons cornstarch
3tablespoons water
1teaspoon lemon zest
1⁄2teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄4teaspoon nutmeg
2tablespoons unsalted butter

Method

Combine 1 cup berries with 3/4 cup sugar in pan.

Simmer on low heat until sugar is melted and mixture is very liquid; about 5 minutes.

Combine cornstarch and water in bowl.
Add to pan with blueberries.

Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to full boil and is clear and thick.

Pour hot mixture into large bowl. Let
cool until warm.

Fold in remaining 3 cups of blueberries, lemon rind, cinnamon,nutmeg and butter.

Let cool before adding to pie crust.
Add top crust and brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar.

Preheat oven to 400°F but reduce heat to 375°F when you put pie in oven. Bake about 40 minutes. Check pie halfway through baking; cover edges with a strip of foil if edges are getting too brown.

*****This technique works for any delicate fruit such as raspberries or strawberries.

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