The holidays are right around the corner, which has me thinking about pie :-) My dear friend, Becki, is the pie queen when it comes to holiday pies. Many years ago (Becki and I have been friends for over ten years) I marveled at all the pies she would make for Thanksgiving or Christmas. But when I used to feel the need for pie, I would go out and buy one. Not anymore of course. Since starting our restricted diet seven years ago I've conquered homemade "cheesecakes," pecan pie, apple pie, and more. One at a time. Today I decided to go for another one of my honey's favorites: blueberry pie.
I based this blueberry pie on my strawberry rhubarb pie. Rhubarb needs more sugar than other pies though, so I was able to use half as much sugar as the strawberry rhubarb pie, and it came out plenty sweet enough. I also used an egg in place of the applesauce/chia seed meal in the crust, which you can do if you like.
Pre-bake this this crust for only 5 minutes. Set aside.
Note: I've been making this crust without the baking powder, and it's been turning out fine.
Add to medium size pot:
About 5 cups frozen blueberries
Note: Do not defrost them. We're going to use their liquids and coconut sugar to make a syrup.
1/4 cup coconut sugar (which is low glycemic index)
10 drops vanilla liquid stevia
Bring to simmer over medium heat.
Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, strain the blueberries from the liquids and add them to a bowl.
Simmer the liquids for another 10 minutes.
At the end of the 10 minutes, whisk 2 teaspoons agar powder into the bubbling liquids.
Turn off the heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons arrowroot (tapioca flour would probably work also).
Add the thickened syrup to the blueberries in the bowl (the blueberries should still be hot so the agar doesn't start to harden).
Add the filling to the partially baked crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for another 7 minutes only.
Let cool on the counter for half an hour, chill in the freezer for half an hour more, then serve.
(It's meant to be room temperature—the freezer just speeds up the process :-)
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