For the 4th of July this year I decide to take advantage of the fresh blueberries California has to offer by baking a blueberry pie… with a twist! Instead of the regular cross hatch top, I made stars.  It’s probably one of the more simple Independence Day themed desserts you’ll find!

Pack of 2 pie crusts (or you could buy 1 pre-made crust and extra dough)
4 cups of blueberries (you can buy these organic!)
2 teaspoons lemon zest (aka a lemon and grater)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup sugar

Easy, right? I like when recipes don’t call for oddball things you never really keep in your kitchen.

Now, if you need to make dough, go ahead and do that but you’re on your own for a recipe! I cheated and bought a pack of pre-made dough. Start by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees F.   Pour the blueberries into a large bowl.  Grate the lemon zest into the bowl followed by the lemon juice. Next, sprinkle the mixture with the sugar followed by the flour.  Pour the blueberry mix into your pie shell (10″ works best).  Now comes the creative part!  Roll out your extra dough and use either a knife or a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes. Place the star shapes on top of the blueberry mixture.  For the stars that touch the outer crust, pinch them so that they blend into the edges.  Bake the pie for 45min or until the crust is lightly browned.


Okay, so mine looks a little funny… I cut out the stars out by hand and wasn’t sure how much they’d shrink! I’d recommend putting more stars on top than I did.  If you want the pie to set quickly (it comes out a bit runny at first) just stick it in the fridge for an hour or so.

Enjoy. 🙂