Shortcut blueberry pie



15 min


8 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 5 minutes, Refrigeration Time: 300 minutes
Shortcut blueberry pie

Andreas Trauttmansdorff


  • 18 to 20 shortbread cookies
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 to 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 4 cups fresh or 2 300-g pkgs frozen unsweetened blueberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Coarsely break cookies and place in a food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs form. Pick out any large chunks (and eat them!). Crumbs should measure about 2 cups (500 mL). Turn into a bowl. Using a fork, stir in melted butter until evenly moist. Press onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch (23-cm) pie plate.
  • In a small bowl, stir 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch (or 2 tbsp/30 mL if using frozen berries) with water until dissolved. Place fresh or unthawed frozen berries, sugar and ginger in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in cornstarch mixture. Boil, stirring constantly, until thickened, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in butter, lemon peel and vanilla. Pour into crust. Spread to edge of pie plate. Refrigerate, uncovered, until set, 5 hours or overnight. Great with a dollop of whipped cream. Leftovers will keep well, covered and refrigerated, up to 2 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 198,
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.3 g,
  • Fat
  • 9.5 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.8 g,
  • Sodium
  • 128 mg.

While blueberries are best eaten fresh, few people can resist the allure of a blueberry pie. This one delivers all the taste with half the work, so it’s perfect for a beginner baker or time-pressed pastry pro.

Fresh Versus Frozen

* You can use either fresh or frozen berries in most pie, cake, quick-bread and sauce recipes.

* Don’t thaw frozen blueberries. Stir frozen into dough or batter. Use a light hand – berry juices can turn batter a dull grey.

* To freeze fresh blueberries, rinse, pat dry and spread out on a tray in a single layer. Place in the freezer. Once frozen, seal in plastic bags up to 9 months.