Grandma’s Blueberry Cream Pie

My grandma instilled in me the love of cooking.  She taught me that there is a magic in food.  That it brings people together.  That it comforts and that it can bind a family together.

When I was little summers tasted like blueberries…and family smelled like fresh baked blueberry pie.

Grandma never had central air conditioning.  At 80-something, she still doesn’t…  turning on the window A/C is a sign of weakness.  I don’t remember minding it when I was little, but now it seems hotter, and  I worry that she will over heat.  I tell her to turn on the A/C… I tell her that I worry…. but she is pig-headed.  I can call her that, because I love her…. and because sometimes I catch a glimpse of what I might be like at 80-something…. heaven help the nieces and nephews who are left to deal with me.  Hopefully by then I too will have filled their memories with blueberries, comfort and love…. and they will find themselves as I find myself now…. Blessed, worried, aggravated and amused… in equal parts.

 

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Grandma’s Blueberry Cream Pie

 Ingredients:

  •  1 c. – Sugar
  • 3 c. – Blueberries
  • 1 tsp. – Cinnamon
  • 3 tbls. – Corn Starch

Cream Filling:

  • 8 oz – Cream Cheese
  • 1 can – Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 c. – Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. – Vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. – Cinnamon

Directions :

Heat blueberries with a dash of water over medium heat; add ¾ cup sugar and cinnamon.  Mix ¼ cup sugar with corn starch.  Slowly add mixture to boiling berries. Stir until thickened.

Combine cream filling ingredients in a large bowl, blending well.

Pour cream mixture into already prepared crust; top with blueberry mixture.

Refrigerate before serving.

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