Father's Day Blueberry Pie (an Admittedly Weird Family Tradition)

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Every family has its own distinctive -- very distinctive, in my case -- Father's Day tradition. For as long as I can remember, this holiday would involve my sister and I reluctantly participating in some sort of sports-related activity with my sports-loving dad: golf, riding bikes, maybe batting cages. Then, my mom would make us all dinner including my dad's favorite dessert -- a homemade blueberry pie.


Come to think of it, I sort of dreaded Father's Day as a kid: I hated sports and I hated blueberry pie. But, you know, I loved my dad; so, of course, I wouldn't dream of not participating. And anyways, it was cool just hanging out with him, even if I didn't love the activities or the food.

As an adult, I've continued to hate sports but I've come to love blueberry pie. Maybe it's because my taste got more sophisticated, but I suspect it's also because it reminds me of my dad. Here's my mom's recipe -- it's a classic in our house.

Father's Day Blueberry Pie

  • Pastry dough for double crust pie
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Roll out first crust and press into a pie plate.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, lemon peel, and juice. Add blueberries and toss until coated. If using frozen berries, let mixture stand for 30 minutes or until berries are partly thawed but still icy.

Transfer berries to crust. Trim pastry to edge of pie plate. Place second crust on top and seal. Cut slits in top. Brush top with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Cover edge with foil (to keep it from burning). Bake at 375 for 25 minutes for fresh berries; 50 minutes for frozen. Remove foil and bake until top is golden brown for 20 to 25 minutes for fresh; 20 to 30 minutes for frozen.

What's your family's Father's Day food tradition?


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