Open Face Blueberry Pie

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


This luscious blueberry pie starts with 2 whole pounds of blueberries that get cooked down into a thick flavorful filling.  Then 2 more pounds of plump whole blueberries get added into the filling.  In each bite, you get a mouthful of plump whole blueberries and thick luscious filling.  It’s perfect!!




  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup good quality lard, frozen
  • 1/2 cup real unsalted butter, frozen
  • 6 tablespoons of ice water
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar


  • 8 cups frozen or fresh blueberries, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



  1. Make the pie dough.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.  Remove 1/2 cup of the flour and set it aside.  Grate or shave the frozen lard on a box grater.  Grate or shave the butter or cut the butter into small cubes.  Add the lard and butter to the bowl of flour.  Using your hands, work the lard and butter into the flour.  Once it’s worked in, add the remaining flour and lightly mix it in, but don’t work it in with your hands.    Add the ice water and vinegar and work the dough lightly with your hands just until it comes together.  Do not overwork the dough or it will become tough when baked.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and lightly sprinkle dough with flour so that it’s not sticky.  Pat dough into a disc.  Cut the disc in half.  Form the dough into 2 separate discs and wrap them in plastic wrap.  Place one disc in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Wrap the other disc tightly in the plastic wrap and place it in a freezer bag and freeze it to use later.
  3. After 30 minutes, unwrap the refrigerated disc of dough and place it on a well-floured surface.  Roll the dough out to where it big enough to fit the bottom and insides of a 9-inch pie dish with about a 1/2 inch overhang.
  4. Transfer the rolled pie dough to the pie dish.  Fold the overhang of the dough under the edge of the pie dough all the way around the edge of the pie dish.  Crimp or flute the edges of the dough as desired.
  5. Refrigerate the pie shell for 30 minutes.
  6. Prebake the pie shell.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Using a fork, prick the bottom and sides of the pie shell.  This is called docking the pie shell.  It helps keep the pie crust from puffing up when it is baking.  Crumple up a piece of parchment paper and spread it open again.  Place it in the pie shell.  Fill the pie shell with ceramic pie weights or dried beans.
  8. Bake the pie shell for about 20 minutes until it is set and the edges of the crust are starting to lightly brown.  Remove the pie weights or beans and continue baking the crust until it is golden brown.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


  1. Add 4 cups of the blueberries, cornstarch, and sugar to a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until the blueberries start to pop and release some of their juices.  Reduce heat to medium and continue to stir slowly but constantly, until all of the blueberries have popped and the mixture begins to be reduced and thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  2. Add the remaining 4 cups of blueberries and gently stir just enough to coat the blueberries.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prebaked pie shell and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3 hours.  The filling needs time to chill and set up.
  4. Serve cold or warm with ice cream.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.


You can use frozen or fresh blueberries in this recipe.  I buy lots of blueberries when they’re on sale and freeze them.  If you use frozen blueberries, they will release some of their juices while thawing.  Add the blueberries and any juices to the saucepan.

Prep time includes time for making and baking the pie crust in this recipe.  Prep time for the filling only is about 30 minutes.

  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Cook

Keywords: blueberry pie, pie, desserts, fresh fruit, fruit pie, summer pies,