The 4th of July weekend full of barbequing, beer, relaxing at the beach and, of course, fireworks, has come and past. I don’t know about you, but the 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Every summer when I was little I would visit my family in Buffalo, NY, and stay with my Grandparents. And every summer I could expect the same great traditions that came with this amazing summer holiday.
My Grandparents live in the adorable, all-American small town of East Aurora, NY– complete with a quaint Main Street, a Five & Dime store (Vidlers!) and amazing 4th of July celebrations. East Aurora would always have their parade and fireworks on the 3rd and my cousin’s town of Orchard Park (the next town over) would celebrate on the 4th. This meant double the celebrations, watermelon, corn-on-the-cob, catching of fireflies and, of course, sparklers and fireworks! Those memories with my grandparents and cousins are honestly my favorite memories of my childhood and make me so much of who I am today. I could go on all day about my love of my grandparents, cousins (who have always been best friends to me) and my love of Buffalo- but I’ll keep that for another post, because I need to get down to business and share an amazing all-American recipe with you all!
As much fun as I was having at the beach this 4th, I was feeling “homesick” for my family in Buffalo. I was deciding on a patriotic dish to make to celebrate on the 4th when Brady mentioned pie – and a light bulb went on in my head. Every summer, I would pick blueberries with my cousins at a farm nearby, and my grandma would take the berries and make THE most DELICIOUS blueberry pie I have ever tasted – and instantly I knew I had to share it with my boyfriend, friends and family here. I had never made it before- but thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some Buffalove! Once I tasted the pie- this is going to sound overly dramatic- I felt like I was transported back to those many summers, and was so happy that I got her recipe right!
My Grandma got this recipe from a friend from church many years ago, and has been making it ever since. I am not much of a cook/baker- but the beauty of this pie is that it is relatively simple, and AMAZINGLY delicious. Trust me- if I can make it- so can you!
Mr. Siedler’s Blueberry Pie
1 quart of washed blueberries
½ cup regular sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
Pie crust (I go with premade- if you wanna make your own- that’s up to you! 😉 )
*For pie crust, follow directions with pre-made crust, or use your own recipe. This is the only time you will use the oven!
1. Mix half of the blueberries with flour, salt and lemon juice
2. Place in heavy saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens to a soupy consistency (5 minutes or more)
3. Add the regular sugar and brown sugar, and continue to stir constantly until mixture is evenly combined
4. Add in remaining blueberries, stir for a few minutes to soften up the whole berries
5. Let mixture cool
6. Pour blueberry mixture in baked pie crust, and refrigerate for 3 hours (or more/less to let mixture set)
I truly hope you guys like- or LOVE- this recipe. My best friend Michelle tried a piece on Monday and loved it as much as I did, and told me I should share this recipe on my blog. If you get a chance to try it- let me know what you think, I would LOVE to hear your feedback, as this family recipe means a lot to me! Enjoy your pie and the rest of our sunny summer months and God Bless the USA!