BA’s Best Blueberry Pie

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Pie DoughStep 1

Whisk 3½ cups (437 g) all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp. (25 g) granulated sugar, and 1½ tsp. Diamond Crystal or ¾ tsp. Morton kosher salt in a large bowl. Toss 1½ cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces, in dry ingredients with your fingertips to evenly coat. Working quickly and aggressively, rub butter into dry ingredients with your fingertips and palms to smash butter into flour and incorporate completely, creating some pieces that are flat and thin and some that are pea-size and irregular.

Step 2

Stir ¼ cup chilled vodka, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, and ¼ cup ice water (or ½ cup ice water if you’re not using vodka; the vodka cooks off and makes for a tender, flaky crust) in a small bowl. Drizzle over dough, then mix with a fork until shaggy pieces form. Knead in bowl with your hands a couple of times until a shaggy dough forms (it will look quite dry, which is exactly what it should look like). Transfer large clumps of dough to a work surface. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. ice water over remaining smaller bits of dough in bowl and knead again to bring it together. Add to dough on work surface.

Step 3

Divide dough in half. Working with one half, press it together into a single mass, incorporating dry bits, then pat down to make a ¾"-thick block. Using a bench scraper or knife, divide block into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, tucking any unincorporated dry bits in between layers, and press down to combine, flattening into one mass again. Form dough into a ¾"-thick disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Keeping dough wrapped in plastic, use your fingertips and the heels of your palms to press in any rough spots or remaining dry bits of dough around edges. Chill at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.

Do ahead: Dough can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled, or freeze up to 1 month.

Blueberry Filling and AssemblyStep 4

Toss 4 pt. fresh blueberries, rinsed, drained, 5 Tbsp. (35 g) cornstarch, 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest, 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, ¼ tsp. kosher salt, and ¾ cup raw sugar (139 g) or granulated sugar (150 g) in a large bowl. Let blueberry mixture sit 30 minutes to soften berries and extract juices.

Step 5

Meanwhile, let dough sit at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Working one at a time, roll out disks on a lightly floured surface to ⅛" thick (about 16" in diameter) with a rolling pin. Transfer one round to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill while you make lattice. Cut remaining round into twelve 1" strips. Place another piece of parchment over whole round on baking sheet, then transfer strips to parchment and chill.

Step 6

Position oven rack in center of oven; preheat to 425°. Line another rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place in oven.

Step 7

Carefully transfer whole dough round to pie dish (make sure it’s a deep pie dish—super critical). Lift up edges and allow dough to slump down into dish (if it’s too cold to be pliable, let it warm up slightly first). Gently press dough into edges of dish, if needed. Trim, leaving about a ½" overhang. Gently scrape in blueberry filling and smooth top.

Step 8

Beat 1 large egg with 1 tsp. water in a small bowl. Lay 6 dough strips vertically across filling so that they are parallel to each other, leaving about ½" between them. (Tip: It’s easiest to start in the middle and work outward.)

Step 9

Rotate pie plate about 15° (if the top of the pie is the 12 o’clock mark, turn it to 2 o’clock). Lay another 6 strips vertically over first set so that they create a tight angle, or narrow “X” pattern, at the points where they cross. Very little filling should be visible; the dough will shrink, and these gaps will widen as pie bakes. Advanced bakers (you know who you are): weave the lattice, if desired. Trim dough ends so strips overhang bottom round by ½". Working around edge of pie plate, fold loose ends under bottom round, pinching each gently to seal. Crimp edges decoratively, if desired. Brush edges and lattice lightly with egg wash, then sprinkle surface with raw sugar.

Step 10

Transfer pie dish to freezer and chill 10 minutes. Transfer pie dish to preheated baking sheet. Bake pie 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375°. Continue to bake until crust is deep golden brown and juices are thick and vigorously bubbling, 75–90 minutes (check at the 60- and 75-minute marks and loosely tent with foil if it seems to be overbrowning; the juices will start to bubble at around 75 minutes but will thicken and bubble faster in the last 15 minutes of cook time, so don’t be tempted to pull it out until the bubbles are really going). If using a clear pie dish, check underneath to make sure bottom crust is evenly browned.

Step 11

Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 4 hours before serving. Yes, it smells amazing, and yes, people love warm pie. But if you don’t give it time to set up properly, the filling will be runny when you cut into it. Serve with vanilla ice cream (if using).

Do ahead: Pie can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool, then cover with foil and store at room temperature.

Photo by Laura Murray, Styling by Anna Billingskog