Have you ever baked a pie in a cast iron skillet?
Everyone has been asking me how I made this amazing Blueberry Skillet Pie with flaky crust. Well, I’m going to tell you! My dad bought me a few Lodge cast-iron skillets for Christmas and I love them. My dad has always bought things that are practical and that you can really use as gifts. He’s a very smart man! Nothing better than baking and cooking just like your grandmother did. There was a reason her cooking was so darn good!
A few months back we made the trip to Harmony, North Carolina to look at flatbeds for my truck. I’ll be completely honest that we had no intention of buying one at the place we went. This particular dealership has an enormous amount of flatbeds in stock to look at and I could select the one I wanted. But, I always love a road trip through the country. Don’t you?!
On any road trip, Scott will always say to me “if you want to stop somewhere, say something.” I had spotted this cute little feed and grain store on our way to the dealership, so on the way back I spoke up and asked him to stop. Lowry Livestock Feeds, in Harmony, North Carolina was the coolest place. Really, a farmgirl’s heaven. They were the kind of old-fashioned store that had your typical feed, and then all the fixings. Dog collars, a little horse tack, locally produced raw honey, jams and everything else I could imagine. Loved this place. If you are ever in this area, you need to stop by and check them out! The nice, older gentlemen who waited on us had a glowing smile and still hand-writes receipts. You don’t find that kind of service these days.
On the way back, we stopped at the farmers market in Colfax. This is by far one of my favorite farmers markets in North Carolina. Farm stand after farm stand stocked with fresh produce, berries and locally produced or made products- which I love! Wild blueberries were in the peak of the season and I picked up a bunch. I asked the grower if I purchased a full flat if they would give me a discount, and they did. That’s less berries to sit in the hot sun for them, money directly into the farmers pocket and plenty of berries for me to bake pies or make homemade jams. These little babies are packed full of flavor, along with nutrients to keep a healthy body. Our freezer is stocked up with plenty of these delicious blueberries. But, before stocking the freezer, I made probably the best pie I’ve ever made thus far. Seriously, if you’ve never made a pie in a cast-iron skillet, the time is now! The recipe for this delicious Blueberry Skillet Pie is below. Let me know how yours turns out!
Blueberry Skillet Pie
- 9- inch Lodge cast-iron skillet
- pie dough double crust
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 4 to 5 cups fresh wild blueberries small ones have more flavor
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup instant tapioca
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a large bowl, mix the blueberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, tapioca and nutmeg with a spoon. Set aside.
Brush the canola oil in the bottom and sides of your cast-iron pan, either using your fingers or a clean paper towel.
Roll out the bottom round of the pie dough. Gently place into the skillet. Trim the edges with kitchen shears. Keep your pie dough cold and try to not overwork it. This will ensure it is flaky.
Add your blueberry filling.
Roll out the top round of the pie dough. Gently place it on top of the entire pie. Trim the edges if necessary. Roll under the crust edges and pinch with your fingers. Slice a few air holes in the top center of the pie. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 40 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375 degrees F to finish baking for about another 20 to 30 minutes or until your crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. (I usually put a piece of aluminum foil over the entire pie about half way through baking, slice a hole in the center of the aluminum foil to let steam out) this will keep the pie cooking without burning it or turning the crust too dark.
Let cool completely before slicing.
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