Honey-Sweetened Einkorn Blueberry Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie 

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Ingredients

Ingredients for the crust:
  • 2¼ cups  (270 g) all-purpose einkorn  flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar, plus more for dusting (optional, helps the crust brown)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (170 g) unsalted butter, cold and cut in ¼-inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons of ice cold water
  • Egg yolk with 1 tablespoon milk (optional)
  Ingredients for the filling:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 7 cups (875 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup (170 g) honey
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca, arrowroot or corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Make the crust: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, and salt. Place uncovered in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes until butter is very firm. 
  2. Fill a measuring cup ¾ full with water and place in the freezer until it starts to freeze. Move the water to the refrigerator until needed.
  3. Using your hands, squeeze the butter into the flour. At first, the butter will be too firm to squeeze, but the warmth of your hands will start to soften the butter and slowly, you’ll be able to work the butter into the flour until you have flat pieces of butter covered in flour and dispersed throughout the mixture. It is important for the butter not to soften to room temperature, which might happen if you overwork the butter or your kitchen or hands are very hot. If the butter becomes very soft, place the bowl back in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Do not be concerned if you see larger pieces of butter.
  4. Add 5 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of cold water to the dough, and continue to squeeze the dough in your hands until it begins to stick together. This might take up to a minute, and the dough will seem dry at first. Once the dough begins to stick, dust your work surface lightly with flour, and knead the dough briefly until the flour is absorbed by the butter. (If you did not weigh the ingredients with a scale, you may have added more flour and may need more water, but only add 1 tablespoon at a time).
  5. The dough should weigh about 500g, so divide it into two pieces, one about 30% larger than the other (300 g). With your fingers, shape each piece of dough into a disc about 6-inches in diameter. Wrap the smaller piece in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. If the larger piece is still very cold, you may begin to roll it out. If it has softened too much, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. On a piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour, roll the larger disc into an 11-inch round. Invert the dough using the paper onto the pie dish, fold under and crimp the edges. Place the dish in the freezer.
  7. For a lattice top, roll the smaller disc into a 10 x 10-inch square. Place the dough on the parchment in the refrigerator. 
Make the filling: 
  1. For the best results, add the butter, blueberries, and honey to a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the starch to a small bowl, then pour about a ½ cup of the blueberry juices (it’s ok if you add whole blueberries too) to the bowl and whisk until you have a smooth paste. Stir the starch mixture into the blueberries and cook for 5 minutes more, until the juices have thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Let the blueberry filling cool completely before adding it to the pie. To speed up the process, you can transfer the blueberry filling to a medium bowl, then place it on top of a large bowl full of ice.
  2. For a quick blueberry filling, add the blueberries to a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the starch with 2 tablespoons of water until you have a thick paste. Stir in the honey and lemon juice, then mix well with the blueberries. 
Assemble the pie:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  2. Remove the pie dish and the rolled disc of dough from the freezer. Transfer the blueberry filling to the pie dish. With a pastry wheel, cut ten 1-inch wide strips.
  3. For a lattice top on the cooked filling, place five paralell strips of dough, spaced evenly, across the dish. Rotate the dish so the strips are on a diagonal, the place five strips on top. The crust will shrink during baking, so cut the trim the strips long enough to attach them to the crimped edges. Alternatively, if you’ve rolled the top out to a round, you can place the dough on top, and fold down the edges and crimp. Do not pull the dough too tight. Cut a few vents into the dough.
  4. For a lattice top on an uncooked filling, add the blueberries to the pie dish and dot the butter on top. Place five paralell strips of dough, spaced evenly, across the dish. Counting from left to right, fold strips two and four toward you, leaving about an inch from the edge. Place one strip across perpendicularly, fold down the strips. Now, fold one, three, and five back about an inch from the perpendicular strip, then add another strip. Continue in this way for five strips, alternating the strips to fold.
  5. For a deeper colored crust, brush the top and sides of the pie with egg wash and dust with sugar.
  6. Bake the pie on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Lower the oven to 350°F, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
  7.  Place the pie on a rack and let cool for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours before slicing. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 day, and in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Additional Tips

Plan ahead, at least 1 hour before beginning, to get all ingredients in the crust super cold, which will result in a flaky, not tough or crumbly, pie crust.