Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Charmed Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

Hello, friends! This is my inaugural post here at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen and I'm thrilled!

For the next twelve months, I am going to be posting about all things pie (and tart too) and will begin by announcing that the first book in my new Charmed Pie Shoppe Series, Pies and Prejudice, will be released a year from now.

Why is that exciting? Because it gives me a chance to launch a contest. In fact, I'm going to give away pie-related goodies every month, but this month, I'm looking for a pie recipe from one of you foodies to appear in Pies and Prejudice. If yours is picked, you'll appear as a walk-on character and your recipe will be printed in the book. I could really use a creamy pie. I've got one with apples and one with pecans and two savories already and could really use a meringue or a key lime, for example.

The Prize: My heroine, an unwitting enchantress named Ella Mae LeFaye, gets to work from the commercial kitchen in the back of her darling butter-yellow pie shop in the mountains of northwest Georgia. Most of us don't, so I've posted a pic of some of my favorite pie making tools. The recipe winner will get all the items pictured. (Yay!)
This should help you work a little of Ella Mae's "magic" in the kitchen.

And now, onto the Charmed Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 (9 inch) store-bought graham cracker crust
2/3 granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

Directions:

Rinse blueberries and spread out to dry. Pick off any stems (my trusty assistant was assigned this task).

In a small bowl, blend cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. In a second bowl, use hand mixer to beat whipping cream until peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spread onto graham cracker crust.

In a large saucepan, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, water and lemon juice and stir until smooth. Stir in blueberries. Bring to a boil over medium head and cook for
2 minutes or until thickened. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until serving.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.

42 comments:

  1. Wow! That pie looks great! The best part is the crust! I dont have to roll it out.

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  2. This looks awesome! And your new series sounds like another one of those where I'll gain five pounds just reading it.

    Where do we submit recipes for the contest? I have one in mind that might work. It was my granny's signature pie and when I was a kid I could have eaten in three times a day.

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  3. Great question, Booklady! Just post the name of the pie here (and maybe a line saying what's it in) and I'm already DYING to here yours!

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  4. Chocolate Meringue Pie. It has a creamy chocolate base that Granny always cooked on the stove using her cast iron skillet (which I inherited). And she made the crust from scratch (she tried teaching me - picture pie crust on the ceiling), and she would beat the egg whites for the meringue by hand. And the meringue was always a mile high and beautiful. My mother always tried to make this pie and her poor meringues would shrink and pull away from the the edges of the pie and end up as a tiny blob in the middle of the pie. When I bake this pie, the meringue looks much like Granny's - not quite as tall and it doesn't pull away from the edges, but once it's out of the oven, the meringue - falls, I guess - for lack of better word. Just makes miss her more. I might just have to try again this weekend.

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  5. Oh, wow, Booklady! Drooling at 8:30 in the morn'.

    Thanks, Wendy! I already feel at home! :)

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  6. A post on food in books -- http://readingadventures.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-cooking-writers-banquet-series.html

    May be back w/ pie.

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  7. Also, if you should need a guess the secret ingredient pie recipe, I have a Surprise Apple pie recipe that I found in a children's book a decade ago. I made it for the staff my new school this past Children's Book Week and offered a prize if they could guess the ingredient. Even my picky teen (the youngest hooligan) loves it.

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  8. NOW THAT IS INDEED A CONTEST!!!!

    OK, what are the rules, where do i submit??? How long do I have to come up with something???

    And can my character toss a meringue pie in someone's face... Always wanted to do that.

    Oh, and welcome to the blog!

    Dave

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  9. WooHoo! I've been picking blueberries for a week or so, this loooks like it will soon be on my menu!
    If you go over to my blog, http://oldentimes.wordpress.com and look around, there is a recipe for my semi-famous upside down lemon pie. The merengue is the crust that you might be interested in.

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  10. I wish I had an original and wonderful creamy pie recipe, but this recipe looks amazing! And so timely with blueberry season in full swing.

    I am really looking forward to the new series. It sounds wonderful!!

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  11. Dave, just post a comment here with the name/type of pie. I sure could use a meringue if you've got one!

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  12. Emilie Richards ran a pie contest and came up w/ some great choices, such as Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie -- http://www.emilierichards.com/blog/2011/07/our-grand-prize-winner-in-the-great-pie-prize-giveaway/

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  13. Oh, yum, yum, yum--and no fair! So many pies, so little time!

    Love the Print Friendly option. Of course I print out all these recipes.

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  14. Hard to limit myself to just one. so here are two faves. We had a frozen chocolate pecan pie last week (chocolate, pecans, brown sugar, whipped cream, rum) -- great summer dessert!, and another fave at our house is chocolate chip pie.

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  15. Welcome to the blog Ellery.

    I'm not a fan of pies, but I do love how they look and are presented.

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  16. Cathy, I've got a chocolate bourbon pecan pie in the book already. But the chocolate chip pie would be fun. I could add it to the kids' menu at the Charmed Pie Shoppe!

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  17. I am determined to convert you, Dru!

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