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Fresh Blueberry Pie - "Nellie's Normal Blueberry Pie"
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Delicious and addictive Fresh Blueberries in a rich crust. Fun recipe, rent "South Pacific" and enjoy the full "Nellie" experience!

S. Chokel

Serves/Makes:Serves 6-8

  • Filling:
  • 3 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup (225 ml) sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) cornstarch
  • zest of one lemon, grated
  • Crust:
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, softened
  • 2 cups (475 ml) unbleached flour, plus extra flour for dusting and rolling
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar
  • Place the blueberries in a large bowl.
  • Add the sugar and cornstarch and toss to coat evenly.
  • Add 4 tbsp (60 ml) water and the lemon zest and toss again.
  • Set aside.
  • Crust:
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (225 C.).
  • In a small bowl, combine the milk and vinegar, set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream together the shortening and butter.
  • Place the flour in a large bowl.
  • With dough blender or 2 knives, cut in the shortening mixture.
  • Add the milk and mix thoroughly with wooden spoon--the dough will be very sticky.
  • Liberally dusting your hands and the dough with flour, work the dough until you can form a ball.
  • Divide the ball into 2 equal parts.
  • On a well-floured surface, roll out part in a circle for the bottom crust.
  • When the circle is about 1/8" thick, press into a pie pan and trim, leaving an edge sufficient for attaching the upper crust.
  • Fill the bottom crust with the blueberry mixture.
  • Roll out the top crust and place over the pie.
  • Trim the edge.
  • Trim with a fork and then join the crusts around the edge, pressing firmly.
  • Prick the top crust several times with the fork to allow steam to escape during baking.
  • Sprinkle the pie with the sugar and bake in the middle of the oven about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350 degrees (175 C.) and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  • Serve Nellie's Normal Blueberry Pie warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.
"I'm as corny as Kansas in August I'm as normal as blueberry pie, No more a smart little girl with no heart, I have found me a wonderful guy."

Sang Nellie Forbush about her romantic Frenchman, Emile DeBecque. Go rent the movie, "South Pacific" and have a wonderful dessert for this wonderful tribute and Mary Martin playing Nellie!

"Nellie's Normal Blueberry Pie" From the Theater Lovers Cookbook

Preparation time: about 1 hour, including baking.

Copyright 1992 Feedback Theaterbooks & Prospero Press 305 Madison Avenue, Suite 1146 New York, NY 10165 ISBN 0-937657-11-5

From "South Pacific" by Joshua Logan, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein, II

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