Cooking With Toddlers: Blueberry Pie

by Melanie on June 27, 2014

This is a post about something that everybody loves: PIE!

Well, everybody except my son, that is. He never has had much of a sweet tooth. But that didn’t take away from his love of the experience of baking a blueberry pie.

Last week, we went to Bryant’s Blueberries and picked 3 and a half pounds of juicy blueberries. The next day, we made this bad boy:

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

The recipe we used was from The Blueberry Blues Cookbook by Jan Fish, which I’d bought at the farm.

I had the ingredients set up on the table before we got started.

Blueberry Pie

Our blueberry pie required a 9-inch double-crust pie pastry, 4 cups of blueberries, 1 cup of sugar (we used organic brown sugar), 1/4 cup of flour (we are gluten-free, so we used buckwheat), 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon, 2 tsp. of lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp. of butter.

Rocket was involved in every step.

Blueberry Pie

First, I poured the blueberries into a strainer and he washed them by himself in the sink.

Blueberry Pie

Next, he poured all the ingredients into a large bowl.

Blueberry Pie

We then mixed it all together. He used the spoon at first, but we both wound up using our hands to make sure it was mixed well. After that, we took a break to wash our hands before continuing with the pie.

Blueberry Pie

Rocket then spooned all the blueberry mix and transferred it into our gluten-free pie crust.

Blueberry Pie

 He loved doing this. Cooking with toddlers is wonderful; so many of the skills we aim to expose in tot school are a natural part of the cooking process. This includes pouring, scooping, transferring, and even messy play time!

Blueberry Pie

After transferring, we did some taste testing to be sure it was on the right track to deliciousness. We approved!

Blueberry Pie

Our second pastry crumbled before we could get it on top of the fruit-filled crust. I’m glad it happened because Rocket had so much fun powdering the table with flour and using a rolling pin to flatten out the dough.

Blueberry Pie

This is how our pie looked prior to baking. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing blueberry pie in the world, but it very well may have been the yummiest!

I let Rocket use a knife, with my supervision, to cut slits in the pie for escape of steam. Then we baked it at 425 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Dad was happy to come home that day!

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Michelle June 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Wow.. Great job, Caed! Impressive work

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