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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a saucepan, stir together 1/2 cup sugar, the 3 tablespoons cornstarch, and the cinnamon. Stir in the blueberries and orange juice. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbly. Cover and set aside.

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  • For custard, in saucepan, combine milk, yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, the 2 tablespoons cornstarch, and the salt. Cook and stir until bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in extract. Cover and set aside.

  • For meringue, in a medium mixing bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add the 6 tablespoons sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.

  • Pour berry mixture into Baked Pastry Shell. Carefully spread custard evenly over blueberry mixture. Spread meringue over custard, spreading to edge to seal.

  • Bake the meringue-topped pie in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 8 servings.


Baked Pastry Shell

Ingredients

Directions

  • Stir together 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in 1/3 cup shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening dough, using 1 tablespoon cold water at a time, until all the dough is moistened (4 to 5 tablespoons cold water total). Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edge into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired. Generously prick bottom and side of pastry in pie plate with a fork. Prick all around where bottom and side meet. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 10 servings.

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