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True Life: Blueberry Pie

I am making blueberry pie for the first time and I am a little bit scared.

Update: It was very good!

- My decorative crust attempt was not as successful as I would have wanted, so next time I’ll just make a top crust.

- I used less sugar than the recipe called for (somewhere between 1/2 a cup and 3/4 of a cup, and they called for 3/4 - 1 cup of sugar). It was plenty sweet.

- Tapioca, man. The cookbook I used calls for tapioca as a thickener. I went to Hannaford to buy tapioca and found no tapioca in the baking aisle. There was tapioca flour in the “ethnic foods” section* for $1.99 or so. There was also tapioca flour in the “natural foods” section** for something like $3.99. I do not know why they couldn’t put all the flours in the same damn place, but so it goes. I bought the ethnic bag of tapioca flour, and then made my pie, and then realized that, though it never specifies this in the PAGES of recipe, the Cook’s Illustrated people intend for you to use something call “Minute Tapioca” which is apparently processed in such a way that it is a far superior thickener and Jesus Christ, I don’t even know what that is or where you would find it in Hannaford.

- I had some extra pie crust and extra pie filling, so I made two little hand pies. They leaked all over the place, and I didn’t high hopes, but they were delicious. I liked them better than the pie. I cut two circles the size of the lid of my flour container from the remains of the top crust dough, added a spoonful of the blueberry pie filling into the middle, folded them over and pressed the edges with a fork, made two slices in the tops of each for steam to escape, and cooked them for maybe 40 minutes. These are good if you have a limited amount of fruit.

* “Ethnic foods,” along with “ethnic restaurants,” continually strikes me as super offensive, basically for everyone involved. Why is one can of garbanzo beans ethnic and another can not? If a Thai restaurant is “ethnic” and a French restaurant is not, does that mean that French people have no ethnicity? How is this different than having a grocery store aisle called “Food for the Other”?

** Is the phrase “natural foods section” more or less weird than the phrase “ethnic foods section”?

Filed under it's like every single time I make bread it's probably fine if it's mediocre! it's pie!