At his restaurant, the BBQ Joint, chef-owner Andrew Evans wanted to make a pie as a special dessert, but there wasn't a pie dish to be found. He recruited a cast-iron skillet that was usually used for frying bacon, and Hillbilly Pie was born. The restaurant now offers deep-dish pies made in cast-iron pans every day. Evans says this one is a favorite. Serve it with vanilla bean ice cream.
You'll need a cast-iron skillet about 10 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep.
Make Ahead: You can make the pie a day in advance; to reheat, cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes (until warmed through).
Servings: 6 - 8
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 2/3 cup turbinado sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 medium lemon)
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 cups blueberries, stemmed (3 pints)
- 2 homemade or store-bought deep-dish pie shells
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pea-size dice, plus 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees.
Sift the allspice, cinnamon and cornstarch together into a large bowl, then add the 2/3 cup of sugar, the lemon zest and juice, and the salt; stir to combine. Add the blueberries and toss to coat.
Roll out the dough into two large rounds about 13 inches in diameter. Line the skillet with one of the dough rounds, bringing it all the way up the sides. Toss the blueberries one last time and pour them into the skillet. Distribute the diced butter over the berries and top with the remaining round of dough, either whole or cut into strips to make a lattice. Brush the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Use a small knife to cut a few slits near the center for venting.
Bake for 1 hour or until the crust is golden brown. Serve warm.
Adapted from Andrew Evans, chef-owner of the BBQ Joint in Easton, Md.
Tested by Jeff Donald.
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