Guest Post with Como Water – Blueberry Cardamom Pie

I love food bloggers!  Have I mentioned that lately?

I am so excited, AND honored to have Tiffany from Como Water as my guest blogger today.  We share the love for the beautiful state of North Carolina,  although she is moving before we get to meet, which makes me sad.  Guess I will have to take a trip to Washington DC, which is totally okay with me.

If you have not had a chance to enjoy Como Water, you will so enjoy her beautiful vegetarian dishes.  I believe I started enjoying drooling over her dishes, when I found her on FoodBuzz.  She brings flavors together that I would have not thought to combine.  I love that about food bloggers, learning new recipes, food combinations.

Without further ado, here is a recipe that made me smile the moment I opened the file.  I wonder if she knows how much I love cardamom?

Enjoy!

Blueberry-Cardamom Pie

First, I’d like to thank Terra for the opportunity to write this guest post! Not only do we share a love for food and food blogs, but we also share the lovely, sunny, incredibly amazing state of North Carolina! Café Terra is such an amazing food blog; I am more than honored to have the chance to share my culinary creations with you all. And with that, here goes nothing! 😀

I started blogging because my friends and family, after licking their fingers and smacking their lips, would take a breather during their meals to ask, “how did you make this?” No matter what the dish was, my response was always the same, “I threw some of this in a pot, added some of that, you know.” My friends and family wanted exact measurements and procedures though, and so out of the need to document my time in the kitchen, my blog, Como Water, was born.

The thing is, my cooking strategy has changed little from the times before I had a food blog. Most of my meals are still thought up during my daydreams at stop lights and I hardly ever use other people’s recipes. The result of my seemingly haphazard approach to cooking is what I would consider creative dishes that pair ingredients in unique ways. And most of the time, most of the time, the kitchen gods are with me, and I nail the recipe on the first try. This was not the case with this pie. This was one of those times when all the good intention in the world couldn’t make up for forgetting one of the most important rules in the kitchen… “you can always add more, but you cannot take away.”

Let me explain.

My original concept was a blueberry-ginger pie, where the ginger flavor came from a bit of powdered ginger added to the pie filling. When I went shopping for ingredients however, Whole Foods was all out of powdered ginger, and it was 1,000 degrees with 100% humidity that day, which meant that I was not going to trek to another store. So, I picked up a bit of cardamom, and a lemon, and some crystallized ginger and went to town. The result was a pie that boasted of too much lemon, ginger, and cardamom and not enough blueberry. Convinced that the flavor profile was still a good idea, I made the pie again this weekend. This time, I decreased the amount of lemon zest, lemon juice, and cardamom and eliminated the ginger all together. The result was a fantastically fragrant blueberry pie that the kids I volunteer with gobbled up (and they are pretty hard critics!). Soooooo, the take home of the story is, don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen. And if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try to make the pie again!

Blueberry-Cardamom Pie

(the final version :D)

 

Ingredients:

4 ½ cups fresh blueberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons cornstarch

¾ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

dash cardamom

½ teaspoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon Earth Balance (or butter)

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

sugar for sprinkling

two pie crusts (see the recipe for my orange-vanilla pie crust here) {just be sure to double the recipe}, or use store bought—it’s totally ok!)

Method:

 

*Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

*In a large bowl, mix sugar, salt, cornstarch, cardamom, and lemon zest. Set aside. In a second large bowl, mix vanilla, lemon juice and blueberries. Add sugar mixture to blueberry mixture. Stir to combine.

*Add one pie crust to a pie dish. Add the blueberries. Dot the top of the pie with pats of Earth Balance. Add the second pie crust to the top of the pie (I did a lattice pattern, but you can also just apply the entire sheet of pie dough to the top. If you go this route, just be sure to cut a few slits in the top to let the steam escape).

*Beat the egg and milk together in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash on the pie crust. Sprinkle the pie crust with sugar. Bake for 25 minutes. Drop the heat to 350 degrees F. Bake for 20-25 additional minutes, or until blueberries are bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

*Let cool (at least 20 minutes) before serving.

 

Thank you Tiffany for your beautiful dessert!  I really enjoyed having you on Cafe Terra, especially because you shared some cardamom love!

You can find the lovely Tiffany on facebook at Like Water for Chocolate, go give her some love…or a “Like” I should say!

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra

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  • I love traditional Maine blueberry pie but I think I'm going to have to give this one a try. It looks nothing short of fantastic!
    • Thank you for the lovely comment on my the blueberry cardamom pie!  Maine blueberry pie sounds AMAZING!!! :-)
  • Jill Colonna
    lovely to discover your site through Tiffany today.  I adore ComoWater and all of Tiffany's recipes and humour.  This recipe is another winner - thank goodness you couldn't get a hold of the ginger to produce this cardamom heaven.  Beautiful job, as ever!
    • Thank you so much for stopping by Jill!  I bet the ginger would be a beautiful addition to the delicious pie for sure:-)  Take care, Terra
  • Blueberry and cardamom sound delicious together - what a combination.  I need to take some lessons from Tiffany on making that beautiful lattice pie crust.  Great guest post. 
    • Thank you so much!  Her lattice pie crust is amazing for sure!  I wish I could have a slice now:-) Take care, Terra
  • Lizzy
    Oh, how spectacular!!! Perfect pie...and I'd love to try cardamom with blueberries...sounds delectable!  Thanks, Terra, for sharing Tiffany with us!  I love her blog :)
    • Thank you so much!!! She really has such a beautiful blog! Enjoy:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Parsley Sage
    So happy to see Tiffany rocking out this awesome cardamom pie guest post!  Her stuff is totally droolable :)  Great pie, great post :)
    • Thank you so much!  Her beautiful blogs are definitely droolable:-)  Take care, Terra
  • Kath
    That's a beautiful blueberry pie! I'd like to try the blueberry/cardamom combination! :)
    • Thank you so much!!! Cardamom is sooooo amazing, I can not wait to try blueberry and cardamom together:-) Take Care, Terra
  • Tiffany is one of my favourite bloggers and this pie is fantastic.  Great post!
    • Tiffany is pretty amazing:-)  Thank you so much!!!  Now I want pie:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Awesome post..I am happy to see Tiffany here! I love the recipe!
    • Thank you so much!  Tiffany is pretty fantastic! Take care, Terra
  • wow this looks beautiful. i love recipes that are inspired! :D that's how i roll too :). 
    • Thank you Junia!  Inspiration is the best part of food blogging:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan
    You always come up with the BEST combinations!! Fantastic recipe as usual, Tiffany!
    • Thank you Nikki so much for stopping by!  I love all the recipes that Tiffany shares:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • Juliana
    Just found you through Tiffany...great looking blueberry pie and I love your step-by-step pictures. Hope you are having a fantastic week Terra :-)
    • Hi Juliana, Thank you so much for stopping by! The blueberry pie was so wonderful, especially with the addition of cardamom;-)  Take care, Terra
  • Hi Tiffany, this is a fantastic pie...love the addition of cardamon :)
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  I tried to leave you a comment on your beautiful blog, but technical difficulties. I look forward to reading many more of your blog posts. Take care, Terra
  • Ann
    Beautiful pie!  I love the idea of using cardamom and your pictures are beautiful!
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  Cardamom is such a lovely spice, adding to the blueberry pie was genius, that is why I love Tiffany! Take care, Terra
  • Gorgeous Pie!!  Love Tiffany, this is why!
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  Tiffany is pretty fantastic!  Take care, Terra
  • Jeannie
    Really gorgeous piece of work! I love the lattice work on the top!
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  The blueberry cardamom pie was truly gorgeous, Tiffany did such a beautiful job!  Take care, Terra
  • Thanks for the love everyone! Thanks for the chance to write a guest post Terra! HUGS! :D
    • Hi Tiffany!  What lovely bloggers stopped by, I am so excited to connect with more beautiful food bloggers!  Your pie really was just gorgeous!  Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely recipe:-) Love and Hugs, Terra
  • Hi Terra!  I came here from Tiffany's site.  I love cardamom and blueberry and I would love to eat this!!!  Great guest post Tiffany!
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  Tiffany created a beautiful pie, love the addition of cardamom, so delicious!  Take care, Terra
  • Great looking pie. Yum!
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!  Now I want pie, LOL! Hugs, Terra
  • I LOVE Tiffany's blog!!!  Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe with all of us!  And I am glad to have found you through this guest post! :-)
    • Thank you so much!! I am excited to connect with you too:-)  I tried to stop by your blog, but was unable to.  Tiffany shared such a lovely pie, and I just love the cardamom love:-) Take care, Terra
  • I love blueberry anything .. but i've never tried it with cardamon. Will surely love to try it though :) 
    • I so agree, pretty much we can't go wrong with blueberry, it makes a tummy happy!  Cardamom is so amazing:-)  I love using it in so many things now:-)  Give it a try in one of your beautiful muffins:-) Hugs, Terra
  • EA-The Spicy RD
    Fabulous pie and I love cardamom too! I will be making this with a store bought pie crust (Whole Foods Gluten Free) for sure as pie crust making is not my strong suit! Thanks for introducing us to Tiffany-her blog looks great!
    • I love that you can grab a gluten free pie crust at Whole Foods!  Another reason I love that beautiful store:-)  Thank you so much, and I hope you enjoy drooling over Tiffany's blog as much as I do:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • [email protected]
    Blueberry/Cardamom!?! WOW!!! That is a fantastic pie!!  I also love Tiffany and her blog... great guest post!
    • Thank you so much Kate! Cardamom and blueberry make a pie...well perfect:-)  Hugs, Terra
  • Celia
    Yum! Such a good call on the cardomom - I bet that spiciness really brings the freshness of the berries.  More than ginger would, in fact - but I still can't wait to see if you get to that ginger experiment... <3 you Tiffany, and happy to check out Terra's blog...
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!!! I love Tiffany too, she is pretty fantastic!  I agree the cardamom really gives the dessert another dimension, and such an amazing flavor!  Take care, Terra
  • Hi Terra and Tiffany - a great guest post!   What a beautiful and delicious looking pie.  If I could make a crust like that...I'd be in business.  Luv all those blueberries! ;)
    • Thank you so much for stopping by!! Tiffany did such a beautiful job on her blueberry cardamom pie!  Her crust was amazing too:-)  So happy to connect with you, I loved your blog! Take care, Terra
  • Thank you Terra for having Tiffany as a guest blogger she is one of the coolest food bloggers on the planet!
  • I'll say it again... thanks Terra for letting me share! Thanks everyone for your awesome comments!