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You know how some people are really good at making pies? Well, very surprisingly, I seem to be one of those people. And yes, that means the crust too. Yeah, I have to say, I nailed the crust. I think that I’ve had so many people tell me so, that after a while I actually started to feel proud of my crust making abilities. Trust me, I am not typically one to talk myself up, BUT this pie, and even this pie from last summer, are just perfect (I almost never feel that anything I do is perfect!). Granted, I cannot make a pie look incredibly gorgeous with a fancy crust and all, BUT I can make it taste really good, which is really what’s most important, right???

YAY!!

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Seeing as it is Friday, you have to know that these sweet blueberry buttermilk pies with chamomile cream must be pretty good. If you have been reading the blog for any amount of time you know that Fridays are almost always reserved for chocolate…serious chocolate. I am talking cakes, cookies, bars, ice creams and even doughnuts.

Therefore, this chocolate free pie must be REALLY awesome.

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok, so let me fill you in on my secret to this pie. First things first, I do not chill my crust. I know, all the experts and culinary school grads out there are frowning down on me right now. But here’s thing, whenever I take chilled pie dough out of the fridge, I have the hardest time rolling it out. Even if I let it sit on the counter for 15 minutes or so, it always cracks and tears on me. So one day I just didn’t put my dough in the fridge and rolled it right out. SO MUCH EASIER.

Here’s what I did do though. Once I had the pies fully assembled, THEN I put them in fridge. I am telling you, this works so well. You just leave your already assembled pies in the fridge for an hour or two and then bake. Simple as that, and in turn you’ll get a perfect crust. You are still chilling the dough, just at a different time, and I promise you, it makes the whole pie making process so much less stressful. Of course, this makes me so happy since baking should be fun!

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And that’s really my only secret, but it’s a good little secret. The filling is pretty simple. It’s not overly runny, but still so juicy. It’s also, not very sweet, which I personally really like. It allows the berries to shine through. If however, you prefer a sweeter pie, just up the sugar to maybe 3/4 cup or even 1 cup if you like it real sweet. Totally up to you.

Oh and the cream?!? It is chamomile tea infused and it’s the perfect light flora accent to these pies. Kind of in love with it.

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok, and in true Tieghan form, onto a new and random subject…

If you follow me on snapchat and Instagram than you know we finally got the goats and they are my new favorite thing in the world. Honestly, these little girls which Asher has yet to name (but she tells me to assure you all that she is working hard on finding the perfect names) are the cutest, most kind little animals. I already want more…

Should I do a post on them? Full of photos? Would you guys care? I’ll add a photo at the bottom of this post so you can see how cute they are!!!

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And finally, I just have to tell you about the fact that I woke up at 3 AM last night screaming because I was positive there was an animal crawling on me. Yes.

I jumped out of bed, still screaming and flapping my hands like a crazy person, flipped on the lights and saw nothing. I figured it was under the bed or worse, the blankets. But I looked, liked a chicken, with my eyes half-open and my body as far away from the point of contact as possible and found nothing. I even went downstairs, looked and nothing. Yeah. So it must have been a dream. Either that or the thing is still in my house and I have not seen it yet.

To say that I am afraid to go to sleep is an understatement…

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

But since I got like three hours last night, I am dead tired.

I think I need more pie.

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sweet Blueberry Buttermilk Pies with Chamomile Cream.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Steep/Refrigerate 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 644 kcal

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Ingredients

Buttermilk Crust

  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup chilled unsalted butter cut into pieces, 2 sticks
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup cold buttermilk plus more if needed

Pie Filling

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries I used about 4 cups
  • 1/2 cup coconut or brown sugar*
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract + 1 vanilla bean seeds removed (vanilla bean optional)
  • 4 tablespoons salt butter softened + cubed
  • 1 egg beaten

Chamomile Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon chamomile tea packs or 1 loose chamomile tea
  • 1 tablespoon honey or powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla bean or 2 pure vanilla extract seeds only

Instructions

Buttermilk Crust

  • Place the almond flour, granulated sugar, salt, and all-purpose flour in a large bowl. Add butter and use your fingers to break the butter into the flour until mixture resembles small peas. Whisk egg yolk with 1/4 cup cold buttermilk in a small bowl and then add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon, drizzling in more buttermilk as needed (no more than 1 tablespoon at a time), until dough just comes together (a few dry spots are ok). Gently knead dough on a lightly floured surface until no dry spots remain, about 1 minute. Divide dough in half. Shape each piece into a circular disk. At this point you can cover the dough and place it in the fridge for up to one week OR continue on with the recipe...yes, no chilling needed!

To make the pie

  • Grease an 8-inch pie plate or 4 mini pie plates.
  • Roll out 1 disk of dough onto a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch round. Carefully transfer the crust to the prepared pie plate (OR cut 4 smaller circles for mini pies). Lift up the edges and allow the dough to sink down into the dish. Trim edges to even out crust if needed, then prick the bottom of the dough with a fork a few times. Now grab the remaining disk of dough and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface to a 12-inch round (or 4 smaller rounds). Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl toss together the blueberries, coconut sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds and butter. Toss well to coat making sure everything is well mixed. Spoon the filling into the prepared pie plate or plates. Make sure to scrape in all the good juices left in the bowl!
  • Grab the reserved pie round(s) and place overtop of the blueberries. Push the edges of the top crust into the pie plate and then crimp the edges of the bottom crust together with the top crust. You can crimp fancy or crimp simple...I went with simple and used a fork.
  • Brush the top crust with the beaten egg and then, using a sharp knife, slice four holes in the top of the crust for air pockets. Cover and chill pie until crust is firm, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place pie or pies on a baking sheet and bake until juices are bubbling and crust is deep golden brown, about 40-50 minutes (the mini pies cook in about 30 minutes). If the crust is getting too brown, tent with foil. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly before cutting.

Chamomile Cream

  • Add 1/2 cup of cream to a small sauce pan and bring to a low bowl. Add the tea bags, remove from the heat, cover and steep for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, squeeze any of the cream out of the tea bags. Place the cream in the fridge to cool for about an hour.
  • Once the cream is cool, add it to a large bowl along with the remaining half cup of cream. Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Beat in the vanilla and honey until combined. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

*I purchase my coconut sugar from [Amazon | http://www.amazon.com/Nutiva-Organic-Sugar-Coconut-Count/dp/B009324C0U/ref=sr_1_2?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1431304135&sr=1-2&keywords=coconut+sugar].

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Yes, more pie for sure. Pie cures all right?!? Like even my giant vermin dreams? I hope so.

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  1. Is there a way to use just unsalted butter for the filling, and add salt to make up for it? All i’ve got is unsalted butter.

    1. Hey Jon,
      Yes, that will work just fine, I would add 1/4 teaspoon of salt. I hope the recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

      1. Thanks!

        For the optional vanilla bean for the filling, do i need to dice the bean or just toss it in? Or is it just the seeds? Under the “pie filling” section it says to use the bean with the seeds removed, but #3 under “to make the pie” says to use the seeds. I’m probably just misunderstanding this since i’ve never made anything like this before, thanks for your help!

        1. Hey Jon,
          You just want to use the seeds from the bean:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  2. You never said how to deal with the berries being frozen. Do you defrost? Bake as is? Details please lol.

    1. Hey Sarah,
      If using frozen blueberries, I would thaw and drain first. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. I’m planning to make this on Friday—it looks so good! I’m a little nervous about the salted butter in the filling, though! Does the saltiness balance out the sugar?

  4. 5 stars
    I love HBH and just recently purchased your cookbook which I also adore. My family requested a blueberry pie this year so I of course searched here first. I bake desserts for my family every holiday and I have never received positive feedback from every single member until this year. WOW WOW WOW will be making this again..I don’t think my family will let me NOT make it from this holiday forward.

  5. Hi Tieghan! I love all your recipes! I’m not much of a baker but my husband loves blueberry pie and I’d like to make him one for his bday. In the past I’ve had trouble with a soggy crust and watery filling. Any tips on avoiding that?

    1. Hi Allison!! Make sure you poke holes in the bottom of the crust before baking with the tins of a fork. This will help the air circulate throughout. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you and your husband love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  6. 1 star
    Good Crust recipe. The ingredients / pie filling paragraph lists one beaten egg at the end of the list. Dumb. And I was dumb enough to add it to the filling.
    The starch amount is too high.

  7. 5 stars
    Thank you for this!! The crust, filling, and cream were all so amazing individually and compliment each other so well! I found the mini pie pans and made the mini version. This was even better the next day after being in the refrigerator!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight without the chamomile cream and it was amazing! Everyone raved about it! Thanks for another great recipe!

    1. I bought the pie plates a while ago on Etsy. Just search mini pie plates. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  9. I just found this post and I love it! The pies look amazing. Your photos are gorgeous. I’ll be back to check out more on your blog!

  10. It was delicious! I made it for a crowd of 30 and everyone loved it! The cream and blueberry are great together.

  11. Hi Tieghan, Stunning photography as usual! I could just eat your pictures. Definitely inspired again to make pies, by looking at your post. Just made a meat pie using your pie crust recipe but substituted in spelt flour. Thanks for the tip on chilling after pie is assembled. Mine is in the fridge chillin’ as I type. Easy dinner for hubby just to pop in the oven tomorrow after work. Thanks again for sharing your tips.. you are truly inspiring!

  12. My pie is in the oven as I type. I cannot wait to cut in to it. I went directly by recipe. Chamomile infused cream cooling in frig. I love making from-scratch pie crusts, the more hands-on the more I enjoy my time baking. This crust recipe is unlike anything I have made, so excited to try! I used coconut sugar as I already had it in the pantry as well as almond meal, love baking with both. Your pictures are beautiful. A am so glad I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, will definitely be following your baking/cooking adventures.

  13. Absolutely loving it! It’s a stunningly beautiful pie. Definitely going to make it this weekend. By the way, your photos are so beautiful. Love ’em all.

  14. Beautiful! Love the idea of the buttermilk crust and that chamomile cream, oh my goodness, sounds amazing too!
    And that scale looks absolutely stunning!!

  15. Your goats are the cutest! I would totally be down for a post about them! Also, I am so curious how your barn turned out!! Not sure if it is completely finished yet (perhaps I missed that), but I really enjoyed your post on the kitchen, which turned out so lovely 🙂 xx Emma

  16. What a stunning pie! And those flavors are just lovely! Now I need to get over my fear of pie making.

  17. I made these and they were absolutely delicious. I went with the 4 mini pies in 2in. pans (Aka muffin tins). It ended up making enough for an extra mini pie, plus extra filli g but that was just fine because #eatitwithaspoon! The recipe makes a beautiful crust and the chamomile cream compliments the blueberries perfectly. Wonderful flavors!(plus it made my kitchen smell heavenly)
    Thank you Tieghan for another outstanding recipe.

  18. Those pies look drop-dead gorgeous! I will definitely be trying them out. And your goats! So exciting! I would love to see and hear more about them!

  19. These pies are gorgeous…I love that scale and those goats so cute yes please do a post on them once Asher names them all. I hate dreams like that when you think something is crawling on you like a spider or something…I can never get back to sleep of course if you have pie waiting for you in the fridge there’s really no reason to go back to sleep lol!!!

  20. Awesome pies!! Love the idea of not chilling the dough but chilling the pie itself! And definitely do a post on those adorable goats!! They are so cute!!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  21. Absolutely amazing story – pics, pie, the way you wrote it. Inspiring! (And I am so making this pie 🙂

  22. Those look absolutely beautiful! You can follow my blog as I do many recipes as well and I hope mine look as professional and amazing as yours do one day!

  23. Holy cow these pies looks AMAZING! And chamomile cream? I’m totally in. I think some kind of shrine should be built in their honor. 🙂 They’re just that pretty!

  24. Oh, yes, yes, please! We would love any goat pictures, life bits, etc. you have to share! I’m sure Asher will think of perfect names and I’m looking forward to hearing what she comes up with. 😉 Those goats’ ears, though…just so cute!

  25. These pies are *the* cutest! And that chamomile cream … swoon! And that vintage scale – I have major prop envy! 🙂

  26. I love spending time looking at your pictures–I have even forgotten to read the words and closed out–oops.
    My mother didn’t chill crust so I don’t.
    Would love stories about the goats.
    I go into the other places you mentioned.
    Hope you sleep well tonight

  27. the goats are so cute! my aunt had some for a time. the baby ones got out and herding them, that was an experience.

  28. I thought I followed you on snapchat, but I can’t seem to see your story! I feel old and slightly creepy.

  29. I love the idea of chilling the pie after assembling. Genius! I can’t believe how beautifully this slices. I’m in awe! How did you get such a perfect slice of fruit pie?! You have magical powers. Great post. It looks and sounds scrumptious!

  30. Well, this is just GORGEOUS. I’m loving that vintage scale. And chamomile cream? I die.

  31. Lord have mercy… you were right. You NAILED that pie crust!! Love your trick of refrigerating it afterwards! Definitely gonna try that. Have a great weekend girl!

  32. Beautiful pies – it has never occurred to me that you could flavor hot cream with herbs/tea, chill it, then whip it up! Duh – great idea!

    I love your photographs with the old scale – really nice composition.

  33. Yes. . .more goats please. I live in the big, bustling city so I am in constant need of a farm animal fix (the pillow with the goat picture resting on my sofa is not enough). They are so, so cute.

    And these pies. . .they are so adorable. I love how you styled them with that to-die-for vintage scale. Beautiful!

  34. Yes–PLEASE do a post on the goats! I want to have goats so badly and my fiancé is not into it (can you believe he wants to have HUMAN kids instead??). So I need to get my goat fix vicariously…

    These photos are so gorgeous! Love all your vintage props.

  35. Amazing pies and cute goats. What more could you ask for on a Friday. And that teal scale tho…I’m squealing over how gorgeous these photos are!

  36. I have been reading your blog for awhile now. It’s the first thing I do every morning when I get to work (don’t tell my boss). It’s a great way to start the day. All your recipes look so delicious & your styling and pictures are just lovely. I love your tip on the pie crust. I love making pies but rolling out dough is soooo frustrating . And those goats! I know how you feel; I got 2 goats about 6 weeks ago and I can not believe how in love with them I am. Have a great weekend!

  37. Firstly I have to say that I love, love, love your new prop! Do you maybe have an extra one that you could ship to Chile?
    Secondly, These pies are definitely perfect and that is such a great tip about chilling them after assembly!
    Thirdly, Yes!!!! You have to do a whole post on these adorable goats. They are making me really miss having animals.
    Okay, and fourthly… Damn girl, you need to get some sleep! An animal on you? That sounds so scary but hopefully you just dreamed it.

  38. Your photos here are insanely good. Like, wow. And I’m not even a pie person, but I want to make this pie.

  39. Let me disagree… your pies do look incredibly gorgeous!!! They look amazing and delicious and pretty much everything nice 😀
    As for your episode at 3 am… i have those all the time, it’s really something strange and usually for me its spiders or worms… sometimes I even Jump straight up on the bed which leaves my husband in a shock status (considering we was fully a sleeping at the time). And at those moments I’m pretty sure he would appreciate a bit oh this fabulous pie to 😀

    LOVE your pics 😉

  40. My mother never chilled her dough when she made crust. She did however have to put the remaining dough in the fridge because she made enough to last for days. She had several restaurants in her life. She was known for her homemade pies. I never chill my dough either. As you said it is harder to roll out. These look wonderful.

  41. Your pies look stunning, definitely going to give them a try. And, I love the little goats, they are soooo cute. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  42. These are gorgeous! I love the chamomile element! Don’t feel bad about bragging a little – you and your dishes are fantastic and totally brag worthy. Have a great weekend!

  43. Happy Friday!
    This is a really beautiful post, really brag worthy!

    And your secret to perfect pie is really a great one. I never chill the dough before rolling out either, though I do chill before adding the filling because the filling makes the dough soggy.

    Have a great weekend.