Blueberry Breakfast Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Dip

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TGIF! Gordon, the munchkin and I are house sitting for the next week or so while my brother and sister-in-law are on vacation in Hawaii! I like house sitting and all, but Hawaii would have been much more fun! My daughter LOVES it here. This house is like mecca. There are billions of toys, a huge book library, an indoor swing in her cousin’s room and Satellite TV! It’s a pretty sweet set up. Next week the pictures will be in a different kitchen! Speaking of next week, I’m going to be posting lots of super bowl friendly recipes, so look forward to that! {The super bowl is football, right? Haha….j/k}

Now, onto these pies. Let me start by saying YUM YUM YUM. These were totally awesome! Blueberry pie in general is good as is, great with vanilla ice cream but even better with a lemon cream cheese dip! Who would have thought to make a handheld pie and then dip it into something divine? Well, I sure did the other day….while I was at the gym……on the treadmill…..at 6 a.m.! I promptly went home and made these for breakfast…..umm…..no comment.

I’ve eaten pie for breakfast several times that I can recall, so I don’t really feel ALL that bad for making and eating these. Plus I did just get back from the gym, so that makes up for it, right? Anyways, I am a true believer of blueberries pairing perfectly with lemons. It is a match made in heaven. For ever and ever. And, I love lemon. Really really love lemon. It comes from my Mom. If we were given the choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, we’d choose the lemon. Every time. Except when I’m pregnant, but that’s a different story. Well, there wasn’t enough lemon in the blueberry filling, so it was only obvious to make some sort of sugar-lemon topping……and lemon dip.

Ohhhhh the dip. Be still my heart. I practically ate it with a spoon before the pies were done baking. It’s like a lemon cheesecake without the eggs. Yum. Tangy and sweet–a perfect combo with the blueberry pie. The buttery flaky juiciness of the slightly warm pie with the cold, creamy tart and sweet dip. It basically made my mouth sing. It was awesome and I proceeded to eat vast amounts. Then, {lucky for me and my backside} my husband came home from work because he forgot something.

“Honey, take these back to work with you!”.

“Okay.”

And then they were gone.

He takes a lot of treats to work with him, because I eat everything in front of my face. It’s a problem. If you’ve been following my blog, then you know what I’m talking about. Moral of the story: these are really good and I have a hard time with self control. The end.

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Blueberry Breakfast Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Dip
yield: 12 pies
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Ingredients:
2-9 inch pre-rolled pie crusts (15 oz. package)
1/2 pint blueberries (6 oz.)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon, juiced)
water for sealing pie edges together

for the topping:
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest

for the Lemon Cream Cheese Dip:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
zest of 1 lemon (1/2 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
splash vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Remove pre-rolled pie crusts from fridge and let come to room temperature for about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, coat blueberries in flour, sugar and lemon juice. Set aside.

In a different small bowl, stir sugar and lemon zest together to create the pie topping. Set aside.

Unroll pie crusts onto lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter or a glass, cut out circles. {I used a glass that was about 2 1/2 inches in diameter–you can decide how big or small you want these to be.}

Take 1 circle of dough and brush half the circle lightly with water. Spoon 1 tablespoon of blueberries into center of dough and fold dough over filling, pressing to seal edges. {I found it easier to bring the dough around the filling, seal it in the center and to one side, then pick it up with the open end facing up and pinching the rest to seal.} Once it’s sealed, press edges down with a fork to ensure their seal. Brush the top of the pie with more water and sprinkle top with sugar and lemon zest mixture. {The topping mixture is slightly damp because of the oils in the zest and is hard to sprinkle evenly-I found it easier to just sprinkle and then rub a little bit of the topping onto the pie}. Place on prepared baking sheet and cut a small slit in the top. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown and blueberry juices have started to show. Remove from baking pan immediately onto cooling rack.

For the Lemon Cream Cheese Dip, whip all ingredients together until smooth and well incorporated. Spoon into serving bowl with Blueberry Pies around.

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15 Responses to “Blueberry Breakfast Pies with Lemon Cream Cheese Dip”

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    Christa — January 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Hey! I just found you through howdoesshe! Your recipes and photos look amazing! I’m definitely trying your chicken stock recipe and I’ll have to look around for some other ones too! Thanks!!! :)

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    Ann — January 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Lauren, these look great! I love blueberry anything. I know my family would love these!

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    Barbara Bakes — January 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make little pies like these for a long time. Love the flavor combination!

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    Maria — January 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    What a fun dessert!

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    Cathy — January 29, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I read your entry on howdoeshe! before reading about blueberry pies ‘n lemon dip. Would you be so kind as to give me a suggestion on what else you might add your lemon dip to? It sounds fabulous and I am more eager to try it than the pies.

    Thanks!

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    • Lauren — January 29th, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

      Hi Cathy! Thanks for coming to my site! :) The lemon cream cheese dip could be spread on french toast, pancakes or in crepes. It also would make a good fruit dip. If you fold in a little whipped cream, then you can turn it into a mousse. Hope that helps!

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    Marilyn Brennan — January 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

    So tempting! Hmmm, this would be great for so many events, even the Superbowl! Hey, doesn’t your little Brooke like to suck on a raw lemon? She must take after you…

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    Katrina — January 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Yummy! I love the lemon cream cheese dip idea. These mini pies look lovely.

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    cathyb.@brightbakes — January 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    pie for breakfast? You know me…Im there!
    These look perfectly scrumptious!
    love,
    cathy b.

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Lauren, I love the idea of dipping these pretty pies into a lemon cream cheese dip. Heaven!

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    Nat — September 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    This dip is delicious! I made the lemon dip and served it with homemade shortbread—heavenly combination! Although the dip and shortbread together were rich, the flavors (buttery, lemony) complimented each other well.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Adele Forbes — February 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    wow now that looks amazing! Wish I had a bite of that right now. Great job and thank you very much for sharing.

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    Janna — July 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I just picked up some blueberries from a local farm. I am sooo trying this recipe!! Looks amazing!!

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