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May 28, 2012

Gagne’s Blueberry Petite Pie

by Anne Paddock
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When I think about Maine, I am reminded of rocky beaches, the cold salty ocean, lighthouses, lobster, and blueberries. In fact, the wild blueberry is the official fruit of Maine and is as much a symbol of the state as the lobster or the lighthouse. Some people like to say the beacon in the lighthouse and the promise of lobster bring tourists to Maine but the possibility of eating deep blue pea-sized wild blueberries bursting with sweetness is also a draw. So, it’s no surprise that Gagne Foods of Bath, Maine combines their skill at pastry – the company’s 24-layer cream cheese biscuits are award winners – with wild blueberries to produce one amazing Blueberry Petite Pie that is also referred to as a Blueberry Turnover.284174_10150251230936169_5668126_n-1

The crust of the blueberry turnover stands on its own and also deserves an award as this melt-in-your-mouth pastry relies on a timeless recipe that calls for wheat flour, butter, water, salt and sugar – that’s it. The filling – equally as delicious with a thick blueberry lava-like consistency – contains wild blueberries, sugar, water, lemon juice, corn starch, and salt. The two together make for one delectable snack or dessert.409122_10150511963346169_1901202758_n

A rectangular shaped pie somewhat reminiscent of McDonald’s hand-held “apple pie” (in shape only), Gagne’s Blueberry Turnovers are available at Whole Foods in the frozen food section.  Four scrumptious turnovers for $5.99. Store the frozen box in the freezer until ready to use.  When dessert is needed, simply bake the turnovers on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes.

My husband prefers his warm blueberry turnover with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt while I enjoy mine in its simplest form: warm out of the oven. The rich, buttery crust literally melts in your mouth and the wild blueberry filling gives you one of those “aahhhh” moments when you know dessert doesn’t get much better than this.

15698_396795331168_727430_nThe blueberry turnovers are also available directly from the company’s website, listed below.

Gagne Foods
25 Wing Farm Parkway
Bath, Maine  04530
207-386-5071
www.gagnefoods.com

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