blueberry pie: plus cupcakes, muffins and tartlets

blueberry pie by Mili

Blueberries are one my favorite things to eat and to bake. Blueberry pie tops the list. This post is all about my recipe for blueberry pie filling, and many awesome ways to prepare it into beautiful and delicious treats including blueberry pie cupcakes, blueberry muffins, blueberry pie tartlets. Of course, I’ll also share how to make it into a traditional pie.

Once you make this simple filling, you’ll want to make big plans for it. Let’s get to making something so good, you’ll want to make it over and over again, and pass the recipe on:

Mili’s Sweets Blueberry Pie Filling Recipe (with gluten-free version) 

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons flour (all purpose or substitute with artisan, all purpose, gluten-free flour)

1/4 teaspoon salt

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Here’s what you’ll do:

In a pan, over medium heat, combine blueberries, 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar.

Add the 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of either traditional or gluten-free flour. Stir to dissolve.

Once the mixture comes to a low boil (starts to bubble) you’ll want to continue stirring for an additional 20 minutes. The mixture will be think, full and ready to fill your desserts.

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Blueberry Pie 

Blueberry pie is one of my favorite desserts to serve. If you are filling a pie crust you’ll want to add 2 tablespoons of butter, cut into very small pieces, to place over the filling, once it has been poured in and is ready for the top pie crust. I love to make a lattice design for berry pies.

I have shared my best and favorite pie crust recipe with you, when I posted my Cherry Pie Recipe. Please refer to this post, for details on how to create this wonderful option.

I bake my berry pies at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and at 375 degrees for an additional 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving. My family actually prefers cold berry pie, so my berry pies go in the oven before serving.

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Blueberry Pie Cupcakes and Blueberry Muffins

I know how much you love cupcakes!  This recipe is great for muffins too!

I let the blueberry pie filling do all of the work, to take this cake flavor to another level. I make these cupcakes and muffins, using my favorite gluten-free vanilla cake recipe.

Mili’s Sweets Gluten-Free Cupcakes Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 and 3/4 cups gluten-free flour (I used Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend.)

2 cups sugar

4 extra large eggs, at room temperature (run them under warm water)

1 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

Here’s what you’ll do:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Fill your cupcake pan with liners. This recipe will yield 24 cupcakes or muffins.

In a standing mixer, with a paddle attachment, (you can use standard or the scraping-version) beat the 4 eggs for about 30 seconds. Mix in the two cups of sugar. Add the one cup canola oil and one teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Mix until completely incorporated. From here on with this recipe, mixing in the ingredients will be brief, and you’ll mix until only just completely moistened.

Mix in the dry ingredients including the baking powder, baking soda, salt and gluten-free flour. As the final component, blend in the buttermilk.

You will want the batter to sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes.

Are you in the mood to make Blueberry Muffins? If so, this is the time to add one heaping tablespoon of blueberry pie filling to the center of each liner, prepared with poured batter. Swirl in the goodness and bake. If you want to make blueberry pie cupcakes, please see my how-to below.

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Bake for 15-16 minutes, depending on your oven.

The result will be absolutely delicious, fluffy blueberry muffins. I simply add a sprinkling of crystalized sugar to the top of each one, once they are cooled. This is an outstanding treat to serve for breakfast, brunch or a snack.

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If you’re in the mood to take it over the top and make Blueberry Pie Cupcakes, I’m right there with you! Let’s do this.

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Allow the cupcakes to completely cool. Cut a hole at the center of each one, using a circular, metal cookie cutter. Remove the center portion of the cake and spoon in the berry pie filling.

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Top with your choice of vanilla butter cream, blueberry butter cream or vanilla cream cheese frosting. You can choose to top with a dollop of blueberry pie filling, or a lattice-pie crust cupcake topper.

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How to make lattice-design, pie crust topper:

Make two pie crusts. They can be either from scratch, or you can use prepared, roll-out crusts.

Roll them out thin, to about 1/4″. One crust should be placed on a silpat mat or parchment paper. The other crust should be placed alongside it.  Use a rolling pizza cutter, to make thin, vertical strips on both crusts.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

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The crust on the mat (or parchment paper) will be the one to place in the oven. The crust set to the side, will be used to weave in the tight, lattice design.

never bored of blueberry pie: recipes for cupcakes, muffins, tartlets, via milissweets.comIt’s really simple, but takes patience and time, to make a lattice design, especially when it’s tight like this one. Start from the left and work your way to end, or the right-side. You’ll take each strip over and under, until you reach the top. Once you have it all latticed-up, use a cookie cutter to cut as many small (1″ is best) circles as possible. Remove the access dough around the cut circles.

Place the mat/parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Brush circles with egg wash (one egg white, whisked) and sprinkle with a liberal amount of granulated sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool completely, before placing onto your frosted cupcakes.

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Blueberry Pie Tartlets 

If you want to cut strait to the finger-foods, I recommend making sweet little tartlets. You’ll want to go back to my previous posts, with my recipes for how to make either Gluten-Free Pie Crust, or Shortbread Tart Crust. Either one is divine. The shortbread is a little more dense than that pie crust, which will be more flakey (but they tend to shrink a little). I personally prefer the shortbread crust, since it will provide a more consistent and easier-to-work-with result for these petite treats.

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My daughter made the tartlets all on her own. She did a wonderful job! She opted for the gluten-free pie crust recipe. She rolled it out on a silpat mat, used the tartlet cutter and placed each piece of dough in the tin. She used an egg wash and then filled the tartlets with one heaping tablespoon of prepared blueberry pie filling.

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In a 375 degree oven, they baked for 18-20 minutes. When the crust was golden brown, she removed them from the oven. After they cooled, she garnished them with a sprinkling of crystalized sugar.

They were beautiful and delicious! She was very proud of her work and that was the best part.

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If for some strange, wonderful reason, you have extra blueberry pie filling, I recommend you save it in the refrigerator. You can enjoy it for up to a week in a sealed container.

One of my other favorite things to do with this filling is to top (or fill) pancakes with it. It’s outrageously good! For my Simple Saturday Pancakes Recipe, please see the link to my post.


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Take care and enjoy!


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one minute smoothie: orange-berry bliss

one-minute smoothie: orange-berry bliss, recipe via milissweets.comOrange Berry Bliss is my go-to smoothie. It only takes a minute to make. It tastes amazing and is an awesome pick-me-up at breakfast or at snack time.

Years ago, there was a smoothie shop that made “orange berry blitz.” It was my favorite smoothie. Then they took it off their menu! I knew I could figure out how to make my own version. I’ve decided I love my version more. My whole family loves it. It might be even be a better nutrition-choice than the shop-version, since there is no added sugar or dairy, (which tend to hurt my stomach). Another ‘best-part’ is, it passes the straw-stand up test: you know a smoothie has a good consistency and has the right thickness, when a straw holds up in the cup.

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You won’t need many ingredients to make this smoothie, but you will need a blender. Let’s do this!

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Mili’s Sweets Orange Berry Bliss Smoothie Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

a blender

4 cups frozen berries (I use a mix of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.)

1 and 1/2 cups orange juice (Of course, fresh-squeezed is awesome, but I typically have store-bought in my fridge.)

1 cup filtered water (See my note below for an option with the water, making it a “Vitamin-Blast” smoothie.)

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Here’s what you’ll do:

In a blender, add the 4 cups berries. Add the orange juice and water.

Put the top on the blender. Select “on” and “high” and blend for about 5 seconds. Turn off the machine.

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Take the top off and with a spoon, move some of the crushed fruit to the side, allowing the majority of the liquid to move to the bottom of the blender.

You’re almost there.

Put the top back on, select the high setting, and watch for the smoothie-vortex.

one-minute smoothie: orange-berry bliss, recipe via milissweets.comIt will take just under a minute for the smoothie-vortex (hole in the center) to form. Once you see it, your smoothie blending is complete. Stop the machine when you see it. The vortex will end with air coming upward, making a “plop” sound at the top.

Pour and enjoy!

Option during cold-season: “VITAMIN BLAST” your smoothie!

It’s cold season and I like to pump up the family with a little extra vitamin C. If you’d like to do this too, simply add one or two Vitamin C “fizzy drink supplements” into the water. I buy Emergen-C brand in the Super Orange flavor. You can’t taste it in the smoothie and you can’t go wrong with 1,ooo mg per packet! Anything your body can’t use or doesn’t absorb, gets flushed out so there’s no such thing as having too much.

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My kids are old enough to use glasses instead of plastic cups, so I took down some cute cups that they think are special. Straws are a must too.

I love the way little ones hold onto the stems of glasses. It’s fun to watch the details that come naturally to kids, without us boring grown ups telling them the proper way. The proper way can take all the fun out of it! Besides, we’re at home! We’ll save the proper way for restaurants and visits. For today, the kid-way is the proper way.


love your work

love your work

What are you working on right now?

I don’t mean your 9-5 job, or the bills you have to pay. It won’t be on your to-do list.

What do you consider your life’s work?

The best part about your life’s work is that you are in control. It’s totally up to you to choose what you want to work on and when you want to work on it. Your work and goals will change as your life changes.

It’s good to take a moment and reflect on the things you want to place above distractions in your life. Ultimately, your work rewards you for being you.

There’s no doubt, that I will always be a work in progress. I never want to stop learning or trying to make the most of every day that I’m given.

My children, my family, my faith and my craft, centered around celebrating life via dessert, will always be a part of my life’s work.

Lately, I’m working on saying yes more often. Some of my yes-moments are saying yes when my kids ask to play in the mud, saying yes to help when I see a homeless person, saying yes to make desserts for charity, or saying yes to help at my children’s school.

Love your work.

Yes. I have a lot of work to do.


Toya - October 25, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Thanks for the reminder, these are words that I needed to hear!xoxo - October 25, 2013 - 9:14 pm

You are awesome Toya and you should be proud of your life’s work. You give so much. I love you. xox

E - November 6, 2013 - 7:58 pm

My twin beat me to it! Just what I needed to hear, too! xoxoxo - November 6, 2013 - 8:17 pm

Love you E! xoxox

cookies & cups

cookies & cups by Mili

I really love my work! One of the greatest gifts is the end result and having the ability to make my customers’ vision come to life. I feel honored every single time that Mili’s Sweets is chosen for celebrating any special occasion. Whether a customer buys one cupcake to celebrate the moment, or an entire spread for a party, I’m just as happy because they are appreciating the passion, planning, time and love that goes into every recipe and detail.

Today I had the honor of doing my friend a favor. I haven’t delivered or set a dessert table since I started offering my desserts exclusively at retail/MiaBella, several months ago. I really don’t do it anymore for others because I’m no longer licensed as a caterer and I simply cannot find the time to squeeze these kinds of services into my life. (I’m talking with one of my friends this week, who is a party and wedding planner and she might take up this role as a resource for my customers.)

When she reached out to me, to set the desserts she ordered for a day-after-her-son’s-wedding get together, I was all in! She is one of those people whom I met from another friend years ago and we have genuinely cared about one another since day one. She is incredible and such an inspiration. I have set many other parties and events for her and her family and have always loved every moment of working with her and for her.

cookies & cups by MiliWhat’s so cool about how I work with my customers now, is that they can just pre-order what they like. I can create customized menus and set up custom listings that they purchase strait from my pre order site at Customers save money by picking up at MiaBella. I’ve had weddings and birthdays and all kinds of celebrations and everyone is happy to make arrangements to come into the shop and pick up at their convenience.

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My sweet friend loves offering my cookies and cupcakes. For the gathering today, she chose cookies in Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Biscotti, Chocolate Chip and Double-Chocolate.

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And then there were cupcakes! I loved how they look – spread out so nicely on her square pedestals.

She chose Double Dutch, Red Velvet, Coconut Passion Fruit and Churro.

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A strange coincidence – a couple years after I started making sweets for her, it was learned that one of her grandchildren is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, just like my son. It’s like it was meant to be that I am able to bake for her!


baby’s breath and big moments


first holy communion post via milissweets.comRecently, my sweet boy had his First Holy Communion. It was definitely one of those best, big-moments that we will never forget. There was so much joy in this day, that I could post a hundred photos of smiling faces. Instead, I’ll focus on some of the details for our small celebration at home.

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First thing we did was have photos taken for his announcement, that we mailed to family and friends. Corina Nielsen is my friend and also took photos of my daughter for her First Holy Communion, a few years back. She creates beautiful images and cares a lot about capturing the relevance of the moment. The images she took made for an incredibly special piece.

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I wanted to have photos of my little man with his suit, and some close-up details with his adorable lashes and holding his Rosary.

These images will always be precious to me.

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After the Mass, we had a great catered lunch, with some of our son’s favorite foods and of course there were cupcakes!

A couple of days before the party, my kids came with me to the flower shop (Franco’s in Encinitas) and we picked up bunches upon bunches of Baby’s Breath to fill the house.

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There is something so sweet and special about Baby’s Breath. It’s humble and small but when you look closely, the flowers are so beautiful and innocent-looking. I really don’t like them in arrangements with other flowers, but I love to see lots of them on their own. I also used the same flowers to decorate our home for our daughter’s First Holy Communion.

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I used gallon-sized Mason jars, a few blue vases, along with small glass vases and glass bottles and placed them all over the house with bunches of the flowers.

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Then there were the party favors. As part of my Italian heritage, Jordan Almonds are a must in every favor that has to do with a Holy Sacrament. As most of you know, since my sweet boy is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, they would not be an option.

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Instead, we placed assorted salt water taffy inside cream-colored boxes. We tied them up with cream and tan twine and I used a sharp brown colored pencil to write the thank you on a wooden tag.

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Everyone loved their little favors and I loved that they had a personal touch.

first holy communion post via milissweets.comI love these photos of our youngest with our oldest – who was able to take a break from college to come down and enjoy this special day with it. It was such a blessing!

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There were a lot of hugs and kisses and smiles on this day and everyone was all over the boy-of-honor. How could they resist?! For a moment, I did capture my love, all alone with one of my cupcakes. Being mom to this awesome kid is amazing!

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