Bubbly Pies


How to make Bubbly Pies from Dragonriders of Pern | CookFiction.com

Name: Bubbly Pies

Inspired by: Dragonriders of Pern

Serving Size: about 2 dozen tarts

Secret Ingredient: Klah bark (cinnamon)

"Just take a bite, Piemur. You'll see. Get a bubbly or two inside you, and you'll feel more like yourself." - Ranly

Chef's Note

Bubbly pies are cute, luscious blueberry desserts that can fit in the palm of your hand.This recipe became considerably popular after being published in The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern, and spread by word of mouth among Anne McCaffrey's fans.


Making the Pie Crust

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/2 cup ice water


  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Cut in butter, and toss or press with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Drizzle water over the mixture and knead until incorporated, without overworking the dough.

Making the Berry Filling

You will need:

  • 5 cups washed blueberries (or one frozen 20 oz. package)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons citrus juice


  1. Place berries in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle sugar, cinnamon, and citrus juice evenly over mixture.
  3. Using a spoon, carefully stir to ensure the berries have been evenly mixed with the rest of the ingredients.

Completing the Bubbly Pies

You will need:

  • Pie Crust
  • Berry Filling
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • Milk, for sealing and brushing (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Split the pie crust dough in half.
  3. Using a rolling pin, roll out both halves of dough, and split each half into six balls.
  4. Roll out every ball to a thickness of 1/8-inch.
  5. For each flattened ball of dough, cut out circles of a 5-inch diameter.
  6. Place each circle into the well of a tart pan that has been lightly greased and floured.
  7. Spoon berries into crust and dot with butter.
  8. Add a second circle of dough on top of each tart, using water or milk help seal the edges if necessary.
  9. Brush the top of each pie with milk (optional), and prick slits into the top of each pie using a knife or fork.
  10. Bake until golden-brown (about 20 minutes).

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