(Spring) Berry Pie

When it feels like spring, but there’s nothing growing yet. Hopefully you had the forethought to freeze some berries last season.

Pie Crust

  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 T butter
  • 2 1/2 T cold water

Cut very cold butter into tiny pieces and combine into flour. (I usually use my fingers to break down the butter into “pea sized” pieces). Add water a tablespoon at a time — mixing the ingredients with a fork or by hand until dough is combined but not sticky. (Note: pie crust dough doesnt need a lot of kneading, so just when the ingredients are combined, it is probably ready). Form the dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  After 1/2 hour, roll out one of the balls into a very thin circle and place into a pie tin.  With the other dough, roll out and cut into latices.

Pie filling

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen strawberries (thawed and drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (thawed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sugar

Combine berries in large bowl. Mix in flour and sugar and let stand for 20 minutes.  Pour into pie tin.  Lattice the sh%$ out of the top. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes, reduce to 350° and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Drink the strawberry water with a few ice cubes and a squeeze of lemon.

  • Leah Auckenthaler

    Mirra, for the crust do you combine the flour + butter with your fingers, or with forks? Or do you use a KitchenAid? I have never made a crust without an appliance, and I feel like you won’t judge me when I admit that…

    • Mirra

      Hey Leah! Yeah, I was taught to make pie using my fingers to break down the butter into “pea-sized” pieces. And I mix the ingredients with my hands as I pour water in. Some people say they prefer a pastry blender because then the butter wont get as warm, but Ive rather liked the result…albeit a little more messy.

  • Lakshmi

    Hi Mirra—can you substitute any 4 cups of fruit and use the same recipe? Ex: apples, peaches, etc. This was inspiring! So thanks…

    • Mirra

      You can do that, but each one will end up with a different consistency — as each type of fruit has a varied amount of pectin. Also, I like to add spices with certain types of fruit (ie. cinnamon with the apples)… so I would recommend looking up a good recipe online.

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  • Wholesome Gal

    Love the ingredients…Simple.Delicious:)