Mixed Berry Pie

in Desserts


This post should probably be titled “How to make a pie in a hour and a half” OR “How to look in your fridge and make a pie,” or maybe “How to make a pie when you don’t have your shit together.” All of these would be more accurate than the current: “Mixed Berry Pie.”

Teri and I made a whole pie appear in a hour and a half. That’s kind of impressive, no? I didn’t really even think that was possible. And it barely was. Can I be honest? This pie was the most make-shift, Sandra Lee, pie of a situation I’ve ever baked up. If you, too, wanna do this, I have some pie confessions/secrets to share…

Generally I’d turn my nose at the thought of store-bought pie crust. I mean…if I’m gonna make a pie, I really want to make a pie, but in this instance I didn’t have a choice. Teri insisted that this stuff was dependable and incredible. It tasted…solid. Totally solid. Like, I enjoyed its flavor, which surprised me…a lot.

If you feel like being an overachiever and putting me to shame, I suggest this buttermilk pie crust recipe–it’s my favorite.

You wish I had a picture of this filling, right? Yeah…me too. I totally failed at that. But let’s use our imagination like it’s the 90s. Ready? The mixed berry filling consisted of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Along with some sugar, lemon juice, flour and a dash of salt.

And, per usual, it was slightly too sugary for my taste, so in the recipe below I scaled it back a tad. Really I just suggest a taste test before you put in the filling in the pie crust.

Can we talk about those holes? Those came from Teri’s brain. Pie dough was rolled out and 10 or 15 holes were made. With those holes (and more that we made), we made a trim consisting of two hole layers. Pretty! Teri and I were impressed ourselves, to be honest.

I kinda think the pie’s holes and border made this pie the pretty girl at the party.

P.S. You’re totally judging me because of that add-water pie crust, right? Ugh…it’s okay. I would too.


Mixed Berry Pie

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2 pie crusts (for top, border and bottom)
2 pints of blueberries
2 pints of blackberries
1 pint of raspberries
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg (for egg wash)
1 tablespoon of sugar in the raw

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

Roll out the dough and place into your 9-inch pie dish. Roll out second pie crust and cut small holes (around 10) into the dough. Set the holes aside, as you’ll use them for the border.

For the filling, mix the blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with lemon juice, flour and salt. Taste and adjust sugar amount. Transfer the fruit filling to the pie crust dish and top with the holey pie dough.

In a small bowl, make the egg wash with beating an egg and adding a splash of milk or water. Making as many holes as needed, place holes around the border, creating two layers. Note: you’ll want to lightly coat them in egg wash before placing them around the pie’s edges. This will make them adhere to one another.

Brush a light coat of egg wash all over the pie crust and dust with sugar in the raw.

Cover the edges with foil to prevent them from burning, and transfer pie to oven and bake at 425F degrees for 40 minutes. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes (or until golden brown) to get an even golden brown crust.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

This pie looks perfect! Awesome recipe!

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Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

For such a make-shift ‘botch job’ pie, it looks utterly perfect! I am so so impressed, and the recipe is a lovely basic one that i am definitely going to refer to in the future. Love your photos too! very nice post indeed, sure its delicious :)

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Janae July 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

Funny post, and no one is judging the crust! And speaking of crust, that is one of the prettiest I’ve seen :)

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Becki @ Becki's Whole Life July 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

Your crust is sooo pretty! I love mixed berry pies – this sounds delish!

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Kayla July 25, 2011 at 11:50 am

I love this! It’s like a lazy girl’s lattice crust. I could totally have the patience for this.

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Erin July 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

You have a Star Wars apron!? I love you and am jealous at the same time

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Adrianna July 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

That’s Teri’s apron. She’s a little obsessed.

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jan July 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Looks yummy, and I think I have most of the ingredients, but you don’t say how long to cook the pie. I too novice to wing it.

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Adrianna July 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

That would help, wouldn’t it? Juust fixed it!!

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Jamie-Lee July 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Super cute polka dots! Sometimes it’s worth it to use pre-fab pie crust when you’re in a time crunch. Some are even edible. I prefer homemade myself, but if I’m short on time I won’t hesitate to use store-bought. Looks yummy!

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NicoleD July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

So pretty! Who can resist a decorative pie crust like that? Not me!

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Amy @ A Little Nosh July 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I had no idea there was a such thing as a “just add water” pie crust. And that it could also TASTE GOOD! Awesome.

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apaler1 July 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

The pie is gorgeous. I love what you did with the pie holes, it really looks beautiful!

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Heidi @ Food Doodles July 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Mmm, that looks so good! I love what you did with the crust. So pretty, but I never do that myself. Why not?! You’ve inspired me to get busy with some pie pastry :D
I also had to comment on the apron. Awesome!

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The Newlywed Chefs July 26, 2011 at 2:18 am

We were following this one on Twitter- looks so yummy!

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France July 26, 2011 at 4:59 am

What a great job, and I have to say I love how you did your photos. It adds such feeling. The pie looks stunning with the perfecting hole punched crust.

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Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) July 26, 2011 at 5:24 am

you NEED to share with me! aren’t we both eastsiders too? i love pie this looks amazing :)

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Tina July 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

WHOA! This looks so amazing. I love the hole designs. I bet this was really delicious.

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Rebecca July 26, 2011 at 5:41 am

I just stumbled upon your blog and it’s so so pretty. I love it.

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Kocinera July 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Congrats on your speedy pie-making skillz! :D That pie looks totally gorgeous–I love the circle cutouts!

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Nadette July 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I totally don’t make pie crust. I just cant bring myself to do it. I shall be giving this a whirl one day soon. Because even though I don’t make pie crust, I love pie. Pie is awesome!

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Sophia July 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Looks absolutely beautiful! Wonderful for a makeshift.. Where did you get this already ruffled pie pan?

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Adrianna July 29, 2011 at 9:30 pm

It’s from the Martha Stewart collection. It’s no longer available online but I’m sure she has another one that’s comparable.

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Janis July 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I am loving your pastry work, what a fun idea with the polka dots.

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Lynna H. May 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

beautiful pie! ♥

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Michelle May 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Not judging you at all! In fact I might make this for memorial day!

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Liz July 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Love the apron! The pie is gorgeous :-)

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