- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup shortening, chilled
- 6 tablespoons cold water
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
- ½ cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- Step 1Combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until the pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture, then gently toss with a fork. Push moistened portion to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until all is moistened. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Step 2Transfer one piece of dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough from the center to the edges to form a 12-inch circle. Wrap the crust around the rolling pin. Unroll it onto a 9-inch pie plate. Ease the crust into the pie plate, being careful not to stretch it. Trim the bottom crust evenly with the rim of the pie plate, and return the pastry-lined pie plate to the refrigerator.
- Step 3In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries; gently toss until berries are coated. Allow fruit mixture to stand for about 15 minutes.
- Step 4Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat.
- Step 5Roll out the remaining pastry for the top crust. Stir the berry mixture and pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie plate. Place the top crust over the pie and trim the edges, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold the top crust under the bottom crust, pressing lightly to seal. Crimp the edges of the crust and cut vents in the top to allow steam to escape. To prevent over-browning, cover the edge of the pie with foil.
- Step 6Bake in the preheated oven on the baking tray for 25 minutes. Remove the foil.
- Step 7Bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the crust is golden. Cool on a wire rack.
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- Dash salt
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup halved fresh strawberries
- 3/4 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
- In a large bowl, mix flour and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Divide dough into two portions so that one is slightly larger than the other. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
- For filling, in a large saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, salt, water and, if desired, cinnamon until smooth; add blueberries. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly.
- Preheat oven to 400°. Gently fold raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and lemon juice into blueberry mixture. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate. Add filling; dot with butter.
- Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1/2-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern. Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom pastry; flute edge. Bake 10 minutes.
- Reduce oven setting to 350°; bake 45-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool on a wire rack.
Berry Pie Tips
What is the best thickener for fruit pies?
What you use to thicken your fruit pie largely depends on your filling. Common pie thickeners include flour, cornstarch and tapioca flour. Berries release a lot of liquid when combined with sugar. So in this recipe, cornstarch is best because it does a great job of absorbing and thickening the excess juices.
How do you keep a pie crust bottom from getting soggy?
There are various solutions for preventing a soggy pie crust, all of which depend upon the pie you are baking. For this recipe, place a foil-lined aluminum sheet pan on the bottom rack of your oven while it preheats. When you are ready to bake, place the pie directly onto the heated sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pie from the sheet pan and place on a higher rack and continue baking as instructed.
Can you bake pie with frozen berries?
Yes, you can bake pie with frozen berries! When fresh berries are not available or in season, frozen berries will do the trick and sometimes provide even better depth of flavor. You do not need to thaw the berries; simply let them sit for a few minutes on your counter before using.
1 piece: 510 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.