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Mixed Berry Pie

Here's a delightful way to enjoy summertime fruits. If you're short on one of the berries, just make up the amount with one of the other fruits in the pie. —Elaine Moody, Clever, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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 2 portions so that 1 is slightly larger than the other. Shape each into a disk. Cover and 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 crust 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 crust; 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 510 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 275mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.