Sunday 2 September 2018

Homemade Bumbleberry Pie

Recently we had a bumbleberry pie from Mabel's Bakery on Queen Street W. It was delicious so I decided to make one myself. I found a recipe for one on the Broma Bakery website. As I wanted to make it as low calorie as possible, I used Stevia instead of sugar. Also, I didn't want a huge mess, neither did Teena, so I used frozen pie crusts instead of making my own.

Bumbleberry pie originated on the east coast of Canada. Some recipes use apples and/or rhubarb, although this one does not.

Here are the ingredients:

1 package of frozen deep dish pie crust (two to a pack)
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries, thawed (you can use fresh but frozen is cheaper!)
1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed
4 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup fresh blackberries (I had to use frozen as no fresh ones could be had)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (I used 1/3 cup of Stevia)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Let's get cooking!

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Defrost both pie crusts.

Defrost all the berries in the same bowl. I added the fresh blueberries to the mix, hoping for all the flavours to blend.

When they have thawed, mix in the sugar, flour, lemon juice, and salt. After adding each ingredient (I added them in the order listed), stir them in thoroughly before adding the next.

Scoop in fruit mixture with a slotted spoon, but not the juices as it will make the pie soggy.

Place the second pie crust over the first and cut holes or slots in it. I put an egg wash on it to help it brown.

Bake for 1 hour.

Remove from oven and let it cool for at least 45 minutes to allow the juices an mixture to thicken.

Time to enjoy!

The pie turned out a little more runny than I wanted but the crust was not soggy, which is a good thing. Next time I will try to drain the juice better before putting the mixture into the pie shell.

This bumbleberry pie exploded with flavour. It seems to be a little tart but at the same time sweet. No one berry comes through. When I made it, I was afraid the blueberries might take over but that's not the case. Instead the berries come together in one unique flavour ... bumbleberry?

Bumbleberry pie is definitely worth making and Teena said I can make it again anytime.

Hmm. I wonder what bumbleberry tarts would be like?

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