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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Homegrown Blackberry Pie #FoodieExtravaganza


     When we moved into our house a few years ago, we knew we were getting a couple of bonuses to go along with the house.  The first was a strawberry patch and the second was a stand of thornless blackberries.  We moved in September though, so we had no idea just how fruitful they would be.  The first year we had soooo many strawberries.  We ate our fill and had plenty for the freezer.  The second year we had a little munchkin in the spring time that was eating the strawberries as quickly as we could pick them.  Now we tend to use them up as we go, but occasionally have a few extra for the freezer.  They are great for winter time smoothies, purees and sauces.


    The biggest surprise was the blackberries. There were a million of them and they are HUGE!


    This year a made a blackberry shortcake cake, a peach blackberry galette and a blackberry crunch with them while they were fresh.  Jax also ate a few each day and we shared some with our neighbor kid.  He and Jax will eat them no matter how ripe or how tart they are!  It makes me pucker up just thinking about it! The rest went to the freezer for winter baking, jams and sauces.  So I was excited to pull some out to make a pie.  It seems to be a tradition that we have at least one blackberry pie each year now.  I always add a bit of lemon to it too.  I just love lemon and berries together!  



     My little guy is always happy to help in the kitchen, so we made a pie.  MiMi brought over some homemade ice cream and we were all quite happy with our little taste of summer.   Of course you don't have to make this with homegrown blackberries.  Any version of fresh or frozen blackberries will work.  This particular pie ran out of one of my vent holes a bit, so it isn't the prettiest pie we have ever had.  It was certainly delicious anyway!

Homegrown Blackberry Pie

Ingredients;

2 recipes Extra Flaky Pie Crust or your favorite double crust recipe
6 cups blackberries (fresh or thawed)
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 T flour (you might want to add a bit extra if using thawed berries)
pinch salt
1 1/2 T lemon juice
1 T butter
2 T milk
1-2 T sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.  
  2. Place first pie crust in the pie plate and roll the second out.  Place both crusts in the refrigerator while preparing filling.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups sugar, flour and salt.  Add berries and lemon juice and stir to coat.  Let sit for about a half hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. When ready to prepare pie, place berries in bottom crust.  Dot the top of the berries with small pieces of butter.
  5. Place top crust and cut vents.  Crimp crust.  
  6. Brush crust with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  7. I place my pie plate on drip catcher and cover my outer crust with a pie guard. Then bake at 450 F for 15 minutes.
  8. Drop the oven temperature to 350 F for an additional 40-50 minutes.  
  9. Let cool for at least a half hour before serving.  It will set more as it cools. 

It's Foodie Extravaganza Day and this month's theme is pie! Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm chose is and the results all sound delicious!

What is Food Extravaganza?

It's when a group of bloggers get together and make a recipe using one main ingredient. Where do we get the ingredient? We look at The Nibble and pick something off of their list. Croissants are actually celebrated on January 30th, but it's in January, so it's fair game. You can check out our group Pinterest board for past recipes. If you're a blogger, you can join along with us by requesting to join on our Facebook page. Now, on to the goodness.


BLT Pie by Georgina of G'Gina's Flavors Palatte

Cheddar Leek Potato Pie by Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook

Cheeseburger Pie by Kathleen at Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Grapefruit Pie by Rebekah at Making Miracles

Ham and Broccoli Quiche by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm

Homegrown Blackberry Pie by Carlee of Cooking with Carlee

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie by Lauren of From Gate to Plate

Peaches and Cream Pie by Elaine at Cookin and Craftin

Penne Pie by Terri at Our Good Life

Red Velvet Pudding Pie by Teri of The Freshman Cook

Tar Heel Pie by Tara of Tara's Multicultural Table

The Impossible Coconut Pie by Stacy of Food Lust People Love

Walnut Crumble-Topped Apple Tart by Caroline at Caroline's Cooking

53 comments:

  1. Oh how I do adore blackberries, and especially blackberry pie! This looks WONDERFUL!

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    1. Thank you! It is amazing how many blackberry treats we can make from our berries each year. The annual pie is always my favorite though!

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  2. First of all... I'm extremely jealous. We just moved into a new house and I have to start all over with strawberry plants. AND... I'm considering planting some blackberries and raspberries because to be honest I go pick the wild ones that grow in the ditches along our farm where my mom lives. The blackberries usually are down the side of a shaded hill and I ALWAYS get stabbed by their torns. :(
    I make about 7-10 pies every Friday for the Mr's family sale barn for the kitchen... everyone has been bugging me about blackberry pie so I'm going to give this a try!
    PS.... I was tell everyone when the juices run out of the holes... it's the best :P

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    1. The thornless blackberries are the best! No pain, all gain! You have to keep them trimmed up because only the new growth produces berries, but it is easy and well worth it. I have been amazed by the number of berries we get each year. I love that you have a place to share all of your baked goods!

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  3. How lucky to have fresh berries during the summer that you can freeze to enjoy during the long cold winter months. I have tried planting raspberry and blackberry plants but the rabbits and deer get to them before they ever grow.

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    1. The squirrels like to share our berry harvest with us (and they usually get at least half of my acorn squash too!) Luckily there is plenty to spare!

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  4. What a blessing those bushes are! Nothing like going out and eating your fill right off the branch. Jax and his friend have the right idea. But that pie! It, too, is all kinds of awesome, especially with some cold, cold creamy ice cream on the side. Beautiful, Carlee!

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    1. We really enjoy those bushes. I would have never thought to put them where they are, but I don't see us ever removing them. We enjoy them too much!

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  5. How awesome…wanting some pie!!! Need to make sure to eat before reading your blog-LOL! :)

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    1. I know, it's terrible isn't it?! Thank you!

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  6. Love, love, love your blackberry pie Carlee. Love that it ran out of those holes. In fact it looked so pretty that until I read your line about the pie filling running out of the holes, I actually thought there was a design on your top pie crust. Lovely pie and looove the blackberries. Makes me miss the mulberries that use to grow in our garden (sigh)

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    1. We cut some stars for vent holes and that is about as far as we took with with design. This was the first pie the little guy helped with and we had a lot of fun. Now he's going to want to "paint" all of our pies! There used to be a mulberry tree by the pool we swam at as kids. We could get out and snack on a few between laps. They were so good!

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  7. Oh Carlee it looks delicious! I'm Jealous of your blackberries...I had a big patch of wild blackberries out by the pond...but the honeysuckle took over and now they are gone!! Blackberries are a favorite of mine! Great choice for the Pie {party}.

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    1. Thank you! Those darn honeysuckle! We really enjoy them every year.

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  8. You are so lucky to have blackberries and strawberries in your yard! It must be such fun! Your pie is awesome looking!

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    1. Thank you! We really look forward to them every year!

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  9. This looks great! Blackberry pie is one of my favorites. Especially with fresh blackberries. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. It is one of my favorites too, especially with homemade ice cream! We are very lucky to have so many yummy berries!

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  10. I used to go picking blackberries with my parents all the time as a kid, we more commonly had apple and blackberry crumble but occasionally pie.This looks delicious!

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    1. Oooh, I haven't made an apple and blackberry crumble yet. I'll have to see if I have enough berries left in the freezer to make something like that. If not, I'll have to try to remember to that with this year's harvest. Thank you!

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  11. Oh my gosh, this pie looks delicious! I'm so jealous of your strawberry patch and blackberry stand. That is so awesome. And what a fun club to be involved in. If I didn't already have so much on my plate, I would join in!

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    1. I completely understand. I love the idea of so many blogger groups (like your leftovers club) but as it is there are times I'm not sure how I'm going to get everything done! Maybe one of these we'll find all of those extra spare hours in our day. If you ever change your mind, we'd love to have you!

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  12. I love fruit pies. This looks amazing!

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  13. Wow! Those are some huge blackberries. Your pie looks delicious!

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    1. Aren't they? We were so surprised the first year and thought it was maybe a fluke, but they've been huge every year!

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  14. Oh, this brings back memories of berry picking with my Grammy when I was a girl. Those blackberries are huge! This pie sounds so amazing. Yum!!

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    1. Thank you! We really enjoy getting to go out and pick our own berries and it is so much fun to share the experience with our little guy, even if he does eat more than his fair share! ;-)

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  15. Interesting to see flour used as a thickener. I've used tapioca--easy to find in the US, but not easy in the UK, where I now live. I think I'll try the flour. Thanks.

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    1. I go back and forth between using flour and corn starch. One of my favorite berry pies uses tapioca as a thickener, but I am less likely to have that on hand. I am usually a think of it and want to make it now kind of person, so I have to make due with what I've already got!

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  16. Once moving to the farm, I found that we had more blackberries than I can ever begin to process into delicious goodies. But, let me tell you I am JEALOUS that yours are thornless!
    Your pie looks delicious!

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    1. The fact they are thornless makes all of the difference! I really like just giving them a rinse and a good dry and throwing them into the freezer. That way I can bake with them during the winter when I have more time. They can still be made into sauces and jams later too. As long as you have the freezer space, I couldn't recommend it highly enough!

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  17. We have blackberries everywhere here in Oregon in the summer. I'll be pinning this to refer back to!

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    1. Perfect! I hope you love it!

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    2. Thanks for sharing on the "Whats for dinner" linky!

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  18. When we were growing up we lived in the country, there were wild raspberries and mulberries, we would help our mom and gran pick them, they were so much smaller than these, it took forever. These look like they would be so much quicker to get enough for a pie, and they look delish!

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    1. It does go pretty quickly when they are so big! Last summer there was a day I went out with my biggest strainer to pick berries and had to come in for another bowl too. We had enough for a pie and some for the freezer within probably 15 minutes!

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  19. I always look forward to the fresh Blackberries from our bush. Thank you so much for sharing with us for our 5th Anniversary of Full Plate Thursday! Hope you have a fantastic week and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. We look forward to them too and it is fun to have a little taste of them from our freezer when summer feels like a long way off!

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    1. We definitely try to use them to their fullest!

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  21. I've been loving blackberries lately and would just love to grow my own. So jealous! Thanks for linking up at Saucy Saturdays.

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    1. Ours are actually really easy to take care of. We just trim all of the old grown out every fall and try to keep them staked up so they aren't to unruly during the spring and summer. The lack of thorns makes picking the berries a pleasant experience too! We have really enjoyed having them!

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  22. My mother would love this! It sounds yummy!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. There's nothing like a warm pie and homemade ice cream! Thanks for hosting!

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  23. I love fresh blackberries. My grandmother had a bush in her yard and we made jam from them. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Over the Moon Link Party.

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    1. I love making jam too! I really should make some with some of the berries I have left!

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  24. Oh that looks so good! We've just planted some thorn-less blackberries, so I'll keep this recipe for next year!

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    1. Yay! I hope you have as much luck with them as we've had!

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  25. I love blackberries...any kind of berries especially in pie! Double yum!

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  26. This looks so delicious! Thanks for linking up at the Tips and Tricks Link Party.

    Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

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    1. Thank you! We look forward to our annual pie and it is so fun to come up with other ways to use the berries as well!

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