I had a craving for berry pie this weekend, but I was too busy to make a traditional one from scratch. So I adapted a couple different recipes and came up with this one. It was absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to make it again next week. Although I may actually make it with crust from scratch next time. But I’m a firm believer that frozen pie dough is better than not making a dessert. Sometimes you just don’t have the time.
Quick and Easy Berry Pie
2 pints blueberries
6-8 strawberries (you can substitute more strawberries if you leave out some blueberries)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 frozen pie crust or make pie dough
Blind bake the pie crust using beans or pie weights for 10-12 minutes, until it’s completely cooked. Let cool.
Combine half the blueberries, the strawberries, sugar, honey, cornstarch, water, salt, and cinnamon in a saucepan and cook for 5-6 minutes. It should thicken up and become jam-like. Add butter, vanilla, and lemon juice and zest. Stir to combine and melt the butter.
Refrigerate the mixture until it starts to gel, about 1 hour. Pour into cooled pie shell and spread out. Spread remaining blueberries over the top. You can sift some powdered sugar on it, but that’s optional.