Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie

This past Christmas, I received my first pie bird from my mother-in-law.  It was an extra special gift, because my 7 year old remembered I wanted one and let my mother-in-law know.  To check out my pie bird story, click here.  At that time, I asked my wonderful readers for ideas so that I could start using the cute little bird.  Last time, I made a chicken pot pie and this time it is blackberry pie.  Thank you to my mother-in-law for the suggestion.  I am trying to make a pie every 6 weeks or so using all of the ideas I received, and would love to hear more if there are any 🙂

I found some wonderful slightly tart blackberries.  They are not in season here yet, so I was happy to find good quality berries.  I decided to be brave and create my own recipe.  This is actually my first fruit pie, so I was excited to try something new.  I decided to make a quick lemon sugar and use it along with some honey to sweeten the pie.  It gave the pie a wonderful flavor and really reinforced both the tartness and sweetness of the berries.  The cornstarch helped create a wonderful syrup in the pie and the berries were perfectly tender.  I literally could not stop eating it.  My pie bird is back perched on my kitchen windowsill awaiting the next pie 🙂

I had to include one picture highlighting the beautiful pie bird 🙂

Blackberry Pie

I am going to bring this pie to Fiesta Friday #113!  The co-hosts this week are:   Sonal @ simplyvegetarian777 and Laurie @ ten.times.tea.
I am also bringing this pie to the Throwback Thursday Link Party by Mollie @ The Frugal Hausfrau.

Blackberry Pie

9 in pie


  • 2 9 in. deep dish pie dough circles
  • butter for pie dish
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 cups blackberries (approx 1.5 lb) - I used fresh
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. water
  • sugar in the raw or large crystal sugar for pie topping (optional)
  • If you need to clean your blackberries, ensure you allow them time to dry.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Note: If you are making your own pie dough, make it ahead of time and let it firm up in the fridge. If you are using frozen, take it out of the freezer. That should give it 15 minutes to thaw.
  • Zest the lemon and place the zest and sugar in a food processor or small blender. Run until combined and the sugar is fine. This should take just a minute or 2.
  • Place the blackberries in a large bowl and mix well with the lemon sugar. Add the cornstarch and mix well. Add the honey and stir until combined.
  • Roll out one of your pie crusts and place in a buttered deep pie pan, forming the dough to the pan. Place the pie bird in the middle of the pan if using one. Stir the blackberry mixture and then evenly pour it into the pie pan. Roll out and add the other pie dough, over the top. Trim if needed (make a little hole for your pie bird's head), and press the pie crust and seal the pie. If you are not using a pie bird, make several slits in the pie. Beat the egg and water, and paint evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the sugar all over the top of the pie.
  • Place in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown on top. Let the pie rest for several hours before cutting into it. I let it sit for 5 hours, but 3 should do the trick.
  • Enjoy!
  • Notes

    # 1 Make the pie dough ahead of time and freeze for longer storage.

    # 2 Pair this pie with vanilla ice cream.

    Blackberry Pie

    68 Responses to“Blackberry Pie”

    1. 03/31/2016 at 8:57 am #

      This looks great! I love that pie bird 😊 nice to see it again!

        03/31/2016 at 9:09 am #

        Thank you Cynthia! It was happy to be used again 😀

    2. 03/31/2016 at 9:35 am #

      A wonderful blackberry pie, and I like your method of thickening the syrup. I love warm pies and ice cream, too, or with a dollop of whipped fresh cream. We have so many blackberries at the bottom of our garden that I end up giving lots away. We still have several bags of them from last year in the freezer. Blackberry and apple is a popular filling over here, especially for children who don’t like the blackberry seeds.
      I remember your original post about the pie bird well, and I’m glad to see it’s been so useful. 🙂

        03/31/2016 at 10:41 am #

        Thank you Millie! Me too, pies are just wonderful with a little whipped cream or ice cream! Blackberries and apples sound delicious together. I will have to put that on my list! I am really happy to be getting use out of it, and I love looking at it perched on my windowsill 🙂

        • 03/31/2016 at 6:08 pm #

          I imagine it makes a pretty ornament. 😀

          03/31/2016 at 8:00 pm #

          It does and is a constant reminder of how thoughtful my little girl is 😀

    3. 03/31/2016 at 10:29 am #

      I love your pie bird! And the pie looks no less than amazing!!

        03/31/2016 at 10:44 am #

        Thank you so much Paula! I love the pie bird, and I might have to collect a few more 😀

    4. 03/31/2016 at 10:33 am #

      I love blackberry pie and I can’t wait until Michigan blackberries come in this summer 🙂

        03/31/2016 at 10:47 am #

        Me too Judi, they are just delicious as a pie filling! I can’t wait for them to come in season here either. We have a place here to pick them and I am looking forward to it 😀

    5. 03/31/2016 at 10:46 am #

      Oh my a wonderful blackberry pie-Antonia-Love it! x

        03/31/2016 at 10:48 am #

        Thank you Cheryl! I can’t wait to make my next pie 🙂

        • 03/31/2016 at 10:49 am #

          Any ideas on the next one? sweet or savory?

          03/31/2016 at 8:02 pm #

          I think I am going sweet again. I have a few more fruit ideas that were shared. One was a strawberry rhubarb, which might be perfect for mid-spring 😉

        • 03/31/2016 at 8:17 pm #

          Oh-yum! xo

        • 03/31/2016 at 1:19 pm #

          Yay-I’ll be waiting for that post Antonia. Cheryl x

          03/31/2016 at 8:02 pm #

          Thank you Cheryl!

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    6. 03/31/2016 at 11:06 am #

      This pie is enticing me as I stare at it on my monitor Antonia! Glad to see you are still having fun with you pie bird- it was such a thoughtful gift 🙂 Fruit pies are my favorite and are a true sign of spring/summer. I can’t wait until berries start appearing at the store here in Michigan!

        03/31/2016 at 7:36 pm #

        You are so sweet Heather! I’m glad too, and trying to stay committed to making a pie at least every 6 weeks or so. My daughter was so excited to see me use it again:) I am with you…I can’t wait for an abundance of fresh berries!

    7. 03/31/2016 at 1:08 pm #

      Mouthwatering! 🙂

        03/31/2016 at 7:37 pm #

        Thank you Ronit!

    8. 03/31/2016 at 1:24 pm #

      I love fruit pies and those berries look wonderful! Your pie looks stunning and I bet it tastes delicious, especially warmed-up! Lovely!!!

        03/31/2016 at 7:59 pm #

        Thank you Francesca! I do too, but never made one until now. I think I am hooked 😉 It was very tasty, but not very kid friendly. My 5 year old wouldn’t try it and told me he thinks I might only get 2!

    9. 04/01/2016 at 1:52 am #

      The pie looks stunning and delicious 🙂

        04/01/2016 at 8:44 am #

        Thank you Freda!

    10. 04/01/2016 at 2:01 am #

      I love pies Antonia and this looks so lovely. Definitely with freshly whipped cream or ice cream 🙂 Gosh, I haven’t had a blackberry pie in ages ! x

        04/01/2016 at 8:47 am #

        Thank you Lynne 😀 I do too, especially pies with a little tartness. I agree, ice cream or whipped cream would be just perfect 😛 I think I need to go and eat another piece!

    11. 04/01/2016 at 3:59 am #

      Wow! That looks like a perfect cake for this weekend! 🙂

        04/01/2016 at 8:48 am #

        Thank you Maja! I hope you get a chance to try it and thanks for stopping by 😀

    12. 04/01/2016 at 2:23 pm #

      Haha, I love the picture of the pie bird peeking out! What a sweet story of how you came to obtain it. This pie sounds sweet and delicious, and I love the deep colour that the blackberries impart. Can’t wait to see what other pies you make!

        04/01/2016 at 6:01 pm #

        I wanted to give it a little bit of the! Thank you for the kind words 😀 Have a wonderful weekend!

    13. 04/01/2016 at 2:33 pm #

      Fruit pies are the best! and yours is beautiful. I want a pie bird now.

        04/01/2016 at 6:05 pm #

        Thank you so much Hilda! I agree, they are the best, and I am extra excited for berry season now! You should get one…they are cute and are a nice reminder to make more pies 😀 Have a fantastic weekend!

    14. 04/01/2016 at 10:44 pm #

      This pie looks delicious! I love blackberries, and haven’t had any in a long time. Thank you for sharing this!

        04/01/2016 at 11:24 pm #

        Thank you Jenny! I love them too and am very excited for berry season 😀 I am so glad you could stop by and have a great weekend!

    15. 04/02/2016 at 10:55 am #

      Oh my dear Antonia! This looks just lovely! I really want a piece right now! yumm

        04/03/2016 at 5:07 pm #

        Thank you Lynn, you are so sweet 😀 I wish I could give you some! I hope you have had a nice weekend!

        • 04/03/2016 at 5:46 pm #

          yumm looks amazing! I have, and I hope you have too

          04/03/2016 at 5:57 pm #

          Thanks Lynn! I am enjoying making pies with my little bird 😀 Yes, I have, thank you!

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    16. 04/02/2016 at 11:36 pm #

      Gorgeous Antonia! Love the pie bird too 🙂

        04/03/2016 at 5:09 pm #

        Thank you Lana! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend 🙂

    17. 04/03/2016 at 2:59 pm #

      This pie is gorgeous, and I love blackberries!
      I’ve had a pie bird for about a year now, but I’ve still to use – will have to try this one!

        04/03/2016 at 5:20 pm #

        Thank you so much Michelle! I hope you get a chance to try it out 😀 I hope you have had a nice weekend and thanks for stopping by!

    18. 04/04/2016 at 6:45 am #

      yum, this looks so tasty! I want a piece now!!!! 🙂

        04/04/2016 at 2:05 pm #

        Thank you so much Peter! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday!

    19. 04/05/2016 at 8:00 am #

      My Mom’s blackberry pie was a family favorite. It always reminds me of home. Your pie looks just perfect. The photo’s are beautiful as well. I have to check and see why I am not notified of your posts. I know I followed your blog. When you commented on my blog I headed over. Hope to get that fixed.

        04/05/2016 at 9:09 am #

        Isn’t it wonderful how food can take you back? Thank you for the kind words Suzanne! I have had a couple of incidents in the past, where I was following someone, and then discovered I wasn’t anymore. I think there is a glitch. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    20. 04/05/2016 at 10:12 am #

      Wow! What a lovely pie recipe! I can’t wait to have a bite of it! So inviting 😊

        04/05/2016 at 10:24 am #

        Thank you Lina! Have a fantastic day 😀

    21. 04/05/2016 at 5:15 pm #

      I love blackberry anything! Looking forward to the fresh picking season. We have several bushes in the yard and I have a hidden place I forage them. We usually make blackberry cobbler but this pie makes me want one now!

        04/05/2016 at 9:49 pm #

        Yummy, I wish I had blackberries in my yard! I am super excited for berry season 😀

    22. 04/05/2016 at 5:55 pm #

      Wow.. looks so amazing!

        04/05/2016 at 9:52 pm #

        Thank you 😀

    23. Sandhya
      04/05/2016 at 10:22 pm #

      Antonia, this pie looks so scrumptious! wish I could dig in right now!

        04/05/2016 at 11:13 pm #

        Thank you for the kind words Sandhya!

    24. 04/06/2016 at 3:20 am #

      I have a thing about blackberries and pie – but I don’t often eat it because it’s so often made with the prepared filling! This looks amazing and I’m pinning for blackberry season!

        04/06/2016 at 9:18 am #

        Thank you so much Mollie! I hope you get a chance to try it 😀 I am totally with you, I don’t like eating prepared fillings, especially when it comes to berries. Have a wonderful day!

    25. 04/06/2016 at 4:15 am #

      What a lovely pie it surely is! I will make this lovely tasty pie later in the year when I have home grown blackberries! Yummm!

        04/06/2016 at 9:24 am #

        Thank you Sophie! It’s great that you grow your own blackberries. I hope you enjoy the pie! Have a wonderful day 😀

    26. 04/27/2016 at 2:25 am #

      I can’t wait for summer for this pie and looking forward to seeing how else you’ll use that darling pie bird!! 🙂

        04/27/2016 at 10:16 pm #

        I hope you enjoy it Mollie! Thank you, I am thinking about what will be next…love my little bird 😉 Have a wonderful rest of your week!

    27. 02/18/2017 at 9:20 am #

      This recipe is amazing!The blackberry pie looks so delicious, can’t wait to prepare this!

        02/19/2017 at 4:48 pm #

        Thank you so much Agness! Awesome, I hope you enjoy it 😀 Have a wonderful week!


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