This Four Berry Pie is one I put together using three different recipes. The first was from James Villas, another was from a Chicago Tribune recipe credited to Grant Achatz’s dad, and the last was from Michele Stuart of Michele’s Pies.
As per the name, Four Berry Pie calls for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries — all of which were on sale this week at Jewel for 99 cents a pint! I wish berries were that price all year because I’ll definitely be making this again. The recipe uses ground up Minute tapioca as a thickener and it really does a good job holding holding everything together.
It also calls for only 3/4 cup of sugar to almost 8 cups of berries and the sweetness level is just right. A little lemon juice livens up the flavor, and there’s no added butter or salt so this pie is practically health food! But seriously, I do feel like the berries take center stage in this pie and that the flavor is not muddled up by other things.
As for the crust, this one was in two of the recipes I referenced so I went with it and will probably use it again because the proportions are easy to remember. It’s a good all-purpose dough that’s not terribly difficult to roll and bakes up relatively flaky. Of course if you don’t have time for crust, there’s always roll-and-bake!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (320 grams)
- 1 teaspoon salt (reduce to ½ if butter is salted)
- 1/3 cup (65 grams) shortening
- 1/2 cup (114 grams) unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 cup ice cold water (or as needed)
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups blackberries
- 1 1/2 cups strawberries
- 2 cups raspberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup Minute tapioca (I ground it up, but not really necessary)
- Egg Wash: 1 egg beaten, did not mix with any milk
- Pie Crust: Combine flour, salt, shortening, butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse mixture until coarse with pea size bits, then add water two tablespoons at a time and pulse until mixture holds together (you’’ll probably use it all). Empty onto a flat surface and shape into two disks. Wrap in plastic and chill until ready to use.
- Roll half the pie dough about 1/8 inch thick and line a deep dish pie dish (I used a greased 9 ½ deep dish Pyrex). Put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes or just long enough to firm-up the dough, then press plastic wrap up against it and keep it frozen for 30 minutes or up until you are ready to proceed with the recipe.
- Preheat to 425 (you will actually bake at 375, but it’s good to get the oven nice and hot). Also, put a heavy duty rimmed baking sheet in the oven and allow it to heat up with the oven. Preheating the baking sheet will help give you a firm bottom crust.
- Filling: Combine all berries in a large mixing bowl and toss with lemon juice. Mix together the sugar and tapioca, then toss with the berries. Let sit in bowl for 15 minutes while you make strips.
- Roll the second ball of dough into an 10x11 inch rectangle and cut 10 11 inch long strips.
- Put the berry mixture into the pie shell and use the strips to form a lattice. I’m not an expert at this, but the method I use is to lay 5 strips across the top, then weave 5 strips between them. Brush strips with a little beaten egg (or use heavy cream if you prefer).
- Set the pie on the hot baking sheet, then put it in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 425.
- Reduce heat to 375 and bake for 45 minutes or until lattice is golden brown.
- Let the pie cool completely before serving.