Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Glimpse into Eco-Babyz #13: Very Berry Pie

This is the recently discovered pie recipe that I mentioned in an earlier post. I just made it with whatever I had on hand, but the possibilities are endless. I like mixing in some tropical fruit with the berries, makes for a great surprise when your husband or the guests are tasting it. This is really easy to make, even if you don't usually bake you'll think this is a piece of cake (or pie)! I used a ready made unbaked frozen pie dough from Trader Joe's, but after realizing that the topping is pretty much the same ingredients as the bottom and easy to make - I am not buying pre-made dough again.

The photo above summarizes the whole recipe! You put the filling on the right, into the shell in the middle, and top it off with the crumb topping on the left. It really is easier than the recipe makes it look - the ingredients are just flour, sugar, butter, and a filling of your choice.

Pie Dough Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp superfine sugar
  • 4 oz/115 g butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp water
Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed berries
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored, cubed
  • 1/2 cup mango chunks (about 1/2")
  • 1/8 cup raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 4 oz/115 g butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup shopped walnuts (or other nuts you have in the pantry)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. To make the dough, place flour, sugar, and butter in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips. Ad the water and work the mixture together until a soft dough has formed. Wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. [It's nice to skip all this if you have a ready made dough]
  2. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work counter and line the bottom of a 9-12" round baking pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To make filling toss the berries, apples, and mango with the sugar and flour and place in the pastry shell.
  4. To make the crumble topping, combine the flour, sugar, and butter in a bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. [Kids love to do this, it's a lot of fun] Stir in nuts and ground cinnamon.
  5. Sprinkle topping over fruit. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the topping is golden. [My oven usually takes 30 minutes]
Enjoy! Serve with plain organic yogurt, fresh whipped cream, or homemade vanilla ice cream! Yum!


  1. Sounds yummy. I am very much into pies - especially berry ones. I would ask for a black berry pie instead of cake for my birthday when I was a kid. My grandmother would make me pick them though. They were everywhere - so there was no reason to buy them!

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  2. this looks amazing every thanksgiving pies are my designated dish at the in laws looks like we'll have a new flavor this year thanks!!!

  3. Great recipes, Along with great giveaways.

  4. Looks really good. I love that you put mango in it.

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  5. yumm cant wait to try !

  6. This look delicious!!! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the post!

  7. mmmmmmm the lazy chicken recipe looks yummmyyyy gotta try that one nite!!

  8. Something my picky eater will certainly love. Thank you for the healthy, kid friendly recipes.

  9. They all look so good, cant wait to try them!

  10. I've been wanting to make the fried plantains for my Granson's. Thanks for the recipe :)

  11. This looks delicious! I don't usually like making or eating pies, but this one is tempting!

  12. This looks so tasty! I'm surprised and excited to see mango in the filling. We will have to try this.

  13. This looks so good. I never thought about putting mango into a berry pie. I'm definitely going to have to try this one! :-)


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