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Best Ever Blackberry Pie: with Photo Instructions

Updated on December 14, 2017
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Blackberry pie with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream! Brazos blackberries are the best, but don't tell the secret--frozen blackberries work just fine! Ingredients: 2 pie crusts, 3-4 cups of berries, 1 cup sugar, 1 TB lemon juice, 1 tea. salt. 2 TB quick cooking tapioca, 2 TB butter, cinnamon sugar.Step 1: put berries in a bowl and sprinkle in 2 TB tapioca.Step 2: add 1 TB lemon juice.Step 3: Add 1 cup sugar and 1 tea. salt.Step 4: Mix it all together and let the mixture sit for at least 15 min. at room temperature (this lets the tapioca absorb the juice).Step 5: Unroll pre-made crust and put in pie plate.  Pour berries in the crust and distribute them evenly.Step 6: Cut up the 2 TB butter and put it on top the the berries.  Unroll the second pie crust and put it on top.Step 7: Press down on the crust and push the two crusts together.  You can either use your thumb and two fingers to made a scallop on the edge, or just use a fork to press the two crusts together.  Both look great.Step 8: Make cuts in the crust to let the steam escape when it bakes.Step 9: Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar on top of the crust.  This makes the crust taste wonderful!Step 10:  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Place the pie tin on a baking sheet in case the juice spills out. Bake the pie in the 450 degree oven for 10 minutes.Step 11: Don't open the oven door, but reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 to 40 minues more.  When done, the pie crust will be golden brown and the juice will bubble.Finished pie!The kids ate some before I could get a picture of this one!Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  Enjoy!
Blackberry pie with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream!
Blackberry pie with Blue Bell Vanilla Ice Cream! | Source
Brazos blackberries are the best, but don't tell the secret--frozen blackberries work just fine!
Brazos blackberries are the best, but don't tell the secret--frozen blackberries work just fine! | Source
Ingredients: 2 pie crusts, 3-4 cups of berries, 1 cup sugar, 1 TB lemon juice, 1 tea. salt. 2 TB quick cooking tapioca, 2 TB butter, cinnamon sugar.
Ingredients: 2 pie crusts, 3-4 cups of berries, 1 cup sugar, 1 TB lemon juice, 1 tea. salt. 2 TB quick cooking tapioca, 2 TB butter, cinnamon sugar. | Source
Step 1: put berries in a bowl and sprinkle in 2 TB tapioca.
Step 1: put berries in a bowl and sprinkle in 2 TB tapioca. | Source
Step 2: add 1 TB lemon juice.
Step 2: add 1 TB lemon juice. | Source
Step 3: Add 1 cup sugar and 1 tea. salt.
Step 3: Add 1 cup sugar and 1 tea. salt. | Source
Step 4: Mix it all together and let the mixture sit for at least 15 min. at room temperature (this lets the tapioca absorb the juice).
Step 4: Mix it all together and let the mixture sit for at least 15 min. at room temperature (this lets the tapioca absorb the juice). | Source
Step 5: Unroll pre-made crust and put in pie plate.  Pour berries in the crust and distribute them evenly.
Step 5: Unroll pre-made crust and put in pie plate. Pour berries in the crust and distribute them evenly. | Source
Step 6: Cut up the 2 TB butter and put it on top the the berries.  Unroll the second pie crust and put it on top.
Step 6: Cut up the 2 TB butter and put it on top the the berries. Unroll the second pie crust and put it on top. | Source
Step 7: Press down on the crust and push the two crusts together.  You can either use your thumb and two fingers to made a scallop on the edge, or just use a fork to press the two crusts together.  Both look great.
Step 7: Press down on the crust and push the two crusts together. You can either use your thumb and two fingers to made a scallop on the edge, or just use a fork to press the two crusts together. Both look great. | Source
Step 8: Make cuts in the crust to let the steam escape when it bakes.
Step 8: Make cuts in the crust to let the steam escape when it bakes. | Source
Step 9: Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar on top of the crust.  This makes the crust taste wonderful!
Step 9: Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar on top of the crust. This makes the crust taste wonderful! | Source
Step 10:  Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Place the pie tin on a baking sheet in case the juice spills out. Bake the pie in the 450 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Step 10: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the pie tin on a baking sheet in case the juice spills out. Bake the pie in the 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. | Source
Step 11: Don't open the oven door, but reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 to 40 minues more.  When done, the pie crust will be golden brown and the juice will bubble.
Step 11: Don't open the oven door, but reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 35 to 40 minues more. When done, the pie crust will be golden brown and the juice will bubble. | Source
Finished pie!
Finished pie! | Source
The kids ate some before I could get a picture of this one!
The kids ate some before I could get a picture of this one! | Source
Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  Enjoy!
Serve warm or cold with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy! | Source
4 stars from 2 ratings of Blackberry Pie

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups Blackberries, fresh is best, but frozen works well too.
  • 2 TB quick mix tapioca
  • 1 tea. salt
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 pre-made pie crusts, (or home made)
  • 2 TB butter, (optional)
  • 2 TB cinnamon sugar

Instructions

  1. Put berries in a bowl and mix in the 2 TB tapioca, 1 cup sugar, 1 tea. salt and 1 TB lemon juice. Let set 15 minutes.
  2. Unroll one pie crust in pie plate. Pour berry mixture into pie crust. Cut up the butter and spread across the top. Unroll the other pie crust on top. Pinch together edges of two pie crusts (use a little water to help them stick together if necessary.)
  3. Make 4-5 cuts in the crust with a knife. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top. Put the pie plate on a baking sheet as you put it in the 450 degree oven. Put it in the middle of the oven for best results.
  4. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 35-40 more minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is bubbling up through the holes in crust. Serve warm or cold with ice cream or whipped cream.

Best Blackberry Pie Recipe

Brazos blackberries are as big as your thumb and a perfect mixture of sweet and tart. My husband planted them in our Central Texas yard when we first moved here 18 years ago. Unfortunately, these berries also come with very sharp stickers, so we've had to move those blackberry canes around to keep them out of the way of kids. However, every year we manage to get at least two or three pies from our bushes and there isn't a better dessert anywhere.

Even though I love our Brazos berries, I have to admit that I've cheated and used frozen ones and they taste just fine. So if you don't have fresh berries around, then pick up a bag or two from the frozen section and enjoy this wonderful summer treat.

I've tried many recipes over the years until I finally hit on this one which uses tapioca instead of cornstarch or flour to thicken the berries. The tapioca makes the filling just right. You can probably try it with other berries too!

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