summer berry pie

Deep breath. I made a pie, guys. And this is a big deal because I’d never made pastry before last night, let alone a pie. But because of a really good recipe (link here) and a stupidly ambitious, stubborn will, it all worked out! Woo!

Summer Berry Pie

Ingredients:

For the pastry:
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 150g cold butter, chopped
  • 5-7 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
Filling:
  • 1kg mixed berries (I used a frozen mix of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and redcurrants)
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • pinch salt
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar mixed with 1 tsp vanilla extract {or 1 tsp vanilla sugar, but I made my own up!}
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom {6-8 pods, seeds crushed as small as possible}
+ 1 egg for egg wash, and extra caster sugar to sprinkle on top.

Method:

{NB. If your berries are frozen, leave them to defrost in a colander so they’re as ‘dry’ as possible before you start making pastry}
Mix together the flour, icing sugar and salt in a bowl – add the butter and use your fingers to combine it all into fine crumbs. Add the juice, water and egg and gently combine with your hands until you get a smooth dough 🙂

Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge whilst you have dinner and watch an ep of the Big Bang Theory {at least half an hour!}

Preheat your oven to around 200 degrees C. Take around 2/3 of the pastry and roll it out into a thin sheet that will cover the base and sides of your pie dish. Put the covered dish back into the fridge; roll out the rest into long thin strips for creating the lattice later on.
Mix the berries carefully (get as much liquid out as possible) with the flour, cornflour, salt, sugars and cardamom and pour this mixture into the lined pie dish. Arrange the strips of pastry on top in a lattice formation and stick them down with some of the egg wash. Crimp round the edge with a fork and then cover all of the exposed pastry with egg. Sprinkle with a little more sugar and put into the oven!
Bake for 10 mins at 200, then drop the temperature to around 160 for a further 30-35 mins. Once brown on top {and it smells good} turn off the heat and leave it in the oven to cool down for a further half an hour; then cut yourself a bit to try!
Now this is how to eat fruit 😉
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