Here’s a last minute, super easy, and very patriotic dessert for you to bring to your 4th of July shindig (or shindigs if you are just that popular!).
A berry patriotic pie!
See what I did there?
I actually loved this so much, I made it twice. Once as a slab pie and once as individual mini pies. Both were extremely easy since I cut a lot of corners and used both premade pie dough and frozen berries.
Work smarter, not harder, people.
Some of you may scoff at my use of premade pie crust and frozen berries, but let me tell you, it in no way affected the taste of this pie. It was delish! But if you are one of those people who really loves to make things from scratch (trust me, I get it), by all means, make your own pie crust. I have an excellent recipe here.
So this post will be a little different. I am going to walk you through how I assembled the slab pie and the little mini pies (or tarts), but they are both the exact same recipe, which you will find at the end.
How to Make a Berry Patriotic Slab Pie
If you are making your own pie dough, do that first, then let the pie dough chill before rolling it out.
If you are using store-bought pie dough, combine both sheets of pie dough together, and roll it out so that it fits a rectangular baking sheet. I am using a small quarter sheet pan for this. You can also use a casserole dish or normal round pie dish.
For the slab pie, I went with an ombre effect. To do that, I first separated out each type of berry and arranged them from darkest to lightest. This is completely unnecessary, and you can instead mix all the berries together to make one delicious berry pie.
Mix all the berries with the sugar mixture, which consists of granulated sugar, corn start, and lemon zest.
If keeping the berries separate, mix a portion of the sugar mixture into each bowl of berries. I mixed in 3-4 tbsp for every cup of berries.
Then spoon the berries into the pie crust.
Use the extra dough to create a desired pattern on top. I went with stars and stripes which I created using a star-shaped cookie cutter and a pizza cutter.
The “rope” around the outside was created by taking long and skinny pieces of dough, pinching them together on both ends, then twisting until they looked like a rope. I made several of these to put around the edge.
Bake the pie at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce and bake at 350 for another 30 – 40 minutes, or until the berries are bubbling and the pie crust is golden.
To ensure your pie crust doesn’t break off mid-bake, adhere the pieces to the bottom pie crust with a bit of an egg wash.
How to Make Berry Patriotic Mini Pies
Again, start with either homemade or store-bought pie dough. Roll out the pie dough into one big sheet and cut out circles about 1/2″ wider than the opening of the tart pan.
Press the dough into the bottom and along the sides of the tin.
Mix together the berries and sugar mixture.
For these mini pies, I combined the red berries together, and the “blue” berries together.
Spoon the berries into the pie shells and then top with the extra pie dough.
Similar to the slab pie, I cut out stars and stripes and placed stars on the “blue” pie and stripes on the “red” pie.
Brush the tops of the pie crust with an egg wash so they turn a nice golden brown color.
And, just like the slab pie, bake at 400 for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature, and bake at 350 for another 20 minutes. The mini pies bake much quicker.
So there you have it! Two ways to make a super cute and berry patriotic pie (or pies)! Who knew making a pie could be so easy?
Now, tell me the truth, which version is your favorite? I think I like the mini ones, personally…but maybe it’s because my slab pie just didn’t want to behave!
Supplies and Recipe
- 2 pre-made pie crusts (either store-bought, or homemade)
- 2 bags frozen mixed berries (approximately 5 cups raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll out pie dough to approximately 1/8th inch thick. Ensure that it is wider and longer than your pie dish. Transfer pie dough to pie dish and cut any excess with a sharp knife. Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, corn starch, and lemon zest. Pour sugar over berries and toss to coat.
- Pour berries into the pie dish on top of the pie dough.
- Roll out remaining dough and cut out strips using a knife of pizza cutter and stars using a cookie cutter. Place the dough on top of the berries.
- Mix together the egg with about 1 tbsp water. Brush the tops of the pie dough with the egg wash.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes (depending on size of pie), or until the crust is a nice golden color.
- Let cool on the counter for 30 minutes before slicing.
- To make miniature pies, cut out individual circles of pie dough from a large sheet and press them into the tart or pie tin.
- To make an ombre colored pie, or to have separate berries in each pie tin, mix the berries and sugar in separate bowls.