How to make Easy Very Berry Pie

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A fresh mixed berry pie is the perfect Spring dessert. Over the years, I’ve learned many tricks to making a delicious pie and today I’m sharing them all with you. Let’s learn how to make berry pie!

This post is sponsored by Crisco Canada.

Learn how to make berry pie with a delicious, flaky crust.

Tip 1: Find the perfect recipe

Firstly, I use either family recipes, recipes with a high rating online, or recipes from ingredient packaging/websites that are tested and delicious. For this pie, I’m using Crisco Canada’s Very Berry Pie recipe… and let me tell you: it’s GOOD!

Tip 2: Don’t overhandle the pastry dough

To avoid a chewy, hard crust handle your homemade pastry as little as possible. First, I ensure most of the mixing and handling is done BEFORE I put my wet ingredients into the pastry. After the wet ingredients are added and the pastry is mixed, I carefully squeeze it into balls and refrigerate until I’m ready to use it. In this case, I’m using Crisco’s pastry recipe featured in this Very Berry Pie recipe and I highly recommend it.

Tip 3: Use Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening

I find that the “fat” I choose to use in my pastry makes a huge difference in how my final pie looks, feels and tastes. Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening makes a gorgeously flaky crust every time, and the taste is delicious. It’s also plant-based making it half the fat of butter!

Tip 4: Use frozen berries to make the pie making process easier

One way to make your berry pie-baking process a lot easier is to keep a bag of frozen, chopped berries on hand. I use these exactly the same as I would fresh berries in this particular recipe, and the result is just as delicious! If you only have a whole berry mix on hand, let it thaw half way and then chop any berries as needed.

Tip 5: Have fun with crust designs

You don’t have to create a plain top crust on your berry pie. Experiment with different designs like lattice, fluted edges, rolled flowers or even pie stamps to create a work of art. This is a fun way to involve your kids and have them play with the pastry and experiment with different designs, too!

Bonus Tips:

  • For easier handling, chill your pastry for at least an hour before rolling
  • Pre-heat your oven completely before baking the pie for the best results
  • Add a bit of citrus to your berry filling for an amazing flavour mix (this recipe has lemon zest!)
  • Brush the top of your pie with a beaten egg & a sprinkle of sugar for a beautiful finish
  • Let your pie cool for at least an hour before serving for easier cutting

I hope this helps you bake YOUR perfect berry pie for Spring! If you have any more tips to make the best pie, let me know in the comments below. Enjoy!

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