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Apple Berry Pie

by Angela Roberts on March 6, 2013

Apple berry pie is just another example of the how versatile the apple pie is. There seems to be hundreds of ways to incorporate apples into different types of pies. I encourage home baking because you can control the ingredients and expand your creativity.

Baking at home is not just way more delicious; it an event, a memory, a smell in your kitchen that brings happiness. .

My history with apple pies encompasses cast iron apple pie, grape and apple pie (so amazing), apple galettes and hand held apple pies and even apple cake pies in a jar.

My Southern grandmother, Grandma Grace, made us mini pies  when I was a child. My brother and I always felt so special when she baked this size pie for us. She is where I get the 1/4 not Italian and part of my food heritage that leans Americana. She was born in Virginia and was legendary for her fried chicken and her pies. I’m proud to say there’s not a non-cook on any side of my family.

The mini pie serving is probably enough to share, although a real apple pie lover could probably finish one. I used only one apple per small pie, and if you want to bake a larger pie, increase the ingredients by about 20%. I like apple pie to be high, as apples can cook down. I added in frozen mixed berries which consisted of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. The berries give the apples a nice deep red tone.

apple berry pie by Angela Roberts

I used cameo apples which are slightly tart and because berries tend to lose their sweetness in baking, this pie was not very sweet. I like it that way, but I’m adjusting the recipe a little sweeter. Apple berry pie is so pretty, I did a lattice top to show it off.

apple berry pie by Angela RobertsI paint my pies with milk to aid in browning because I can’t bare to waste a good egg.  Mini pies are versatile. You can use cookie cutters to cut out dough toppings for another fun way to show off the color of this pie.

apple berry pie by Angela RobertsInvolve kids in the kitchen, boys included. These boys started cooking in the kitchen before they were two years old. Those flour messes were worth it.  These kind of food memories will last a life time. If I could be granted three wishes, one of them would be to scratch our current food culture and start over, where it would be the norm that everyone is taught to prepare real food, together.  The table is worn out from many long meals  and lively dinner conversations and no one eats in a car. Apple Berry Pie is a great place to start.

apple berry pie by Angela Roberts

The Pie Crust recipe can be found here.

See a Video how to make perfect pie crust here.

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Apple Berry Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Apples and berry team together to make apple berry pie, which turns a beautiful red color and is best shown off with a lattice pie crust.
Ingredients
  • One Pie Crust (see note above recipe for link to my pie crust recipe)
  • 4 large apples, peeled, sliced
  • 1 to 2 cups of frozen (or fresh) mixed berries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Sliced apples small enough across so they will fit into a smaller pie pan. This is not necessary if you making a large pie. Mixed sliced apples with sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and salt. Add in berries, and mix with your hands.
  2. Divide the Dough into six pieces. Four pieces will be enough for each small pie. The remaining two pieces will be used for the lattice.
  3. Note: When making the lattice strips, I use the edge of a rubber spatula as a my ruler to get straight edges.
  4. Place each piece of rolled dough into each pie pan, making sure not to stretch dough. Fill each pie high enough to be higher than the edge.
  5. Cover each pie with alternating lattice strips. Brush with milk to increase browning.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa March 6, 2013 at 8:23 am

Beautiful little pies and wonderful combination!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Shannon March 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

love your cooking companions as much as the pies!

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Joan Nova March 6, 2013 at 9:37 am

Amen to your wish!

You’re such a good baker. I’m jealous and, then again, not. I don’t need extra calories tempting me.

Boys are adorable and it looks like a good time.

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bellini March 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

It really is a fantastic way to make someone feel special and that something is made just for them.

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Lynda - TasteFood March 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm

What a great family tradition. I want a piece of those pies right now!

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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul March 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I love a good pie Angela…and you’ve done wonders with this yet again! The addition of the berries makes it all that more magical. And great to see the boys giving you a helping hand too…so cute!

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angela March 8, 2013 at 6:35 am

Thanks Peter,
They will be amazing cooks and bakers.

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deana March 7, 2013 at 8:21 am

I had my first apple blackberry pie in Ireland and loved it. It’s one of my favorite pies now. I need to try it with raspberry one of these days. Lovely recipe.

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angela March 8, 2013 at 6:35 am

Deana
I love blackberries and that will have to be my next pie.

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Natalie March 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Such a lovely pie and a super cute chef you have helping you :)

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angela March 8, 2013 at 6:35 am

Actually, Natalie there were two helpers, identical twins. :)

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 9, 2013 at 12:06 am

Beautiful lattice crust and adorable kitchen helpers. ;-)

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Lori Lynn March 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm

“No one eats in a car.” I second that.
Kids are so cute, I’ve been cooking with my nephews since they were very little. Stone makes the brisket for Passover for 32 people, he’s 10, has been making it since he was 4.
Love the color of your pies.
LL

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Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! March 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

The twins are so cute. The husband would plop some vanilla ice cream on top of this…

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erin @ yummy supper March 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

So fun to see your little chefs hard at work in the kitchen! And those little pies look delish!
All looks well in your world:)
xo
E

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Erica March 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Those pies look beautiful and delicious! I love cooking with my boys….!

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hehe Angela, we’re on the same wavelength again! :P

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Tandy March 13, 2013 at 4:09 am

What an amazing colour! And I love that you include the kids in your kitchen :)

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