Individual Blackberry Pies

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I was going to post a different recipe today, but then I went blackberry picking with my nephew. Yeah, he is a convincing boy! As we were walking home, we were thinking of all the blackberry treats we could make. After some convincing, we decided on these because we had all the ingredients on hand (and because Aunt Lauren didn’t want to make a trip to the store!)

OH.MY.WORD.

These are good!

Well, there really is no pie out there I don’t like, but this one is different. It’s basically a blackberry cobbler filling in a pie. (Do you recall my love of cobblers? If not, read this….and then this.) They are life altering and could bring about world peace.

Now a cobbler packed into a pie? Not only do we get world peace, but we all become buddy-buddy, making each other s’mores singing kumbaya around the fire. While simultaneously eating this pie.

If that doesn’t sound like heaven then I don’t know what does!

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Now a few of you have expressed concern about making berry filled pies and to be honest, it can be a little finicky. But, I’m gonna let you in on my ‘kitchen science’ that keep my pies coming out perfectly from the oven every time. (Don’t be scared…it’s pretty easy!)

First things first:  Are your berries ripe or underripe? If they are ripe, then they are most likely sweet and juicy. Underripe fruit means they are probably tart with fewer juices. Based on this you can determine how much sugar and flour you want to add in. The sugar sweetens, the flour thickens. Sweet fruit means less sugar, more flour. Tart fruit means more sugar, less flour. That’s it! It takes a little bit of trial and error, but after one or two pies, you’ll be good to go.

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This recipe is based on fruit that was semi-sweet and moderately juicy. These blackberries weren’t at their peak because it’s the beginning of the season. So this recipe reflects that. It’s a really good starting point for experimenting with your berry pies! I really hope you start experimenting because these are so totally worth it!

Happy Wednesday!

Individual Blackberry Pies
yield: 4
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Ingredients:
1 pie crust recipe {I used 1-1/2 times this recipe}
2 3/4 cups fresh blackberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch salt

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Divide pie dough into 4 equal balls. Roll out and line 4 tart pans with the crust. {My pans were 4 x .75 inches.} Remove any excess and reserve. Set pie shells aside.

For the filling, combine blackberries, sugar, flour, lime juice, cinnamon and salt gently until all blackberries are evenly coated with sugar and flour. Divide filling evenly between the pie shells, making sure the blackberries are as level as possible.

Roll out remaining dough and cut into strips. Place over top of the pie is a cross-hatch pattern. {If you don’t have enough pie dough then forgo this step!}

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until warm to the touch. Remove from tart pans carefully. Top with powdered sugar, sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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23 Responses to “Individual Blackberry Pies”

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    Maria — August 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I saw your photos on Instagram and fell in love! Blackberries are my favorite! Love these little pies!

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    • Lauren — August 10th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

      I’m addicted to Instagram…I can’t help it!

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    DessertForTwo — August 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    SO gorgeous! I love that it only makes 4 little pies :)

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    • Lauren — August 10th, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

      I guess these are right up your alley, Christina!

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    susan — August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    these are way too cute to eat! you have reminded me that I have not made pies this summer!

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    • Lauren — August 10th, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

      I never think to make pies anymore, especially during the summer! I have no idea why! Maybe because of the heat!

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    Erin — August 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I love picking fruit! Unfortunately the U-pick farm is 45 minutes away here so I don’t get there often. Love these pies.

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    • Lauren — August 10th, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

      That sucks! 45 minutes is a big commitment for fruit picking! We have raspberries on our property and blackberries growing wild up and down our street, so we’re totally spoiled!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Lauren, I wish I could pick blackberries here, they are my favorite! Your little pies are adorable and I’m sure delicious!

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    • Lauren — August 11th, 2011 @ 3:24 am

      I wish I could send you some blackberries!

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    Bev Weidner — August 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Looks. Absolutely. Fabulous. I. Might. Freak. Out.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Adorable! And great photography.

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    Rachel @ the Avid Appetite — August 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    These look simply beautiful! I’m not particularly a blackberry fan, but perhaps it’s because I never think to buy them. I love this idea for any sort of berry!

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    • Lauren — August 11th, 2011 @ 3:24 am

      You clearly haven’t had fresh blackberries off the vine! They are amazing! You haven’t lived……

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    Katrina — August 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    These are beautiful! Your crust looks absolutely perfect. Great recipe!

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    • Lauren — August 11th, 2011 @ 3:25 am

      Thanks, Katrina! That crust gave me the hardest time! Glad they look like they turned out! Ha!

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    Lark (SparkyLarky) — August 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    How flipping cute are these?! I love them!

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    Barbara Bakes — August 11, 2011 at 1:36 am

    What a lucky nephew! They look fabulous!

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    Mary — August 11, 2011 at 3:02 am

    These look absolutely fantastic. My husband loves blackberries and I think this would be a special treat for him!! What is the great looking recipe at the top of your blog (looks like pie with fudge & caramel drizzle & cherry)?? It looks amazing!!!!! Thanks!

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — August 12, 2011 at 3:51 am

    oh Lauren, that looks so pretty and delicious. I think I’d be scared to eat it in fear of spoiling the perfect pie. A work of art!

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    Wenderly — August 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    So incredibly beautiful! I haven’t been blackberry picking in a blue moon! This is motivating me to do so!

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    Amy Tong — August 15, 2011 at 5:19 am

    These are gorgeous! My kids love summer berries and I better start experiment some pies before the season ends! :)

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