Homemade berry pie is a classic all year round no matter the occasion. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and tart and packed with berry flavor!
A mixed berry pie is can be a delicious dessert to follow up after any meal.
It’s like the little black dress of cooking, it can be dolled up and served after a prime rib dinner, or pulled out for a potluck lunch on the fourth of July.
While you can find berry pies premade at your local grocery store, making one at home isn’t as hard as you may think. Not only that, but the appearance and flavor are better when you cook it yourself.
Being able to carmelize the top flakey crust layers in your oven is something you can’t get from a store-bought berry pie. Plus, store-bought pies are often too sweet and adding vanilla ice cream or cool whip to your plate could have you in a sugar coma for days.
A homemade mixed berry pie has the perfect sweet and sour ratio.
This means it can be paired with any sweet side dish like ice cream and not be overpowered. Look at these cute faces – they loved taste-testing this pie and think it’s perfect!
With only 7 ingredients, you can make your own frozen berry pie.
All you need is:
- Pie crust
- Frozen mixed berries
- Orange zest
- And instant tapioca
You can use store-bought pie crusts to save on time or you can try your hand at making your own. It’s fairly easy and this recipe is a great one to try if you like buttery flakey pie crusts.
How to make this berry pie
In a small saucepan on your stove, place in half of the frozen berries and let it reduce over medium heat for about 8 minutes. After that, add in the rest of the berries and filling ingredients. Pour it into the prepared bottom pie crust and scatter some pieces of cut butter over the top over the top of the berry mixture.
Next, cut some vents in your top layer pie crust, and place it on top of the pie. Trim and crimp the edges together before baking as per directions.
- When trimming vents for the pie crust, you can choose to do pretty much anything you want. This is a great way to use seasonal cookie cutters or get really creative.
- An egg wash over the top of your pie crust will help to give a beautiful golden color when baked.
- Placing some aluminum foil around the edges of your pie for the first half of the baking can help to prevent them from becoming overcooked. Just simply remove the foil when you go to lower the oven temperature.
Homemade Berry Pie
- 2 pie crusts see note for recipe
- 5 cups mixed berries see note
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons instant tapioca
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons butter cold, cubed
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Place half of the berries (2 1/2 cups) in a small saucepan and reduce over medium heat for about 8 minutes.
- Combine reduced berries with the rest of the frozen berries, sugar, tapioca, zest, and salt.
- Place one of the pie crusts in the bottom of a pie plate.
- Pour berry filling into the pie plate. Scatter butter over the top.
- Cut vents of any shape into the top of the second pie crust. Place on top of the pie. Trim and crimp edges.
- Bake at 400ºF for 25 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
- Let cool completely before serving.