Aug 292013
 

 

John and I took Kayleigh out in the backyard for a bit yesterday to pick the wild blackberries that seem to be taking over the yard.  We got quite a haul, and I really wanted to create some sort of dessert with them. 

I had decided to make Wild Blackberry Pie Squares, so I got to work on putting the crust together.  After I was done with that, I went to wash the blackberries.  That’s when I noticed a tiny white worm munching its way through one of our beautiful berries.  I picked that berry out of the bunch, hoping that was the only one, then scoured the rest of the berries very carefully.  That’s when I noticed another, then another, and another. Triple Berry Pie Squares

I yelled out to John, “These berries are full of worms!!”  He was so heartbroken, and so was I.  Those berries looked so delicious, and I had already made my pie crust, which was just sitting there, waiting to be covered in beautiful wild blackberries.

Angrily, I tossed the blackberries in the garbage can.  John knew how upset I was.  I was already having a bad day, and this was just the icing on the cake.  So, he offered to go to the store to get more berries.  He was going out to pick up a pizza anyway, because I had burned our chicken dinner.  Like I said, bad day.  I also woke up this morning, COVERED in mosquito bites from our little adventure outside yesterday. 

Triple Berry Pie Squares

When John came back from the store, he delivered a package of blackberries, a package of raspberries and a package of blueberries to me.  He said the blackberries were a bit on the expensive side, and the raspberries and blueberries were cheaper, so he just decided to get a package of each of those instead of three packages of blackberries.  That was fine by me.  I’ll never turn any kind of berry down!

Triple Berry

I actually think the mixture of berries adds a depth of flavor to these pie squares, that wouldn’t be there with just a single berry.  If you want to use just a single berry, that would work well too though. 

Triple Berry Pie Squares

Crust and Topping:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks)cold butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Fruit Filling:

1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
2 cups blueberries
4 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

3.  In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

4.  Cut in 2 sticks of cold butter, and incorporate into flour mixture with a fork or pastry cutter until it’s crumbly.

5.  Add egg and vanilla, and combine into flour mixture until it forms a dough-like crust mixture. 

6.  In a separate bowl, combine berries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cornstarch.  You could add a little lemon juice to this for added flavor, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I didn’t.

7.  Take 1/2 of your crust & topping mixture and pat it into the bottom of your greased 9 x 13 baking pan.

8.  Spread berry mixture evenly over the top of the crust.

9.  Sprinkle the remaining crust & topping mixture evenly over the berry mixture.

10.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.

These pie squares taste great all warm out of the oven, but I think they taste even better when they have been cooled in the fridge for a few hours.  It also makes cutting them into squares much easier!

Enjoy!

Triple berry Pie Squares

What kind of berries would you use to make these Triple Berry Pie Squares your own?

 Posted by at 3:03 pm

  3 Responses to “Triple Berry Pie Squares”

  1. Yum those do look good. I would probably do raspberries as we have them growing wild now.

  2. Love that you used fresh berries. I’m not a big fan of blackberries (the seeds hurt my teeth), so I would probably sub strawberries for them.

  3. Yum! These look delicious and I like the mix of the three berries over having one specific berry so these have earned a spot in my recipe file. Thank you for the recipes!

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