Have you ever made a berry pie using frozen fruit? This would be my first ever frozen berry pie!! I’ve alway made a pie from fresh fruit and it actually has never occurred to me before that I could make a pie from frozen fruit. I know that seems kind of silly to say but it’s true. Whenever I have an abundance of fresh fruit I can see it piled high in a pie! Never did I think this bag of frozen fruit would go perfectly in a pie!
So this is how it happened.
My mom loves pie and I’ve been teaching her how to work with pastry so I’ve had extra dough in the freezer for a while now. My parents have a big stand-up freezer in the pantry so eventually, food gets lost in there and can never be found again (until it’s time to clean out the freezer). The clean-out day came and in the midst of all the frozen food, there were lots of bags of bits and pieces of frozen fruit. Unfortunately, there was hardly enough to do anything with. And that’s when the light bulb went off. Can I throw all of this into a pie crust and use up these bits of frozen fruit?!
The first thing I did was wash the fruit to get rid of all of the frozen ice that gathered around the berries. After that, I ended up with half the amount of berries that I planned to fill the pie with. I needed more filling so I chopped up a couple of Granny Smith apples to help fill the pie. I just made sure to cut the pieces into small bite sizes like the size of the berries. That way the apples would bake evenly around the same time as the berries.
I also added more flour than I usually do (which I have adjusted in the recipe below), since the berries were frozen they had a lot of extra water and juices and I was afraid I’d have a juicy mess on my hands! I ended up with no juice!! Which kind of back-fired because I like my pies to be a little runny, but this is just a preference and is different for everyone.
All in all, I was quite happy with the end result, and in a pinch making a berry pie using frozen fruit is quick and easy.
Happy pie making 🙂
Frozen Berry Pie
A simple pie recipe using frozen berries. A quick and easy dessert that can be used with all of your favourite fruits or berries. For a deep-dish pie x 2 pastry recipe (you may need to add extra fruit too). For a small pie, you can get away with a 1 x pastry recipe.
- Prep Time: 50 mins
- Cook Time: 55 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins
- Yield: 9-inch pie 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: Canadian
- 1 pie pastry recipe
- 5–6 cups assorted frozen berries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries (I used cranberries too)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- Milk to brush the top of the pie
- Coarse sugar to sprinkle on top of the pastry (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Make pastry from pastry recipe. Let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, rinse frozen berries (if ice has started to form around berries), drain. Add berries to a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, and berries together. Set aside.
- On a prepared work, surface roll the dough out into a circle larger than your pie dish (approx. 13 inches), and 1/4 inch thick. Gently lay the dough into a 9-inch pie dish.
- Trim the edges and reserve the dough to use for your lattice.
- Prick the bottom of the pie several times with a fork.
- With the extra pastry re-roll and cut into strips (you’ll need 9 or 11 strips).
- Fill the pie with the berry mixture and make your lattice on top. Trim the extra edges and press the pastry edges together.
- Brush the top lattice with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Add butter dollops in the holes of the lattice.
- Place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 450˚F.
- Place the pie in the middle rack, with a baking sheet on the rack below to catch any pie drippings. Bake for 10 minutes at 450˚F. Reduce the heat to 350˚F and continue to bake for another 40-45 minutes until crust is brown and filling is bubbling (check your pie at 30 minutes).
- Let pie cool for 10 -15 minutes before serving.
I did not have enough frozen fruit in my freezer so I added 2 Granny Smith apples to add as a filler. If doing this make sure to cut your apples into small chunks, around the same size as your berries for even baking.
- Serving Size: 1 of 8 servings
- Calories: 298
- Sugar: 13.5g
- Sodium: 85mg
- Fat: 13.2g
- Saturated Fat: 5.3g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 41g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 4.8g
- Cholesterol: 7mg
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