If you are looking for a delicious pie for the holidays, look no more! This Apple and Berries Pie is the best!
With so many desserts available around the holidays, it is important to make sure that the one you bring to a party really stands out. I personally take pride to make a good homemade dessert.
I think everyone appreciates a homemade dessert versus a bought one. The care, love and effort that one puts into making something from scratch makes that final product ten million times better than anything else that comes from the store.
This recipe will definitely stand out on the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. The crust in this pie is divine and the combination of berries with apples is perfectly balanced.
I think of an apple pie more in the fall, as the apples are in season and great for baking.
However, because berries are a summer fruit, I don’t see any harm on making this recipe all year round, especially because we can find frozen berries in the grocery stores all the time.
Think Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial or even Labor Day.
Any celebration would be a good opportunity to make this recipe and show off your pie skills.
I chose for this recipe a combination of frozen berries from Trader Joe’s, because we shop there very often. The store is like almost a mile away from our house and I really feel blessed for having it so close.
I like Trader Joe’s better than my local grocery store. I can find a bunch of organic produce and a lot of fun stuff.
Maybe too much, which makes it dangerous when you try to watch what you eat. You know how that goes.
You go there, with a list and end up buying all these candy and cookies and other things that you do not need and try to stay away from!
However, this time I looked for the frozen fruit and good apples. Trader Joe’s has these apples, especially the Honeycrisp ones, that are organic and relatively cheap compared with other stores.
The crust for this pie is my favorite. It is made with cream cheese, which makes it different from other pie crusts I tried in the past.
The truth is that cream cheese or Farmer cheese make wonderful pastry dough.
I have an old recipe of pastry dough that is versatile and can be used in a bunch of recipe to make all kind of stuff, from cookies to pie crust to cheese crackers.
The recipe is basically an old Eastern European one that uses Farmer cheese in equal amounts with flour and butter. It is super easy to make and delicious.
This particular crust in this recipe though is a little bit different. It has cream cheese, but it also has a little bit of vinegar.
I also know Eastern European recipes of pastries that have vinegar as ingredient, like this recipe of mini turnovers with jam that my grandmother used to make all the time.
Or this recipe of Apple Pie Bars– a recipe made with either wine, vinegar or plain water, as my grandmother wrote down.
The apples in this pie in particular perfectly balance the tart berries. The bag of frozen berries had strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Yum!
The pie dough can be made in advance and refrigerated.
It needs refrigeration anyway before you bake the pie, so this is a good opportunity to make batches of dough in advance and even freeze them for later use.
It is good for up to three month in the freezer.
HOW TO MAKE THE APPLE BERRY PIE:
To make the pie is pretty standard. The easiest way to make the dough is in a food processor.
Make sure the butter and cream cheese are very cold. Place the flour and the salt in the food processor and pulse to combine.
Then add the butter, cream cheese, vinegar and water and pulse until a dough is formed. Cut the dough in half and form each half into a disk that is then wrapped in plastic foil and placed in the refrigerator for an hour minimum.
While the dough is resting in the refrigerator, preheat the oven and place a cookie tray inside the oven to heat up also.
Make the filling. Peel and chop the apples in small chunks. Add the thawed berries to the apples and gently toss them together with sugar, butter, vanilla and a little bit of flour.
On a lightly floured surface, the kitchen counter, place one half of the dough and roll it out into a 12-inch round. This half is going to be the base for the pie.
Place the round inside a pie dish and fold the overhanging dough under itself.
Pour the filling over the crust and start working on the second layer of pastry. Flour again the table and roll it out into a smaller round, about 8-9 inch.
I used a cookie cutter to make the leaves on my pie, but you can use a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart or whatever your soul desires.
You can cut stripes and cover the pie with them.
Whatever you feel like doing to make that pie look pretty. After all, you want to impress your friends and family, right?
Place the pie dish on the hot cookie tray inside the oven and bake for about 15 minutes at 425F.
After 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 350F and continue to bake for another 50 minutes or until the pie is golden brown and the juices are bubbling.
The apples and berries bake and bubble together inside the pie creating the most glorious aroma and flavor.
Allow it to cool on a rack and serve it warm with ice cream or just by itself with a cup of coffee.
Apple Berry Pie is brighter and bolder than standard apple pie, with pink dripping juices coming out of the crust. Heaven!
Suggestions for Thanksgiving recipes:
- For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
- 6 ounces cream cheese, cold, cut into small cubes
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar(or lemon juice)
- 1 tablespoon ice water
- For the Filling:
- 2 pounds apples(whatever you have available)
- 12 oz thawed frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in small cubes
- pinch of salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- How To Make The Crust:
- Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine.
- Add butter and pulse few times until the mixture resembles pea size pieces.
- Add the cream cheese and pulse few more times until the dough comes together.
- Add the vinegar(or the lemon juice)and the ice water. Pulse few more times until the dough is moist.
- Divide the dough in half and shape each piece into a disk, wrap in plastic foil and refrigerate until firm for at least one hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Place a baking sheet on the rack in the middle of the oven and let it warm up.
- Meanwhile, make the filling:
- Clean the apples, peel and chop them in small pieces. In a large bowl, mix the apples with the thawed berries, sugar, flour, vanilla, the butter chopped in cubes and salt. Set aside.
- Roll out half of dough into a 12-inch round on a lightly floured surface.Slide it into a 9-inch pie dish. Fold the overhanging dough under itself.
- Add the filling.
- Lightly floured surface and roll out the other half of the dough into an 9-inch round.
- Cut strips of dough or use a cookie cutter to create a design. (I used a leaf shape to cut the dough). Cover the surface of the pie with the pattern.
- Beat the egg and brush the edges of the pie and the pattern created on top with it.
- Place the pie dish on the hot baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 350F and continue baking until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling, about 50 minutes. (cover the edges of the pie with aluminum foil if the crust bakes too fast).
- Let it cool completely on a metal rack.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 334 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 64mg Sodium: 254mg Carbohydrates: 42g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 23g Protein: 5g