#CTST: Fresh berries!

Celebrate the Small Things: I am celebrating fresh berries! They are a favorite of mine. Add them to pie crust and they are just about nature’s most perfect food.

I like Grand Traverse’s Mountain Berry Crumb pie and enjoy a slice anytime I can. Over the weekend I was craving fresh berries (in pie form) and found this wonderful recipe online from Feeling Foodish. I had to try it, to see if it even came close to GT’s pie. Do you know what? It did!

The recipe calls for frozen berries but I used fresh and it was awesome. I’m afraid that frozen berries when thawed are too mushy. And, I substituted Stevia for one half of the white sugar called for in the filling. It was just the right amount of sweetness, especially if you consider that the streusel-like topping has additional brown sugar.

Afraid of not having enough berries to fill my deep dish pie pan, I made way too much filling. Too bad, so sad, I had to make two pies instead of one. I took one to work and it was enjoyed by several folks there as well.

I also now understand why a take-out pie is about $17 or so. There is a lot of work that goes into one, especially if you make your own crust, and it is worth every penny.

I unfortunately did NOT take a photo of my berry pie. It was pretty but I did not make the fluted edges in my crust, as shown in the blogger’s photo. This blogger has other great recipes on her site so you might check it out. I can thoroughly attest to her cooking skills – the pie was amazing and I will definitely make it again.


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    “I had to make two pies instead of one.” Haha! The more to enjoy and I’m sure your coworkers did! I love berries too, but my favorites are raspberry and cranberry, and they only have strawberries here. I used to buy cranberries frozen and add walnuts and make bread. I also made banana nut bread a lot, but then I realized how yummy but fattening those breads were. *sigh* Have a great weekend!

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      I love cranberries too! They freeze well but I never think to buy enough for a pie. Love all types of quick breads but, alas, they do usually have fattening ingredients. I have a recipe for cinnamon streusel bread that is to die-for. Now you have me thinking how wonderful a slice would be, right out of the oven. Yum!

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    Hmm my mouth is watering – your lucky co-workers getting freshly made pie! Last year, I did have a surplus of red currants from my garden so I have quite a few frozen bags of them in my freezer so maybe a pie or crumble this weekend will be just the thing. Have a great week – and lovely to meet through the CTST linky.
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      Red currants sound wonderful! I have some cranberries in the freezer but not enough for a pie. Thanks for visiting!

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    I adore pies but don’t make them very often. Pie crusts haven’t come to steady terms with each other yet. I would have loved to have seen a picture of yours 🙂

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      This was the first time that my pie crusts shrunk. I honestly thought, “Where is the rest of the crust?” They were tasty so that’s what counts. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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