Gluten-Free Fresh Berry Pie

fresh berry pie
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Total Time 30 min
Prep 10 min, Cook 20 min
Yield 8 servings (303 calories each)

When you have a bounty of berries in your fridge what is better than a delicious berry pie? This recipe calls for fresh blackberries, but it would work great with raspberries, too. Actually, the ideal berry to use is the olallieberry, a variety of blackberry which grows near the West Coast of the United States, and is named after the Chinook Indian word for "berry."

The filling is mostly uncooked, combining the fresh berries with a simple glaze. The almond pie crust not only adds another layer of flavor but also makes this pie a gluten-free treat.

Ingredients

  • Almond Pie Crust:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal or almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons agave or honey
  • Berry Pie Filling: 
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 quart (4 cups) fresh blackberries
  • Dash of salt
  • About 3/4 cup honey or ​other liquid sweetener
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional, but recommended)
  • Whipped cream for serving, optional

Preparation

Make the Almond Pie Crust

  1. Heat oven to 350F. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe pie pan.
  2. Add the almond meal and agave to the melted butter in the pan and mix well. Pat into place with your fingertips.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is beginning to brown. After 8 minutes, check every minute or so, because once it starts to brown it goes quickly. Remove from oven and let the pie crust cool.

    Make the Berry Pie Filling

    1. Mix water, 1 cup fresh berries, dash of salt, and honey together in a saucepan that is big enough to eventually hold all the berries.
    2. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Berries should be softening and the liquid turning berry-colored.
    3. Whisk cornstarch into the mixture. Make sure it is fully dissolved, cooking until the mixture darkens and clarifies (in other words, most of the lightness from the cornstarch goes away).
    4. Add the butter, if using, and stir until melted. Add the remaining 3 cups of berries, and stir until coated with the glaze.
    5. Pour into baked and cooled almond pie shell and chill.
    6. If desired, top berry pie with whipped cream flavored with a bit of vanilla and sweetener of your choice. 


     

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