Blackberry Pie with Brandied Whipped Cream #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on June 2, 2013

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

Berries and summer seem to go hand in hand. And now that summer has arrived (hey, it was nearly 80 today in San Francisco!), the markets are brimming with nature’s candy. Berries are everywhere. So, it’s fitting that this week’s #SundaySupper salutes this seasonal favorite. Nicole over at Daily Dish Recipes is hosting this week’s event, and I’m bringing a warm blackberry pie, topped with brandy-spiked whipped cream.

Did you know there are over 2,000 varieties of blackberries? (The Oxford Companion to Food, 1999.) Who knew? Of course, we do know they’re loaded with antioxidants and other good stuff, making them a super nutritious fruit. In Northern California, blackberries grow wild just about everywhere. I remember my grandmother’s yard being lined with blackberries all along the perimeter, and sometimes it was a challenge to get them before passersby had snapped them all up. Apparently fruit growing along a fence becomes fair game.

Fast forward a few years, while living in Sonoma, I was fortunate enough to have a large backyard filled with blackberry bushes, and that summer I found myself cranking out blackberry pies every weekend. Family and friends couldn’t get enough. Throwing together a pie takes virtually no time, but picking those berries, well, that was a whole ‘nother story. Between wrestling with thorny branches and dodging bees, I was a bit relieved when berry season finally ended.

I do miss those days, though… there’s something so satisfying about picking fruit from your own yard and dazzling everyone with a fresh pie a short time later. That’s what summer is all about.

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

Thoroughly rinse and dry the blackberries. Place them in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice and vanilla.

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

Mix the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl, then toss with the blackberries.

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

OK, you caught me, I cheated with a Pillsbury pie crust. If it makes you feel any better, even with the “perfect” pie crust, I managed to cut the steam vent off-center!

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

So, you line the pie plate with the bottom crust. Pour in the blackberry mixture, giving a slight mound in the center. Then place the top crust over the berries, seal and crimp the edges, secure the folds with toothpicks, brush with milk, sprinkle with sugar, pop in the oven. PHEW.

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

About 40-45 minutes later, you have a beautiful pie (that needs to be cooled).

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

If you take long enough with the pictures, eventually your cat photobombs you.

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

After circling his dish a few times, Jimbo decides to ignore me until I feed him.

Blackberry Pie w/Brandied Whipped Cream | Webicurean

Unfortunately for Jim, the humans ate first.

Enjoy!

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Blackberry Pie
 
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Bursting with fresh blackberries, this pie is perfect when topped with brandy spiked whipped cream.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Pastry for a 2-crust pie
  • 2 pints (24 oz) fresh blackberries
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Roll out the first half of the pie crust, line the pie plate with it, and refrigerate.
  3. Thoroughly rinse and dry blackberries. Place blackberries in a large bowl, and sprinkle with lemon juice and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the blackberries and lightly toss.
  5. Pour the berries into the pie shell, making a slight mound in the center. Dot with butter.
  6. Roll out the second half of the pie crust into an 11-inch circle, and cut a 2-inch cross in the center. Fold back each corner, then place over the pie filling.
  7. Fold the edge of the top crust under the bottom crust, press together, and crimp as desired. Secure the folds with toothpicks.
  8. Brush the top crust with the milk, then sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon of sugar (or more if desired).
  9. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

 
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Brandied Whipped Cream
 
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Homemade whipped cream spiked with brandy.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ⅛ cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tsp brandy
Instructions
  1. Add cream, sugar and brandy to a mixing bowl and beat on high until stiff peaks form.
Notes
For best results, chill the mixing bowl and beater/whisk in the freezer for about 10 minutes before preparing.

 

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