Blackberry Pie with Brandied Whipped Cream #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on June 2, 2013

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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.


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


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Renee June 2, 2013 at 4:41 am

It was almost 80 degrees in San Francisco? Oh my! I didn’t think it every got that warm there. I would miss having all those blackberry bushes too. There are some that grow wild behind my house but I rarely walk out into the swamp to pick them. Too many critters out there.


Anne Papina June 2, 2013 at 7:47 am

Don’t worry–the fog has rolled in, and we’re back to the 50s 🙂


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 2, 2013 at 5:44 am

Just beautiful and the whip cream, oh my gosh! I want to eat it by the spoonfuls!


Amanda @ MarocMama June 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

Oh blackberries I love you so much….Looks fab!


Laura Dembowski June 2, 2013 at 9:20 am

I have never made a blackberry pie, but blackberries are one of my favorite fruits, so I will have to give it a try this summer. My dad goes to the local berry farm and picks them for me – they are the best!


kathia Rodriguez June 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

Its beautiful and the whip cream Yummy!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes June 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I would´ve loved to be your neighbour in sonoma Anne! Double crust berry pies are such a treat, and blackberries in season are one of my favorites. It looks delectable! I don´t blame the cat at all.


Katie June 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Let me take a moment to pick my jaw up off the desk…I’m drooling all over it! Your pie looks like a golden crusted piece of perfection, but brandied whipped cream? That totally took it over the top in a good way! WANT!


Camille @ Growing Up Gabel June 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Gorgeous pie! I love the way you cut your vent to allow the berries to peek out and say hi. 🙂


Diana @GourmetDrizzles June 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Gorgeous!!! This entire recipe, presentation, and lovely story made me smile- big! 😉


Liz June 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I adore berry pies…and blackberry ranks up there at the top! Yours looks exquisite, Anne, and I love your vent!


Tara June 2, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Love, love, love berry pies!! I also love how you did the window, gorgeous!!


Beth June 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Love your pie – if my pies looked that good, I’d make them all the time!


Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) June 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Your pie looks 10x better than mine did


Soni June 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

Oh this Pie looks gorgeous!!!Love blackberries and never knew there were so many different kinds!!!The Brandy whipped cream sounds like the perfect topping for your Pie 🙂


Family Foodie June 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

Your pie looks great and I love the presentation. Adding the whip cream… Yum, looks amazing.
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Megan June 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I lost you at brandied whipped cream!!! Pie looks amazing and my fatty kitty photo bombs me all the time. I think they want to be part of the blog 🙂
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Jane's Adventures in Dinner June 4, 2013 at 5:31 am

What a gorgeous pie!
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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite June 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I don’t have blackberries growing in my yard but thankfully here in the UK blackberries are a bit of a weed and grow everywhere. So we go foraging for them every year and blackberry pie is a standard dish we make. Now I have to try that incredible whipped cream of yours.


Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons June 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

I wish I had some blackberry bushes! I DO have three big mulberry trees in my backyard, and I think that blackberries and mulberries can substitute for one another. My plan is too use as many of the berries as possible this summer, so I’m bookmarking this recipe so I’m ready to go!
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sunithi June 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

This looks absolutely lovely !!! Now if I baked this it would fall apart, but enjoying your pics ! Sounds yummy too !
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The Ninja Baker June 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

No wonder your friends were clamoring for your blackberry pie, Anne. Thank you for sharing your recipe…Wish I could pick one of the 2,000 strains of the fruit for dessert, too =)


Shelley July 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Just made this pie OMG-A maze ing. Was my first double crust pie and it is to die for. Will make the whipped topping next time!! THank you.


Anne Papina August 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Sorry for the lag in reply–so glad you enjoyed the pie! You could even skip the whipped cream and top it with vanilla ice cream while it’s still warm! :-9


Lauren October 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I made this for my boyfriend (only I made my own crust) and he absolutely loved it. He’s grew up on blackberry pies and him and his dad both swear up and down on the pie I made! Thanks so much!

P.S. I’ve been looking forever to ‘re-find’ this recipe, I lost it (oops) such a relief to have it again!!


Anne Papina October 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!


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