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My First Wild Blackberry Pie

My First Wild Blackberry Pie


Sourdough Pate Brisee (adapted from The Bojon Gourmet):

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1.5 sticks (6 oz) salted butter cold
  • 1 cup sourdough starter pancake batter consistency (thin with water if needed)
  • Topping: 2 tablespoons cream or 1 egg; about 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Blackberry Filling:

  • 6 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Combine the flours, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into chunks and toss with the flour mixture. Work with your hands to break the butter down into the dough, rubbing larger chunks between your fingers until you create a texture of flattened flakes with gravelly pea-sized clumps. Ensure your sourdough starter is a liquid consistency (no thicker than pancake batter; add water if needeand gently stir it into the pastry mixture until just combined.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured surface, and attempt a fraisage method for extra flakiness if desired*: grab a handful of dough at a time and use the heel of your hand to scrape it against the floured work surface. Stack each flattened leaf of dough into a slab, divide into two equal pieces, and shape into two round disks. Wrap each in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to a few days.
  • *(If you'd rather not fraisage, simply knead the dough over itself a few times before shaping, wrapping and chilling.)
  • When you are ready to assemble the pie, preheat the oven to 425 Unwrap the dough and return to a floured surface. Gently and evenly roll out the first disk until it is large enough to place into an ungreased 9-inch pie pan with about 1 inch of overhang. Roll the second disk out into another large circle for the lid. Let both crusts chill in the refrigerator while you prepare the blackberry filling.
  • Wash the berries and drain off any excess liquid. In a large bowl, toss the berries with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and salt.
  • Pour the blackberry filling into the unbaked crust in the pan. Place the top crust: either lay the full round on top (cutting 8 slits surrounding the center), or first slice it into strips and weave into a lattice as desired. In either case, crimp the edges of the top layer together with the bottom crust. Brush the top crust with a wash of either cream or beaten egg, and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
  • Place the pie pan on a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to the middle rack of the oven. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 F before lowering the temperature to 350 F and baking for 35-45 minutes longer, until the filling is bubbling. Watch the crust carefully; when it bakes to a golden brown, cover the top with aluminum foil to prevent further darkening.
  • After baking, place the pie on a rack and allow to cool completely (at least 2 hourbefore slicing.