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Carol decided to bake on Sunday.  She has been making this same pie recipe for years–it's actually from her Williams Sonoma kids baking cookbook, but don't laugh–it's a great basic pie recipe.  

Pie slice 

I hung around to snap photos, and of course–eat pie!



I'm posting the recipe at the end for the filling and pastry–Carol  cheated a bit, and used a frozen pie crust for this occasion.  

With sugar 

Just before the oven….

Finished pie 


Pie drip 



2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, extra for rolling

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks chilled unsalted butter cut into chunks

1/2 cup very cold water


6 cups mixed fresh berries  (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries are good choices)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 pinch ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Make the dough

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, combine the flour, sugar and salt.

Scatter the butter over the flour mixture.  Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or 2 table knives.  The mixture is ready when it looks like course crumbs with small pieces of butter still visible.  

Drizzle the cold water over the dough and stir gently with the wooden spoon until the mixture forms moist crumbs.

Place the crumbs onto a work surface and press together into a solid mound.

Divide the mound into half.  Press each pile into a flat disk.

Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, about 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

The filling

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir together the berries, sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.  Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Sprinkle a work surface with some flour.  Unwrap one of the chilled pie doughs, place on work surface and sprinkle with a little flour.  Roll dough into a circle with a rolling pin until it is about 1/8 inch thick.  Work flour under and over the dough as you go, so the dough won't stick.  Your circle should be about 14 inches across.  Place finished dough in a glass pie dish, and gently press with your fingertips.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the lattice.

Flatten the second pie dough into a large rectangle.  Cut strips approx. 1 inch wide and 14 inches long. You will need 8 total.   Remove pie dish from refrigerator, remove plastic, and pour berry mixture into pie dish.  Lay 4 lattice strips going horizontally across the pie.  Lay the 4 remaining strips across the pie vertically.  Cut away excess dough, and crimp the pie edge with a fork.  

Using a pastry brush, wash the pie with with a beaten egg.  Sprinkle pie with sugar.  Place pie on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes.  Top should be nice and brown, and berries should be bubbly.  Let pie cool before slicing. 





  • clémence
    July 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Looks totally delicious!! Makes me want a large slice of pie accompagnied with vanilla ice cream…

  • Rachel
    July 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Oh that looks so good! Great photos, can’t wait to try to the recipe!

  • Leia
    July 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Looks delicious!

  • Mary
    July 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Love all the recipes you’ve been writing about – a nice addition!

  • The Tart
    July 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm


  • Tam
    July 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    looks delish! random question- where did you/Carol get that glass measuring cup?

  • kaye i
    July 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Mmmmm… speaking of pies, I just had some a few days ago! But I didn’t make it. Haha.

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    July 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Tam–I think it came from Target–it’s just the basic Pyrex.

  • candice
    July 28, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    wow. i’m impressed. that is no kid’s work!!
    what i would give to sample a piece!!!!!!!!

  • jess
    July 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    please tell Carol i want her to start a food blog!! xx

  • Nickie Frye
    July 29, 2010 at 8:03 am

    The pie looks amazing. As a side note, you are obviously a really sweet mom. Good job.

  • Skye
    July 29, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Looks so yummy & amazing 😀 ♥

  • style odyssey
    July 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    ok, i must make this pie. soon as i get a pie plate…mixing bowl…etc! yum. :))

  • Healthy Foods Blog
    July 29, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    one of the most impressive pie i ever seen. great piece!
    – Tera

  • Michelle Glisters & Blisters
    July 30, 2010 at 8:25 am

    talented mom and daughters..
    i love baking on weekends as well and i wish i have a mom who enjoyed cooking+baking as much as you Judy [plus some pictures taken while i bake would be nice too]

  • jordan retro 11
    July 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Morality is not really the doctrine of how to make ourselves happy but of how we are to be worthy of happiness.Do you understand?

  • Vanessa L
    July 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    This does not look basic at all! The berries look so delicious and flavoursome.
    I also love your photography – food photography is amongst my fsvourite and I’m in love with these pictures’ DOF.
    xxo Vanessa

  • Jehh
    August 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    My goodness! I am going to get my mother to read and make this recipe! thanks!

  • Laure
    August 21, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    hye !!
    it looks absolutely gorgeous !!!
    As i’m french, i don’t really understand the measure. What a cup means ? I mean in grams or pound . and about the butter…
    I hope you will answer me because i’m litteraly fond of your recipes but i can’t do anything 🙁
    Its a pleasure to read you and sorry for my bad english

  • Fern
    August 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I made this pie last night for my husband, and it was super delicious!! Thanks for the amazing recipe!