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Blueberry Pie – Blackberry Pie — Combination is Even Better

Growing blueberries and blackberries is high on our priority list. There’s nothing like small fruit pies/tarts to help satisfy the craving for something sweet.  (And no — you don’t need sugar — but I’ll get to that in a minute.)

This year I started picking blueberries June 13th.  Here it is the end of July and we’re still picking!  We’ve harvested 9 gallons from 8 bushes. Almost 6 gallons in the freezer for winter.  Yummm—! (at 1 cup per small pie that’s 96 pies!)

Blackberries grow in my front yard fence border.  I keep them to 2 to 3 fruiting canes.  The other night I made a discovery that will force me to find room for more in future years.

Blackberries in my fence border in the front yard.

Here’s how it happened:  I usually add one to two tablespoons of honey to one cup of berries when I make a blueberry tart (or small pie). I use about 1/2 tsp. of stevia when I make a blackberry tart.  (Stevia doesn’t taste good in everything, but I think it’s perfect in blackberry pies.)

Blueberries for a small pie.

One evening I was out of honey.  I had a 1/2 cup of blackberries; not enough for a pie.  So I decided to add them to 3/4 cup of blueberries and sweeten them with 1/2 teaspoon of stevia. (Add a rounded serving tablespoon of flour to the mix and then moisten with about 1 tablespoon of water.)

It was the most wonderful tasting pie I have every had!  Tart — but not too tart.  Offset with just the right amount of sweetness.

Here’s my pie crust recipe and the instructions for making a perfect crust. (Pie crusts are easy.)

Here’s the post that gives all the ingredients for the other fruit pies I make. (Experiment to find the amount of sweetness that best suits your taste.)

If you have the berries give one of these combination pies a try while you can.  It might change the way you fix pies.

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Sources – In case you’re not growing any berries and want to:

Cooks Garden – Blackberries

Cooks Garden – Blueberries

Burpee – Blackberries

Burpee – Blueberries

Spring Hill – Apache Thornless Blackberry

Spring Hill – Top Hat Blueberry

Gurney  (Save $20)

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