Summer Berry Pie (Grain-Free + Dairy-Free w/ Vegan option)
It’s been so warm, sunny and beautiful here in Brooklyn that it feels as though summer has already begun–and we can’t stop dreaming up grain-free summer recipes! It doesn’t have to officially be summer to start breaking out summer treats, right?? Well if it is wrong, then we definitely don’t want to be right–because we couldn’t wait one more minute to post this Summer Berry Pie recipe!💕
So about this pie….it is magical. A luscious berry filling inside of a delicious double crust; it is summer on a plate! And once you have the ingredients, it is surprisingly easy to make. A quick mix of the fresh berries with lemon and a touch of vanilla into a sugary blend and into your prepared pie crust. And that’s when the fun really starts in my opinion– I love placing the top crust over the filling, trimming and fluting the edges— it’s peaceful work, I always find working with dough to be therapeutic.
There are a few tips today for your pie crust and filling.
-To make this crust Vegan, omit the eggs and change the guar gum measurement to 2 1/2 tsp and the cold water measurement to 1 cup.
-You can substitute tapioca starch for potato starch, just add an additional 1.5 tbsp more than the recipe calls for.
-You can find my instructional photographs for grain-free double pie crust here.
-I usually just cut vent holes in my covered pies-it looks lovely and serves the purpose well. But, if you’re feeling adventurous and would like to achieve the look pictured here, you can purchase this Lattice Pie Top Cutter that we used. If you use the Lattice Cutter, make sure to dust it and your dough with potato starch and press the cutouts through before lifting the cutter off the dough. Then you can remove the cutouts with a knife. After that, it’s a swift but careful flip of the dough onto the pie and you can mend any breaks with a touch of water.
-I recommend using a variety of berries in this recipe, but any desired combination will work beautifully!
-If you are not familiar with agar, it is a natural vegetable counterpart to gelatin. We usually purchase the Now Foods version. It comes in handy as a thickening agent in so many recipes like pies and puddings, etc.
-If you’re wondering if that’s dairy-free ice cream in the above photos, it is indeed! We used a scoop of dairy-free So Delicious Vanilla Bean ice cream as our topping.
Happy Baking + enjoy the recipe!☺️ Don’t forget to visit our post that includes the instructional photos for grain-free double pie crust.
- 3 cups almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 1/2 cups potato starch, not potato flour. (Tapioca starch alternative in post above)
- 2 teaspoons guar gum (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter or vegan butter (Earth Balance)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 eggs (vegan crust option in “Tips” section in blog post above)
- FOR THE FILLING:
- 4.5 cups fresh berries (any berries you prefer, frozen are fine, just defrost first.)
- 1.5 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanila extract
- 1/2 cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
- 3.5 tablespoons potato starch (not potato flour)
- 1/4 teaspoon guar gum (Bob’s Red Mill)
- FOR THE FILLING:
- Remove strawberry stems and cut into slices. Place sliced strawberries in a large bowl. Then add in raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
- Add lemon juice and vanilla extract to berry mixture and toss until evenly combined.
- In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the sugar, potato starch and guar gum.
- Pour this dry mixture over the berries and toss again. Set aside.
- FOR THE CRUST:
- Whisk together almond flour, potato starch, sugar, guar gum and salt.
- Cut butter into flour using pastry cutter or fork.
- Create a well in the center of the mix and add the two eggs and 1/4 cup of the cold water and start to work into the dough. I prefer to use my hands, but you can use a food processor if desired.
- Slowly add the remaining water until dough has formed. It will be stickier and more pliable than traditional dough–similar to play-doh.
- Press half of the dough into the pie pan and work dough up the sides and around the edges. You may find it easier to work with the dough if you dip your fingers into water first. I keep a small cup by my working station. (Alternatively, you can roll the dough in-between two pieces of parchment paper, remove top layer and turn over onto pie pan and make any necessary adjustments.
- Pour berry filling into prepared pan.
- Roll out the remaining half of the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. (And not too thin, you want a little thickness for the top layer, it will be easier to work with).
- Peel off top layer of parchment paper. Swiftly and carefully turn rolled dough onto pie. Peel back the paper and trim excess. It’s ok if there are cracks, they can be fixed by dipping your fingers into water and mending.
- Make a few vent holes and apply an egg wash if desired. Sprinkle the top with coarse sugar, flute edges and carefully place pie into oven at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes (my oven takes closer to 60 minutes, but start checking in at 30 minutes). I like to place aluminum foil or a pie crust shield around the edges at this point to avoid outer edge burning.
- Let pie cool before serving as the filling will set during the cooling process. Enjoy!!
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