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Blackberry Pie Recipe- for fresh or frozen berries

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This Blackberry Pie Recipe is easy and a perfect summer dessert for a picnic or BBQ. Flaky pie crust and a not to sweet filling make this recipe stand out!

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Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie is a quintessential part of summer at my house! Perfectly sweet, yet tart blackberries in a flaky pie crust with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a dream dessert! (I have been known to indulge for breakfast, on occasion! Don’t tell anyone! 🙂 )

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How to clean blackberries after picking

Rinse berries under cold water and discard any stems, leaves or soft fruit. Add cold water to a large bowl and add berries.

Gently move them around the bowl with your hands, dislodging any dirt or foreign material from the fruit.

Drain well before using. A salad spinner works great to soak and remove water. Just spin slowly so that you don’t bruise any of the fruit.

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What you need

  • double pie crust
  • blackberries, fresh or frozen blackberries will work
  • cornstarch -you can also use flour or tapioca to thicken the filling. 
  • sugar
  • salt – just a pinch
  • cinnamon – optional
  • nutmeg – optional

For the double pie crust

  • butter – the must be very cold. Cut it into small pieces and then place it back in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble it.
  • flour – just all-purpose flour is fine.
  • salt
  • water – again, water must be very cold. Put a few ice cubes in it.
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Ingredients for pie crust

How to make it

For the crust

Step One

Cut butter into squares.

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Cut butter into small squares.

Step Two

Measure flour and salt. Place in food processor bowl. 

Place butter in food processor with flour and salt.

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Add butter to flour.

Step Three

Pulse until the butter in the flour mixture appears to be the size of peas.

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Pulse until fine pea sized pieces form.

Step Four

Add water, one tablespoon drop full at a time until the dough comes together.

Gather dough. Wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate about one hour.

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Add water one tablespoonful at a time until dough comes together.

To roll out the crust

Step One

Place the pie dough on a floured cutting board.

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Chill dough for at least one hour.

Step Two

Roll to a 12″ diameter circle.

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Roll crust into 12″ circle.

Step Three

Place pie crust in 9″ pie pan. Crimp edges.

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Center crust in pie plate. Cut off excess. Crimp edges.

To blind bake crust

Step One

Lay a large piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap on crimped crust.

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Place a piece of waxed paper laid onto crust.

Step Two

Fill the crust with pie weights or use dried beans for pie weights.

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Add pie weights or dried beans.

Step Three

Bake crust at 350°F / 180°C for about 30 minutes.

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Par bake crust for 30 minutes.

For the pie filling

Step One

Rinse and clean fresh blackberries of any debris.

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Wash berries.

Step Two

Mix berries, cornstarch and sugar in medium bowl.

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Add sugar and cornstarch to berries.

Step Three

Add pinch salt.

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Add a pinch of salt.

Step Four

Mix well.

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Mix well

Step Five

Pour berry mixture into bottom crust.

Pour berry mixture into par baked pie crust.

You could also make a lattice-top pie. Just slice the top crust into long thin strips with a sharp knife. Weave the strips together over and underlapping every other piece to form the lattice.

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Can you Freeze Blackberry Pie?

Cooked Blackberry Pie can be frozen. The texture of the crust may suffer, depending on how much shortening is in the pie crust. Cooked pies will freeze up to 4 months. To thaw, place directly from freezer into oven for about 10 minutes, at 350°F, until hot and bubbly. Cover top crust, if need be, to avoid over browning.

If you would like to make extra blackberry pies to freeze, freeze them before baking them. Wrap tightly in bags or plastic wrap. Don’t cut slits in the top crust. If you have a latticed top, it may be better to freeze until frozen, uncovered.

Then, once frozen, wrap. Uncooked pies last about 3 months in the freezer. To thaw and cook, cook from frozen at 425°F for 10-15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake an additional 30-45 minutes. For more information see this post from Betty Crocker.

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Why is my blackberry pie runny?

The simple answer is that you did not add enough cornstarch, flour, or even tapioca to the fruit. The next time you make blackberry pie, remember to thicken the fruit! I prefer cornstarch to thicken pies with, as it doesn’t detract from the flavor of the fruit!

Can you make blackberry pie filling ahead?

You can make Blackberry Pie Filling and freeze it or can it with a water bath canner. Just do not add the cornstarch until you are about to make a pie, if canning. You need to use Clearjel which is a modified cornstarch specifically for canning. The thickener can interfere with heat penetrating the food in the jar, and it may not get hot enough to kill bacteria

Can you make blackberry pie with a premade crust?

Yes, you can make blackberry pie with either premade or homemade pie crust.

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Blackberry Pie Recipe

This Blackberry Pie Recipe is easy and a perfect summer dessert for a picnic or BBQ. Flaky pie crust and a not to sweet filling make this recipe stand out!

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $10


  • 1 double pie crust
  • 4 cups blackberries rinsed and sorted
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • pinch Salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Roll out bottom crust. Place in pie pan.
  • Pour blackberry mixture into crust.
  • Top with rolled top crust. Pinch and crimp edges.
  • Cut slits in top crust. Bake at 375°F for about 45 minutes to one hour. If top crust is browning too much, protect it with aluminum foil.
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See instructions and step by step process photos for double pie crust in article above.
NOTE: If blackberries are very sweet, add up to 1 tablespoon lemon juice or fresh lemon zest. 
You can substitute all purpose flour or tapioca starch for the cornstarch.
General Baking Tips:
Always measure dry ingredients with a dry measuring cup. Measure with dry measuring cups or weigh dry ingredients.
Always measure liquid ingredients with liquid measuring cup
Never break eggs directly into recipe ingredients. Break eggs into a separate bowl, in case you get any shells, so that you can pull them out.
Make sure that you know what temperature your oven is set at. Buy an oven thermometer and check oven temperature regularly.
Always check baked goods, like cakes or quick breads with cake tester, placed in center. If the tester comes out clean, it’s done.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Originally published August 20, 2019. Updated June 6, 2022.

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  1. Made this yesterday with frozen blackberries. Turned out perfectly. Since the berries were frozen I let it cook 5 minutes longer. Will make this again so straight forward with simple ingredients. Thank you for a great recipe…..Marie

  2. Hi Beth,
    Thank you so much for this recipe and your helpful tips. I made two pies for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it. My friend who hates pie said it was so good that it changed his mind about pie.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this for my family and it has instantly become a new family favorite recipe! So easy and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I love eating dessert for breakfast too. This looks like the perfect blackberry pie to make this summer.

        1. Sorry Brenda. It was in the article but not in the recipe card. I have fixed it now. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

  5. 5 stars
    So many clever tips to make this pie a success! I absolutely love a good blackberry pie and yours looks so delicious – can’t wait to try it!

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