It’s Pi day! Get it? March 14 – 3.14? No? Hmm.
Moving on. Pie is one of my boyfriend’s favorite desserts so what better way to celebrate Pi day than to bake him a pie? Regardless of what he might say, I am not good at making pies and often wonder why his favorite dessert couldn’t be something like brownies – a dish that I can knock out of the park.
But being that I love him, this is the 3rd pie that I’ve made for 2017. The first was a lovely berry pie with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. The second was a lemon meringue pie (using fresh meyer lemons) that nearly kicked my butt.
That lemon meringue pie was a mess. My meringue fell, twice, because I got distracted when I dumped out half of my pie as I tried to readjust it in the oven (note to self: always place your pie on top of a baking sheet). I threw a hissy fit, threatened to the pie in the trash, but still continued to cook it. I never tried the pie but Robb said it was delicious.
I went simple with this pie. I have a freezer full of frozen fruit that I need to start utilizing so I decided to make him another berry pie (which I think is his favorite kind of pie) with a crumb topping. I ended up going with a mixture of red currents, strawberries, and blueberries.
Berry Crumb Pie
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
- 4 cups of thawed berries (drain some of the juice if necessary)
- ¾ cup sugar (I used Florida Crystals Organic Pure Cane Sugar)
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoon butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine your fruit with granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Pour into pie shell.
- Combine brown sugar, rolled oats, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly Spread the topping evenly over the pie filling.
- Place on foil-lined baking sheet in lower third of oven. Bake until fruit bubbles and crust browns, approximately 1 hour. If topping begins to brown too quickly, tent with foil. Let cool.
Did you celebrate Pi day?