Elderberry Pie

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary you can’t go wrong with this Elderberry Pie, especially if you have a neighbor with an elderberry bush in season!

I wrote recently about the health benefits of a special berry in my post, Elderberry Wine. But with elderberries in season, I thought it would justify one more post about this tasty and healthy fruit. Although the elderberry is small, my neighbor’s bush yielded a lot of berries; enough even for me to make a pie. The results were heavenly.

Before I go on though, I do want to point out that the elderberry does have a somewhat unique flavor. It’s similar to a blueberry but with a twist. There’s a certain zest to it that distinguishes it from other berries.

Being distinguished can be a good thing. Especially if you’re a berry in a pie.

For this recipe I used my favorite vodka-infused fool-proof pie crust. I wonder if the health benefits of the berries counteract the not-so-healthy attributes of the pie crust?

I think worrying about your health when eating a slice of pie is like talking about diets on Thanksgiving Day; it distracts from the pleasure of the moment.

I wish you all were in the neighborhood so I could share with you a slice of this elderberry pie! Of course, if you all came at once, I might have to make more…but it would be worth it!

Foolproof Pie Crust

(Adapted from a recipe found on 101 Cookbooks)

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups (12 1/2 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold dairy-free margarine, cut into slices
  • ½ cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
  • ¼ cup cold vodka
  • ¼ cup cold water

Directions:

Using a food processor, process 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and sugar until combined (2 one-second pulses). Add margarine and shortening and process until dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps (15 seconds). Your dough will resemble cottage cheese and there should be no uncoated flour. Use a rubber spatula to redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining cup of flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed (4 to 6 quick pulses). Empty mixture into a medium bowl.

Sprinkle cold vodka and water pie dough mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mix, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. Divide dough into two even balls and flatten each into 4-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

Elderberry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 Foolproof Pie Crust
  • 4 cups elderberries, (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

Prepare Pie Crust.
Next, heat your oven to 375 degrees.

In the meantime, place berries and sugar in a pan. Mix cornstarch with cold water and add to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens and then add lemon juice.

Pour berry mixture into pie crust. Dot with margarine and add top crust or make a lattice. Simply Recipes has a great tutorial on how to make a lattice pie (which I wish I would have followed!).

Bake the pie for approximately 45 minutes, until the crust is browned. You should put a pan underneath the pie to protect your oven from any overflow.

Posted 4 years ago by Marly on Monday, September 13th, 2010 · Permalink

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21 Responses to Elderberry Pie

  1. Scrumptious!

  2. Gosh, you’re killing me here (smile)!

  3. I have used that same vodka pie crust…and it does wonders! You did a beautiful job on your lattice, and I love the way you used elderberries as a filling. I would be very content with a slice of pie and a mug of coffee tomorrow morning. Too bad I can’t walk on over!

    • Yes, vodka in a pie crust is divine. Makes it nice and flaky. One of these days, my friend, we’ll have coffee/tea. I know it!

  4. Man that looks good! Somehow I’ve managed to go the whole summer without a pie – probably because it’s been so cold here, but now I’m kind of regretting it.

  5. I love Elderberries.
    Made juice out of them in Hungary.
    I didn’t know you could make pie too, dooh,.. :D
    Thanks for the idea :D

  6. What an amazing pie. I love how brightly colored the filling is…an it isn’t runny at all!!

    • I was lucky that this pie set up very nicely. Each slice was the same way too.

  7. I confess I have never eaten an elderberry! But I love blueberries…this is beautiful! Your lattice turned out great and your pastry looks so flaky! My Mom (Mama Bear) made the pies in my post – she didn’t weave hers just laid them over each other – I loved them because she didn’t care too much about how they looked – not like us bloggers – and it makes them seem all the more rustic and charming.

    • That pic is deceiving. The lattice is much more abstract than that angle shows. I think that was my goal. Your mom did a great job on her lattice – I agree, it had a very rustic look. I loved it!

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  9. OMG this pie looks amazing!!! The photos are fantastic! I have been on the hunt for elderberries but unfortunately haven’t been able to get my hands on any. I would love to try this, can you send me a slice?

  10. Thanks Marly, I’m in heaven with your elderberry pie! Last year I foraged a bucket of elderberries from trees near the trail head where I hike and made cordial, this year I’ll go back to my secret spot to fill up another bucket but this time I’ll make pie for sure, maybe jelly or syrup as well?? I think I’ll head up there now to check on the crop, lol, the trees grow on the side of a deep ravine with a creek at the bottom. It is a two person job to get the berries, one person has to grab the branches, while hanging on for dear life and the other person has to cut off the clusters of berries but it’s worth it to get the goods:) Congratulations on such a beautiful pie!

    • Be careful! Elderberry pie is good, but not worth a broken neck! We made some elderberry syrup too and served it over pancakes. That was by far the most delicious use of the berries I’ve found yet. I would have posted the recipe but we ate it all before I could snap a picture of it!

  11. Would loved to have known about the fool proof crust! I just did a how-to video on
    elderberry pie…with mistakes and all. lol enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyNDmalYeyc

    • Oooh, looking forward to checking out your video. Love those elderberries!

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