Friday, July 27, 2012

Easy as Pie

Our blackberry bush is producing so many berries this year. We can barely keep up with them...

My one year old helping himself to our berries, who taught that kid to open the fridge?!
Ok, so eating them hasn't been an issue, but picking them gets a little prickly! No berries in your backyard? No problem! We at The Red Barn have got you covered. 
The berries are so delicious this year that it almost pains me to do anything but eat them fresh, but who can resist a good summer fruit pie?
 Today I want to show you how insanely simple it is to make an amazing pie.
First step: Stop at The Red Barn and pick up a take and bake pie shell (they come two in a box) 
and berries of your choice.  

Because fruit is our main ingredient you will want about 4 cups of berries. Feel free to mix and match your berries. Then just add 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want it) and 1/4 cup flour. Toss gently so you don't mash the berries. This is all you need, but feel free to experiment with adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. to give your pie a special twist and unique flavor. 

Pour into the unbaked pie shell.
Use the second shell to make a top crust. Pinch to seal the edges and cut a few slits in the top and pop it in the oven. Bake until golden brown (about 45 minutes-1 hour if baking at 350 degrees). Because fruit pies often boil over, I highly recommend putting the pie tin on a cookie sheet to protect your oven from spillage.
Cool slightly before cutting. Then top with whipped cream or your favorite Red Barn ice cream.
Wasn't that easy?

And if that still seems like too much work for you, we have our take and bake pies that are fully prepared. Just buy and put in the oven, you don't even have to let it thaw. We use grandma's secret recipe, and I haven't met a pie that rivaled our flaky crust anywhere. Try one for yourself today and see what I mean! 

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