Homemade Mulberry Pie
Hey Folks, are you in a mood to go down the memory lane and refresh some of your priceless childhood moments?
Do you remember the cozy winter mornings when everyone was wrapped up tight in their blankets not willing to move out and you on the other hand got up early just to pick some sweet, and juicy mulberries from the tree.
Some of us were fortunate to have the mulberry tree producing ripe berries right in the backyard, while others had to go out hunting for a tree.
Well, no matter where the tree was, we just enjoyed picking those fresh, ripe, and juicy berries from the branches.
Shaking the branches of the tree to make the mulberries drop on the floor was so exciting. Some people even used to climb the tree to pick the berries.
They were so light and juicy that some of it got squashed in our hand and made it all purple.
The best was the Mulberry pie our parents used to make. Its aroma filled the entire house and everyone used to get enchanted.
Observing my parents making Mulberry Pie was a treat to my eyes. Like how craftily they kneaded the dough for the crust and made sure that the outcome is breathtaking and perfect.
Feeling Nostalgic yet?
Well, some people never got the chance to experience such priceless moments.
Worry not, I am here with a classic and delicious recipe of Mulberry Pie. You can make one for yourself and get lost in its delicious taste.
What are Mulberries?
Mulberries are the fruits of Morus species. And related to figs and breadfruit. The trees are grown mainly in Asia and North America.
The trees carry colorful berries – mostly black, white, or red and are often made into wines, jams, juices, pies but could also be eaten raw as a snack owing to its sweetness.
Along with sweet flavor and extremely light and juicy texture, these berries carry many health and nutritional benefits.
They provide high levels of protein and iron for a fruit and are also a rich source of Vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and antioxidants.
What is a Pie?
A pie is a baked dish that contains a filling of various sweet and savory ingredients and is typically made of a pastry dough.
These are often topped with a pastry crust, cream, sweet sauces, etc, and are baked until the crust is crisp and the filling is cooked through.
The typical American pie is round, 8-10 inches in diameter, and is 2-3 inches thick.
How to make a Mulberry Pie?
Baking a Mulberry Pie is not so arduous of a task and here I am going to share with you the traditional recipe of making this.
I had to make this pie several times to finally master it.
For the Pie Crust-
- 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour (maida)
- 2tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup ice cold water
For the Berry Filling-
- 4 cups washed mulberries
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornflour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the pie crust-
- In a chilled mixing bowl, take all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Mix them
- Next, add the cold butter cubes and mix until the mixture resembles cold bread crumbs.
- Add ice-cold water in a stream until the dough comes together and is smooth.
- Make sure the process is quick in to prevent the dough from getting warmer.
- Divide the dough into two halves, wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Butter a 9-inch pie pan.
- After almost an hour, take one dough out of the fridge and roll it out about 12 inches in diameter on a floured work surface.
- Now, fold the rolled-out dough into half and then into a quarter. Transfer this to the pie tin such that the pointed end lies in the center of the tin.
- Gently unfold the crust and cut out the excess.
- Cover it with a plastic film and keep it in the fridge.
- Take out the second dough from the fridge and roll it out. Cut long strips from the middle.
- Braid three strips at a time. You require about 4-5 long braids for covering the edges of the crust.
- Roll the left-out strips gently to make a rope.
- Cut out some leaves and flowers from the rest of rolled out dough and cover it with a plastic wrap to refrigerate.
Note- Keep all the ingredients and tools in the fridge at least an hour before you start mixing the dough.
For Berry Filling-
Mix the berries, sugar, cornflour, and cinnamon in a bowl and refrigerate.
Assemble everything and bake the final dish –
- Separate and egg and beat the egg white.
- Take out the pie crust from the fridge, and brush the surface with egg white. (It prevents the pie base from getting soggy.)
- Spread the mulberry filling evenly into the pie crust.
- Whisk the egg yolk with a tbsp of fresh cream in a bowl.
- Decorate the pie top with dough ropes stems, leaves and flowers as per your wish.
- Place the braids along the crust edges and cut out the excess.
- Brush the crust surfaces with egg and yolk mixture.
- Keep the pie in the fridge again for half an hour.
- Preheat the oven at 375-degree F.
- Place the pie in the oven for 50-55 minutes or until the crust top turns golden brown for baking.
Note – Cover the edges of the pie loosely with an aluminum foil to prevent burning.
Some Important tips
There is no hard and fast rule that this Mulberry Pie could only be made during the Mulberry season. You can use packaged mulberry as well to prepare this tongue-licking dish.
Keep everything right from the ingredients to equipment completely cool.
Why should you try this Mulberry Pie?
Well, everyone shares a special relationship with mulberries. Be it eating them raw, making wines, juices, jams, and much more, mulberries never fail to awe us with its just perfect sweetness.
The sweet and crunchy texture of Mulberry Pie is something everyone drools over.
There is a healthier version of this Pie as well but we can always walk off that extra piece of cake so why compromise. Let your taste buds enjoy.
Moreover, this pie tastes so flavorsome and whole that it could impress just anyone.
So, bake this Mulberry Pie and enjoy the aroma of roasted berries and freshly bakes pie which will entwin your childhood memories.
At last, don’t forget to hum this popular nursery rhyme while making this –
Here we go round the mulberry bush, mulberry bush, mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush, early in the morning.
This is the way we bake our pie, bake our pie, bake our pie
This is the way we bake our pie, in the winter evening…….
I hope you loved this recipe. Please share your feedback in the comments section.