From Grandma Nancy's Kitchen
Berry Impossible Pie
The end of Summer is closing in on us. Along with a wonderful harvest of fresh vegetables, we are also feasting on some great berries. My youngest two grandchildren and I are busy prepping the food for either freezing or canning. However, as the youngest asked, “aren’t we gonna make somthin’?” Of course we are! The added plus with this pie ... to pie crust needed!
• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste
• 1/2 to 1 teaspoon almond extract, or to taste (optional)
• 2 cups plus 1/4 cup fresh berries, divided (can be any berries you’d like). (Also, frozen berries can be used but should be thawed and drained first.)
• Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside. I used a glass pie dish; baking times may vary if using metal.
• To a large bowl, add 1 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and whisk to combine; set aside.
• To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 45 seconds. Wait momentarily before adding the eggs so you don’t scramble them.
• Add the eggs, extracts, and whisk to combine.
• Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir to combine; don’t overmix.
• Add 2 cups berries and stir to combine; batter is very thick.
• Turn mixture out into prepared dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
• Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup berries over the top.
• Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar over the top and bake for about 34 to 39 minutes, or until edges are set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs but no batter. The less time, the more gooey the center. ALSO, if using thawed berries, increase baking times to 38 – 44 minutes.
Hint: Optional: you can also use a 9x9 square pan instead of a pie pan. If you choose to do squares instead of pie, you can either grease the pan or line with parchment whichever you find easier.
Grandma Nancy: Award-winning author, Nancy Fraser, has published twenty-seven novels/novellas over the course of her 20+ year career. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people. www.nancyfraser.ca
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