Sunday Dessert – Blackberry-Apple Pie

Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

This Sunday’s dessert is a blackberry-apple pie that won a County Fair Best of Show ribbon for me 35 years ago (1983). The pie also won many more contests and became a favorite of the family – except for the ones who don’t like blackberry seeds. See this post from 2008 on the pie contest:


  • Servings: 9 inch pie - 6 to 8 servings
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Pastry for two-crust 9-inch pie (see link to my favorite recipe below)
3 cups blackberries
1 cup peeled & thinly sliced tart apple
3 Tblsp. quick-cooking tapioca
pinch of salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tblsp. butter
1 Tblsp. milk
1 Tblsp. sugar mixed with 1/8 tsp. cinnamon for topping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In large bowl combine berries, apples, tapioca, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Mix well and allow to set for five minutes.

Turn berry mixture in a pastry-lined 9-inch pan. Dot with butter, adjust top crust, cut vents and flute edges. Brush top with milk and lightly sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Set pie pan on a larger flat pan to catch spills.

Bake @ 375 degrees F for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

My favorite pie crust recipe is here in a post from 2007:

Also served: Corn-on-the-cob, grilled tilapia and a great salsa using summer produce – Peach-Pineapple-and-Tomato Salsa, found here from 2015:

Tart Cherry Pie


I always make the fruit pies I’ll serve on Thanksgiving well ahead of time.  When I was competing in county and state fairs, I found I could bake a fruit pie and freeze it.  Then the night before I needed it, I could take it out to thaw and the next morning crisp it in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes with basically no change in the original pie.  I had to do it this way for the Ohio State Fair because of time restrictions plus a 2-hour drive and I continued to win ribbons.  I’ve used the technique since the early 1980s to get a jump on holiday baking.

This morning, I baked two apple pies which will go in the freezer after they have cooled, and I was remembering other Thanksgiving pies I have made through the years.  For the 20 years we lived in Blue Jay on the Ohio/Indiana border, I had the benefits of a front yard full of fruit trees.  In July, there was one old tree that produced a huge amount of tart cherries.  These snapshots from 1991 show my son and his family who were visiting from St. Louis and helping me by picking some cherries.

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The little girl with the pail graduated from college last year and the baby is now a sophomore in college.  Time flies.

I froze a lot of cherries but to have the very best pie for Thanksgiving, I made one while the cherries were fresh off the tree – my husband’s favorite.  Here’s the recipe:


  • Pastry for 9″ double crust pie
  • 4 cups fresh tart cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tblsp. quick tapioca
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 Tblsp. butter
  • 1 Tblsp. milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix together the cherries, sugar, tapioca, salt, and almond extract.

Fit bottom crust in a 9″ pan, pour filling into crust and dot with butter.  Place top crust on pie, crimp edges and brush with milk.  Cut vents and place on a larger flat pan to catch spills.

Bake @ 375 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.

Cool pie completely on rack.  Serve to a hungry family or wrap and place in a two-gallon ziplock bag.  Place in the freezer until needed.  For best flavor, use within 6 months. 


I only wish I had one of those fresh cherry pies in the freezer for this Thanksgiving and my husband here to enjoy it.

A good piecrust recipe

My favorite apple pie recipe