Celebrate the Fourth of July with a slice of berry pie using the season’s freshest sweet fruit.
I’ve baked far too many from-scratch cookies, cakes and brownies to count, but I can count the number of homemade pies I’ve made on one hand. Honestly, I’ve always been intimidated by them. I think it’s the crust that scares me—it seems so particular. So demanding. You need ice water. You need cold butter. And you need to blend it all with a pastry cutter. (Does everyone just have one of these laying around?). To me they didn’t seem worth it. I just sat back and let Mrs. Smith do all the hard work.
But then everything changed last summer. I was invited to a Fourth of July cookout, and I was in charge of bringing a dessert. I wanted something festive, but not one of those Cool Whip cake creations with the strawberry-blueberry flag on top. No! Those were all over my Facebook page. I wanted something different. I saw a flag pie on Pinterest, and I was sold.
Instead of making one giant pie, I made six miniature pies, both because I couldn’t decide on simply one design, and because I’m a firm believer that all things mini are much more adorable. They turned out picturesque and delicious—so much so that a couple of partygoers argued who could take home the extras. And the best part is, they were fairly easy to make (even the crust, but you can use refrigerated crust if you aren’t up for the challenge). Also, they highlight some of the summer’s freshest berries. Read on for my recipe adaption and then get busy mixing up pies that look as good as they taste.
The Freshest Filling
Pick up your berries at a local market, or if you’re feeling really eager, pick your own at these 417-land farms.
Farm: The Blueberry Patch, 986 Crosstie Rd., Seymour; 417-935-4178
Farm: Boz’s Berry Farm, 13920 W. State Hwy. TT, Republic; 417-988-8192
Farm: Robertson Family Farm, 707 Saginaw Rd., Joplin; 417-499-5752
Farm: Blackberry Lane Gardens, 1172 Blackberry Ln., Crane; 417-818-8264
Farm: The Berry Patch, 1014 E. 394th Rd., Bolivar; 417-777-4586
Farm: Rausch’s Blueberries, 21655 Hwy. H, Monett; 417-235-7825
Farm: Ray’s Farm to Market, LLC, 13858 S. Hwy. 39, Mt. Vernon; 417-986-2007