Mother's Recipe Box: Elderberry Pie

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Elderberry pie



Having promised my mother that I would bring an elderberry pie for dessert on the day of my visit, I got up early to make it.  All good pie bakers know that a pie is never as good as the day it is baked, right? 

Elderberries grow wild usually along the roadside and under wires as birds drop the seeds.  They prefer moist, but not soggy ground.  Finding the bushes is always a challenge unless they grow on your own properties, as these do.

Elderberry pie               Elderberry pie

Elderberry Pie

4 cups elderberries

3 tablespoons cornstarch (or flour)

3/4 cup sugar (I use half sugar/half Splenda)

2 teaspoons vinegar

Pillsbury Pie Crust (2 rolls)

Mix first four ingredients together in bowl.  Unfold one crust into bottom of pie plate.  Pour mixture into pie plate.  Place top crust over berries.  Pinch edges of pie carefully to seal.  Sprinkle top crust with sugar.  I crimp foil around the edges of crust to prevent it from burning.

Bake 425 for 20 minutes.  Turn oven down to 325 for remaining 20-30 minutes.  (Times are approx) Watch carefully.  Pie is done when it bubbles or crust turns golden brown.  Cool on rack for several hours. 

Serve plain or with scoop of vanilla ice cream.

After I baked the pie, I put it on the floor behind the driver's seat to cool while driving an hour & half to my mother's house.   Had that pie not been in the back, I might have been tempted to sample just a little piece.   

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Comments (9)

Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Mary ~ That's a good looking pie! Sounds delicious.  I'll be on the lookout for these berries.


Sep 23, 2009 02:35 PM
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

The pie not only sounds delicious but it looks beautiful!  I don't think I had ever heard of elderberries.  I'd like to try my slice of pie with ice cream please.


Sep 25, 2009 01:16 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

It is absolutely delicious, Elizabeth.  Fresh Elderberries are the best.  If you have a Farmer's Market, you can try there.  Good luck!

Sep 25, 2009 06:35 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

A woman after my own heart, Irene.  A 'la mode is always a good way to go with warm pie. have my mouth watering right now.

Sep 25, 2009 06:35 AM
Ellen Wright Adams
Academy Mortgage.......We are a Equal Housing Lender - Eugene, OR
LoansByEllen- Licensed in Oregon
Mary: this is adorable; in all my years I've never known anyone to actually pick the berries for the pie they are making! Cute re: putting the pie in the back of the car....hope it was delicious!
Apr 04, 2011 06:43 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Hi Ellen,  I grew up picking berries, apples, peaches, cherries.  My brother, who now lives in Texas, is looking forward to his annual elderberry pie next week.  I plan to have his wife make Tex-Mex dinner one night while they are here.  Yum!

Apr 04, 2011 10:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Mary Yonkers,

What a beautiful looking pie baked with loving hands. I'm sure your mom was so grateful for you loving effort to bring a smile to her face!

Sep 05, 2016 08:40 PM
Mary Yonkers

Good morning Dorie Dillard This post brings back many good memories of visits with my parents

Sep 05, 2016 11:40 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Mary - @Roy Kelley just re-blogged this post of yours. My mother used to make elderberry jam, which we loved - intense, tart flavor - yum!

Sep 06, 2016 12:21 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks Lottie Kendall Oh my, yes, I remember my mother making elderberry jam, too.  Unfortunately I never learned that skill.  Have a good day

Sep 06, 2016 01:20 AM