Sunday, April 25, 2010

Berry Pie with Almond, Orange, and Ginger Streusel

Almost everyone is familiar with the Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly. Why, oh why did she swallow that fly? She should have been like the Old Lady that Swallowed a Pie. I'm sure it tasted better.

I have a love/hate relationship with berry pies. I do not like uncooked berry pies, especially strawberry. I don't understand why every recipe seems to call for jello. Cooked berry pies tend to be harder to find unless it's blueberry and even though they are amazing for you, I'm not a huge fan of blueberries. My very favorite berry pie is boysenberry, but they are really hard to find.

(Never heard of a boysenberry? It's a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry and it was invented at Knott's Berry Farm which is 10 miles from my house. Knott's Berry Farm no longer produces fruit though, and is now an amusement park)

When boysenberries are no where to be found, I make mixed berry pie. It allows me to use whatever is the best of the season, or whatever is lying around in my freezer. The pie today? It's good. It only requires rolling out 1 crust (yay!) and has a streusel topping. I love streusel!

The orange and ginger flavor in the streusel is pretty mild. There was some concern it might be too strong until I made it, and was eating it raw right out of the food processor. This topping is seriously good. I am using the flavor combo the next time I make shortbread.

Mixed Berry Pie with Orange, Ginger and Almond
Adapted from Bon Apetit 

For Crust:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water


  1. This sounds really fabulous! the streusel topping sounds to die for! I love boysenberry too!

  2. Very clever combining the best of both worlds with the streusel topping and a pie crust! Berry pies are so divine :D

  3. That is one gorgeous pie, Deanna. I love the jumble of berries (there is a famous pie here out East called jumbleberry pie but sans the streusel which is brilliant. Can't wait to make it!

  4. this pie sounds delish. It reminds me of a cherry pie that I make during cherry season. I love that you are doing children's book themed posts. My all time favorite book as a child was Bread and Jam for Francis.

  5. I love all things berry. I love streusel toppings. I love pies. I love this recipe.

  6. Bree- I'm going to have to find that book. I've never heard of it.

    Lorraine, Deana, and Amy- This recipe had me at with the streusel. It is my absolute favorite thing to put on top of a pie.