I have been dying to make a berry pie. Not to eat, but to take pictures of. I love looking at berries in photographs. They photograph oh so well. Trader Joe’s has this gluten free pie crust that I have wanted to try so badly. I bought it a few weeks ago and had it in my freezer. When I bought the gluten free pie crust, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it initially. Until last night! This gluten free berry pie is so delicious. I can’t believe I’ve spent many years avoiding fruit pies.
For the longest, I didn’t eat fruit pies because I was under the impression that they would be disgusting. I prefer to eat sweet potato or pumpkin pies over any other pies. I still have not tried a pecan pie yet! Sometime next year, I am going to make one. My mother never made many pies growing up because we were more of a cake family. Lemon cake, german chocolate cake, and white cake were our go-to cakes for holidays.
As far as Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pie Crust, I’m a big fan of the crust. I don’t believe that the crust tastes just like traditional pie crust. It’s not really sweet. To be frank, it tastes a little savory. This is the type of crust that I would use to make a pot pie. The best thing about their pie crust is the fact that it doesn’t take a long time to thaw. And, you don’t have to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Also, it doesn’t take very long for it to bake either. But, I recommend that you bake it a little longer than the instructions state to do so.
How to make a gluten free berry pie:
If you’re lazy like me and don’t want to make a pie crust this holiday season because you’ve been doing so much baking already – then buy a pre-made pie crust! There is nothing wrong with using pre-made pie crusts in my opinion. A lot of people feel bad about this, but honestly during the holiday season, you may already be doing a lot of baking already! Pie crust doesn’t take a long time to make; but it doesn’t hurt to save more time by using a pre-made crust. Especially since there are so many pie crusts on the market that have clean ingredients and taste really good!
As far as the berry filling, I chose to use Trader Joe’s mixed berry blend. Inside of this gluten free berry pie filling, the berries are blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. I added monk fruit sugar and lemon juice to the berry blend and heated them on my stove. I did add a little bit of arrow root starch and butter. But, I didn’t want the filling to be too thick. Feel free to add more arrow root starch if you want the berry filling to be thicker.
In conclusion, I want to mention that I did not use a topping for this gluten free berry pie. Due to the fact Trader Joe’s gluten free pie crust does not come with extra crust to create a topping, I was unable to do a topping. I wasn’t in the mood to make my own gluten free pie crust just to have a topping. What would be the point of using Trader Joe’s pie crust if I’m making my own? I simply just topped the pie with whipped cream and powdered sugar. Also, try using nuts (chopped pistachios!) on top of the pie.
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- Begin by taking your pie crust out of the freezer and allowing it to thaw for 10 minutes.
- To a sauce pan, add the fruit, lemon juice, and monkfruit sugar. Allow this mixture to cook for 5 minutes and then add the arrow root starch. Feel free to add more arrow root starch if you want the mixture to be thicker. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tbsp of earth balance vegan butter.
- Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for a total of 15 minutes. Longer if you want a harder crust.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before topping with powdered sugar and whipped cream!