One of the best ways to enjoy saskatoons is freshly picked, but for many people the word ‘saskatoon’ is almost immediately followed by the word “pie”, evoking memories of the delicious fresh-baked ones you have previously devoured. So while you are waiting for the saskatoons to ripen, why not take a look at a couple of ‘tested and true’ pie recipes? Once you have your own berries, you can decide which recipe will become your family favourite.
Aunt Mabel’s Saskatoon Pie
- 4 cups saskatoons
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- ¼ cup water
- 1 heaping tbsp. corn starch or instant tapioca
- 1 tbsp. margarine or butter
- Pastry for a 9” 2 crust pie
- Simmer berries in ¼ cup water for 15 minutes.
- Add corn starch and sugar, margarine and lemon juice. Cool.
- Pour filling into pastry lined pie plate and cover with crust.
- Bake 10 minutes at 450 F, then reduce heat to 350 F for another 20-30 minutes.
Joni’s Saskatoon Pie
- (Pastry for a 2-crust, 8″ pie)
- 4 cups fresh (or frozen) saskatoons
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons butter
1. Rinse and drain saskatoons, then toss gently with lemon juice.
2. Mix together dry ingredients, then add to saskatoons and stir.
3. Turn into unbaked pie shell and dot with butter.
4. Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 F and bake for another 30-35 minutes.