Friday, September 7, 2012

Pie. And eleventy hundred pictures of the same thing.

 I'm totally overwhelmed by your sweet responses to yesterday's school/bully/boy-who-doesn't-want-me-to-jump-in situation.  Have I mentioned that I just love you guys lately?  Cause yeah.  I sure do.  Lots to chew on, and work through but all great advice and lovely encouragement, and I will be starting with the principal, as soon as possible.  She's a wonderful woman that I highly respect from past dealings, and I trust her judgement completely. (It's a good place to start since home school isn't an option on the table this year.) 
 So... today, blackberries.  My inbox got (sweetly) bombarded with dozens of Bumbleberry pie requests after my berry picking post the other day.  (Y'all also begged for the blackberry crisp recipe and jam... the crisp is a GF work in progress so I'll share it another day and the jam was straight off the pectin box. Yup.)  My blackberries were still a little bit frozen here. 

 I don't know what really makes a bumbleberry-type of pie... but it sure is fun to say.  I think it's just a fruit combo with berries in it.  Mine is (usually) blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.  That's the best in my opinion. 
 Ordinarily I bake it in a regular pie shell... but because of my boy's heart and wanting to love on him with a fun sweet treat after school, I decided to try baking them in itty bitty mason jars, on a whim.  Because itty bitty mason jars are the cutest.  (Don't worry, I'll give you the whole pie instructions too, as well as the GF recipe and the regular recipe. You're welcome.)
 Bumbleberry Pie: (for one double crust pie, regular and GF adaptations)
Any pie crust of your choice, for double crust pie.  (I use the Gluten Free Pantry mix because it's the closest thing I've come across to my mama's no-fail pie crust recipe, and no one ever knows it's GF.)
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (For GF adaptations, I substitute rice flour here in the same quantity.)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Approx 5 cups berries. (Use any combination you like.  I use equal parts black berries, raspberries and blueberries.)
*Roll out pie crust as usual, lining a 9-inch pan with half the crust.  (If baking GF, make sure and use rice flour to roll out your crusts.) Mix the sugar, flour of your choice, and lemon juice together and then toss berries in and mix to coat. Transfer berry mixture into prepared pie pan.  Top with remaining crust and pierce with fork a few times. Crimp edges, and brush top with milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  To prevent over browning, cover the edge of pie with foil.  Bake at 375 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20-25 minutes more until top is golden.

 If you are making jar pies use a biscuit cutter to create round pie crust toppers.  Fill the jars almost to the top with the berry mixture and then top with crust. 
 I formed lattice strips and cut out a circular area with the biscuit cutter, and did plain circles, piercing a star cutter into the middle.
 Don't forget to brush them with milk and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar!

 I placed mine on a baking sheet and popped the whole thing into the oven for about a half hour at 375.
 They came out all bubbly and cute. 
  I have decided henceforth, that all pie should be eaten from an itty bitty jar. 
 So let it be written.  So let it be done.
 Little eyes lit up when they walked in and saw the table set for a yummy treat. 
 I'm not above loving my son with food.


(But really. I'm not.)

 And the best part... you can screw on the lids and make these pies "to go!"  Who wouldn't like that?! We have extras for after school snacks, all week long now.

 (This was completely un-staged.  I have naturally hyserical kiddos.)

 Go forth and bake pie.

(In jars.)

Next up... a fun GIVEAWAY!


  1. Cutest pies - ever! So glad you got good advice from your post yesterday. I feel very fortunate to have not had any experience with bullying, so I couldn't give any sound ideas. Nothing wrong with loving with food!

  2. those are the cutest!!!!!! Praying for JJ and you with the school situation. What a total heartache for a mommy <3 But how glorious to know that we trust in a God that goes with our kiddos to places that we cannot!!!

  3. Love the pies- and I'm making some today for my daughter's volleyball tournament tomorrow. (Feeding 12 middle schoolers at an all day tournament is no small feat).

  4. Cutest pie award goes to Sasha :) Almost as cute as your sweet boy! Your post yesterday broke my heart - I prayed for him.... and you. Have a blessed weekend! xoxoxo

  5. Cute pies and sweet idea, but I was sure the eleventyhundred things was going to be sweet Daisy pictures! Another day, right?

  6. I really feel for you and your sweet JJ, I wish I had some positive advice but I do think the principal is a good start. I work in a school for 5-7 year olds and fortunately bullying isn't really an issue, but we do have class discussions about bullying so the children are aware of it and what to do if it happens to them. Bigger kids can be so cruel yet if they weren't in a group they wouldn't feel anywhere near as brave to pick on others. Does JJ's school have a bullying policy so there are procedures to follow if it's reported? No child should have to suffer this and the school really should support you. By the way, your pies in those teeny mason jars are just the cutest. I would hop on a plane right now to get me some mason jars and those little bottles you fill with milk. Nothing cute like that here, which is why I need my daily fill of your blog to make me smile. Enjoy your weekend.

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  9. Those look like heaven on earth : )

  10. YUM! YUM! YUM! Can't wait to bake pie in a sweet little jar. :)

  11. Oh I love these Sasha, thank you for sharing it. I know what I'm doing this weekend, YUM!

  12. These look so appetizing and easy! LoVe it! I hope someday you'll consider adding a "Print it" option to recipes. It would be nice, too, if the print out only included one or two photos. (too much ink otherwise) Can't wait to try these. Thank you, Sasha!

  13. Sasha, these are so cute my husband would add a scoop of ice cream pie is his favorite, JJ sure looks like a happy boy with no worries.

  14. i LOVE the idea of pies in jars!! it's been on my list for a long time! gonna do it soon! :)

  15. I need baby jars. Love the idea of anything in them. Cute equals appetizing:) I've said it before...wish you were my mom...ha!

  16. These are adorable! I need to make them.

    (I just recently "discovered" your blog and have been reading regularly.)

  17. these look amazing! I love the little squatty mason jars, and I am pinning this recipe right now to make later!

  18. So stinking cute!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Hope JJ's day was better yesterday and that it just keeps improving. Chin up buttercup, God has this battle!!
    McCall Manor

  19. I get soooo much inspiration from your posts! These look heavenly. Where did you find the cute milk bottles and straws?

  20. Dear Sasha, Your pies look amazing. Please keep us informed about JJ. I will be praying for both of you. His situation breaks my heart and I just want to hug him as I have a teen with Aspergers whom I homeschool.