This Peach Blackberry Pie has a flaky, buttery crust with a juicy peach and blackberry filling. The fruit flavors are accentuated with a hint of lemon for the perfect bite of Summer!
I lived in Atlanta for almost 8 years, so, to me, Summer is synonymous with “Peach Season”.
I’ve strayed a bit from the Peach Motherland, but Jersey peaches are a close second. Since moving to NYC, I have loved going to Union Square Farmers Market and loading up on bushels of peak-season peaches.
This year this Peach Blackberry Pie was the first thing I baked up followed shortly by Peach Preserves, because I want the taste of ripe peaches in December! A girl cannot live on Pumpkin Pie alone!
Secrets to the best Peach Blackberry Pie:
Peaches: It should go without saying but quality is everything. Sad peaches will make a sad pie. I don’t mean “sad” as in bruised, because bruised, ripe peaches make bomb pie. Bonus points if you get your peaches in Georgia! (Yes, that was an unabashed Justin Bieber reference.)
Tapioca: I use tapioca to thicken my fruit pies. It thickens better than cornstarch and it doesn’t have an off-putting flavor. If you are using pearls make sure they are small pearls and I usually grind them in a spice grinder to make them fine. Let the mixed filling sit for 30 minutes to allow the tapioca pearls to hydrate. You don’t have to let tapioca flour sit before baking.
On that note, if you want a crisp bottom that you can pick up out of the pan, you must use a metal baking dish. The ceramic ones are beautiful but they just don’t distribute heat the same way that metal does.
What if I want my pie to be extra thick? No running juices for me!
If you want your fruit pie to be extra thick, you have to precook your filling. This adds an extra step and extra time to the process, because you also have to let the filling cool before adding it to the pastry. This is 100% necessary for apple pie but I don’t mind a little juice with my peach blackberry pie. It’s my personal preference.
How to peel all the peaches for pie easily?
Did you just have a mini panic attack when I said, “A bushel of peaches?” I feel that but I have a tutorial on how to peel peaches three different ways on YouTube! Watch and breathe a sigh of relief.Print