About this recipe:My daughter picked a load of blackberries so we had the perfect excuse to make a blackberry pie - the end of summer doesn't taste any better than this! The berries do release alot of juice but I didn't hear any complaints!
To make the pastry: Use your fingers to rub the cold butter, flour and icing sugar together. Add the beaten egg and 1/2 tablespoon water and use your fingers to form the dough into a ball. Cover with greaseproof paper and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a 23cm/9 inch pie dish.
Slice the dough in half and roll out the bottom of the pie on a lightly floured surface. Try not to overwork the pastry - it doesn't matter if it doesn't look perfect.
Mix the brown sugar into the blackberries and pour onto the pastry case.
Roll out the second half of the pastry on a lightly floured surface and place on top of the fruit. Cut away any excess pastry and crimp the edges with your thumb to seal. Brush all over the top with lightly beaten egg. Prick a few holes over the surface and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
I have just made this pie and it is gorgeous. My own pastry recipe is going in the bin. It was very easy to roll out and perfectly crispy on the bottom when cooked. There was just the right amount of sugar for me both in the pastry and the filling. I actually used 6 small tinfoil dishes and will freeze some of them. Brilliant. Thanks. - 14 Sep 2013
It was brilliant. My whole family liked it. I used home-picked Raspberry's instead of Blackberry's, they worked brilliantly. I also used 17g of icing sugar instead of 30g in the pastry and it was still VERY tasty. For my first attempt at a fruit pie -instead of a crumble- it came out very well. The instructions were completely accurate too, so well done to Ita. Great recipe, will make it again! - 02 Jul 2012