Blackberry Pie

  • Serves

    makes one 9-inch pie


When Jon Rowley was a child, his grandmother used to make juice from fresh-picked blackberries. In it, he says, "you could taste and smell the briar". In this recipe, Rowley's wife, Kate McDermott, has combined that flavor from his youth with a tender, flaky pie crust to create an exemplar of the Pacific Northwest's cuisine. This recipe first appeared with the article "Disciple of Flavor" in the 2008 SAVEUR 100.


  • 2 12 cups plus 1/3 cup flour, plus more for dusting
  • 9 tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 8 tbsp. cold rendered leaf lard
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 cups (about 1 1/2 lbs.) blackberries
  • 34 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 tsp. lemon zest
  • 14 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg white


Step 1

Put 2 1⁄2 cups flour, 8 tbsp. butter, lard, and half of the salt in a bowl. Using a dough blender, two forks, or your fingers, cut butter and lard into flour mixture, forming pea-size crumbles. Sprinkle about 10 tbsp. ice-cold water over the mixture; stir gently with a fork until dough comes together. (Alternatively, pulse ingredients in a food processor.) Divide dough in half and flatten into disks. Wrap disks in plastic wrap; chill 1 hour before using.

Step 2

Unwrap one dough disk; transfer to a well-floured surface. Whack it with a rolling pin several times to flatten it out; turn it over and repeat. Roll out dough to form an 11" circle; transfer it to a 9" deep-dish pie pan. (If dough tears and needs mending, dab a little water where it requires patching and "glue" on a piece of dough.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Step 3

Arrange a baking sheet on lower rack of oven; heat to 425°. Put remaining flour and salt, 3⁄4 cup sugar, berries, lemon juice, zest, and nutmeg into a bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mash gently to make a textured filling; pour into chilled crust; dot with remaining butter; set aside.

Step 4

Beat egg white and 1 tbsp. water together in a bowl; set aside. Roll out remaining dough disk into an 11" circle; cut into 3⁄4"-wide strips. Arrange strips over pie in a lattice pattern; trim excess dough and crimp edges of pie. Brush crust with egg mixture; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until crust is just golden, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 30 minutes more. Let cool before serving.

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