Baking your own wild wine berry pie is fun. Assemble all the ingredients and follow these easy steps. The path to a good pie is through the woods.
Identify the Berry
- Know your wild berries. Do not eat any wild food that you can’t identify.
- Thorny wine berry canes grow up to nine feet. The leaves are an unusual whitish color on the underside.
- The fruit looks like red raspberries, however, unlike the dryer tame raspberry, this one has a slightly sticky exterior. This wild fruit is not as large as its tame relative, but well worth a day’s adventure in the brambles.
The Labor Part of the Project
Suit up first. You’ll be navigating through thorns, brambles and the occasional assortment of crawling, scaly wildlife. Wear long pants and boots.
Copperhead snakes find it hard to strike through the leather. However, copperheads are lazy creatures and are generally not bothered by your presence, unless you accidentally step on one.
Follow these steps for your own homemade pie:
- Pick the berries: A quart or more is enough to fill a pie crust.
- Variety: Deep red berries are the sweetest, however, if you like a tart pie, pick a few earlier-stage, orange berries and mix them.
- Rinse the fruit: Use a light apple cider vinegar and water solution. Rinse again with water and drain well through a colander. Dump into your over-sized salad bowl.
- Thickening concoction: Mix a tablespoon or two of corn starch and sugar-to-taste in a separate bowl and sprinkle over the berries. Toss the fruit like a chef flips an omelet in the skillet (this is why you used the ample bowl). Lightly coat every berry.
- Use a ready-made pastry shell: Heap the berries in a deep-dish crust. Ready-made-crusts are satisfactory (there is always an “award winning” frozen variety in your grocery store).
- Bake in a moderate oven: It’s done when the crust is golden and the purple juice is bubbling from the steaming perforations – or when your family follows the fragrance to the kitchen, becomes moving roadblocks and starts moaning, “is it done yet?”
- Serving: Top each piece with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.
Baking a pie is therapeutic and healing. Get started relaxing now and head out to the berry patch with your kids. Summer doesn’t last forever.