Rustic berry bramble pie with homemade pastry

Home baking doesn't get much better than this berry pie recipe. Blackberry and blackcurrant juices combine with butter and sugar to create a delicious topping. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or dollop of yoghurt for ultimate enjoyment

By Tracey Sunderland
  • 50 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • 30 mins marinating
  • Serves 12
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  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ghee or lard, at room temperature (ghee is clarified butter; lard is clarified pork fat)
  • 90 millilitre cold water
  • 2 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blackcurrants
  • 3 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a 26-28cm pie plate or dish. The pie will be baked and served in this dish.
  • 2
    Sift both flours and salt together, then rub ghee or lard in quickly with fingers. Make a well in the centre and work the water in with a round-ended knife until incorporated.
  • 3
    Turn out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 2-3 minutes until the dough is springy and elastic. Form into a ball and chill in fridge for 20 minutes.
  • 4
    On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a circle about 2cm wider than your pie plate and about 6mm thick.
  • 5
    Roll the pastry loosely onto your rolling pin and transfer to the dish by unrolling the pastry over the top.
  • 6
    Gently press pastry into the dish, leaving any excess hanging over the sides. Create a thick crust around the edge of the dish by crimping pastry with your fingers then trim off the excess.
  • 7
    Tip berries into the pie dish and spread evenly across the base. Bake pie for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and edges are golden.
  • 8
    Dot with butter and sprinkle over the sugar. Cover with a linen cloth and leave to sit for about 10 minutes. The berry juices will combine with the butter and sugar to create a delicious sauce.
  • 9
    Cut and serve with a side of cream, Greek yoghurt, coconut yoghurt or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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