Elderberry Pie Recipe

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary you can’t go wrong with this Elderberry Pie recipe, especially if you have a neighbor with an elderberry bush in season!

An elderberry pie with lattice top sits on a wooden table.

I wrote recently about the health benefits of a special berry in my post, Elderberry Wine. But with elderberries in season, I thought it would justify one more post about this tasty and healthy fruit. Although the elderberry is small, my neighbor’s bush yielded a lot of berries; enough even for me to make a pie. The results were heavenly.

Before I go on though, I do want to point out that the elderberry does have a somewhat unique flavor. It’s similar to a blueberry but with an earthy twist. There’s a certain zest to it that distinguishes it from other berries.

A close-up of an elderberry pie sitting on a wooden table outside.

Being distinguished can be a good thing. Especially if you’re a berry in a pie.

Let’s talk about how to make this recipe for elderberry pie!

A slice of elderberry pie on a plate on a table outside.

For this recipe I used my favorite vodka-infused Vegan Pie Crust. I wonder if the health benefits of the berries counteract the not-so-healthy attributes of the pie crust?

How to Make Elderberry Pie

Making Elderberry Pie is fun! Start by preparing the Pie Crust and heat your oven to 375F.

Step One: Make the Elderberry Filling

Elderberries are actually small berries. Much smaller than a blueberry. That’s why elderberry pie recipes require so many elderberries for the filling.

Note: You can use a mixture of berries for this pie filling.

To make this filling, place berries and sugar in a saucepan. Then, you’ll mix some cornstarch with cold water and give that a stir. Then pour the cornstarch slurry in the saucepan with the berries. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens. Then remove it from heat and stir in the lemon juice.

Step Two: Pour Filling into Pie Crust

Pour berry mixture into pie crust. Dot with vegan butter and then add the top crust or make a lattice. I share more about making lattices on my vegan apple pie recipe.

Step Three: Bake the Pie

Bake the pie for approximately 45 minutes, until the crust is browned. You should put a pan underneath the pie to protect your oven from any overflow.

What does elderberry pie taste like?

An elderberry pie filling tastes similar to any berry pie, except with some earthy tones in the mix. You can add depth of flavor and texture to an elderberry pie by combining it with other berries, like blueberries.

Is Elderberry Pie Healthy?

It is important to note that elderberries should be eaten cooked. Beyond that, worrying about your health when eating a slice of pie is like talking about diets on Thanksgiving Day; it distracts from the pleasure of the moment.

For a change of pace, this Vegan Apple Crisp recipe is also a delicious fruit-based dessert!

I wish you all were in the neighborhood so I could share with you a slice of this elderberry pie! Of course, if you all came at once, I might have to make more…but it would be worth it!

A slice of Elderberry Pie on a plate.

Elderberry Pie

This delicious Eldeberry Pie is made with a flaky crust and rich, full elderberry filling. This classic berry pie will soon be a new favorite.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Elderberry Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Marly


  • 1 Foolproof Pie Crust
  • 4 cups elderberries rinsed and drained,
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Prepare Pie Crust.
  • Heat your oven to 375F.
  • Place berries and sugar in a saucepan. Mix cornstarch with cold water and add to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens and then add lemon juice.
  • Pour berry mixture into pie crust. Dot with margarine and add top crust or make a lattice.
  • Bake the pie for approximately 45 minutes, until the crust is browned. You should put a pan underneath the pie to protect your oven from any overflow.

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You can depth of flavor and texture by adding other berries to the mix. Try adding a cup of blueberries with 3 cups of elderberries.
Nutrition Facts
Elderberry Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 389
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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26 Responses to Elderberry Pie Recipe

  1. I have used that same vodka pie crust…and it does wonders! You did a beautiful job on your lattice, and I love the way you used elderberries as a filling. I would be very content with a slice of pie and a mug of coffee tomorrow morning. Too bad I can’t walk on over!

    • Yes, vodka in a pie crust is divine. Makes it nice and flaky. One of these days, my friend, we’ll have coffee/tea. I know it!

  2. I confess I have never eaten an elderberry! But I love blueberries…this is beautiful! Your lattice turned out great and your pastry looks so flaky! My Mom (Mama Bear) made the pies in my post – she didn’t weave hers just laid them over each other – I loved them because she didn’t care too much about how they looked – not like us bloggers – and it makes them seem all the more rustic and charming.

    • That pic is deceiving. The lattice is much more abstract than that angle shows. I think that was my goal. Your mom did a great job on her lattice – I agree, it had a very rustic look. I loved it!

  3. OMG this pie looks amazing!!! The photos are fantastic! I have been on the hunt for elderberries but unfortunately haven’t been able to get my hands on any. I would love to try this, can you send me a slice?

  4. Thanks Marly, I’m in heaven with your elderberry pie! Last year I foraged a bucket of elderberries from trees near the trail head where I hike and made cordial, this year I’ll go back to my secret spot to fill up another bucket but this time I’ll make pie for sure, maybe jelly or syrup as well?? I think I’ll head up there now to check on the crop, lol, the trees grow on the side of a deep ravine with a creek at the bottom. It is a two person job to get the berries, one person has to grab the branches, while hanging on for dear life and the other person has to cut off the clusters of berries but it’s worth it to get the goods:) Congratulations on such a beautiful pie!

    • Be careful! Elderberry pie is good, but not worth a broken neck! We made some elderberry syrup too and served it over pancakes. That was by far the most delicious use of the berries I’ve found yet. I would have posted the recipe but we ate it all before I could snap a picture of it!

  5. Niether of mine set up at all…not sure what I did wrong. I’ve made it before, but this time was a total flop! 🙁

    • Hi Leslie. If you want to try to salvage it, you could stir in 1/4 cup ground chia seeds and then let it set for an hour. I’m not sure that will work, but it should. I wonder if these berries were juicier? It’s possible!

    • Hi Dan. Yes, you can use dried elderberries. When using dried berries for baking, soak, covered in hot water for 5-10 minutes to let the berries rehydrate. Drain the berries thoroughly before adding to the recipe. I hope this helps!


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