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!
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.
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!
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!
- 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.
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.