Easy Blackberry Custard Pie

My blackberry custard pie recipe is the perfect dessert for entertaining. The flaky crust, fresh berries, and luscious custard are a winning combination! Add this to the holidays as part of your pie table at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

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Easy Dinner Party Dessert

Get ready to host a dinner party or dessert party with this delicious pie. My blackberry custard pie recipe has amazing flavor, uses fresh berries, and looks rustic and beautiful. Serve it with homemade flavored whipped cream and you have a sweet dessert course to remember.

The idea of hosting a casual dinner around the dining table and then moving the party to another room or outside, is something I love. There’s no pressure to clear the dishes off the table to make room for dessert because you can just walk out to a new ‘clean’ environment.

I made this pie recently and we had friends over for dessert and cocktails on the patio. When the sun goes down we turn on the string lights overhead, and light a fire in the fire pit. The entire atmosphere is warm and cozy! It’s a lovely way to entertain without all the fuss.

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Serving Suggestions 

Invite some friends over for pie and coffee or cocktails. It’s a delicious way to host people without doing a lot of work.

All you have to do is make the pie ahead and open a bottle of wine. You can also brew coffee and serve coffee cocktails. Follow these tips for more ideas.

  • Set up a small serving table outside on the patio. Keep it simple and just add a few fresh flowers or greenery clippings in simple vases.
  • Dress up the pie with powdered sugar shaken over top, a few fresh blackberries, and sprigs of mint.
  • Place the fresh whipped cream in a bowl on the side so guests can add as needed.
  • Make a kahlua & coffee with Irish cream cocktail to accompany the pie. Or serve red wine like Pinot Noir or a red blend.
  • Use mismatched vintage dessert plates to serve the pie on. They add such charm to any setting and are usually very inexpensive at antique or thrift shops.
  • If you’re feeling motivated add a second pie to the menu like my beloved delicious chess pie recipe or my chocolate chess pie. Both are easy to make but taste AMAZING!
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How to make custard pie with blackberries

This blackberry pie is very easy to make as is the homemade whipped cream. You can use other berries or a combination.

  1. Use refrigerated pie dough to get you started. You can form it in the pie dish in a rustic way, or with classic crimped edges.
  2. Use fresh blackberries for best results, however raspberries and blueberries are great substitutes!
  3. You will need to blind bake the pie crust which simply means you will pre-bake it. After forming the dough into the pie dish, lay a piece of parchment paper on top. Place pie weights or dried beans on top of the parchment to weigh down the dough so it doesn’t bubble.
  4. Let the crust cool before filling it, then lay the clean, dry berries in a single layer on top.
  5. Mix and pour the custard ingredients over the berries and bake as directed. Check halfway through to make sure the crust is not getting too dark. Cover it with foil or a crust shield.
  6. Prepare the homemade whipped cream while the pie cools. Just whisk together the whipping cream, sugar, and rum extract for a special kick.
  7. Store cake in the refrigerator to keep for about 5 days.

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Blackberry Custard Pie Recipe

Yield: 1 pie = about 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

You're going to want to add this blackberry custard pie to your list of desserts for entertaining. The fresh berries bake up to be soft and sweet while the custard is luscious and indulgent!

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust {two come in a package but you only need one}
  • 1 2/3 cups fresh blackberries
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup whole buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Fresh Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Rum extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Roll out piecrust on lightly floured surface, into a 12-inch circle. Gently place it into a pie plate and press into the bottom and up sides. Crimp edges as desired.
  3. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of crust and layer pie weights on top. Bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove weights and parchment and let cool on a cooling rack. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.
  5. Place blackberries in a single layer on cooled crust. In a large bowl whisk together eggs and add butter, buttermilk, and extract. Butter will still be in lots of small chunks.
  6. In a separate bowl stir together sugar, flour, orange zest, and salt. Slowly add dry mixture to buttermilk mixture, stirring to combine. Pour batter over blackberries.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes, until center is set and no longer jiggly.
  8. Check pie halfway through baking to make sure crust isn’t over-browning. If it is, cover crust edges with aluminum foil and continue baking.

For whipped cream:

  1. Prep by placing mixer and whisk attachment into freezer for 20 minutes to get everything very cold.
  2. Place sugar in cold mixer and add whipping cream and extract. Whisk on high until stiff peaks form, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

Garnish pie by sifting powdered sugar over top, and freshly grated orange zest. The bites with the orange zest are the BEST!

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