We finally finished the haskap harvest from the 4 haskap plants we planted in the backyard and ended up with about 4 cups of the berries! It’s been about 4 years since we planted them in the backyard beside the compost bin and they have been doing better and better, giving more fruit every year, and this was one of the best harvests yet!
As soon as we start seeing the robins and chipmunks eating the ripe fruit from the bushes, we know it’s time to start picking! The little oblong shaped blue berries are rather tart and have a real kick when you pop one in your mouth.
The berries were ripe at the beginning of July here in New Brunswick and we need to pick them quickly because the berries fall to the ground quick especially with the creatures foraging in the branches. So, after three days of picking, it was time to make a desert and I used the Good Housekeeping Cookbook to find a simple pie recipe.
I wasn’t able to find a Haskap pie recipe but I chose a Gooseberry or Cranberry Pie recipe as a start, figuring that the tartness of the haskap was close to a cranberry, certainly a lot less sweet than a blueberry so the increased amount of sugar in the recipe seemed appropriate.
My Haskap Pie Recipe
4 cups of fresh haskap berries
1/3 cup corn starch
1-1/2 cups sugar
½ tsp salt
¾ tsp cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash/mix with a potato masher to combine all ingredients and make a lovely thick purple filling.
Pour the mixture in to a frozen pie shell, I used a gluten-free pie shell, and then bake for about 45-60 minutes at 450. I cooked mine for about 45 minutes at 450 then reduced the temp to 375 and cooked about 15 minutes longer as the pie was still a little liquid looking after the cooking and the extra time seemed to take care of it.
After cooling I served it with some coconut whipped topping and wow what a delicious pie! There is not much more satisfying as picking your own berries from the backyard and baking a delicious pie to eat! A perfect summer treat!
Here is an un-retouched, non-photoshopped picture of the glorious and delicious pie! Miam Miam!!
For more information on the Haskap visit the Haskap Canada website
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