Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Birthday Dewberry Pie

L requested purple cupcakes for her "friend party" next weekend, but we settled on T-Pop's dewberry "birthday pie" to celebrate her actual birth date... partly because it's one of the best desserts ever and partly because it's easy as, uh, pie to slap together in a month where my baking attention span is already stretched to capacity.  I'll let y'all guess which aspect was given more weight in my decision making process. 

My mama makes my dad this pie for his birthday every March.  The tradition began when they were dating -- back before "the country" became suburbs and armfuls of wild dewberries were ripe for the picking just outside the city limits.  The house where I was born had a few scraggly dewberry bushes growing along the property line, and it was always a delight when the berries would appear -- insta-snack!  The vines are "aggressively hearty" plants -- a real potential pain in the ass -- but the fruit is delicious and prickly purple-stained finger tips are sweetly nostalgic.  

If hunting down and wrestling with a dewberry bush isn't on your weekend agenda, never fear -- blackberries are pretty much the same damn thing, and, really, any ripe berry works beautifully.  Strawberries and blueberries are prettily patriotic come July 4th! 


Birthday Dewberry Pie

Ingredients
- one graham cracker crust {9 inches -- I buy the Keebler one that says "two extra servings!" on the label}
- 2 large bananas, sliced thinly 
- 4 oz cream cheese {I like to use the whipped as it's easier to cream with the sugar}
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup Cool Whip {you can also use freshly whipped cream if you'd like to be a baller}
- ripe berries enough to cover the pie {about 1.5-2 cups depending the size of your berries and how you prefer to arrange them}

Bake the empty pie crust in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  While the crust bakes, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until just combined.  Layer the banana slices on the bottom of the pie crust.  Then spread the filling on top of the banana and arrange the berries however you like!  Refrigerate until you are ready to chow down... and feel free to pop some sprinkles on that sucker for the young and young at heart! 


2 comments:

  1. OMG, this sounds amazing!!! Although, I have never heard of dewberries. How are they different than blackberries? Are they just a Southern thing? I've got some Googling to do now...

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    1. They are pretty much blackberries, but usually smaller! I've never seen them in a store, and I've only ever heard of people picking them in the South!

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