PiePhew! The heat came with July, but life hasn’t slowed down to keep pace with the hot weather. Instead, it’s speeded up, with all sorts of folderol to keep me busy: Fourth of July, a magazine article to work on, my daughter Shannon’s bridal shower, and the usual household and gardening chores, which always seem take more time than they should.

Today I’m going to be making cinnamon pie knots for the shower, and tomorrow it will be lemon-frosted shortbread. In between, I’ll be brewing gallons and gallons of iced tea. As I’ve written in previous posts, I am lucky to have so many women who are willing to help with this shower. They will be baking, making sandwiches, and helping me setup at the Grange in East Vassalboro, where the shower is to be held. After the shower on Saturday, there will, of course, be pictures and more details. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, here is a recipe from my mother’s best friend, Esther Bernhardt, who will also be helping me with the shower. (Mom passed away two years ago, and how she would have loved being a part of the festivities.) It’s a berry pie recipe, in Esther’s own words, and as berry season is upon us, there is no better time to make this pie. Frozen berries make a perfectly good pie, but fresh berries make an even better one.

Berrys and pie plate


I call it an about pie.

Mixed Berry Pie.  9 inch
About 3 1/2 cups of berries. I used strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Raspberries sweeten the pot. A generous 1/2 cup of sugar (but not too generous perhaps an extra generous tbls. I go by looks and feel so much), 3 tbls of flour. Mix these together then mix into the berries—this way there are no lumpies. Pour into pie shell and cover with top crust, crimp and vent in any design one desires.  Bake about 3/4 hr.  I immediately take a pastry brush and gently brush the hot top with butter. The hardest part of this pie is facing the brambles, mosquitoes and keeping one’s brow dry.  I happen to enjoy this sort of exercise but today one can purchase mixed berries in your freezer section at most groceries stores. Mix and Match I guess.

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