Thursday, June 13, 2013

Saskatoon Pie / Book Signings today in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Last night I suddenly remembered that last year my dad had given me a bag of Saskatoon Berries he had received from a friend. I baked him a pie that we enjoyed together and he said to keep the extras for another pie. So I went and dug out that little bag of about 3 cups of Saskatoons to which I added 2 cups of blueberries to make for the 5 cups I needed for the pie. 

Saskatoon Pie seemed fitting for today's recipe post because today if you are in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan you can stop by Ten Thousand Villages or McNally Robinson to meet Anneliese, Bev and Lovella. Our Celebrations Cookbook is available for purchase at both locations.  If you already have a copy and would like it signed, bring it along. The girls would love to meet you at one of the signing locations today.

Ten Thousand Village 45th Street West, 11-1pm Book Signing
McNally Robinson, Prairie Ink Restaurant, 7:30pm Speaking and Book Signing

Saskatoon Pie 
  • your favourite pie dough, enough for 1 double crust pie
  • 5 cups frozen Saskatoons (or use 2 1/2 cups each Saskatoons and Blueberries as I did)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch 
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp cream
  • 1 tbsp coarse raw brown sugar

  1. Roll out pie crust to fit pie plate. Roll out top crust and set aside.
  2. Place berries into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add sugar and cornstarch and lemon zest. Stir together.
  4. Fill pie crust with berry mixture. 
  5. Place little pads of butter over berries.
  6. Top with upper crust. Trim pie dough and flute edges of pastry.
  7. Brush with cream and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  8. Bake in 400º oven for 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 350º and bake another 50-60 minutes. 
  9. Remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm with ice cream.
Wishing all 10 of us could sit down with you all for a piece of pie tonight after the book signings.


  1. Saskatoon berry pie is my all time favourite. I have some in the freezer and I'll be digging it out this weekend. Yummm. Thank you

  2. My ultimate fav, too. Now that we live in ON, and not in lovely SK anymore, my exposure to saskatoon berry pie is even more treasured. Perhaps when we visit this summer.... :D Enjoy Saskatoon! It's a beautiful city!

  3. Oh yummy! I would love a slice of that pie right now, thank you.

  4. sounds yummy! Did you thaw the berries first? Congratultions on the success of your new book.


  5. I also wish that all ten of you could be there tonight. Someday, I will meet you, Kathy. Beautiful photos of todays recipe, but too bad for you that you did not have enough Saskatoon berries for the entire pie and had to add blueberries (to me, the two berries do not even compare - once a prairie girl, always a prairie girl). Looking forward to this evening!

    1. Hi Lorrie, ya it sure would have been nice to have more of those little Saskatoon berries but with it being last minute I had to substitute. Say hi to my girls tonight...I would have loved to meet you.

  6. I had never heard of Saskatoon berries! It looks and sounds wonderful ! I am enjoying being your new follower.



    1. So glad to have you come to visit stop by more often:)

  7. Yes, too bad you had to mix blueberries in with Saskatoon berries. I think I would've found a different alternative as blueberries just don't even begin to compare to Saskatoons. Also did you know that you can buy Fair Trade raw brown sugar at Ten Thousand Villages? They have many Fair Trade baking ingredients available which would certainly enhance any recipe especially since you are supporting another MCC project with your book sales!!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree it would have been best with all Saskatoons, but for this one I just made due with what I had in the freezer as it was last minute....and we still really enjoyed it:)
      Yes, I have purchased raw sugar and other baking ingredients and some wonderful spices and coffee and tea.
      I always enjoy shopping at Ten Thousand Villages. I wish we had one in our town.

  8. Replies
    1. I've always been given them from my parents over the years, so I have to admit I've never had to purchase them. Where do you live? I think that would make a difference. Possibly someone else can answer that question here. I'll do a little search for you in my area. I wonder if they are in some supermarkets by the frozen fruit. They are a prairie fruit...that I do know.

  9. ***Moan***


  10. (Perhaps more helpfully...)

    Mary Google search for your province or state's farmer's markets and You Picks. I'm sure you'll find a Saskatoon grower. Since I don't know where you live I can't know if they grow wild there as they do here. Next month!

  11. The recipe looks wonderful! I just got fresh Saskatoons, do I need to add water to the mix? Thanks. Connie