Soul Food Monday – Blackberry Crumb Pie

When I was kid, blackberry bushes where pretty common in my area. The berries were smaller that the gigantic ones you see at the grocery store these days, but they were always juicy and sweet. They were worth every scratch and thorn prick I got trying to pick them.  Where did all of the sweet blackberries go?  Maybe my taste buds have been corrupted by all of the artificial sweeteners but blackberries aren’t really sweet anymore. Every meat & three and soul food restaurant in Nashville sells some version of a too tart  blackberry cobbler but I prefer to make my own.  When I get a blackberry craving, I make this small pie with a crunchy sweet crumb topping. It always hits the spot and it’s just sweet enough.

Macerating the blackberries for 30 minutes or so works wonders if you have super tart berries.  Adding a little cornstarch will help thicken your juice as it cooks. I personally like my pie a little juicy (but not runny). The sweet dark juice mingling with a buttery pie crust,  makes this a real treat.  I used a store bought crust to save time, but feel free to use your favorite homemade crust recipe. If you have the time, you can prebake this crust for 10 minutes (or until golden brown) with pie weights or dried beans. I used one of my moms tricks because I didn’t want to wait. I put a baking sheet in the oven before I turned it on to preheat. By the time the oven was hot and my pie was assembled, my baking sheet was hot. I placed the pie on the hot baking sheet. The heat radiating from the baking pan helps the bottom of the crust cook faster and not get soggy.

If you’re looking for some cookbooks with great blackberry recipes – Southern living has some of the best I’ve found. I just picked  up Southern Living Classic Southern Desserts because it had a blackberry coffee cake recipe in that I saw in the magazine years ago. There’s something very southern about blackberries.

This makes 4 small servings or 2 big honking servings.


  1. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker
    August 3, 2011

    This looks truly gorgeous 🙂 Im new to your blog but am so glad i found it for the beautiful photos and utterly deeeelish recipes such as this one, i mean a crumble/pie hybrid – can you beat it, i think not 🙂 lovely!

    • jfoster
      August 3, 2011

      Thanks. I keep that crumble topping in the freezer in case of a dessert emergency. You never know when you’re going to need a sugar fix.

  2. Our Treasured Home
    August 3, 2011

    Found your blog from Full Plate Thursday, plan on making your recipe this weekend! Looks divine!

  3. Barb
    August 3, 2011

    That looks so delicious! love the shot of the berries and what a good idea to keep the crumbs in the freezer!

  4. poppi linn
    August 4, 2011

    That looks delicious and easy! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for your recipe.

  5. Miz Helen
    August 6, 2011

    Hi Janet,
    What beautiful blackberries and a beautiful pie. It just looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon! Hope you are having a great week end.
    Miz Helen

  6. Jereme's Kitchen
    August 7, 2011

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to try this!

  7. roz
    August 10, 2011

    Gorgeous blackberry crumb pie! I’ve got tons to use and this recipe would be perfect. Love your blog and now following ya! I have a growing, growing weekend foodie blog hop that I’d love to have you join in….8 blogs are featured each week. Your recipes plus your photos are true winners! Bye for now! Roz

  8. Kim McCallie
    August 27, 2011

    What a gorgeous color! I’ve avoided blackberries for years thinking that I didn’t like them. But, I expanded my tastebuds recently and decided that I really enjoy blackberries. This looks delicious! I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  11. Sally
    December 25, 2016

    My family loved this, I made it for Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Vanessa
    October 30, 2018

    I’ve made this twice now and it is absolutely delicious! A favorite! We picked blackberries and I was looking for a recipe to use them and I’m so glad I found this one! Thank you!

  13. Rhonda Barrett
    August 27, 2019

    I saw this recipe and had fresh blueberries, so I made a pie crust from scratch, which combined with this recipe resulted in a beautiful, delicious Blueberry Crumb Pie.

    • jfoster
      August 28, 2019

      I’m glad you liked it. That crumb topping is good on almost anything.


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