Fingers, mouths and toes stained purple with mulberry juice were the end result of time spent plucking delicious ripe mulberries off a friend's tree. While under that tree, my friend and I 'sampled' many berries, recounted memories of our childhood mulberry-picking days and talked of what we'd make with our shares of these Springtime berries.
Fresh mulberries from my friend's mulberry tree.
While my friend was dreaming of mulberry jam, I only had one thing in mind to make with my share of our little mulberry harvest...pie! A Mulberry and Apple Pie to be precise. Oh, my!
Freshly baked and delicious.
The golden pastry shell of this pie encases a delicious, not-too-sweet filling made from slices of tart apple and juicy, sweet mulberries. Just before filling the pie, the apple and the mulberries are tossed together with a little sugar, flours and cinnamon. While baking, the juice that oozes from the warming fruit is thickened a little by the flours to form a fragrant and fruity sauce.
This is the recipe that I followed to make this scrumptious pie. As always, I tinkered a little and substituted spelt flour and raw sugar and left out the cloves. I made the pastry in my Thermomix but you could easily make a simple shortcrust pastry or even use a ready-made pastry if you wanted to. What matters most are the mulberries!
Is there anything better than homemade pie... with cream?
So, if you have a mulberry tree, or you have a friend who does, go pick yourself some mulberries and make yourself a pie. Serve yourself a slice, with a generous dollop of thick cream, and then savor every bite. See if you can stop yourself at just one piece!