Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday Bake of the Week: Marshmellow Mixed-Berry Pie

Lucien is a huge fan of Maurice Sendak's "Little Bear." And for over a year now, he's gone on about how he wants to make marshmellow mixed-berry pie; a dessert Mother Bear makes often. He even calls our raspberries "marmallows" because he knows they go into the pie. So when I was at our farmer's market yesterday, I was able to pick up a cup of blackberries, and thought I'd finally give the dessert a try. I wasn't too sure how it would taste to have cooked marshmellow in with a berry pie, but the end result was actually quite pleasant. Instead of there being clumps of marshmellow (which I thought would happen), the berry filling got an interesting caramel flavour. All around this experiment was a success, and one recipe that I'll be making again for sure!

I am not quite sure what happened with this photo, I think something was stuck on the camera lense...

Little Bear's Marshmellow Mixed-Berry Pie

1 heaping cup blackberries
2 heaping cups raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbps lemon juice
10 large marshmellows, broken into small pieces (or the equivilent of small ones)
2 tbsp raspberry jam
2 tbsp corn starch

Make ahead your favourite pastry dough, set in fridge to chill. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, and allow to sit for about 10 minutes, until the berries start to release their juice. While filling is sitting, roll out dough and place in a 9-inch pie pan. Pour filling into pie crust, and using strips of dough, form a lattice accross the top. Trim excess dough from the sides, and flute the edges to secure top and bottom layers.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F for about 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden, and the filling has started bubbling (don't forget to place a large cookie sheet underneith to catch any drippings - or you have a horrible mess to deal with!).

This is a pie that is best left to cool completely before cutting, but is well worth the wait. Thanks Little Bear!


  1. That looks just like the one that came out of grandmother bears oven after little bear found mother bears maple leaf charm! You even have twice as much raspberries as blackberries. I always wanted to make one for my girls and now I can. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. We watch an episode of little bear before bed and read the books and my daughter always asks to make it. I decided to look it up and cant beileve i actually found it!


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