Gluten-free Saskatoon Berry Pie

Earlier this month, I found wild Saskatoon berries (otherwise known as Service berry) growing across the street from where I live. I decided to make a gluten-free pie out of the berries, and also ended up making an accidental berry syrup as well - it tasted great on coconut ice cream!

Warning: This does contain sugar and is not a "healthy" recipe, but is rather one that is good for the soul!

Ingredients:

Pie Crust - I used a pre-made Gluten-free brand from Goodness Me (Wholly Gluten Free Bakehouse brand)

Filling

  • 3.5 cups Saskatoon berries (can be picked fresh in early July or purchased frozen throughout the year)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Directions

Cook berries in water until boiling (I originally messed up this step and added too much water). Next, mix together the sugar and cornstarch and then add this mixture to the berries. Stir constantly until clear. When this is finished, add lemon juice, butter and almond extract. Let cool. 

In my case, the filling mixture was too runny so I ended up straining some of the liquid off until it seemed like a good consistency. I do not recommend doing this intentionally but if you find that your filling is a bit too liquidy then using it as a syrup is definitely an option :). 

Saskatoon berries are a good source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, magnesium, dietary fiber and other nutrients. Due to this, they are helpful in reducing the risks of certain disease such as cancer and also are good to maintain a healthy immune system. 

Sources:

Recipe - http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/amp12432/riverbend-plantation-saskatoon-pie-recipe/

Saskatoon berry nutritional info - http://saskatoonberryinstitute.org/saskatoons/