Huckleberries - small, round, blue-purple fruits similar to blueberries - are abundant in the Pacific Northwest, so come summer in Montana, residents are known to whip up a huckleberry pie or two. Instant tapioca thickens the pie filling, while citrus zest and juice balances out the berries' sweetness.
Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell
Huckleberry Pie
Total:
2 hr 45 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
One 9-inch pie
Level:
Easy
Total:
2 hr 45 min
Active:
25 min
Yield:
One 9-inch pie
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Double Crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 5 to 8 tablespoons ice water
Filling:
  • 6 cups fresh huckleberries, or frozen thawed and drained
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons instant tapioca
  • 1 large egg
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

Directions

For the crust: Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to mix. Add the shortening and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse and a few pieces of butter are still visible. Add the apple cider vinegar and 4 tablespoons ice water. Pulse to combine. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Turn the dough out onto a dry surface and divide into into 2 disks, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Roll the larger disk on a lightly floured surface about 11 inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick, to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place in the pie plate, trim to 1/2-inch, and do not crimp the edges. Refrigerator while preparing the filling. 

For the filling: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup huckleberries with 3/4 cup sugar, orange zest and orange juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the berries begin to burst and the mixture is saucy, about 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. Combine the remaining 5 cups huckleberries with the tapioca in a large bowl. Add the cooked huckleberry mixture to the bowl and gently fold them in. 

Pour the filling into the prepared pie shell. Roll the smaller disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thick and place on top of the filling. Fold the edges over and decoratively crimp the edges. Cut slits into the top crust to allow steam to escape. Whisk the egg with 1 teaspoon water. Brush the pie with the egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. 

Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking until the crust is golden brown and the filling is thick and bubbly, 50 minutes to an hour. Cool completely before serving. Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Cook's Note

Fresh berries will hold their shape better than the frozen ones.

Categories:
More from:

50 State Foods

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Huckleberry Pancakes

Recipe courtesy of Multnomah Falls

Marionberry Pie

Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell

Nebraska Handheld Meat Pies

Recipe courtesy of Young Sun Huh

Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie

Recipe courtesy of Ali Clarke

Mississippi Mud Pie

Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell

Michigan Pasty (Meat Hand Pie)

Recipe courtesy of Santos Loo

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

On TV

Tia Mowry at Home

7:30am | 6:30c

Tia Mowry at Home

8:30am | 7:30c

Tia Mowry at Home

9:30am | 8:30c

Unique Eats

10am | 9c

Unique Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Unique Eats

11am | 10c

Unique Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Unique Sweets

12pm | 11c

Unique Sweets

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unique Sweets

1pm | 12c

Unique Sweets

1:30pm | 12:30c

Unique Sweets

2:30pm | 1:30c

Unwrapped

3pm | 2c

Unwrapped

3:30pm | 2:30c

Unwrapped

4pm | 3c

Unwrapped

5pm | 4c

Unwrapped

6pm | 5c

Top 5 Restaurants

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Guilty Pleasures

8pm | 7c

Guilty Pleasures

8:30pm | 7:30c

Guilty Pleasures

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10pm | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Guilty Pleasures

12:30am | 11:30c

Guilty Pleasures

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here