For Your Pies Only

Blackberry buckle pie recently celebrated its 5th birthday. What an adventure this blog has been and continues to be. I continue to learn new skills both in baking and behind the scenes blog work. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me, cheered me on, and shared in this pie path with me. I love all of you! 

I’ve been making a lot of pies lately due to the holidays, but all of them recipes I’ve baked many times. To change things up, I celebrated my blog birthday by trying out this blackberry buckle pie. This pie reminds me a bit of cake, a bit of bar cookie, and a bit of delicious fruit pie. It was a nice glimpse of summer in this dead of winter.

Happy baking, friends!

Blackberry buckle pie 

(adapted from Pie It Forward by Gesine Bullock-Prado)


  • Single flaky pie crust


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups blackberries (can be fresh or frozen)


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted 
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius). Roll out bottom crust and place into a 9-inch pie plate. Cover crust with aluminum foil and fill with pie weights (I use dry beans) and bake for 15 minutes. Remove weights and foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. 

Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. 

In a third bowl, whisk together buttermilk, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla. 

Add in flour mixture to the sugar and butter, alternating with adding in the buttermilk mixture until all ingredients are completely combined. Fold in blackberries gently, using a rubber spatula. 

For crumb topping, stir together the melted butter, both sugars, salt and flour. Using a fork or your hands, continue to mix until the mixture forms clumps like wet sand. 

Pour filling into the crust and sprinkle on the crumb topping. Bake for 40-50 minutes at 350 until the center is set (no jiggle) and the filling springs back when you gently touch it. 

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