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How to make traditional Swedish blackberry pie

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How to make traditional Swedish blackberry pie
You can make individual or family-size blackberry pies. Photo: Shutterstock
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If you have lived in Sweden for a while, you may be aware that Swedes love berry picking. But if you don't want to wait for a Swede to whip up a blackberry pie ('björnbärspaj') for you, food writer John Duxbury shares his recipe with The Local.

The pastry uses melted butter which gives it a really luxurious taste, almost like Scottish shortbread, and yet it is so easy to make and doesn't even need to be blind baked. The almonds bring out the flavour of the blackberries, but only need to be sprinkled on to the pastry. It really is easy-peasy! 

Summary

Serves: 6-8

Preparation: 20 minutes

Cooking: 25 minutes

Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Pastry

175g (6oz) butter

180g (1 ¼ cup) plain flour

100g (½ cup) caster sugar

½  tsp baking powder

pinch of salt 

Filling

50g (2 oz) ground almonds

450g (1 lb) blackberries

90g (½ cup) caster sugar

1 tbsp potato flour on corn flour

Glaze

3 tbsp red currant jelly (or any other seedless red jam)

Method

1. Melt the butter for the pastry. Leave for a few minutes to cool.

2. Lightly grease a 23cm (9in) pie dish.

3. Pre-heat the oven to 200C (400F, Gas 6, Fan 180C).

4. Mix the plain flour, caster sugar, baking powder and salt. Gradually beat in the melted butter until you have an evenly coloured pastry dough.

5. Line the pie dish with the pastry. Just gradually push it out with your fingers as it is too buttery to roll out.

6. Spread the ground almonds over the pastry.

7. Mix the blackberries, caster sugar and potato/corn flour in a bowl and then spoon over the top of the ground almonds.

8. Bake for about 20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. Leave to cool for ten minutes or so.

9. Make a glaze by heating the red currant jelly in a saucepan and simmering for two minutes. Glaze the blackberries using a pastry brush.

10. Serve with vanilla sauce or extra cooked blackberries (see below).

11. Put 50g (2 oz) sugar, a star anise and the zest of half a lemon in a saucepan with 100ml (½ cup) water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes until slightly syrupy.  Add 450g (1 lb) blackberries and stir. Leave to cool.

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