A heavenly Oregon Marionberry blackberry pie infused with bourbon and topped with an almond and oat brown sugar streusel in a flaky, golden gluten-free crust. The perfect pie for any holiday gathering!
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I was going to create a post for you called "Pass Me Some Tasty's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide" because, if you remember from my last post, I may have promised you one. With delicata squash included. For the kids' stockings, of course, which you should definitely still consider. #bestgiftinspo
But when I sat down to put it together and thought upon the biggest, most important question of the season... --> What DO the people NEEEED???
Well, let's be honest. People need pie.
With some booze in it. And my favorite Oregon berries.
So Happy Holidays friends! This pie is going to up our glad tidings by about 100%.
There are three components to every pie that determine its wow factor: the pie filling, the topping, and the crust.
1. The Pie Filling
Pie is not pie without the filling. Obviously.
The filling is THEE ESSENCE of the pie. The heart and soul. The oomph. The spirit. The meat and potatoes...or rather, Oregon Marionberry blackberries.
A lackluster pie filling makes for a lusterless pie. Don't skimp on the luster.
For this reason, I ALWAYS turn to my favorite Oregon berry farmers. They deliver the luster with their beautiful, juicy, and perfectly balanced tart/earthy-sweet tasting Oregon Marionberry blackberries. Even in the dead of winter.
They pick the berries at their peak of ripeness during the summer, and then flash freeze them within 24 hours of picking so that you and I can make Blackberry Bourbon Pie ALL YEAR ROUND. These special, tasty berries provide portionability (use just what you need and save the rest for later) and are economical (long life, no waste!). It's a beautiful relationship.
Our precious berry farmers deserve a HUGE thank-you pie. Their succulent Oregon blackberries partnered with a heavy shot of bourbon and brown sugar and vanilla make life so very wonderful.
You can find Oregon Marionberry blackberries in the freezer section at your local grocery store. Just look for a “Made in USA” label on the packaging and they will be Oregon Marionberries! If you are unable to find frozen blackberries that specifically say 'Marionberries' on the package they may just be anyway since over 50% of the blackberries grown in Oregon are Marionberry blackberries!
2. The Pie Topping
Top pie crust. Lattice. Meringue. Whipped cream. Crumble streusel-like topping. No topping. Something that looks like a work of art. First impressions are everything.
The topping on a pie always woos me in for a closer look. It flaunts the mystery of what's hiding beneath. In this instance, bubbling blackberries seeping through a buttery, brown sugar, almond and oat streuselly crumble topping is where my affections lie.
3. The Pie Crust
The golden, flaky vessel that will cradle the heavenly blackberry bourbon pie filling. I think I hear the angels singing.
My husband is a crust guy. He judges a pie first by the look of its crust. Thankfully he doesn't do that to people.
Is it golden brown? Not too pale but also not overcooked and overly browned? Does the crust whisper a promise of flakiness but with a slight chew? All important matters.
Gluten-free pie crust, in particular, often seems to be a bit disappointing. But not this gluten-free crust! This mama gone and done cracked the gf crust code. And my crust judging spouse agrees. And my parents. So that makes four. Plus my two kids. So that's six.
Come join our growing ranks.
Wait a sec! Is bourbon gluten-free? --> Yes! But...
I am not a registered dietician or a healthcare provider. I hand out blackberry pie with bourbon and thus provide job security for the dietician.
But before we discuss bourbon and it's relationship to gluten, here's the required liability asterisk so that I don't end up getting hate mail:
***Have a conversation with your own gut and healthcare provider to determine if it safe for you to consume bourbon if you have celiac and/or gluten intolerance.
Here's the basic 411 on bourbon and gluten:
Technically yes. (My personal gut also says yes, which I'm sure you were dying to know even though that bit of info is completely irrelevant to your own gut.)
Bourbon's distillation process removes gluten proteins from the final product making it technically gluten-free even if wheat, barley, or rye are added to the mash.
ALWAYS double check that the bourbon you have your eyeball on doesn't contain hidden gluten found in additional flavorings or other additives after distillation. Gluten can be sneaky. If you're unsure, you can always reach out to the specific bourbon brand you're interested in and they can inform you on their processes and ingredients.
Here's a quick answer on the topic from the National Celiac Association
Now let's continue. (Warning: Drooling may commence.)
Take a looksie at that piece of pie.
- Luxurious bourbon laced blackberry pie filling
- Golden crumble streusel bits on top
- And a perfect gluten-free crust holding it all together in beautiful pie harmony.
There are no words.
It's blackberry pie bliss. Which negates what I just said about no words.
May this Blackberry Bourbon Pie grace your tables this holiday season. May it bring you joy and glad tidings. And may it provide you with a second serving after you inhale the first slice.
Cheers and Happy Holidays friends!
P.S. Blackberry Bourbon Pie à la mode is highly suggested.
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Fun Fact! --> As of July 2017, Marionberry Pie has been designated the official state pie of Oregon. I'll eat another slice of pie to that!
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