Fresh Blackberry Glacé Pie

This fresh pie is so simple that it really lets the blackberries shine. The buttery crust is baked first, then smeared with a thick layer of cream cheese, then topped with a ridiculous amount of blackberries.

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

Last week I defeated a monstrous blackberry vine. It was like Karen vs. Nature, and I WON. I have newfound mad respect for people who pick fruit all day, let me just say.

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

My parents have had the entire back wall of their garden covered in blackberry vines since before I was born. Every May growing up it was the kids’ job to help pick blackberries so that my mom could turn them into pie. It was a daunting task back then, or at least it seemed like it, and that was with my whole family picking.

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan This year my parents planned a vacation that coincided exactly with the blackberry harvest, so they said I could have all the blackberries I wanted in exchange for making the hour-long drive to their house to water the garden, get the mail, etc. And pick berries, of course. For somebody who knows exactly what free FRESH blackberries taste like, as opposed to the SUPER EXPENSIVE NOT FRESH ones at the store, this is pretty sweet deal.

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan I picked 3 gallons of blackberries all on my own, which may not sound like a lot to you, but that’s because you’ve never battled the Thorns of Death. I BLED for those berries dangit.

Then today Eric and I went down together to pick more berries. I grabbed a pail and started picking, bracing myself for more blood and prickles. Eric, however, got about 30 seconds in before announcing, “I’m going to get us some gloves.”

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan “No,” I said. “The berries are too delicate. You will crush them. If that worked, my parents would have given their poor bleeding children gloves to wear for the last 20 years.”

“Just take them.”

Let me just say, I’m officially disowning my parents. Oh, and Nature? With these gloves, I seriously own you.

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

Have you ever had a Strawberry Glace Pie? It is one of my ALL TIME favorite pies ever. Nothing beats a good fresh fruit pie. And the cream cheese layer makes it. I decided to try it out with my bounty of blackberries and am SO happy with how it turned out. My mom has been making this traditional Blackberry Pie for every family occasion as long as I can remember. I love it dearly, but I think this Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie might just be my new favorite. It’s super easy! Try it out!

Fresh Blackberry Glacé Pie

Yield: Serves 8-10

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


    For the pie crust:
  • 1/4 cup very cold water
  • 2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 6 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
  • half cup (1 stick) frozen or cold butter
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 beaten egg
  • For the filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 8 and 1/2 cups blackberries, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water*


    For the pie crust:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Measure out 1/4 cup water and stick it in the freezer.
  3. Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in shortening until mixture is the consistency of fine crumbs.
  5. Grate the cold butter with a cheese grater (or cut into pieces) and work it into the mixture with the shortening, using the pastry cutter.
  6. Crack an egg into a small bowl, beat thoroughly and divide in half (just eyeball it. You can save the other half or toss it.) Add the water in the freezer to the half egg. Use a fork and then your hands to work it into a ball. Knead just until it comes together.
  7. Divide the dough in half. Put one half in the freezer and use it in 3 days when you decide that you need to make this pie again.
  8. Place the other half onto a floured surface and roll out carefully into a circle large enough for your pie pan. (About 12 inches).
  9. Use the rolling pin to transfer the pie crust to the pie plate. Tuck the ends in and crimp the edges however you like. (see photos)
  10. Line the pie crust with aluminum foil and add pie weights (or dry beans, spare change, anything that won't be bothered in the oven). Bake the crust for about 16-17 minutes, or until the edges start to become golden. Remove the foil and weights and bake for another 2-3 minutes to crisp the center a little bit.
  11. Let the crust cool completely.
  12. Add the cream cheese to a bowl and beat thoroughly with an electric mixer.
  13. Scrape the cream cheese into the pie crust and spread carefully onto the bottom. Don't tear the crust! Go slow.
  14. Add 7 cups of fresh blackberries on top of the cream cheese, mounding it slightly in the middle.
  15. In a medium saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch and whisk together. Add the cold water and stir until there are no lumps. Turn the heat to medium. Add the remaining 1 and 1/2 cups blackberries and mash them completely. Stir the mixture until it reaches a boil, then boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour over the fresh blackberries, making sure to distribute evenly.
  16. Poke toothpicks all over the top of the pie, then cover with plastic wrap (so that it doesn't stick).
  17. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Serve with whipped cream!


*if you have liquid from the blackberries, you can use this in place of the water.

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

Fresh Blackberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan

More pie!

My mom’s classic Blackberry Pie, served at every family gathering since time immemorial:

Blackberry Pie from

The original Strawberry Glacé Pie << make this!!

Strawberry Glace Pie from The Food Charlatan


Peach Custard Pie:

Peach Custard Pie from


Rhubarb Custard Pie:

Rhubarb Custard Pie


Blackberry Turnovers from Food Apparel
Blackberry Pie Bars from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Berry Clafoutis from Julia’s Album





    • says

      I’m lame! I’ll invite you next time for sure Dorothy! We need an excuse to bleed together. You know, it’s a bonding thing. And there’s no way I’ll be able to keep up with your Bring Sally Up squats, so we will have to settle for this. :)

  1. says

    Karen, how is it possible that I always forget how funny you are until I come read your blog? You’re the best. So funny, I just went blackberry/peach picking with my friend and her family this past weekend, so those prickly blackberry bushes are FRESH in my mind and I completely feel your pain. Gloves would have been SO NICE! Next time for sure. And next time I’m picking closer to 3 gallons so I can make like 3 of these pies!!
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  2. says

    Oh, I love picking blackberries and making pie! But I have to wait till August to do that!! Too long!! I’ve not had pie like you make it… it’s that cream cheese base you put in there! My goodness Karen! This looks fabulous! Thank you for this and making me drool!!
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  3. says

    Wow, this pie looks incredible! And you deserve it! After the berry-picking you did, you deserve blackberry desserts for the rest of the year! And I totally agree, fresh FREE ones are way better than the crap grocery stores sell. I will definitely have to try these after a trip to the Farmer’s Market :)
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  4. says

    I don’t think any reaction to this would do it justice, especially being that blackberry ANYTHING already gets high marks from me. If the photographs are anywhere near what this must taste like, this has got to be one of the most delicious blackberry dishes I have seen in a while. I had a couple other pie projects planned over the next couple weeks, but after seeing this, I will definitely be changing priorities. I can’t wait to try! Thank you for sharing and WONDERFUL story!

  5. says

    My parents’ college friends lived in the Berkeley hills, and their backyard was FULL of blackberry bushes. (No fences either, so… Who knows which were theirs or their neighbor’s!) They had a daughter about my age, and we spent hours picking blackberries. But boy did those thorns hurt! I wish I had thought to use gloves… Or at least put my socks on my hands. And this pie?? I SO wish I had a slice right now!
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  6. Janice says

    Wait- gloves, you say? Dang. Now I’ll have to disown your grandparents! Why do you think I made everyone else pick them? I am a little surprised they didn’t get crushed… Still – you did get free blackberries :)
    Note to self: order blackberry-picking gloves.

    • says

      You know Mom as I wrote this I was trying to conjure memories of you picking with us but I couldn’t. I gave you the benefit of the doubt. “Surely she must have picked SOME.” NOW I KNOW THE TRUTH. Content to let your children SUFFER AND BLEED while you make pies. Guess what mom the gloves don’t work, I lied, you have to pick them bare handed and be scratched like the rest of us.

      • janice says

        Hahahaha! if you’re going to have 5 children, you may as well reap some domestic benefits, you know?

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