When hot weather arrives, cool recipes that are just the right combination of sweetness and flavor hit the spot. This recipe for Summer Berry Cream Cheese Pie is perfect for a warm day when you need a creamy, cool dessert. This recipe also travels well, so it is a perfect contribution to a neighborhood potluck dinner.
This pie is unusual in that it uses a cornmeal crust rather than your typical graham cracker or shortbread crust. The cornmeal adds a wonderful texture to the dessert, and the nice thing about this pie crust recipe is that you don’t have to roll out any kind of dough. Did you hear that? Rolling out a pie crust takes practice and a knack that is developed over time; and if you don’t want to bother with it or don’t have time to learn, you can still make a tasty, homemade pie crust by just pressing this cornmeal crust mixture into the pan.
Eating summer berries is like eating distilled sunshine, and this recipe features whatever type of berry you like most or any combination of berries. You only need two cups of berries. Whether you prefer blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries, you can use any of them or all of them.
And, because the berry topping is cooked, it really doesn’t matter whether your berries are fresh or frozen. If fresh berries are on sale in the stores, choose whatever kind suits your fancy. If you’re creating this recipe when berries aren’t in season, frozen ones will do just fine.
By the way, the berry topping is very useful for other foods. If you have some leftover berry sauce, feel free to top your breakfast waffles or pancakes with this topping or spread it on toast. You could even drop it in the blender with some ice cubes, yogurt, and milk to create a breakfast smoothie!
Table of Contents
- A. Crust Instructions
- B. Filling Instructions
- Step 1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Step 2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each egg is added.
- Step 3. When the pie is baked, it should be slightly brown around the edges and a little jiggly in the middle.
- Step 4. As the pie is baking, you can start on the berry sauce topping.
- C. Topping Instructions
- Step 1. In a small saucepan, gently stir together the berries, sugar, cornstarch, and water.
- Step 2. Once the mixture begins bubbling, allow it to boil for about 30 seconds, or until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.
- Step 3. To serve the pie, cut it into wedges and top each piece with a spoonful of berry topping.
A. Crust Instructions
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup water
Step 1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt, stirring to mix.
Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. It’s okay to see small bits of butter in the mixture. Using a fork, stir in the egg, mixing thoroughly. Add the water a little at a time, stirring gently after each addition.
Step 2. The mixture will begin to start to slightly stick together.
Go slowly, and stop adding water once the mixture becomes the texture of playdough. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to chill. Once the dough is chilled, dump it out into an ungreased 9-inch pie pan. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan to create the crust. Set the crust aside as you mix the filling.
B. Filling Instructions
- 2 eight-ounce blocks of cream cheese, softened and at room temperature
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
Step 1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees.
In a medium bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until it is completely smooth and there are no chunky blobs. Add the sugar and mix again for about a minute or until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is completely smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
Step 2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each egg is added.
The mixture should be the texture of sour cream. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the filling mixture into the unbaked cornmeal crust, smoothing the top. Place the pie in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes.
Step 3. When the pie is baked, it should be slightly brown around the edges and a little jiggly in the middle.
Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature for about an hour. Then, cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours before serving.
Step 4. As the pie is baking, you can start on the berry sauce topping.
C. Topping Instructions
- 2 cups of berries, fresh or frozen, any combination of berries that are available
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup water
Step 1. In a small saucepan, gently stir together the berries, sugar, cornstarch, and water.
Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat, and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
Step 2. Once the mixture begins bubbling, allow it to boil for about 30 seconds, or until the sauce begins to thicken slightly.
Remove the topping from the heat and allow it to cool completely. Place it in a bowl or jar, tightly covered, in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve the pie.
Step 3. To serve the pie, cut it into wedges and top each piece with a spoonful of berry topping.
Alternately, you can spread the entire top of the pie with the berry topping before cutting. Return the pie and berries to the refrigerator for storage, and eat within three days.
April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is “Are you hungry?” and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.