The Annual Pie-A-Palooza ( & Busy Mama Bumbleberry Pie)

Two things you'd already know about me if you read this site on a regular SABS pie a palooza basis...



Truth be told you'd only need to follow me on twitter for about 30 minutes to be certain of those facts. With fall in full swing here the Atlantic Provinces - I am crazy happy and now... you throw in Thanksgiving weekend's promise of pie and I'm downright giddy!!!

Still, that traditional Thanksgiving dinner really does put most of the focus on the turkey and so I started thinking - what if there was a yearly family gathering that simply celebrated pie? A special occasion where pie was the star? And thus the 1st Annual Pie-A-Palooza was born!

As far as we can tell it's the first of its kind 'round these parts - a definite family first and now a new tradition. And the best part? It's so easy to pull together!

IMG-20131012-01757The rules were simple...

If you're coming...


My cousin's sweet lakeside cottage was the comfortable meeting spot.

The perfect place for a family gathering anytime of year, (check out our Little Tree, Big Tradition Christmas feature)  but it's truly beautiful when the leaves are showing off their true colours.


SABS pie a palooza - main course

Our main course options were Shepherd's Pie and Chicken Pie with homemade gravy (Reminder - don't forget the ketchup!!!)

SABS pie a palooza - decor

Proper pie coordination in advance ensured no duplicates on our dessert menu - apple, coconut cream, chocolate, pumpkin and my Bumbleberry pie (recipe below) made for a great selection with plenty to go around (a few times).

SABS pie a palooza - cider

After collecting leaves and making pie signs the Sidekick whipped up her special "Pie Punch" (equal parts cranberry/rasberry juice, orange juice & gingerale) - a refreshing addition for sure!  For a more 'spirited' refreshment - Nova Scotia's own Muwin Estates' Bullwark Cider was served.

pie a palooza - autumn

It was a lovely fall day... for a post-pie stroll or for just sitting and soaking in the lakeside view... it was the finest kind of time!

SABS pie a palooza - the kids

Start your own tradition... celebrate PIE! I can't wait for the 2nd Annual Pie-A-Palooza...and the 3rd.....and the 4th...!!! sb


bumbleberry pie

My affinity for Bumbleberry pie by began west of here... in Orillia, ON to be exact, and I will tell you if you ever find yourself there - you MUST go to Country Produce and get as many Bumbleberry pies as you can!!! Going on two decades since I lived there and I still dream of them - no foolin'.

BUSY MAMA'S BUMBLEBERRY PIESo when the topic of 'what pie' to bring to the 1st Annual Pie-A-Palooza came up - I immediately thought - Bumbleberry.

Time was short but the longing....was, well... long... so what follows is the recipe for what I call Busy Mama's Bumbleberry pie .

Real bakers and well-organized mothers will no doubt cringe - but I can honestly say it was no trouble to prepare, was a hit on the day and a pie I'll make again and again for sure! sb



- 2 deep dish frozen pastry shells (please don't judge me - just let the dough come to room temperature while you can thank me later)

- 1 package of frozen 4 berry blend 600 grams (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries)

- 2 1/2 cups of apple slices (I used a mix of granny smith and macs)

- 3/4 cup granulated sugar

- 4tsp all-purpose flour

- 4 tsp cornstarch

- 4 tsp butter

- 1 tbsp lemon juice


- Line a baking sheet with tin foil to protect

- As noted above you want to work with the pie shells when they are at room temperature so remove from packaging - place 1 in the centre of your prepared baking sheet and set the other aside

- In a large bowl combine thawed berries and apple slices

- In a small bowl combine sugar, flour and cornstarch then toss with fruit to coat evenly

- Fill pie shell with coated fruit mixture, dot with butter and sprinkle lemon juice

- By now your 2nd pie shell is malleable - gently remove from the aluminum pie dish and place on parchment paper.  Using a pizza wheel or sharp nice - cut into strips (as you can see from my pie - it wasn't so much a  symmetrical approach as it was rough and rustic which I think adds to the allusion of homemade crust)

- To form lattice work on pie top take biggest two strips and form a cross over the pie, then lay on secondary size strips in basket weave fashion leaving space in between, continue working smaller pieces until all are used.  Gently press all ends into the base shell edge (I used my fingers but you could use a fork if you like that look.)

- Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 for 30 - 35 minutes... until fruit is bubbling.

- Let cool before cutting.

Busy Mama's Bumbleberry Pie

serving & tips

Naturally fresh berries would be ideal - but frozen are always in season and made for fast prep.

Can be served warmed or cold

Some folks like to add a scoop of vanilla but I'm a purist!



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Be sure to have a look through the incredibly delicious assortment of pie recipes in our special Food & Dining Feature MORE PIE PLEASE - click here for that

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pie-patrol-SABS...and be sure to here check out our Pie Patrol and add your favourite spot for Pie in the Atlantic Provinces - did we mention I love PIE???!!!

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  1. Sorry I missed it - maybe next year 🙂

    Comment by Lisa Collicutt — October 14, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

  2. A great idea for a get together and the Nauss' camp is a great place to have it.

    Comment by Brad — October 15, 2013 @ 12:02 am

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