Find Beauty in This Traditional Saskatoon Berry Pie Recipe

Any home in southern Manitoba would have a family Saskatoon Pie recipe in the family or for other kinds of baked goods. But at the core of the tradition can be found in the Saskatoon berry. It can be found in scones, muffins, and other types of pastries.

What makes this pie recipe unique is in the flavor of its key ingredient – the Saskatoon Berry.

What is a Saskatoon Berry?

This berry is a unique treat yielded by a shrub native to Canada, specifically from western Ontario to British Columbia and the Yukon.

These berries are usually found in the prairie and are picked to be made into delicious pastries or other baked goods. The taste of the Saskatoon berry is usually described as sweet yet nutty, similar to the almond but it looks quite similar to the usual blueberry.

Do you want to try cooking up a simple yet show-stopping dessert with this unique ingredient? Well here’s a good old-fashioned traditional Saskatoon Berry Pie Recipe you might want to try:

Old Fashioned, Traditional Saskatoon Pie

Saskatoon Berry Pie

This saskatoon pie recipe was published by the Kitchen Magpie and it goes way beyond just baking. A recipe tied to childhood memories and a certain kind of upbringing hits deeper and gives more meaning to a recipe than just making the dish.

This recipe comes with emotion and sentimental value that no other pie recipe can compete with. Here is the recipe:


  • 4 cups Saskatoon berries 
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon extra white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 14 1/2 ounces pastry (pie crust for one 9 inch pie)
  • 1 egg for brushing the top


  • Gently toss together your Saskatoons, sugar and cornstarch/crushed Tapioca, until the berries are coated.
  • Place your bottom crust into the pie plate.
  • Pour your berries into the pie plate. 
  • Add butter on top if desired.
  • Cover with your crust. 
  • Brush your pie crust with the egg then sprinkle the sugar on top. 
  • Pinch the seams together and mark your pie vents as you like. 
  • Using the lowest rack of your oven, bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then lower the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for about 50-55 minutes more. 
  • When your pie edges start to become too brown – and they always will- cover the edges with tinfoil or use a pie crust cover. I have one and they are amazing! 
  • Continue baking until you see the pie filling bubbling and your pie is beautifully browned all over the top. 
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a baking rack.

You can get more info and the heart-warming story behind this recipe here.

Every recipe can have a story behind it and for a dish that can hold so much value emotionally, you know you have to put in as much passion into making it.

So, try out this dish and make your loved ones proud. Make this traditional dessert one that you can proudly say is professional chef approved.

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