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Impossible Saskatoon Pie

Impossible Saskatoon Pie

If you are expecting a crispy pie crust you need to turn away now, for this is not the recipe for you. Go and make my Saskatoon Rhubarb pie instead, if you need a neat pie idea to use up those Saskatoon berries and another summertime bounty. It’s one of my favorites.

*waves hand in front of your face*   This is not the pie crust you are looking for.

All bad Star Wars references aside, anyone who has eaten Impossible Pie before knows that it’s not really about the crust, but the fact that you beat together a schwack of ingredients in one bowl and pour them into a buttered pie plate. The flour will sink to the bottom and form a wobbly flour crust, while the rest creates a custard filling and a topping.

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I can’t believe that I just used the word schwack in a recipe.

This pie is a last-minute, want-to-use-up-Saskatoons-but-don’t-want-to-make-a-crust type of dessert.

This delicious pie was on the docket for my cookbook, but didn’t make my vicious cutting. I decided that this one was for the website, meaning that technically you guys get a cookbook recipes a year ahead of time! Right? Right. (that’s how I’m going to sell it to you anyway.)

The scene: today at my house on August long weekend. My entire family was over, I’d already baked two pies for dinner (those are embargoed cookbook pies, sorry) and I was looking through old cookbooks looking for a great porcupine meatballs recipe, something else that has been on my mind lately but of course, I haven’t gotten around to it. You all have been so patient, this website has been a little slow lately, but I’m rather proud that I have managed to get out at least one post a week and usually two, which you might think isn’t much but when you have a cookbook manuscript due, it’s a miracle. A full-out, Catholic church confirmed miracle.

Impossible Saskatoon Pie

I’ve had a recipe for Impossible Pie kicking around for a while and while it is delicious with its custard filling and crispy coconut topping, I wanted to jazz it up.

Two cups of Saskatoon berries does the trick, my friends. That’s a whole lotta jazzing up right there. You can also use blueberries if you’re fresh out of Saskatoons, but this pie is now a last-minute favorite for when I am craving Saskatoons but don’t have the time for a pie with a crust.

I would say that the crust resembles a firm custard that’s been cooked up, it’s wobbly, not firm but does the trick. I love the eggy custard that forms in the middle it’s absolutely scrumptious. The coconut and the Saskatoons bake up at the top and it’s a taste combination that I am having a serious love affair with. There will be another Saskatoon and coconut mash-up recipe on this website soon, you can bet on it. Honestly, what doesn’t Saskatoons go with? I’ve yet to find it.

This pie is going to rise “edges first”,  but the centre will soon catch up with it, don’t worry! It will look absolutely wonky to start, but by the time the 50-60 minutes are done, it will be fabulous!

So now that my manuscript is into my publishers hands, things are going to pick up around here again.

I’m baaaack!

(not that I ever really left but it just feels like the right thing to say.)

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

* note – to use frozen Saskatoons, thaw them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture, then dab them slightly. The cornstarch in the pie helps with any extra moisture. This pie was made with frozen Saskatoons! *

 

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Impossible Saskatoon Pie


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Category: pie

Description

A one bowl impossible pie using Saskatoons and NO biscuit mix! This pie magically bakes up into a crust layer, a custard layer and then coconuts and Saskatoon berries on top!
* note – to use frozen Saskatoons, thaw them on a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture, then dab them slightly. The cornstarch in the pie helps with any extra moisture. This pie was made with frozen Saskatoons! *

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstach
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups Sasktoon berries fresh or frozen see notes on frozen

Instructions

  1. Grease and set aside a deep dish 9.5 – 10 inch pie plate. Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  2. Place all ingredients excepting Saskatoons into a large mixing bowl and beat until mixed. Stir in the Saskatoons.
  3. Pour into the buttered pie plate and baked in the oven for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1pie

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

 

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  • Reply
    Angelica Mingo
    November 26, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I used to do a similar pie whith a lemon custard

    I´m from  Santiago, Chile

    I do love your recipies.

    Best regards  Karlynn

  • Reply
    Lynna Buswell
    August 24, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Neil Buswell just made it!!!

  • Reply
    Stacey Woodward
    August 24, 2016 at 1:35 am

    This is the deliciousest! Love this recipe, thank you

  • Reply
    Lb
    July 10, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Do you serve right out of the oven or wait for it to cool?

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    Tara Yorz-Brown
    June 21, 2016 at 7:24 am

    This recipe looks delicious. I really want to try and make this, but I don’t know, much about blueberries, do I have to get this specific kind of blueberry or will any do? Or is the Saskatoon the blueberry I see in the store? Also, I have never made a pie before, since you just mix everything together, is this recipe good for beginners? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      June 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Any blueberries and yes this is a beginner pie. No pastry crust, follow the recipe instructions!

    • Reply
      Tara Yorz-Brown
      June 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Awesome! Thank you. I’m very excited to try this, so is my husband. Fingers crossed!!

  • Reply
    Kendyl Hudson
    June 21, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Omg, drooling here!

  • Reply
    Mark Wicklund
    June 21, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Witch craft and magic. Nope

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      June 21, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Uh….that’s the best kind!

    • Reply
      Mark Wicklund
      June 21, 2016 at 3:13 am

      Next thing is ouija board pie. Poof. Gone

  • Reply
    Patricia Aackerlund
    June 21, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Anything blueberry I love PLUS they are so healthy!

  • Reply
    Laura Delorme
    May 22, 2016 at 4:03 am

    This will be a perfect dessert and a delicious way to use some of the saskatoons I have in my freezer. Thank you!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      May 22, 2016 at 4:29 am

      I hope that you love it!

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    Natalie Tremblay
    May 22, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I saw in the on-line comment that you can substitute the Saskatoons for blueberries. What about using gluten-free flour instead of normal flour… do you think it would come out OK?

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      May 22, 2016 at 1:33 am

      That I haven’t tried…I’m not sure.

    • Reply
      Natalie Tremblay
      May 22, 2016 at 1:41 am

      ok thanks. i get it… why bake GF when you don’t have too. I don’t blame you 🙂 Might give it a try. Will let you know if I do.

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      May 22, 2016 at 1:44 am

      I do have a flour mix, it’s very expensive to fool around with though. Also my one gluten free family member is also vegan..so I don’t bake for her much at all, double difficulty!

  • Reply
    Patricia Kennedy Crnogorac
    April 22, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Is this in your cookbook? I preordered it.

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      April 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      No, it’s not. I tried for as many new as possible! Maybe next cookbook? \U0001f609

    • Reply
      Patricia Kennedy Crnogorac
      April 22, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Ok can copy it from here!

  • Reply
    Wilma Plishka
    April 22, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I made this a few weeks ago for a potluck. It definitely was a favourite!

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      April 22, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Awesome!!! I’m so glad to hear it!

    • Reply
      Wilma Plishka
      April 22, 2016 at 1:27 am

      The Kitchen Magpie I told everyone about you! Love your recipes.:)

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      April 22, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Awww thank you! \U0001f495

  • Reply
    Jackie Burke-Lorette
    April 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Goodness this looks so good.A must try.No Saskatoon berries will try blueberries.

    • Reply
      Karen Cicansky
      April 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Mix some of the sugar with the blueberries and add a tsp of almond flavouring. This mimics the Saskatoon taste!

    • Reply
      Jackie Burke-Lorette
      April 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you for the hint about the berry mix.

  • Reply
    Marcella Lamb
    April 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Looks good !!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    December 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Click the link and it’s at the very bottom of the post!

  • Reply
    Paulette Thibault Desautels
    December 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Can’t get the recipe.

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    December 5, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Try the blueberries instead!

  • Reply
    Kathleen Stott
    December 4, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    We can’t get those berries here.

  • Reply
    Karen Lynn
    October 24, 2015 at 4:00 am

    T’was freaking awesome!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 24, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Right?? It’s like what impossible pie was supposed to be! Changed my pie world right around!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 24, 2015 at 3:43 am

    I eat it cold as leftovers lol!

    • Reply
      echarm
      November 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      This is what breakfast is like in my dreams! lol

  • Reply
    Karen Lynn
    October 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    We LOVE Impossible Pie! I’ve never made it with berries. Today … that all changes.

  • Reply
    Stacey Woodward
    October 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    I literally made this immediately after reading this post last night. It is sooo delicious! Thanks for sharing! P.S. any tips on reheating?

  • Reply
    Linda Tanner
    October 23, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I have 7,000 lbs of saskatoon’s!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 23, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 23, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Test it without berries first to see so that you don’t waste them!

  • Reply
    Lorrie Stad
    October 23, 2015 at 3:01 am

    oh this is so on the menu for weekend dinner. I have a ton of saskatons in the freezer

  • Reply
    Lee-Ann Sewell Chin
    October 23, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Do you think coconut milk would be an ok substitute? For those of us that are lactose intolerant? 🙂

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 23, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Ugh, that’s too bad You can use blueberries in this as a substitute!

  • Reply
    Joan Trevena HIndson
    October 23, 2015 at 1:22 am

    those berries look a tad dry

  • Reply
    Earl Mckenzie
    October 23, 2015 at 12:31 am

    totally suffering a saskatoon berry deficit this year.

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    October 23, 2015 at 12:25 am

    It’s super good!

  • Reply
    Margaret Kufuor-Boakye
    October 22, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Will definitely try!!!

  • Reply
    J Langevin
    August 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Karlynn, this is seriously good stuff!  I’m eating it out of the pan right now, can’t put my spoon down! Made with wild-picked-by-hand-while-fighting-off-mosquitos- and-thornbush saskatoons. Simply, easy.  I love your recipes, keep up the good treats.

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      J Langevin Awwwwwsome! It’s always better when you pick the berries yourself! I can’t believe that I didn’t think of this recipe before! All those wasted years haha!

  • Reply
    KathleenWolff
    August 5, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Is there any possible way to substitute the coconut? I adore coconut but my husband has a deep hatred for it. 

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      KathleenWolff You could definitely try, all it does is give it a nice crust on the top and flavor. Since you have berries, there is a lot of delicious taste, so you can try it without coconut for sure! 

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    Jody L
    August 4, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Would this work with Blackberries. I have a s*t load of those in my fridge….large patches free for the picking within  a 5 minute walk, well I am sure you understand…

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 15, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      @Jody L They are heavier than Saskatoons but I would try it!

  • Reply
    The Brick Kitchen
    August 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

    YAY – I love not having to make a pie crust and still end up with something totally delicious – plus one bowl! Love it! Looking forward to giving it a go when summer berries are around here in the Southern Hemisphere 🙂

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      thekitchenmagpie
      August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      @The Brick Kitchen Hope you love it!

  • Reply
    Kitchen Frau
    August 3, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    This looks so wonderful – and EASY! We love impossible pie, and you’ve just made it better! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      @Kitchen Frau It is fantastic, I hope you give it a try!

  • Reply
    Thalia
    August 3, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I’ve never seen saskatoon berries here in Australia! You definitely have got me curious to know what they taste like.

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      @Thalia You’ll just have to come visit Alberta during the summer!

  • Reply
    Trish Hallmark
    August 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Really looking forward to trying this with the fresh picked blue berries here in Florida.

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Aw thank you!

  • Reply
    Gracee Osann
    August 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I like the way you do too…. I’m looking forward to your cookbook!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I like the way you think!

  • Reply
    Gracee Osann
    August 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Yay!!…. since impossible pie is kinda like pancakes, there is no reason why you can’t eat this for breakfast. Which is perfect! Add some Saskatoon berry syrup and a dollop of whip cream and you have brunch.

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 2, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Aaaagh I love owning a website. Yes vanilla for sure!!!

  • Reply
    Marion Headrick
    August 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Just checked and it still isn’t showing, but for sure it’s 1 tsp vanilla?

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 2, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    It’s been updated to 1 tsp of vanilla, it should be showing I changed it first thing this morning!

  • Reply
    Diane McPhee
    August 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I would also like to know 1 tsp. of what???

  • Reply
    giselledenis
    August 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    KitchenMagpie looks so yum! Saskatoon pie is my fave!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    August 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Yes I will fix that thank you!

  • Reply
    ShawnaKnowles
    August 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Looks delish!!

    But in ingredient list; after the milk, 1 tsp – of what? Vanilla?

    🙂

    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Kimberly Hamilton
    August 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Jealous. Love Saskatoon berries!

  • Reply
    Marion Headrick
    August 2, 2015 at 6:23 am

    In your recipe for the Impossible Saskatoon pie it says 1 tsp. and then nothing. Vanilla maybe?

  • Reply
    Maryann Deutscher
    August 2, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Have you tried it with frozen Saskatoon berries? Any advice?

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Yes, I used frozen! Defrost on a paper towel, pat them slightly then use! I should add that in there.

  • Reply
    Judith Hilborn Ball
    August 2, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Oh my mouth is watering LOL

    • Reply
      thekitchenmagpie
      August 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      It’s so very good!

  • Reply
    rjohnson7707
    August 2, 2015 at 3:42 am

    KitchenMagpie I’m sending a request for this to be on the harvest menu !!!

    • Reply
      KitchenMagpie
      August 2, 2015 at 4:45 am

      rjohnson7707 How will the Harvest be where you are this year?

      • Reply
        rjohnson7707
        August 2, 2015 at 4:46 am

        KitchenMagpie In SE Sask we were really fortunate to have some timely rain so we’ll be ok. It’s kept the pastures green for my bison

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