Berries make me happy!

I love a good birthday party and a beautiful cake!

Baking for a loved one is one of the most rewarding activities in life, don't you agree? So when a birthday is coming for someone I love, I can't wait to start messing up the kitchen!

Berry birthday cake!

I feel though, that almost every cake and sweet pie recipe out there have an extremely exaggerated and unhealthy amount of sugar or/and fat (oil or butter). Yes, those are basic ingredients to make things sweet and tasty, of course, but I believe in the true taste of the main ingredients, and that's why I love fruit cakes!

Fruit brings the sweetness naturally and you can leave at least most of the extra sugar and sometimes fat out. Fruit still contains lots of sugar, so the amounts we decide to eat of certain high-fructose fruits needs to be mindfully decided by each of us, depending on our health, age, etc.

This berry pie was really easy and yummy! And it made a birthday boy happy!

In this version I added the top berries before baking, I prefer this style in winter time.

The base:

- 1 cup of flour (I like multigrain)
- 1tbs of almonds finely chopped or almond flour
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 100 g of butter, soft but as cold as possible | Vegan: 75 g of coconut oil
- 1 tsp of honey (melted)
- 1 tbs of freshly squeezed lime or orange juice

Mix all dry ingredients well, then add the egg, butter/oil, honey, and juice. Mix well until you have a nice dough with smooth consistency. Roll out until you get a thin but uniform dough that does not break.

Cover your favourite round ceramic dish. Press to extend if needed to leave at least 5mm to spread out of the dish. Leave in the fridge.

The pie:

- ~350g of blueberries or your local berries (It works great with frozen berries too)
- 100g cream cheese (for the not so healthy version) or 50g of ricotta plus 50g of full-cream unsweetened plain yogurt (bit healthier version) | Vegan: coconut yogurt
- 1 tbsp lime or orange juice
- 1 tbs of honey (Depending on the sweetness of your berries, you could leave this out or add more)
- 1 egg (optional, it gives more consistency but I like the outcome without it as well)
- 1 tsp nutmeg

Mix all ingredients with the exception of the berries. When the mix is well integrated and smooth, add 3/4 of the berries and gently mix with a wooden spoon to avoid smashing the berries.

Place the mixture on top of your chilled pie base and cook for 30 - 35 mins at 200°C or until you notice the edges of your base are nicely brown.

Wait until it cools and add the rest of the berries on top of your pie. Enjoy with loved ones!

Recipe adapted from AnninUunissa and other experiments (some epic failures) with pies.