Boysenberry Pie

Homemade boysenberry pie recipe with fresh off-the-vine boysenberries, a cross between blackberries, loganberries, and raspberries.



  • 1 pie dough recipe for top and bottom crust
  • 5 cups boysenberries (can substitute blackberries or marionberries), rinsed, picked clean, lightly patted dry (if you use frozen berries, first defrost them and then drain them of excess moisture)
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you want your pie)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp quick cooking instant tapioca (you can find it in the baking aisle of your supermarket)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash


1 Put berries, sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, and quick tapioca in a large bowl. Gently fold so that the berries are all coated with some sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes.

2 Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll out one ball of pie dough on a lightly floured surface to 12-inch diameter. Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan with the dough. Chill in refrigerator while you roll out the bottom crust.

3 Roll out second ball of pie dough. If you plan to do a lattice top, as pictured, prepare the dough strips as described in How to Make a Lattice Top for a Pie Crust.


4 Scoop berry mixture into dough-lined pie dish. If you would like your pie to have a lattice top, weave strips of pie dough over the top of the fruit-filled pie dish. If you would like your pie to have a solid top, place the second rolled-out pie dough crust on top of the pie. Press ends of strips into the rim of the bottom crust. Trim the edges to 1/2-inch. Fold the edges back over themselves and crimp to seal. If you are using a solid top crust, score the top to create air vents.

Gently brush the top with beaten egg.

5 Place pie on middle rack of the oven, on a baking sheet to catch any juices that might bubble over. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes. Place a sheet of aluminum foil over the pie to protect the edges and tops from getting burnt. Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 30 minutes, until crust is browned and filling is bubbly.


Remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Cool completely before serving (or the filling will be runny).

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  • Katie

    Boysenberry pie is a family classic for me, it brings back memories of my grandma’s pie. I tried this recipe for my very first pie ever and my whole family loved it! Boysenberry pie is now the family’s favorite dessert. Thank you for the recipe I have used it about a dozen times in the past year!

    P.s. I have used cornstarch as well as tapioca flour with great results, and I have also substituted lime for lemon when I don’t have it on hand.

  • Mary M

    Hi! I’m a bit of a baking newbie. For the instant tapioca, do we just put it in, in powdered form? So like, not pudding form? Thank you!

    Yes, use the powdered (or granular as it is more aptly described) form. Not cooked. ~Elise

  • Benjie Randall


    This may be a very stupid question. But do I make the instant tapioca with the milk in the microwave and add that to the mixture? Or just add the dry tapioca mix in with the berries and sugar? I’ve never baked a thing in my life but this is my fathers favorite pie and I want to make him one for Christmas
    Thank you

    Just add the dry instant tapioca to the filling ingredients. ~Elise

  • Ed

    Is it possible to construct and then freeze the pie before cooking?
    I’m looking to make 5-6 for a weekend event and I’d like to have them ready to bake and serve from the oven on the day.
    Thank you.

    Yes, though I haven’t done it. I’m guessing that all you have to do is put the pie together, as if it were going in the oven, wrap it in plastic and then foil, and then freeze. Just go straight from freezer to oven and cook a bit longer. If anyone has a different way of doing this, or can confirm that this method works, please let us know in the comments. ~Elise

  • Jill

    Hi Elise,

    I just made this pie! Not quite as pretty as yours, but a big hit with the husband.

    Blackberries are in season here in Northern California. This was the perfect seasonal treat.

    An extra thank you for the tips and tricks making the lattice. I would not have had the guts to try it without your help.

    One question – Whole Foods carries Tapioca starch (which I used) but not instant Tapioca. Does it matter much??

    Warm regards,


    Tapioca starch should work fine. ~Elise

  • Eliza

    Wow… thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! The pie crust recipe and tips were the most valuable to me. I didn’t have enough boysenberries so I bulked the pie out with slices of apple, it was truly divine and looked a million dollars. My boyfriend couldn’t believe the lattice top and now thinks I’m amazing ;) Thanks so much!

  • Megan

    Can I substitute cornstarch for the tapioca?

    Yes, you should be able to do a one-to-one substitution with cornstarch. ~Elise

  • Brandi

    Looking forward to making this! Quick question, in step 5, should the foil go on at the start or after the first 30 min of baking?

    After the first 30 minutes of baking. The edges should get browned first, then you need to protect them so that they don’t get burnt. ~Elise

  • Emily

    How many servings does one pie have for a 9 inch pan?

    6 to 8, depending on how large the slices. ~Elise

  • Bev

    I used this recipe. I appreciated the picture of what boysenberries looked liked and the health infor. I used prepared frozen pie shells,I pricked the bottom crust and bake it @ 350 degrees with aluminum foil around the crust(to prevent burning once the fruit is added). The pie was simply delicious. The quick cooking tapioca made the pie look like the photo. There are instructions on the tapioca box .

  • Lyndsay

    When I have attempted to make berry pies in the past, my bottom crust is soggy. Is there any methods to consider so that the bottom crust cooks and doesn’t just turn to mush?! I love your site – keep the deliciousness coming, Elise!

  • subharati

    I don’t think I can make a pie crust by myself, therefore I am wondering whether you have any suugestions for a good brand of pre- prepared pie crust? I really want to make one but its the crust that makes me loose all enthusiasm.

    Trader Joe’s has a decent frozen crust that comes folded, in a box. ~Elise

  • Whitney

    Can you make fruit pies with frozen berries? It seems like if you are going to mascerate them anyway they would get to the consistency of thawed. Or perhaps cooking while still frozen? Obviously I have no experience with this.

    Yes you can make pies with frozen berries. Defrost them first and let the excess moisture drain off, before adding the sugar. ~Elise

  • Mary

    This looks wonderful. Berry pies are delicious, but they tend to be so expensive in the grocery store that I never want to buy enough for a pie. I love the idea of growing them though. How difficult are they to keep happy (other than making sure they don’t take over the yard)?

    Once a year, after the season has ended, they need to be severely cut back, which can be somewhat of a task. But my mom seems to manage. In the spring they should be mulched and fertilized. ~Elise