Dessert in Saskatoon
It may be low-hanging fruit (sorry!), but we can’t think about Saskatoon without thinking of its namesake berry. Saskatoon berries are grown in all three prairie provinces, but nowhere in the world are they celebrated like they are in Saskatchewan.
Although they can be confused with blueberries by the uninitiated, Saskatoon berries are actually a relative of the apple! They have a unique nutty flavour and a deep, purple juice when cooked down, making them a beautiful choice for pies, crumbles, and Mennonite platz.
We had our first taste of Saskatoon pie at a café located on a Saskatoon Saskatoon farm—that is to say, it was a farm just outside Saskatoon that grows Saskatoons. We’ll try to make this less confusing and get right to the pie.
This recipe for Saskatoon pie from Food Meanderings is everything we’ve been dreaming about since that trip to the berry farm. You’ll notice that unlike fruit pies that use raw fruit, Saskatoon pies call for berries that have been cooked down on the stovetop into a thick, dark, jammy filling. To get the best results and avoid scorching your berries, make sure to use a heavy-bottomed pot and a burner that provides low, even heat.
The KitchenAid TrueConvection range above has five burners that range from 5,000 to 19,000 BTU, letting you choose exactly the right one for the job, to give you the delicate simmer you need for sauces or, in this case, pie filling. When it comes time to bake your pie, the oven’s TrueConvection feature will ensure flakey, flawless pastry every time and, if you’re new to convection cooking, it will even do the conversions for you.
Saskatoons are usually ready to pick in July, but if you can’t wait for this year’s Saskatoon harvest or don't live near a berry farm (or secret picking spot), check the frozen section of your grocery store. And, if you can, make plans to attend the 2022 Saskatoon Berry Festival next summer in Mortlach, 70 minutes east of Swift Current.