Crazy Crust Berry Pie

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Crazy Crust Berry Pie – this easy berry pie recipe has a crazy crust that creates itself in the oven. It’s a cross between a pie and a cobbler! If you don’t like crust (or think you can’t make it) but want to make pie, THIS is the easy pie recipe for you.

Crazy Crust Berry Pie - this EASY pie recipe makes its own crust! It's a cross between a cobbler and a pie and it's perfect for people who aren't crazy about crust.

This pie recipe came about by accident. Want to hear the story? Great! (Um, if you said no, scroll down, ha!)

I have a trademark for my blog name, Crazy for Crust. That means that no one else can use it in the U.S. Part of the deal of the trademark is that I have to be on top of when someone uses it or else I can lose my rights to the name. Anyway, long story short, that means that I routinely google Crazy for Crust to see if anything comes up that’s not stuff about me or this blog.

I was doing this last week when something called “Crazy Crust” kept coming up. Intrigued, I clicked over and found that there is such a thing as a Crazy Crust Pie. It’s a pie that has a batter crust that forms while it’s baking. No rolling, no pressing into the pan: you pour the batter in, add the filling, and as it bakes the filling takes up the center and the crust forms around the edges.


Crazy for Crust needed a Crazy Crust berry pie…so this is my version.

Crazy Crust Berry Pie - the easy pie recipe that makes a crust in the oven!

I tried a few times before I settled on this crazy crust berry pie recipe. The crust is a mixture that’s almost like a pancake batter. It’s made of flour, an egg, sugar, water, butter, and baking powder. It’s as easy as mixing it up and pouring it into the pan. Once it’s baked, it’s not too sweet – perfect, with a nice sweet pie filling.

Crazy crust berry pie is almost like an upside down cobbler.

Most of the recipes that came up when I was researching were either apple (from scratch) or used pie filling. I love apple pie, in fact I have two versions, plus a slab pie, on this site, so I’m pretty appled-out at this point. I decided to go with berry, because that’s my dad’s favorite (and I can freeze this pie for Thanksgiving!)

This time of years fresh berries are meh, so frozen berries are where it’s at.

Oregon Berries

Aren’t those berries gorgeous? They’re defrosted Oregon Berries that I used for this crazy crust berry pie recipe. Specifically, they’re marionberries, which are an Oregon Marion Blackberry. You can use any berries you like in this pie. Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, your choice. If you’re like me and love using frozen fruit in your pies, check for Oregon Berries next time you’re shopping. They have a single growing season, are picked at the peak of freshness and frozen within 24 hours, and are available year round. Plus, frozen berries are often much more economical to portion out for baking.

Note: If you’re using frozen berries in this crazy crust berry pie recipe, it’s important to defrost them well.

I like to let them sit out for an hour or so, until they are thawed, and then I drain them very well. You don’t want extra water in your pie. Once you mix the berries with some sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon, you add them to the top of the batter in the pie plate and bake it. The berries sink down and get thick and form a pie in the center, with a crust around the edge.

It’s Crazy Crust berry pie, yo’. I’ll be serving this with whipped cream and LOTS of ice cream.

Crazy Crust Berry Pie - this EASY pie recipe makes its own crust! It's a cross between a cobbler and a pie and it's perfect for people who aren't crazy about crust.

Gah, the crazy crust berry pie is so pretty too!

Crazy Crust Berry Pie

Crazy Crust Berry Pie - this easy berry pie recipe has a crazy crust that creates itself in the oven. It's a cross between a pie and a cobbler!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 /8th pie


For the crust:

  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (124g) all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup water

For the filling:

  • 3 cups frozen berries any kind, thawed and drained well (fresh is fine too)
  • cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) cornstarch
  • Whipped cream or ice cream for serving, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9.5-inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. (You can probably use a 9-inch but don't go any smaller.)


  • Beat butter until smooth with a hand mixer in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the sugar, egg, salt, and baking powder. Add the water and flour and mix until smooth.


  • Sprinkle sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch over berries, gently toss to coat.
  • Pour crust batter into pie plate, then place the berries in the center. Try to get the berries in a single layer, but leave a 1-inch border to form the edge of the "crust".
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out dry from the edges. The center will still be somewhat wet looking because of the berries.
  • Cool completely before slicing and serving. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.
  • Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1/8th pie | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 91mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pie

Check out all of my pie crust recipes for even more inspiration!

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This post was sponsored by Oregon Berries. All opinions are 100% my own.

Last Updated on September 16, 2019

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  1. I’m happy to find an “impossible” or crazy crust recipe that does not rely on Bisquick or baking mix. I prefer to use whole wheat pastry flour and butter in my baking and not get the preservatives. We picked 13 lbs of blueberries a few days ago, so I can’t wait to get home from work and try this!! Sounds great.

  2. This recipe is very similar to my grandma Mary’s recipe by the same crazy crust name. I was so happy to see it on a web site. I’ve been making the fresh blackberry version since l was a teen in the early 70s. An excellent, simple fresh desert or for brunch.

  3. Never saw this site before. I love it. This pie looks incredible and I just came home from the store with 2 containers of blackberries so it must be fate…meant to be! Can hardly wait.

  4. I have to tell you I made this pie on Sunday for a church pie auction and it sold with the highest bid of the auction at $105- all on looks!!
    Thankfully they ate it that night and told me they loved it!! Whew! So, this pie is worth at least that much 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe- this is a keeper!

  5. I would like to know if I could use canned cherry pie filling with this crust. I can’t  make regular pie crust any longer and this would be a perfect way to satisfy my craving for some cherry pie.