Stacey Mei Yan Fong began baking pies for her project 50 Pies 50 States while waiting for her visa. Dedicating each pie to each state — and to a person in her life — the project soon became Stacey’s great love letter to the U.S. and a study of what home means to her.

Excerpted from 50 PIES, 50 STATES  2023 by Stacey Mei Yan Fong. Reproduced by permission of Voracious Books. All rights reserved. You can find out  more about  Stacey Mei Yan Fong here.


Makes one 10-inch pie
For the crust:
  • One pie crust, rolled out, fitted into a greased 10-inch pie pan, crimped, and frozen
  • ½ teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar

For the filling:
  • 3 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups sliced peaches about 3 medium)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the crumble topping:
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecan pieces
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
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Make the filling:

  • In a large bowl, mix all the filling ingredients together. 
  • Make sure that the cornstarch is thoroughly incorporated. 
  • Set it aside for 30 minutes for the fruit to macerate.

Make the crumble topping:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and pecans.
  • Using your fingers, slowly incorporate the softened butter in small amounts into the dry ingredients until the consistency resembles wet sand. Put in fridge until ready to use to keep the butter cool. 
  • The crumble can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a week.

Assemble the pie:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. 
  • Sprinkle the ½ teaspoon sugar and flour on the frozen crust base and swirl around with your fingers. 
  • Using a slotted spoon, fill the crust with the filling, leaving the juices behind. 
  • Top the filling with the crumble topping, making sure to cover all the fruit.

Bake the pie:

  • Bake the pie on a baking sheet on the center rack for 1 hour, rotating the pie clockwise every 15 minutes to make sure it cooks evenly. 
  • Cover the crust with foil for the last 15 minutes if the edges are getting too brown. 
  • Cool for at least 1 hour before serving and enjoying with a Miller Lite while country music blasts.