Recipe Feature — Two Chicks in the Mix

With roots in South LA, Two Chicks in the Mix intend to bring a new approach to bakeries in their community. From sourcing local, organic ingredients to making everything from scratch, they aim to create an experience that feels and tastes thoughtfully and lovingly made.

Their seasonal menu is inspired by California produce, unique flavor combinations, and Black food culture.

Mixed Berry Balsamic Pie

Perfect for the summer time!

Serves: one 9-inch pie

Image via @twochicksinthemix

Image via @twochicksinthemix



  • 1 double crust pie dough recipe

  • 7 cups mixed berries

  • 1⁄4 cup + 3 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 3⁄4 cup brown sugar

  • 1⁄4 cup cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons of brown butter

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 2 dashes of angostura bitters Grated zest of 1 lemon  Pinch of salt

  • Cinnamon, to taste

  • Egg wash, for brushing

  • Granulated sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Cook 3.5 cups of the berries and the sugar until the fruit has softened and juices have been released from fruits. Transfer to a bowl.

  3. Add the remainder of berries to the cooked berries. In a large mixing bowl, gently stir together the berries, cornstarch, brown butter, bitters, cinnamon, lemon zest, salt, and balsamic vinegar until the berries are evenly coated. Set aside.

  4. Form the pie dough into a disk and divide it into equal halves. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one half of dough into a 12-inch round circle. Carefully transfer it to a 9-inch pie pan and trim the excess pie dough to create a 1-inch overhang. Tuck the dough overhang under itself and pinch the dough between your thumb and forefinger to make a decorative edge around the rim. Fill the pie crust with the berry mixture.

  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the second half of pie dough. Using a sharp knife and a ruler, cut out 3⁄4-inch wide strips of dough. Layer the strips over the top of the pie in a decorative fashion. Trim and tuck the edges of the strips into the pie mixture itself.

  6. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the pie with egg wash and sprinkle granulated sugar over the crust. Bake the pie for 20 minutes then lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue baking. Cover the edges of the pie crust with aluminum foil to prevent further browning. Bake an additional 50-65 minutes, or until the lattice and crust are evenly browned.

  7. For perfect slices, cool for at least 3-5 hours (or overnight). Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.

LA #DessertSquad, come visit Two Chicks in the Mix at the first ever Dessert Goals Pop Up during Rom Com Fest on Saturday, June 22nd from 2:30pm-11pm. They will be selling heart-shaped brownies, too cute! Tickets are still available!