Friday, July 15, 2011

Raspberry Pie

Step 1: Pick fresh raspberries and get your hands REALLY messy.

Step 2: Wash said hands in pond.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until sufficient amount of berries is picked.
Step 4: Follow recipe below :)

Raspberry Pie w/ Crumb Topping

Crust (based on this recipe)

1 1/2 c. Bob's Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. Sun Crystals
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. olive oil
3 tbsp. milk

Mix flour, sugar, and salt. Mix oil and milk with a fork and pour over flour mixture. Mix until well blended, then spread over pie pan with fingers.

Filling (based on this recipe):

3 Tbs arrowroot powder
1/2 cup water
1/2-3/4 c sucanat
dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
splash of vanilla 
2½-4 cups black raspberries (The more you use, the thicker it will be :)
In a saucepan, dissolve the arrowroot in the water. Add Sun Crystals and mix well. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved and glaze slightly thickened. Remove from heat and sir in cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Fold in the berries.  

Crumb Topping (based on this recipe):  

1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 cup Sun Crystals
1/4 cup butter
pinch salt

Combine the flour, sugar, butter and salt in a mixing bowl. Use fingers to incorporate the butter with the dry ingredients.

Putting it all together:

Pour filling into prepared pie shell and sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake in a 350° F oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm or cold, but not straight from the oven or the pie will be hard to cut.

*On a personal note, this pie was VERY easy to make. I tend to not have patience nor success in rolling out pie crusts and this was the first crumb topping that was a hit. I could have easily eaten this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I would probably also like with oats in the topping. I think the pastry flour helps a lot. And the crust didn't fall apart when cut, not even on the first piece! I will be trying this recipe with blueberries, hopefully this weekend!

UPDATE: I did make this with blueberries and it was so good! I used 4 cups and it was almost too many, will probably only use 3 next time. Of course, it might have been so messy to get out because we couldn't wait for it to cool :) Pictures taken by Leah.

UPDATE- This also works great with fresh cherries (I used about 3 cups). I also used only sucanat as the sugar in the cherry pie and it was great! No pics though until I download them from my phone.

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