If you love the tart taste of raspberries, then a raspberry pie will bring you joy. In addition, this recipe will bring out a different crunchy crust, instead of the usual soggy-pie-bottom that you will often be served.
Prep the Kitchen
- Get your pie tray(s) out, and pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Get the dogs into the kitchen and tell them to shush if they want pie later.
- Bring a broom and place it on the side.
- Beware. A cat or two will walk in while you’re cooking.
To cook, you need:
- 250g butter
- 750g digestive cookies
- 9 packs of raspberries, approximately 1kg
- ¼ Kilo of sugar
- 2 tablespoons custard powder
- Bag of beans
- You might need a slice of liver.
Put all the raspberries in a sauce pan and add the sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. The raspberries should disintegrate easily when heated. Let the sauce boil for a half hour, and then stand to cool.
Crush the cookies into fine crumbs in a bowl. Once crushed, add butter and mix into fine dough. Feed a cookie to each dog as a reward for being quiet and orderly.
Place cat on fridge.
Use 2 tablespoons, not more, of water to make dough sticky-ish. Line the cookie-dough on pie trays and ensure that the crust is not too thick. Once well lined, place in fridge to cool for ten minutes, to let the butter re-solidify.
You might want to give a pat of butter to each dog.
Once cooled, remove pie tray from fridge and line with cooking foil. Place about 100g of beans on the lined crust, to weigh it down. Put in oven to bake for 15 minutes, or before it starts burning/smoking.
While this is baking, stir custard with a little water to avoid lumps. Add custard to raspberry sauce to thicken it, and to give it a smooth consistency.
Once baked, remove from oven, careful not to burn yourself with the hot beans. The beans cannot be eaten after this, but they can be reused with another pie-cooking. Let them cool, and store separately from other beans. The main reason for placing beans on the crust is to weigh it down so it doesn’t rise while baking.
Once the crust is ready, fill the pie with the cooled raspberry sauce, and let it cool down.
Use broom to sweep up the soil clods that have been brought in by the dogs as they uprooted one of your plants while you were busy. Kick the dogs out of the house till later.
Feed liver to second cat who walks in and remove first cat from top of fridge.
Serve pie. A good dollop of whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream goes well.