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RECIPE: Raspberry Cream Pie

August 1st us National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. We’d never had a raspberry cream pie, so we whipped one up. The only baking is of the pie shell or tart crust. The pie is served chilled—refreshing on a hot day.

It’s personal taste, but we prefer a buttery, shortbread tart crust to a conventional pie crust.

You can substitute any berry. We also enjoy a strawberry cream pie, blueberry cream pie, or mixed berries (you can get very artistic arranging the colors and textures).

RASPBERRY CREAM PIE RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raspberry purée
  • 1 baked pie crust or tart shell
  • 3 pints raspberries, lightly rinsed and patted dry
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    A raspberry cream tart, bursting with fresh fruit. Photo by Amber B | IST.

     
    Preparation

    1. COMBINE. In the top of a double boiler, mix sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk. Cook 15 minutes over hot water, stirring constantly until thick. Add egg yolks, stir and cook 3 minutes.

    2. ADD. Add butter and allow mixture to cool. Stir in vanilla. Add to pie shell and let set in the fridge for a half hour or more.

    3. VARIATION. You can also add raspberries to the cream filling, for a double raspberry cream pie. Add the raspberry purée along with the vanilla to the cooled cream mixture.

    3. GARNISH. Cover the top of the pie with the raspberries. It’s best to begin at the edges and work your way in. In this way, if you run out of berries, the ungarnished center will look “normal,” not a mistake.
     
    CREAM PIE VS. CREAM PIE

    What’s the difference between cream and creme? Just the spelling.

    Creme is an Americanization of the French word for cream, crème? (pronounced KREHM), most likely adapted to make the dish sound more special. But why mispronounce another language’s word for cream?

    Unless it’s a French recipe, such as Coeur à la Crème, stick to cream.

    PIE VS. TART

    We made a raspberry cream tart instead of a pie. What’s the difference between a pie and a tart?

    It’s interesting enough that we created an article about it. Check it out!

      




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