Take a bite of summer
(Photo by Evan Feekes)
Are you ready to pie-cycle your way across Iowa? For a tasty treat during RAGBRAI, consider making this fun pie! While pie is always in season, summer brings a multitude of fruit for fillings. One of the new staff favorites here at INHF is this raspberry pie with chocolate crust.
Chocolate Raspberry Pie
- 1 c (2 sticks) + 2 T butter
- 3 T cocoa powder (we used King Arthur Flour's Black Cocoa)
- 3 T sugar
- 2 ½ c flour
- Approximately ½ c cold coffee
- 6 c raspberries
- 1 c sugar
- 5-6 T flour (depending on how juicy your berries are—add more flour to thicken the filling)
- 1 ½ T lemon juice (about half of a lemon)
- A pinch of nutmeg
- A pinch of salt
- Demerara or white sparkle sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 425.
- To make the crust, mix flour, cocoa, and sugar together. Then cut the cold butter (1/2” chunks) into the flour mixture, or pulse several times in a food processor until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Slowly add in cold coffee, a few tablespoons at a time, until it begins to come together. Next, separate in half and press into a disc. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to two days.
- To prepare the crust, roll the bottom crust out first, cut to fit a 9” pie pan, and press the crust in. Roll the second crust out and cut out star shapes with a cookie cutter. Set aside and chill for about 20 minutes.
- In the meantime, make the filling. Mix all ingredients for the filling in a large bowl, using the spoon to break up the berries.
- To assemble the pie, crimp the edges of the bottom crust and spread raspberry filling evenly over the crust. Next, top the pie with the cut-out stars and sprinkle demerara or white sparkle sugar over the top.
- Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 and bake for an additional 35-40 minutes, until the filling is bubbling and the crust is done. Cool and store in the refrigerator. We recommend serving the pie with fresh whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
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