Prospero's red raspberry + ale pie

September  5, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Makes one 9-inch pie
Author Notes

A lush farewell to summer via plump raspberries, witty ale, and an all-butter oregano crust! —Valerie

What You'll Need
  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano, crushed & chopped
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter, cold & cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 6-8 tablespoons Cold half & half cream
  • 5 cups Fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar (use more or less, depending on the berries)
  • 1/4 cup Ale or stout
  • 1 Egg yolk, lightly beaten (for brushing into crust)
  • 2 tablespoons Granulated sugar (for sprinkling)
  1. Prepare the crust: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, granulated sugar & oregano. Add the cold butter cubes and mix until evenly coated.
  2. Place everything into the bowl of a large food processor. Using several short bursts, pulse until the mixture resembles cornmeal (it will look very dry). Transfer the mixture back to the large mixing bowl and place the bowl into freezer. Freeze for about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl from the freezer and sprinkle about 3 Tablespoons of the cream (or whole milk) on top of the mixture. Use a wooded spoon, a rubber spatula (or your hands) to gently work the cream into the dough. Keep adding cream, 1/2 Tablespoonful at a time, and mixing, until the dough starts to form a ball (you might not need all 8 Tablespoons). Don't add too much cream - the dough should be cohesive and slightly wet, but not sticky. Gather the dough into a ball and divide it in half. Flatten each piece of dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. {Note: Well wrapped, the dough can be refrigerated for three days.}
  4. Remove one disk of dough from the fridge. On a very well-floured surface, using a well-floured rolling pin, roll the disk into a 12-13 inch circle that's about 1/4-inch thick. Gently place the circle of dough into a 9-inch pie plate - make sure it's centered, if you try to stretch the dough at this point it will shrink back in the oven. Trim the overhang to about 1/2-inch and tuck it under forming a neat edge; refrigerate while you prepare the top crust.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the second disk of dough into a 12-13 inch circle; place on parchment paper-lined sheet till ready to use.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  7. Remove dough-lined pie pan from fridge; set aside
  8. In a large mixing bowl, combine berries, sugar and ale. Gently stir/fold until combined. Scrape berry mixture into crust, pressing down gently so it's even. If you're making a lattice crust with the second dough circle, place filled pie in fridge until strips are ready; otherwise lay the second dough circle on top of the berries - pinch or fold upper crust onto bottom crust and use your fingers or a fork to create decorative edge. Use a pairing knife to cut about three 2-inch long vents in center of upper crust.
  9. Brush top crust, or lattice stripes, with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden brown. If the edges are browning too quickly, cover them with a loose foil tent or pie protector. {Note: some of the berry juice oozed out of the pie and onto my oven - if your pie looks like it will do the same, place the pie onto a thin cookie sheet and continue baking.} Remove pie from oven and immediately place onto a cooling rack: cool completely before serving.

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1 Review

Suzie P. September 5, 2018
Tasty pie. The oregano was an interesting touch. The filling never set up, probably needs a little flour or corn starch to thicken it up. I would also use a deep dish 9” plate next time.