Pie, pie, pie, pi

I’ve been trying to get this pie right for a while; this is the third attempt. Hat tip to Elizabeth at Savory Salty Sweet for the blueberry cream pie in a gingersnap crust that inspired this raspberry adaptation.


Raspberry Cream Pie in a Chocolate Cookie Crust

Cookie Crust
9 ounces chocolate cookies (I used Newman’s Organic Alphabet cookies. 7 oz package is a little skimpy; you’ll want more. What I really wanted was chocolate graham crackers, but I can’t find them anywhere)
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, with rack in the middle position.
Process cookies in a food processor until they are pulverized into small crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a medium bowl and combine with the melted butter while stirring with a spatula. Stir until crumbs start to cling together.
Pour the crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie pan. Using a spoon or your fingers, press the crumbs into the pan, evenly covering the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake the crust for 8 minutes. Remove crust from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

Pastry Cream
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 cups milk
3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan set over medium low heat, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt. Slowly pour in milk while steadily whisking, making sure the cornstarch mixture does not clump up. Whisk in the egg yolks. Slowly whisk the mixture for 7 to 8 minutes, until it becomes quite thick. Remove from the heat and immediately whisk in vanilla. Pour the custard into the baked gingersnap crust. Place in refrigerator to start cooling while you glaze the berries.

Glazed raspberries (Makes the red really pop, and helps keep berries perky)
3 cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons apricot jam

For optional chocolate drizzle
Some may call this gilding the lily, but it’s pretty and delicious, too!
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (30 seconds at a time in microwave, stirring each time. It will still be pretty thick when melted, but do your best!)

Don’t rinse the berries; they’ll get all weepy. Thin apricot jam with water, and brush on raspberries with a pastry brush. Pile raspberries on top of custard. Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over all. Place pie in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, until custard has set and pie is thoroughly chilled.

Serves 6 to 8 people.

Here’s the history of these pies, so you know what not to do.

Version 1: I rinsed the berries, and they were very sloppy! I used Trader Joe’s Low Fat Cat Cookies because I couldn’t find chocolate graham crackers, and couldn’t get them to crush down enough. It was tasty, but the crust was too coarse in texture.


Version 2: I tried a graham cracker crust with a chocolate ganache lining under the pastry cream. It tasted great, but was a big sloppy mess under there because the ganache didn’t firm up the way I wanted. I had put it in the freezer to firm up, but it probably melted again when I put in the warm pastry cream, and didn’t have enough time to become solid again before I needed to serve it.



Back to the original chocolate cookie idea for version 3, as seen above! I made all the mistakes so you don’t have to. It’s good, but my favorite is still the original blueberry cream pie in the gingersnap crust. I just love blueberries.


And here’s the progress on my Blueberry Half Pi shawl. I’m on row 124. 20 more rows of easy-peasy gull wing lace, and then on to the hearts border. It’s hard to really see what it will look like when it’s all scrunched up on the needles like this, but I’m hoping it blocks into a big half circle of gossamer beauty.


What’s on your needles?

9 responses to “Pie, pie, pie, pi

  1. I love blueberries and raspberries, but what I have an abundance of is blackberries. We had cobbler last night, and will probably have some on ice cream tonight!

  2. Oh my…your pies and pi looks delish! I would dash for the one with chocolate ganache first.. Thanks for perfecting such deductive treat 😀

  3. Pi and Pie look gorgeous. Now that I finally have most of my cookbooks back from storage I’m going to look for Simca Beck’s (yes, of Mastering/Julia) chocolate “cake” with raspberries and give you my chef secrets of how I made it at Mendocino’s Cafe Beaujolais many years ago. OK I can’t remember the recipe, I’m old, darn it! Cheers from Dee

  4. You have definitely taken this pie to a whole new level, and I wholeheartedly approve. I love all the adaptations!

  5. Oh YUM! The pie looks wonderful.

    Love the color of your new shawl. That is a gorgeous blue!

    On my needles? I have Steve’s Hudson Bay-inspired blanket and I’m on the last few rows of Wingspan.

  6. Yum, yum and yum! Thanks for sharing the pie recipe. Delish. Can’t wait to see your pi shawl. 🙂

  7. I read this and promptly put on my to-do list “send chocolate graham crackers to Michele”…because how silly is it that you wouldn’t be able to find them? I figured it must just be some odd failing of Portland. But I didn’t make it to the grocery store until yesterday, where I found…no chocolate graham crackers. WHERE DID THEY ALL GO?!? 😦

    • Isn’t that crazy? And then on FB I saw that a friend had made a pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust. Apparently they have them on the other side of town, just not on my side. Or I’m shopping in the wrong stores…