Kid Chef Organic Raspberry Pie

Kids can make this awesome organic raspberry pie for a party. When kids grow an organic garden with a raspberry patch, they can harvest abundant berries in the summer. Kids can line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread out the berries, and freeze thoroughly. Once frozen, pack the berries in a ziplock bag and date the bag. Kids can use a package of organic frozen raspberries to make this pie any time of year. Because frozen fruits add extra liquid to the filling, kids can make a top crust of cutouts to offset the added moisture. 

Kids can start by grating with a box grater, 16 tablespoons of cold organic vegan butter, because pie dough turns out best when chilled. In a large bowl, kids can mix with their fingers 2 ½ cups plus 2 tbsp organic whole wheat pastry flour, the vegan butter, and ¼ tsp sea salt. Add ⅔ cup ice water and mix into a ball. Wrap the dough into a 6” x 4” rectangle in plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. 

Kids can remove the dough from the refrigerator, let sit 10 minutes, and divide into two pieces, with one slightly bigger. Roll the larger piece out to fit over the glass pie dish that has been sprayed with organic extra virgin olive oil. Press around the bottom, drape the excess over the sides of the pan, and put the pie dish in the refrigerator. Roll the smaller piece of dough, place on a floured sheet of parchment paper, and refrigerate. 

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, stir 1 cup organic sugar and ¼ cup organic cornstarch. Mix in 3 cups frozen organic raspberries,1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, and ¼ cup fresh orange juice. Pour the filling into the chilled crust. Kids can use their favorite cookie cutter on the smaller piece of dough and cover the filling with the cutouts, making sure each piece of dough touches another as well as the edges of the bottom crust. Brush the dough with organic maple sugar.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until the surface is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let the pie rest and cool completely before slicing. Kids can assemble this pie ahead of the party and freeze it unbaked for up to a month.


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