Saturday, 30 July 2011

Wild Raspberry Raw Pie

What I did today:

Walked outside & picked some wild raspberries, no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. 

& then made a pie with them!

I love days like these.  Shouldn't all food be this simple?  Here's the recipe:

Wild Raspberry Raw Pie

  • 1 cup raw nuts (I used a mix of almonds and sunflower seeds)
  • soaked raisins
  • 1 cup raspberries (it's nice if their wild, but I know this isn't possible for everyone)
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked until soft & then rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Raw sweetener (honey, agave, stevia), added as desired
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
First make the pie crust by grinding the raw nuts into a powder using a food processor.  With the food processor running add the raisins slowly until the mixture begins to form a ball.  You may need to occasionally stop the machine to scrap down the sides.  Press the crust into a cake pan and put in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

It almost seemed a shame to mash up these little ruby spheres of raspberry goodness.  Nothing like the ones you get in the grocery store.

But ya can't make wild raspberry raw pie without breaking some raspberries. 

Okay so for the filling, simply blend everything in a blender until creamy & smooth.  If you don't have a high speed blender (as I don't), you'll have to do a bit more work.  Add a little bit of fresh water to the blender and add the cashews one handful at a time.  You will have to keep stopping the blender and stirring quite frequently.  If you add more water it will blend faster, but then you will have a less dense pie that falls apart when it's cut.  So try to add as little water as you can - it's worth it in the end.  Once the cashews are blended well, add the rest of the ingredients.

Pour the filling into the crust and leave in the fridge for a few hours to set up.

I've heard rumours that there's blackberries around these parts too.  Mmmmm wild blackberry raw pie!  Possibly a future post (unless I find something else creative to do with them).

But for now I'm enjoying the wild raspberry raw pie goodness ...

Who wants the last piece?

As I mentioned before, I don't have a high speed blender (Bullet budget, Vita-Mix dreams), so I had to slowly add the cashews and stop the blender constantly to stir.  But it was completely worth it, when I cut that first dense, decadent piece.

I bet those wild raspberries would be good in my raspberry raw serve too.

Have you ever scavenged in your backyard for edibles?  This was my first time using wild raspberries, but definitely not my last.

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