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[Paleo] Raspberry Pie?


Mighty_Mouse

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Hey gang-

I figured if anybody had a Paleo recipe for raspberry pie, the fine folk at Nerd Fitness would. :)
 

I'm already planning on baking a Paleo apple pie next week from a recipe I found online, but my boyfriend is asking for raspberry pie and I can't seem to find anything. Does anyone have a recipe I could borrow for this?

 

Or, barring an actual Paleo recipe, has anyone had any success substituting Paleo ingredients in a normal recipe? I'm specifically wondering about subbing in almond flour for regular flour.

 

Thanks gang!

 

~Mighty_Mouse

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I've never had a raspberry pie, but I assume any paleo pie crust would work for the bottom crust, then just do a crumble topping on it? (I usually throw together almond flower, sliced almonds, pecans, honey, coconut oil, butter, and a dash of salt and mash it all together, then crumble it on top) As for the filling, I assume it's just fruit, seasoning, sugar (honey), maybe juice, and a thickener. Arrowroot powder works as a perfect substitute for corn starch, which is what I usually use as a thickener in pies.

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Excellent Vian, thanks so much! I was having problems finding something to sub in for corn starch. I have a pie crust recipe that served me well in my pre-Paleo days, so I think I'm going to try using almond flour and see how it works. I'm just nervous because I hear it's a little difficult to work with.

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Almond flour does not work like wheat flour. It doesn't have the gluten to bind it together. I used this one once for a quiche. I liked the crust, and I liked the quiche, but I did not like them together. The crust was too sweet, but it would be perfect for a fruit or berry pie. http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-pie-crust/

 

I really don't think a top crust would work. Generally almond flour crusts require that you just press the dough into the pie pan, it's far too brittle to try and roll it out to form a top crust. I think a crumble topping is the way to go.

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You could always make a "cold pie" by cooking the raspberries into a compote on the stovetop with some gelatin or pectin as the thickener (or cranberries, they work great). and then pour it into a baked pie shell and let it cool and thicken in the fridge.  

 

If you insist on a "cooked pie" just cover the pie with foil instead of a top crust since you're using paleo crusts.

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