Lattice Topped Raspberry Pie
If I want to put a smile on my husband’s face I make this heavenly Lattice Topped Raspberry Pie. Check out the secret combination for the most exquisite pie crust, too!
A Berry Pie is a classic summer dessert. Whether your filling is fresh raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or a combination, you’ll love a slice topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Why You Must Make
- If you want to make a good impression, serve a pie with a flaky homemade pastry crust.
- Raspberries or the combination of raspberries and peaches make outstanding fruit pies.
- This is perfect for summer gatherings when you can get local berries or grocery store berries at a decent price while they’re in season.
We had dinner guests last weekend; and after my friend, Barb, of Creative Culinary, raved about her pie crust made with leaf lard, I had to dig my stash out of the freezer. I baked up both a peach pie and this lattice-topped raspberry pie.
My pie crust is quite similar to Barb’s. We both use a combination of butter, for flavor, and lard, for exquisite flakiness. My leaf lard pie crust recipe made its debut in this blog post from Thanksgiving 2010. It’s outstanding. Scroll down if you’re new to making homemade pie crust for my tips.
Leaf Lard + Premium Butter = Best Pie Crust Ever
For those of you who haven’t heard of leaf lard, it’s rendered from the pork fat found around the kidneys and the loin. It is the highest grade of lard, with little to no pork flavor, and is known to produce the flakiest pie crusts. My mother-in-law would always make the BEST lard pie crusts. I use a combination of leaf lard and butter for the best flavor and texture.
Local friends can find leaf lard at Moody’s Meats. It keeps well in the freezer and I always stock up at Thanksgiving. And also make sure to use the highest quality butter you can find. Look for European or European-style butter as they contain less water than American butter. Kerrygold brand is readily available.
Tips for Making Pie Crust
I doubt anyone was born knowing how to make a perfect pie crust. It takes loads of practice to recognize when the dough has enough water, is blended enough, and is rolled to the proper thickness. But a few tips will help make the process easier.
Choosing the Fat
- There are so many variations of fats that can go into pie crust. All lard, all butter, all shortening, or a mixture of these. Some folks use oil, but I’m not a fan. Each of these fats has benefits.
- I like using 2/3 butter for the flavor and 1/3 either shortening or lard for the flakiness they provide.
- PRO-Tip: Keep your fats cold. If you find you use shortening a lot in your crusts, consider keeping some stored in the freezer, so it’s always cold and ready to go. Some bakers chill their bowls and even the flour to keep the pie dough cool.
- I like using leaf lard, the highest grade of lard with little to no pork flavor, and known to produce the flakiest pie crust.
Mixing the Pie Dough
- PRO-Tip: Use a pastry blender or food processor to mix the fat or fats into the dry ingredients. You’ll want the mixture to look like cornmeal with a few pea-sized bits interspersed.
- Over-processed pie dough will not result in a flaky crust.
- Also, use ice water to moisten your dough, but make sure no actual ice gets into the pie dough. Do not add too much water.
- PRO-Tip: You want just enough so the dough holds together when you pinch it between your fingers.
Rolling the Pie Dough
- Wrap flattened rounds of your pie dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling. This gives the gluten time to relax and the fat time to rechill.
- Roll out the pie dough on a well-floured surface. Roll from the center outward and rotate the dough a quarter turn and repeat. If the dough doesn’t turn easily, re-flour the surface.
- Do not overwork the dough as you need to keep the small bits of fat intact as they make for a flaky crust when baked.
Fitting the Pie Dough into the Pie Plate
- Fold the rolled-out dough in half, then place and unfold it in the pie plate. Do not stretch the dough to fit, but instead, let it fall into place.
- If your crust has gotten warm during the rolling and fitting process, chill it again in the pie plate.
- If your pie needs a top crust, make sure to add some vents to let the steam escape. Lattice-topped pies have natural vents.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fruit pies need a thickening agent like flour, cornstarch, or tapioca. This pie uses instant tapioca and cornstarch. The advantages of tapioca are that it doesn’t deteriorate when exposed to acid ingredients and won’t turn cloudy or lose its effectiveness at room temperature. It must sit in the fruit juices for about 10 minutes and then cook almost to boiling to thicken the filling properly.
Cornstarch must also be mixed with a liquid before adding it to the filling so it won’t create lumps when it’s cooked. It will create a clear jell after it gets hot enough to bubble/boil.
If you don’t add enough thickening agents for the amount of fruit, the filling will be runny. And if you use cornstarch or tapioca and the filling doesn’t get hot enough, it will not gel. With a lattice crust, it’s easier to see if the filling bubbles, but if your pie has a solid top crust, look into the air vents to look for signs of bubbling. Bubbling filling indicates it’s hot enough to thicken properly.
When a pie is filled with wet filling, it takes some time for the heat of the oven to cook the bottom crust. The bottom crust can absorb some of the moisture from the filling before it bakes. With a single-crust pie, you can blind-bake it or bake it before adding the filling, but that can’t be done with a double-crust pie.
Instead, you can bake the pie on a sheet pan instead of directly on the oven rack. The pan will provide direct heat to the bottom of the pie, helping it cook faster.
The baking time in this recipe is a general guideline. You may add more fruit or less fruit plus all ovens bake a bit differently. As the lower end of the baking time nears, look at the crust as it should be golden brown. Also, eye the middle of the pie filling. In order for the filling to thicken, it must be bubbling.
Don’t expect a rolling boil like when boiling water, but instead just bubbling visible between the lattice strips. If you make a solid top crust, a few vents must be cut to release steam. Check the vents for bubbling.
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- Plus, here’s one of my favorite Raspberry Recipes (a yummy Raspberry Crisp!)
- Also, check out my Recipe Index for all my Pie Recipes
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 12 tablespoons cold premium butter (Kerry Gold or other European butters work well), and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 8 tablespoons lard, leaf lard preferred, cold, and cut into pieces similar size to the butter.
- 6-8 tablespoons ice water or enough till crust just holds together when pinched between your fingers
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 5 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 tablespoon butter
Glaze for crust:
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- In a food processor, pulse together flour, salt, and sugar to mix. Add butter and lard and pulse 3-5 times, till the mixture resembles cornmeal, with a few pea-sized chunks of fat. Add ice water one tablespoon at a time, until the dough just holds together.
- Form dough into two balls and flatten them into disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for one hour or longer. Roll and fit the pie tin with one round of crust; trim the edges to just a bit wider than the pie plate. Place in fridge while preparing to fill.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar, tapioca, cornstarch, and raspberries; let stand for 15 minutes.
- Roll out the remaining dough to at least a 12-inch circle. Cut into strips 1-1¼ inches wide. On a Silpat or piece of parchment, weave strips into a lattice crust.
- Start with your two longest strips crossing over in the center. See the link below for more details. You can also not weave, but instead, lay half the strips in one direction, and lay the other half over them perpendicular to the first set.
- Space the strips so that the lattice will cover all the fruit filling. Slide Silpat or parchment onto a flat baking sheet and chill for a few minutes to let the dough firm up slightly, but not so long that it gets hard and brittle.
- Scoop filling into the pie plate and dot with pieces of the 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Carefully transfer the lattice crust and center it over the top of the pie (I use a large cake mover). Trim, seal, and flute edges. Brush with milk; sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
- Cool on a wire rack. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Filling inspired by Taste of Home recipe.
May use shortening if leaf lard is not available.
European butter has less water and work well for pie crust.
Total time does not include chilling time for pie dough. You can also weave the lattice crust right on top of the pie.
Your strips may get stained from the process of plaiting, but the juices will bubble onto the lattice during baking, so the top will never be pristine.
There are photos of how to make a lattice crust on Simply Recipes.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 644Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 296mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 6gSugar: 39gProtein: 5g