350-CaliforniaNuggetsofGoldRaisinPie

California Nuggets of Gold Raisin Pie

Carol Socier, Second Place Amateur Division Calfornia Raisin Category 2009 APC Crisco® National Pie Championships
Golden raisins, white chocolate chips and pineapple dress this pie with tantalizing flavors.

Details

INGREDIENTS

    Crust

    • 1 1/4 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup cold butter-flavored all vegetable shortening*
    • 1/4 cup cold, unsalted butter
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold milk

    Filling

    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 small can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple packed in juice
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    • 1 cup white chocolate chips
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
    • 1 cup California golden raisins

    Topping

    • 2 packages (8 ounces each) pineapple-flavor cream cheese spread
    • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
    • 1/2 cup California golden raisins
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts; for garnish

    PROCEDURE

    Crust
    In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add cold shortening and butter and cut in with fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg yolk and cold milk together and add to flour mixture, a little at a time, tossing with a fork until dough holds together. Shape into a flat round and chill 30 minutes or overnight. Roll out between two sheets of wax paper to fit a 9-inch deep dish pie pan. Arrange in pan; flute edges trimming excess dough and chill 30 minutes. Prick all over with fork or line with foil and add pie weights. Bake at 450°F for 8 minutes.

    Filling
    Mix cornstarch and sugar together in a small saucepan. Stir in pineapple and juice. Heat and stir over low heat till thick. Add spoonfuls of hot mixture to egg until warm; return all to saucepan and heat through. Then, stir in vanilla and butter until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Finally, gently stir in chips, walnuts and raisins; spoon into baked crust and spread evenly. Chill.

    Topping
    Blend cream cheese spread, powdered sugar and pineapple juice. Gently fold in raisins and spread on cooled pie. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Chill and serve cold.

    Notes:

    1. Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening preferred.
    2. Combine 16 ounces softened cream cheese and one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained thoroughly, if spread is not available.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 580 (57% from fat); Total Fat 38g (sat 18g, mono 11g, poly 7g, trans 1g ); Cholesterol 85mg; Protein 9g; Carbohydrate 55g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 39g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 240mg; Calcium 99mg; Potassium 361mg

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