Chocolate Raisin Nut Pie

By Francine Bryson, First Place Pie Council Amateur Raisin Pie Contest 2012
Chocolate lovers, here’s one terrific indulgence with either milk chocolate or white chocolate!

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INGREDIENTS

    Crust

    • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup shortening, chilled
    • 3 tablespoons ice water

    Filling

    • 1 cup California natural raisins
    • 3/4 cup apple juice
    • 2 packages (8 ounces each) white chocolate cream cheese*, softened
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 2/3 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Topping

    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
    • 1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

    PROCEDURE

    Crust

    Preheat oven to 450°F. In medium bowl, whisk flour and salt together. With pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle with ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork after each addition until dough comes together. Then, gather together and shape into ball; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. Turn onto lightly floured work surface and roll to 12-inch circle. Transfer and fit to 9-inch pie pan, fluting edges as desired. Prick all over with fork and prebake for 15 minutes. Set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

     Filling

    Meanwhile, measure raisins and apple juice into small saucepan; heat and simmer over medium-high heat, until raisins are plumped, about 15 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. With electric mixer, beat cream cheese till smooth. Add sugar, salt, eggs, cream, and vanilla; beat together well. Stir in raisins and nuts, by hand, and pour into prepared crust. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes until set but center is still soft. Set aside to chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

     Topping

    Just before serving, whip cream with sugar and vanilla until stiff. Spread on chilled pie.

    Note: Look for Kraft Philadelphia Indulgence White Chocolate or Milk Chocolate Chocolate Cream Cheese Spread in the dairy case.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 480 (66% from fat); Total Fat 36g (sat 17g, mono 13g, poly 4g, trans 1.5g ); Cholesterol 115mg; Protein 7g; Carbohydrate 35g; (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 23g; ); Iron 2mg; Sodium 230mg; Calcium 61mg; Potassium 221mg

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