Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a good pie, and trust me when I tell you, this one is very good! The flavors in this recipe are inspired by a dessert I had at a restaurant when I first moved to the city that made me fall in love with raspberries. Their dish was a layered combination of white chocolate whipped cream, fresh raspberries, and cookie crumbles. I wanted to recreate that flavor profile myself, and thought there was no better way to do it than in the form of a beautiful, no-bake summer pie!
For the crust, I ditched the classic no-bake option of graham crackers and grabbed sweet, buttery shortbread cookies instead. Then, in place of the whipped cream, I went for a decadent creme patisserie (which is just a fancy word for custard!) and added melted white chocolate for even more flavor. Finally, I topped it off with swirls of fresh raspberry coulis to highlight those raspberry flavors I fell in love with from the inspiration dessert, and let me tell you, it is a PERFECT summer pie! You don’t have to turn your oven on once, and the custard comes together in 5 minutes on the stove top. Each element of this pie can be made hours or even the day before, and assembled and quickly chilled before serving. And, most importantly, this pie tastes even better than it looks; the cookie crust is buttery and sweet, the white chocolate custard is beyond rich and creamy, and the raspberry coulis is bright and just slightly tangy. You’re going to have a hard time convincing your guests that you didn’t buy this from a fancy bakery!
1. No boxed pudding mix!
Making your own custard or pudding is a simple technique that any home cook can master. Creme patisserie sounds intimidating, but the actual process is easy and VERY fast!
I recently fell in love with raspberries, and their bright, sweet-yet-tangy flavor is the perfect compliment to the rich custard, not to mention the gorgeous, ruby red color!
3. No-Bake & Make Ahead!
I can’t imagine a better pie for entertaining in the summer than one that can be made hours or days in advance, but ALSO doesn’t require you to turn on your oven during the hottest months of the year!