Chef Sarah Stegner with her mom and pie-maker, Elizabeth Stegner. (Al Podgorski/Sun-Times)
Updated: January 30, 2011 12:02AM
Elizabeth Stegner’s pies headline the dessert menu at her daughter Sarah’s Chicago restaurants, Prairie Fire and Prairie Grass Cafe. Here’s why.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
1 bottom crust (recipe follows)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 cup w
3 tablespoons milk
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
Approximately 2 cups fresh red raspberries
1 cup fresh red raspberries
For filling: In a mixing bowl, beat together softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and milk with electric mixer. By hand, fold in whipped cream. With spatula, scrape filling into baked bottom crust.
For topping: Arrange a layer of fresh raspberries by hand on top of cream cheese filling.
For glaze: In a small saucepan, combine raspberries, sugar and water. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Blend, then strain. Stir in lemon juice and let cool. Drizzle glaze over raspberries. Refrigerate pie.
Note: Refrigerate and use remaining glaze as a jam or topping for cakes or pies.
Nutrition facts per serving: 418 calories, 29 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, 52 mg cholesterol, 38 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 371 mg sodium, 3 g fiber
PIE DOUGH (SINGLE CRUST)
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
1 cup flour
With a wire pastry cutter, cut shortening into remaining 5/6 cup of flour until combined into pea-sized pieces. Add paste mixture. Mix with back of fork until it forms a ball. Do not overwork dough.
Place dough in center of floured pastry cloth and, using a rolling pin with sleeve, roll dough from center out until it forms a circle about 1/4 -inch thick.
Transfer dough to a (9-inch) pie pan. Trim edges, leaving about 1/2 -inch overhang. Tuck edges under and seal with back of fork.
For a single pre-baked pie crust, pierce dough with a fork several times before baking (to reduce shrinkage).
Follow baking instructions with individual pie recipes.
(Ran May 5)