BLACK-BOTTOM RASPBERRY CREAM PIE

The “black bottom” is a layer of chocolate pudding — plus a chocolate cookie crust. The pie must be chilled overnight before the topping is added.

Crust
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 3/4 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies (about 30 cookies from one 9-ounce package)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

Filling
1 box of chocolate pudding pie filling
4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

Topping
3 1/2-pint containers raspberries
1 cup chilled whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For crust:
Spray 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish with nonstick spray. Blend cookie crumbs, butter, and sugar in medium bowl. Press mixture evenly over bottom and up sides (not on rim) of prepared dish. Chill crust 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake crust until set, about 10 minutes, then cool.

For filling:
Prepare pudding according to package. Remove from heat. Add chocolate , whisk until melted and smooth. Spread pudding in prepared crust. Press plastic wrap onto pudding to cover and chill pie overnight.

For topping:
Peel plastic wrap off pie. Cover chocolate layer with raspberries, pointed side up, pressing lightly into chocolate to adhere (some berries will be left over). Beat cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl until peaks form; spread over berries on pie. Arrange remaining berries atop cream. Chill pie at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Category: Pies
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