I gave my family a pass. A pass to NOT get me a birthday cake this year.🎂 Birthday cakes, cupcakes and cookies are as common in my kitchen as white rice or bananas in a most homes. 🍎🍌🤣
Most years, If I'm being honest, the thought of another cake isn't how I want to celebrate my birthday anyway. 😬 In past years, my sweet husband has gone to great lengths to get me a sweet birthday treat that I don't make for clients on a regular basis - which is no easy task. But this year, I decided to make my own birthday treat.
Roughly 2 decades ago, we lived in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and it was there that my love affair with raspberry pie began. We lived close to the most amazing raspberry farm that sold freshly picked fruit and slices of the most incredible raspberry pie.
Some of my fondest memories of our years spent in Pennsylvania, occurred while sitting around tiny cast iron tables, on a vine covered terrace eating homemade raspberry pie at this farm with my family. 🥧 This is also where I learned that kids eat raspberries like they eat they eat ice cream. 🤣🍦 #raspberrieseverywhere
There are things that I don't miss about Pennsylvania - our drafty house, shoveling snow and closed bridges. But, leaving Pennsylvania also meant saying goodbye to our sweet friends, our neighbors and this amazing pie. Apparently I wasn't shy about sharing my feelings about this raspberry pie with my family because my better half actually arranged to have one shipped and delivered to me for my birthday a few years ago.
This year, I'm taking the burden off of my family and making my own raspberry pie for my birthday. This might just be the only day all year that I make a dessert specifically for myself. And I couldn't think of anything that I'd like more than a slice of homemade raspberry pie.
1 recipe for double crust pie
4 cups fresh raspberries
5 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup granulated sugar
1 pinch salt
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Tablespoon water
3 Tablespoons coarse sugar
Dust with sugar and bake 10 minutes at 400. Reduce heat to 375 and bake 35-45 more minutes.
Cheers to another year! Thanks for hanging out with me once again blog friends.
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