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Raspberry Meringue Pie is a dessert that’s easy to prepare, yet presents a delightful complexity with its four distinct layers.
It starts with a shortcrust pastry, topped generously with fresh raspberries. Over the berries, a fluffy and sweet meringue is spread, and on top we will use the same composition of shortcust pastry that harmonizes beautifully with the juicy fruit and airy meringue.
With this dessert, you’re sure to impress even the most discerning children and adults alike.
How to make Raspberry Meringue Pie?
As previously mentioned, this delicious dessert is easy to prepare, yet its appearance is enriched by the four distinct layers that compose it.
When you take a bite of this unique raspberry pie, your taste buds are captivated by the intriguing combination of flavors and textures. In short, this dessert delivers everything you desire, from the sweet taste of meringue to the freshness of raspberries, complemented by the delicacy of the shortcrust pastry and the airy texture of the meringue, all subtly subdued by the incomparable texture of an authentic crumble.
Not coincidentally, I chose to use raspberries for the fruit layer of this crumble and meringue pie because I felt the need to add something sweet and sour, fresh, and juicy all at once.
Obviously, if you lean towards sweeter flavors, you can successfully opt for a layer of juicy and fresh pears, or you could go for the creamy texture of peaches or nectarines, both sweet and succulent.
Ultimately, just like in most recipes on this blog, you have the freedom to choose the fruits you enjoy the most, following the steps in the complete recipe. The final result will undoubtedly be spectacular in both taste and presentation.
The recipe I’m presenting to you today is based on a tested Vorwerk recipe, available to Cookidoo platform users, which featured a layer of juicy apples combined with the unmistakable aroma of cinnamon. If you’re the proud owner of a Thermomix cooking appliance, I wholeheartedly recommend you to try that recipe, as I’ve prepared it many times and assure you it’s delicious.
However, this time around, I wanted to use fresh, seasonal fruits that remind us we’re in the midst of summer, and the flavors of cinnamon and baked apples that typically evoke autumn and winter can wait a little longer.
Is Raspberry Meringue Pie healthy?
Any dessert that contains sugar should be consumed with moderation. As you already know, I always choose to use raw sugar, as I consider it healthier than white sugar.
Additionally, aiming for a kid-friendly dessert, I significantly reduced the amount of sugar used in the original recipe. Furthermore, all the ingredients used for this recipe are of superior quality, and the ingredients I can find in local farms or households, such as eggs or fruits, are clearly grown or cultivated organically without exposure to toxic substances.
This is particularly important to me, especially when it comes to my 5-year-old daughter’s diet, Sofia. Ever since her birth, our family has undergone drastic changes in our eating habits and, in particular, the sourcing of our cooking ingredients.
Through this process, I discovered a wide variety of organic products grown in local gardens and homesteads, untouched by harmful substances. Gradually, our diet shifted to predominantly organic, naturally grown or cultivated products, free from chemical fertilizers.
That’s when I started cooking not only baby-friendly but also kid-friendly desserts, adapting as Sofia grew older. So, if you’re interested, you can create delicious and healthy meals and even desserts at home, without resorting to artificial substitutes for natural organic ingredients like eggs, milk, heavy cream, fruits, vegetables, and others.
If we analyze the main ingredients that form the foundation of this wonderful dessert, we’ll find that there’s nothing harmful for our bodies. The only thing to keep in mind when consuming this dessert is the presence of raw sugar both in the crust and meringue, so it’s not advisable to consume it in excessive amounts. Aside from that, the consumption of fruits, in this case raspberries, only benefits our bodies by providing essential vitamins and minerals. As you can see on this blog, I use raspberries extensively in both dessert and drinks recipes, as I believe they’re not only delicious but also healthful.
Why should we eat raspberry more often?
Raspberries are more than just a delectable addition to your culinary creations – they offer a plethora of health benefits that make them a wise choice for both your taste buds and well-being. Bursting with vibrant color and a delicate balance of sweetness and tartness, raspberries are a potent source of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins and quercetin. These antioxidants play a crucial role in fighting oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and helping to combat various chronic diseases.
Furthermore, raspberries are a fantastic source of dietary fiber, which aids in promoting healthy digestion and maintaining a balanced gut microbiome. Fiber also helps regulate blood sugar levels, making raspberries a great option for those looking to manage their glucose levels.
Raspberries are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, manganese, and folate. Vitamin C, known for its immune-boosting properties, contributes to healthy skin, collagen production, and overall well-being. Manganese supports bone health, while folate is crucial for cell division and the prevention of neural tube defects during pregnancy.
These vibrant berries also offer potential benefits for heart health. The high levels of anthocyanins in raspberries are associated with improving heart function, reducing blood pressure, and promoting healthy circulation. Their low calorie and sugar content, combined with the numerous beneficial compounds they contain, make raspberries an excellent choice for anyone seeking a nutritious addition to their diet.
Incorporating raspberries into your diet, whether through delightful desserts like Raspberry Meringue Pie or as a topping for breakfast bowls or simply use them for raspberry mocktails, provides a tasty way to support your health. Their tantalizing flavor and nutritional profile make raspberries a versatile ingredient that can enhance the taste and nutritional value of a wide range of dishes, making them an appealing choice for anyone aiming to embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Full Recipe – Raspberry Meringue Pie
I made this incredible delicious raspberry meringue pie dessert using the Thermomix, but you don’t have to own one to achieve the same final result. Simply use a mixer, a spatula and some bowls and you will be able to enjoy this three layers tasty pie in your own kitchen simple and fast.
Raspberry Meringue Pie – 3 textures in one delicious slice
- 1 Thermomix / Mixer
- 200 gr unsalted butter chilled and cut into pieces, plus extra for greasing
- 400 gr plain flour plus extra for dusting
- 4 pcs egg yolks
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- 20 g brown sugar
The Fruits layer
- 250-300 g fresh raspberries
The Meringue filling
- 70 g brown sugar
- 4 pcs egg whites
- 1 tbsp lemon juice.
- Place all pastry ingredients into mixing bowl and mix 30 SEC / Speed 5.
- Transfer dough onto a silicone bread mat or floured work surface and work into a ball. Divide pastry into 2 balls, the first ball weighing 500 g and any remaining dough forming the second. Wrap both balls of pastry in plastic wrap, then place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to rest.
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a baking dish with baking paper and set aside.
- Roll out the first 500 g ball of pastry onto a silicone bread mat or floured work surface to cover the baking dish. Place pastry into the base of baking dish and prick all over with a fork. Bake pastry for 8 minutes (180°C), then set aside to cool. Clean and dry mixing bowl.
- Place bowl onto mixing bowl lid and weigh sugar into it. Set aside.
- Insert butterfly whisk. Place egg whites, lemon juice and brown sugar for the meringue into mixing bowl and whip 4 MIN / 37°C/ Speed 3.5.
- To assemble, place the raspberries over cooked pastry base;
- Top with meringue, spreading evenly over slice;
- Crumble remaining shortcrust pastry ball into pieces and sprinkle over the top of meringue.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes (180°C), or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Once cooled, cut into pieces and serve.
I hope you will try this super easy and delicious Raspberry Meringue Pie, because I guarantee you it will be a great choice for the entire family.
Step-by-Step Video Recipe – Raspberry Meringue Pie
If you need help in making this incredible dessert, feel free to watch the step-by-step video recipe that will definitely help you achieve an amazing result 😊
Until the next recipe on this blog, do not forget to share your thoughts, opinions and reviews in the comments section. I wish you all a great day and lots of fun with your loved ones. Bye 😊