Chocolate eggs, jelly beans, bunnies, baskets of flowers and little girls in beautiful bonnets are all associated with Easter. Along with the Christian celebration, Easter represents the coming of Spring and is a time for families to get together.
A family dinner on Easter Sunday is a wonderful way of sharing the joy of the day, especially when followed by a decadent dessert. This pie, with its crispy crust and fluffy top, can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator. It serves 8-10 people.
For the Piecrust
● 10 wholemeal digestive biscuits or graham crackers, crushed (add more for a thicker crust)
● 1 tablespoon sugar
● 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
In a small bowl, mix together the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press this mixture firmly into a pie pan. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
The Chocolate Part in the Middle
● 1 large bar of good quality dark chocolate (100g.)
● 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
● 2 tablespoons double or whipping cream
● 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam
- Melt the ingredients in a glass bowl in a microwave at 50%, stirring several times. Alternatively, place the chocolate, butter, cream and jam in a pan over another pan of boiling water on the stove and stir until melted. Pour the gooey chocolate mixer on top of the crumb base and refrigerate until the chocolate has hardend.
- When the chocolate layer has cooled, arrange 3 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries to cover the pie shell.
- Note: when the frozen raspberries thaw, the pie will become juicy with its own raspberry sauce. If this is not desired, use fresh raspberries.
Whip one pint of double cream until thick. This does not need sugar as the rest of the pie is already very sweet. Spread the whipped cream on top of the chocolate and raspberries. Decorate the pie by shaving chocolate over the top and placing small chocolate Easter eggs around the edge. Raspberries in the middle also look nice, but should be added just before serving. Any extra whipped cream can be put in a pretty bowl and placed on the table for any guests who want more. A lighter whipped cream substitute may also be used.
Refrigerate again until ready to serve.
An Irresistible Dessert
When serving this to guests, a small side-dish of fresh raspberries looks lovely next to the creamy pie. It goes very well with coffee or tea. The combination of chocolate, raspberries and cream is a delicious way to finish a meal with family and friends visiting at Easter, for a birthday or any special occasion.