Stars and stripes recipe

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  • Yield: 1 large pie/8 small pies


  • 1 portion shortcrust pastry
  • 4 oz (100 g) good quality white chocolate
Vanilla Cream
  • 18 fl oz (500 ml) milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 5 oz (150 g) sugar
  • 7 free-range egg yolks
  • 3 oz (75 g) corn flour
  • 2 oz (50 g) softened butter
  • 4½ oz (125 g) fresh blueberries
  • 14 oz (400 g) fresh raspberries
  • Icing sugar to sprinkle on the pie
How to Make It
  1. Make the shortcrust pastry according to the basic recipe (if there is leftover dough, it can be kept in the freezer).
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas 4).
  3. Roll out the dough and put it in a rectangular pie tin. Prick the bottom with a fork. Press a strip of aluminium foil on and over the edge of the dough so it doesn’t sink down while prebaking (baking blind).
  4. Prebake the pie shell in the middle of the oven for about 5 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes, until it is golden.
  5. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over but not touching a pan of boiling water, then brush the chocolate over the bottom and edges of the pie shell. Let the chocolate harden.
  6. Boil the milk with the vanilla seeds and the pod.
  7. Whisk the sugar, yolks and corn flour until white and fluffy.
  8. While whisking by hand, add the milk.
  9. Pour the mixture back into the pot and warm it while whisking it vigorously. Pour it into a bowl when the mixture has really thickened. Remove the vanilla pod.
  10. Melt the butter in the warm cream while whisking; continue to whisk until the cream is smooth.
  11. Chill the cream in an ice bath (in a bowl placed in ice water) or in the refrigerator.
  12. Powder the edges of the pie with lots of icing sugar. Spread the vanilla cream over the pie shell.
  13. Place the blueberries in a square in one corner of the pie.
  14. Place horizontal rows of raspberries, but leave every other row empty. Powder the raspberries until they are completely white.
  15. Fill in the empty rows with the rest of the raspberries.

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