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DOUBLE-DECKER CHOCOLATE AND CHERRY-RASPBERRY BIRTHDAY PIE

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DOUBLE-DECKER CHOCOLATE AND CHERRY-RASPBERRY BIRTHDAY PIE
YIELD1 (8”) pie ACTIVE TIME1 hour 30 minutes TOTAL TIME2 hours 30 minutes, plus at least 4 hours chilling time

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
All-purpose flour (for dusting)
2 batches Our Favorite Pie Dough, divided into 4 discs, 2 slightly larger and 2 slightly smaller, chilled *below

For the cherry-raspberry pie filling:
1 cup walnuts
1 ½ pounds dark sweet cherries (about 4 cups)
1 ½ pounds raspberries (about 4 cups)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the chocolate pie filling:
3 cups granulated sugar
¾ cup high-quality cocoa powder
6 large eggs
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces evaporated milk
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the egg wash:
1 large egg
1 tablespoon whole milk
For the Royal Icing:
2 large egg whites
3 ½ cups powdered sugar
½ cup heavy cream
Special equipment:
2 (8”) springform pans; a pastry bag; a small circle tip

PREPARATION

Make the crust:
Coat springform pans with nonstick spray and line bottoms with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface, roll one large disc of dough to a 15" round; keep remaining dough chilled. Roll dough loosely around rolling pin, then unfurl it into one of the prepared pans. Gently lift and settle dough into bottom and up sides of pan. Trim any excess dough with scissors, leaving a ¼" overhang, and transfer to refrigerator. Repeat with second large disc of dough and remaining pan. Chill at least 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured piece of parchment, roll out smaller discs of dough to 12" rounds. Transfer on parchment to a rimmed baking sheet. Chill at least 30 minutes.
Make the cherry-raspberry pie filling:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until fragrant and slightly darkened, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then coarsely chop.
Mix walnuts, cherries, raspberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl until well combined.
Make the chocolate pie filling:
Blend granulated sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Add eggs, butter, evaporated milk, and salt; process until well combined, another 1–2 minutes.
Assemble the pies:
Whisk egg and milk in a small bowl; set aside. Remove springform pans from refrigerator. Fill one crust with cherry-raspberry filling and the other with chocolate filling. Let thaw 5 minutes.
Brush edges of pie with egg wash, reserving any excess. Carefully top one pie with one smaller dough round, pulling it taught across the top and pressing the top and bottom crusts together to seal. Trim top crust to leave a 1/8” overhang, pinching excess dough together to seal. Repeat with second pie.
Brush top of cherry-raspberry pie with remaining egg wash. Using a sharp knife, cut several thin vents on surface of both pies. Chill 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. Transfer pies to sheets and bake until crusts are light golden, about 25 minutes. Rotate trays in oven, reduce temperature to 350°F, and bake until crusts are deep golden brown, 25 minutes more; cover crusts with foil or a pie shield if they begin to darken too much. Carefully transfer pies to a wire rack and let cool 30 minutes. Transfer pies to refrigerator and chill at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
Make the Royal Icing:
Beat egg whites and powdered sugar on medium-high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until white, thickened, and tripled in volume, about 5 minutes.
Transfer one-third of the icing to a medium bowl. Whip with a spatula, adding water by the teaspoonful, until icing no longer holds a peak but folds back on itself. Fit pastry bag with circle tip, then transfer Royal Icing to bag.
Add cream to remaining icing and continue whipping on medium-high speed until thick, about 5 minutes. Chill both icings at least 5 minutes.
Assemble the Birthday Pie:
Carefully remove pies from springform pans, trimming top edges of chocolate pie crust with a serrated knife to flatten if needed. Place chocolate pie on a cake stand or pie plate and pipe a thick ring of Royal Icing along top edge of pie. Pour cream-icing mixture into the center and evenly spread with the back of a spoon. Place cherry-raspberry pie on top and decorate with remaining Royal Icing. Chill at least 2 hours.
To serve, bring pie to room temperature for 15 minutes, then slice with serrated knife.

Do Ahead
Pies can be baked 3 days ahead; loosely cover with foil and chill.

OUR FAVORITE PIE DOUGH
YIELD Makes dough for one double crust pie or two single-crust pies ACTIVE TIME10 minutes TOTAL TIME10 minutes, plus chilling

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and frozen for 15 minutes
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, chilled

PREPARATION

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter and pulse until coarse, pea-sized crumbs appear, about 10 seconds. With the machine running, add vinegar and ¼ cup ice water and process until the dough just holds together, about 30 seconds. Squeeze a small amount of dough between your fingers and if it is very crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time (2 tablespoons maximum). Do not over process.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and push together into a rough ball. Knead a few times to combine, then divide into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disc with smooth edges (no cracks), cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Do ahead:
Dough can also be frozen for up to 3 months; thaw before using.
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