Letters to Faber #5 — Raspberry Pie and Video Games

Dear Faber,

I’ll admit, I was a little perturbed by this one. I’m sure there are almost an infinite amount of resources online that can guide you through the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi for playing old video games. I’m searching for a way to make it more… Eric M Hunter-isk. How could I contribute to the growing list of information giving people the opportunity to play old games on their modern day televisions? I guess we’ll find out.

I decided to do a step by step list format for ease of use and readability. I also decided to do my best to pick a random source not knowing if it is correct, up to date, or even relevant to our adventure. Here’s what I have.

  1. Make the pie dough first. The dough can also be made days ahead of time and kept in the freezer.
  2. To make the dough, mix together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the cold shortening (I keep my shortening in the freezer for this purpose) and work mixture together with your fingertips until all the shortening has been worked into the dry ingredients. The mixture will feel like coarse sand.
  3. Add the water and mix until a dough forms then wrap up and keep in freezer until ready to use.
  4. For the filling, mix together raspberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Let sit while you roll out the pie dough.
  5. To assemble the pie, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Take dough out of freezer and slice in half. Place other half back in the freezer. Divide that half into half again and roll out half on a lightly floured surface. Place pie dish on top and cut around dish (leaving an inch extra).
  6. Place dough gently in pie dish and prick all over with a fork. Place raspberry filling inside but be sure not to overfill. You may not use all of the filling!
  7. Now, take the rest of the dough and roll out thin again. Cut long one-inch wide strips of dough and weave onto the pie.
  8. Seal edges of pie and brush beaten egg yolk all over to give shine.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes before slicing.
  10. Enjoy.

It’s strange. It doesn’t go over anything about proper emulators, rom sets, album art, etc. Then again, I know nothing about setting up a raspberry pie for old games. I guess you would just plug the controllers into the side of the crust?

Enjoy your pie,


P.S. The last one felt a little less “letter”-like right? Sort of weird. Feels too formal. Probably won’t do that again. Got to try new things out though.

P.P.S. How’s that nursery rhyme go? He stuck his thumb in the pie and pulled out… bugs?