Monday, 27 July 2009

I Spy Plum Pie!

The much vaunted Plum Pie finally came to life at tea time today. In the end it was a bit of a damp squib to be honest, but then no plum pie could live up to the expectations of a 2 year old waiting for her favourite story book to be brought to life.

After reading Each Peach Pear Plum to Xanthe last night she asked if we could have plum pie today (for those who don't know the book finishes with a host of nursery rhyme characters eating plum pie in the sun) but when I presented her with the finished article, she promptly burst into tears and refused to even try it!

I used a recipe I got from the net which, unfortunately, just didn't work. The recipe was essentially a pastry crust filled with fruit and baked custard. The quantities given wouldn't fit into the specified size of baking tin which meant the proportions of fruit to custard were wrong. I have a jug full of leftover raw custard sitting in the fridge and the large quantity of fruit in the pie crust meant too much juice came out, leaving the pastry soggy. Still, a generous splodge of cream and it was fine, as ever, the plums themselves were delicious. If I made it a second time the quantities could easily be amended and the pie hugely improved.

Ho hum, onward and upward, plum and ginger chutney next!

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