Friday, March 09, 2012

Plum, Apple and Blackberry One Crust Pie

I really like these one crust pies, they always look so comforting and inviting. This recipe is by the Hairy Bikers' from their book Perfect Pies - some may say it isn't a pie because it hasn't got a lid but Delia Smith has a similar recipe in The Summer Collection, she also refers to this as a very easy one-crust pie, and so pie it is.

The pastry is brushed with egg and dusted heavily with golden caster sugar to give a sweet crunch when you bite into the buttery pastry. The mix of fruit is a perfect balance, but the recipe only gives 3 tablespoons of caster sugar to sweeten the fruit and I was a little concerned this was going to give a tart fruit mix. I used about 5 tablespoons of sugar and the sweetness was perfect.

The Hairy Bikers' omitted to say the size to roll out the pastry and so it was left for me to guess. Ha ha but I didn't, this is where Delia came in, in her book she says to roll the pastry out to a round of approximately 35cm and if you pile the fruit onto a 25cm circle and then turn the edges of the pastry up everything will be fine. The pastry needed a few more minutes to cook than the time specified in the book, but the buttery pastry was fabulous and the filling was perfect. A perfect pie for Mr W and myself, and so I'll give it 5/5.

The Hairy Bikers' have a huge smile on their faces on the front cover of the book and this book makes me smile too:) I don't normally give books a score but this one definitely deserves 5/5.

Book Recommendation: Tarts with Tops On, the title always makes me laugh, is written by Tamasin Day-Lewis, it is a brilliant book, well worth seeking out and I would recommend this book for more really good pie recipes.


Marmaduke Scarlet said...

I've never baked one of these, but they are perfect for someone like me who isn't so good at decorating pies!

I have to admit I was quite impressed by the Hairy Bikers pie cookbook . . . I don't know why I was so surprised!

And I totally agree with you about Tamsin Day-Lewis, defnitely a seminal pie book.

James Brewer said...

This looks scrummy, and the crust sounds delicious.

I'm with you, if Delia calls it a pie - then a pie it most definately is!

The Caked Crusader said...

Plum is always my fruity filling of choice - a big slice of this warm, and big scoop of vanilla ice cream and I would be very happy indeed!

Shu Han said...

that looks gorgeous! most of all, I love those colours! you can get fancy and call it a galette too, but I like how one-crust pie sounds (:

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

This is one of the first things that I ever baked! I was so pleased that I made many. Sounds like a delicious selection of fruit you have for yours. I hope that you ate it with some cream or custard... or both!