A day or two ago I bought a box of plums from the fruit seller at the intersection down the road from me.
I never buy fruit from the side of the road but we chat every day and I always promise to buy.
Well the plums are delicious but there were too many of them for us to eat before they get over ripe.
At first I thought about making a plum jam but then I thought it was too complicated. So I found a recipe for a plum pie instead…
First things first was the pastry, I usually keep some store bought stuff in my freezer but we were out, so I found this easy homemade recipe.
Next was putting the pie together…
- 4 cups sliced plums (I left the skins on)
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (I didnt have any and it was too dark to go pick lemons off the tree so I left this out)
- Unbaked pie pastry to line a standard size pie dish
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I didnt have so put a bit extra cinnamon)
- 3 tablespoons cold marge
- Roll out pie pastry to desired size and line the pie dish.
- In a bowl combine the plums, sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and lemon juice (first 6 ingredients).
- Mix thoroughly.
- Pour filling into the pastry lined dish.
- In a new bowl combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Cut in the marge until course.
- Sprinkle the topping over the plums.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 60 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Enjoy with ice cream or pouring cream!
I usually keep store bought pastry in my freezer but I didn’t have any so went searching for a simple pie pastry recipe, this is what I found…
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon white sugar (I only have brown so thats what I used)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup lard (I only have milk free marge in my house…)
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- Mix together flour, salt, sugar and baking powder.
- Cut in the lard until the mixture looks like course meal.
- In a separate bowl whisk together water, egg yolk, vanilla and vinegar.
- Stir into flour and knead very briefly until just smooth.
- Allow to rest for 15 minutes before rolling out.
- Pastry is easier to work with when cold so I popped mine in the fridge for the 15 minutes.
- When rested, flour your work surface lightly and roll out to desired shape and size.
The other day I decided to do something a little different to our usual Spag Bol and this was the result.
A pie somewhat similar to a Cornish pasty.
- 500g Mince ( I made my usual Bolognese style mince)
- Large carrot, diced
- Large potato, boiled and diced
- 1 tin Koo baby peas (or 1 cup frozen peas)
- Ready to roll frozen puff pastry
- Egg (to seal pastry and brush on top of pies)
- Flour (to roll pastry on)
- Cook your mince as if you are making Bolognese, I use a tin of onion and tomato mix, a dash of mixed herbs and a teaspoon of beef stock powder.
- Add your diced carrots, diced potato and peas to the mince once it is cooked. Let the veg heat through while you roll out your pastry.
- Sprinkle a little flour on your surface and roll your pastry into a roundish circle shape( you can use a bowl or similar to cut out a shape), lay it out on a Spray&Cooked baking sheet.
- (I found cutting the ready to roll pastry into squares made it easier to get a uniform shape, I made a little mistake and rolled out my ‘circles’ a little too small, next time I will roll bigger pieces of pastry.)
- Once your pastry is ready, scoop out a tablespoon or two of mince and veg and place slightly off centre of the middle of your pastry.
- Beat your egg in a glass and brush a little along the edge of the pastry.
- Fold the bigger side of the pastry over the meat and press the edges together with a fork along the egg so they stick.
- Prick a few small holes in the pastry with the fork to allow steam to escape and brush egg over the top.
- Repeat until your tray is full.
- Bake them at 180ºC for about 15-20 min or until the pastry is brown and crispy.
- Serve with a green salad or chips.
*500g mince made about 9 smallish pies.