Well, I've learnt a lot about pumpkin pie I must say. According to you ladies across the water it is well and truly worth making. Some of you on the home turf weren't quite sure opting for pecan pie instead. Thank you so much for your comments and tips though AND thank you for the recipes that you sent. I'm going to have to make it this weekend and put forward my own opinion I think.
Meanwhile I'd like to share this recipe for Prune and Chocolate tart which I made yesterday. Here's a slice to tempt you. It's mousselike and not too rich:
- 8oz plain flour
- 3oz icing or caster sugar
- 5oz unsalted butter
- 1 egg yolk
Make the pastry the usual way adding a little bit of water to bring it together. I do mine in the food prcocessor these days. You're supposed to rest it in the fridge but I roll it out and line the tin and then put it in the fridge to rest for an hour or more (this time it was 2 days). Line the pastry case with foil or paper, weigh down with beans if you want to and bake blind at Gas 4, 180C, 350F for 15 mins. Then remove the paper and beans and give it a further 10 mins. Do watch it though. I forgot to say it's a 10 - 11 inch tin by the way.
- 10oz pitted, ready to eat prunes
- 2 tbls brandy
- 4oz plain chocolate
- 3 eggs, seperated
- 10 fl oz double cream, lightly whipped
- 3/12 oz caster sugar
Firstly, you need to make the prune puree by simmering the prunes in a little bit of water for 5 to 10 minutes. Then process them with the brandy and a little of their water to make a thick puree. Spread over the base of the cooked tart.
Melt the chocolate and once done beat in the egg yolks one by one. Fold in the cream. Whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks and then whick in the sugar until glossy. Fold into the chocolate mixture and pour over the prunes.
Bake at the same temperature for 30- 40 minutes until set around the edges but possibly slightly wobbly in the middle - NOT burnt around the edges:
In which case you need to cover the top with icing sugar (with the help of a doilly):
Anyway, serve the tart warm or cold. I think it's probably nicer cold. Serves a lot of people - ours lasted two meals so that's about 10-12 servings.
Other than eating chocolate tart I've been doing a bit of walnut dyeing and knitting up these fellas or is it ladies:
Two friends have now seen me knitting these and have been amazed, to say the least that they are actually dishcloths. 'You're not going to wash dirty dishes with those are you?' and 'make them into potholders instead' are two of the comments I've had. My reply has been 'just wait till they're in Country Living and then you'll be sorry'. I would love to be a fly on the wall when I give these as christmas presents though - must make sure I attach a label or something saying 'dishcloth'. What a laugh!
Bloggers always talk about the kindness of strangers well I know what they mean now. I sent dolliedaydream some spare comic book boards that I had, never expecting anything in return but look what I got in the post yesterday morning:
Isn't it gorgeous? The colour and the size are perfect for me. As you can see it didn't take me long to fill it up. So thank you Caroline, you naughty thing I love it. I'm only sorry that you just got cardboard in exchange!