Firstly, sorry for my lack of posts recently! I seem to have spent the last few weeks either dancing or drowning in work. It's just that time of year. Anyway, I can't spend my whole life working and as it's been far too cold to venture out of the house these past few days (seriously, what is wrong with the weather at the moment?!), my Saturday afternoon was spent baking in the kitchen with the bestie. A far better option than essay-writing or braving the cold in my opinion!
So, the first thing we made was this heavenly Caramel Pie. It's from the latest Hummingbird Bakery Book 'Home Sweet Home', which I treated myself to on a whim, but which I do not regret! I could literally make everything in there. Anyway, I chose this pie, just because we were going to a friend's for dinner and as we were in charge of dessert, I thought this looked like the right choice. And we were certainly not disappointed! I don't think I've ever really tried one of these American-style pies and it wouldn't normally be something I'd go for, but after making this, I may have changed my mind! The custard caramel filling was delicious - just the right sort of comfort food you want on a cosy night in with the girls. If only I hadn't been so full, I could have eaten it forever...! I will definitely be trying some of the other pies in the future.
My only piece of advice would be to make a very concious effort to keep stirring your custard as you cook it, because mine did end up a bit lumpy. But it did taste great, and as a big custard-lover myself, it definitely tasted just like the sort of custard I like: thick enough to stand a spoon in with just the right amount of creaminess. And with the addition of caramel, you can't get custard much better than that! Yes, definitely my sort of pie!!
For the pastry:
110g Butter, cubed
225g Plain Flour
80g Caster Sugar
For the filling:
400g Caster Sugar
60g Plain Flour
500ml Whole Milk
4 Egg Yolks
For the topping:
350ml Double Cream
2tbsp Icing Sugar
20g Dark Chocolate
- Place the butter and flour into a large mixing bowl and rub together until it resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Stir in the sugar.
- Add the egg and mix until it forms a dough.
- Bring together and form into a ball, flattening slightly.
- Wrap it in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for about 30-40 minutes.
- Once rested, roll out onto a floured surface so it is about 5mm thick.
- Line a pie dish with the pastry.
- Trim any excess edges with a knife and allow to rest again in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
- Bake blind at a preheated 170 degree oven for 10 minutes with baking beans in.
- Remove the baking beans and bake for a further 15-20 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- To make the filling, mix 200g sugar with the flour, milk, egg yolks, cornflour and salt in a pan.
- Bring to the boil, whisking continuously until it thickens.
- Boil it for 4-5 minutes so the flour can cook properly.
- Set aside and cover directly with cling film to prevent a skin from forming.
- In a small pan, mix the rest of the sugar with the water.
- On a low heat, stir gently until the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring the mixture to boil without stirring.
- Let it boil for 15-20 minutes until it turns a light caramel colour.
- Remove from the pan and leave to cool for a couple of minutes.
- Pour the hot caramel into the custard, stirring continuously, until it is evenly mixed through.
- Pour the filling into the baked pie crust.
- Place in the fridge and allow to set for about an hour.
- Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks and stir through the icing sugar.
- Top the pie with the cream.
- Using a vegetable peeler, make chocolate shavings.
- Sprinkle on the pie and enjoy!