Life seems to have been quite hectic of late and as we prepare for our annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man there are jobs to be done and plans to be made, hence my absence from blogland.
A couple of weeks ago we went out for a tootle on the motorbike, initially heading in the Malton direction. However it was quite cold and we decided to go to Thornton le Dale instead as it is nearer.
We called into the gallery where we buy quite a lot of pictures. The new owner knows I am keen on hare pictures and showed me some work by Nolon Stacey, absolutely stunning! The 4 below are my favourites as they depict the hare in motion. Birthday is next month so I know what will be on my list.
We have all had "Auntie's" who are no relation. I've had many - Auntie Enid, Auntie Doris, Auntie Nancy to name but a few. Friends Dorothy and Keith had an "Aunt" Peggy. Peggy died a few months ago and when Dorothy and Keith were sorting/clearing the house they kindly gave me some of Peggy's baking stuff including this lovely Royal Worcester Pie dish. They also gave me lots of baking tins which I have put to good use. Peggy was a WI member and avid baker, whilst I have never been much of a baker I must admit I have discovered the joy of baking cakes and I am sure part of it is down to wanting to ensure that Peggy's baking legacy lives on.
Keith and Dorothy were very kind and donated lots of Peggy's baking items to the village hall. To keep the memory of Peggy alive each month when we have our coffee morning/lunch we will have a "Peggy's Pie Special" the coming May event will feature an Apple Pie.
For inspiration the girls on the library van found this book for me so I am currently reading through and getting some ideas.
There is a very interesting recipe - with cheese pastry!
This is what Angela Boggiano says....
Apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze.
This is an old Saxon proverb and they certainly knew what they were talking about. This pure apple pie is complemented by the best ever pastry. The old combination of cheese and apple makes absolute sense and, believe me, is wonderful. Use Cox's or Braeburn apples for flavor and because they hold their shape and a good cooking apple to make the delicious sauce.
for the pastry
2-2/3 cups/350g all-purpose flour
2/3 cup/150g superfine sugar
1-1/4 sticks/150g butter, cubed
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup/50g finely grated mature Cheddar cheese
for the filling
4 large cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 2lb/900g)
1/2lb/2S0g Cox's or Braeburn apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2/3 cup/150g superfine sugar, plus extra for dusting
juice of 1/2 lemon
Place the flour in a large mixing bowl, make a well in the center and tip in the sugar. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour and sugar until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg yolks and cheese, adding a little water if the mixture seems too dry. Use your hands to form the mixture into a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.
Place the apples in a saucepan with the sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tbsp water and cook for about 15 minutes until softened. Leave to cool.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a sturdy baking sheet in the oven to heat.
Rollout two-thirds of the pastry to 1/4in/5mm thick to fit a 9in/23cm pie pan or plate. Fill with the cooled apple mixture. Rollout the remaining pastry to make the lid, brush the edges of the pastry shell with water and top with the lid, pressing down to seal. Trim with a knife to make a neat edge and crimp the edges with your fingertips, if you like, make a hole in the top of the pastry and dust with superfine sugar. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Leave to stand for about 15 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving with cream.