Apple Butter Galette

The time of the year when I start to crave pies has come. My apartment has been smelling of apples and cinnamon since yesterday night, when I made the apple butter. The smell was killing me because I just wanted to eat it and not wait to make this recipe. If you have never made apple butter before, don’t get discourage about the time it takes to make it. Yes, it needs to bake for 3 hours (and be stirred every 30 minutes) but it takes minimal effort. I made it while watching TV in the evening and just set my alarm. I made the pie crust with gin but you can use vodka if you like. The alcohol will evaporate so don’t worry. If you don’t want to use liquor, you can always switch it for cold water. The liquor makes the dough a bit more flaky. Pieter is working from home today so we already finished one of the small galettes for lunch. I gave one to our sweet neighbors who always give us produce from their dad’s farm. Happy world animal day! Mandu and Nip are getting extra treats and cuddles today.

This recipe is for 3 galettes. I made one big one and two small ones.

Ingredients:

For the apple butter:

2 1/2 kilos of apple, I used royal gala (peeled, cored and chopped into chunks)

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of vanilla essence

1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of cardamom powder

Juice of half a lime

For the pie crust:

340gr of cold unsalted butter, chopped into pieces

3 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cardamom powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

8 tablespoons of cold gin (or vodka)

Extras:

7 apples for the topping

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons of melted butter

3 tablespoons of granulated sugar

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

1/3 cup of fig jam (optional)

100grs of pistachios, chopped

Vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)

 

To make the apple butter:

This apple butter is not overly sweet. If you want it a bit sweeter, use 3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar instead of 1 cup. Since the pie already has a sugary crust, I prefer the apple butter to be a bit more tart to balance it out. Preheat your oven to 120C/250F. Place the apples, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and salt in an oven proof pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and let it cook for about 20 minutes, until the apples are soft. Remove from the heat. Add the lime juice, cinnamon, vanilla and cardamom. Then blend the apples until smooth, I used an immersion blender.

Bake uncovered for 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

Once the apple butter is done, allow it to cool down completely before transferring it to an airtight container. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To make the pie crust: You can make it in the food processor, by hand or in the stand mixer.  I used my stand mixer fitted with the flat beater. Place the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom in the bowl of the stand mixer. Add the cold butter pieces, mix it with a spatula. Then mix on low speed for about 2 minutes. Then add the cold gin and mix on low speed for a couple of minutes until you have an even dough.

You have enough dough to make 2 large galettes. I decided to make 1 large one and two smaller ones. So I divided the dough into 3 parts (I also separated a small piece of dough to make cut outs to decorate the galette). Pat each piece down with your hands, forming a circle. Cover each piece in plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge for 1 hour.

After the hour has passed, remove one piece of dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Mix 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and set it aside.

Dust your working area with flour and roll out the piece of dough, trying to form a circle. Don’t worry about giving it a perfect shape since it is supposed to be rustic. Place the dough in a piece of parchment paper and place it in the fridge. Roll out the other pieces of dough and keep them in the fridge. If you saved a small piece to decorate, then roll it and cut it into the shapes that you want.

Peel, core and slice the 7 remaining apples. Take one of the rolled out pieces of dough from the fridge.

Spread some of the apple butter in the dough, leaving a border of about 5 centimeters. Then arrange about 1/3 of the sliced apples on top of the apple butter. Fold the rim of the dough up and over the edge of the filling, overlapping the dough as you go. Press firmly. If you have cut out pieces of dough for decoration, place them on the dough now. Brush the dough with the egg wash. Brush the sliced apples with the melted butter. Sprinkle some of the cinnamon sugar over the apples and the crust. Bake it for 50 minutes or till golden. I finished assembling the other galettes and kept them in the fridge till my oven was free again.

Once the galettes are baked. Make the glazing. This is optional, I wanted the apple to shine a bit. Place the fig jam and 3 tablespoons of water in a small pan over medium heat. Stir for about 2 minutes until it is sort of a glaze. Brush the apples with a bit of the diluted fig jam. Sprinkle some chopped pistachio nuts. I like to serve it with some vanilla ice cream.

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Wild peach, Gorgonzola & Caramelized Onion Phyllo Quiche

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I love this time of year when the markets are packed with wild peaches. So plump and juicy, it is hard to just eat one. I wanted to use them for a savory recipe and came up with this very easy quiche. The phyllo dough gives it a super crispy edge and I used olive oil, instead of butter to assemble the dough.

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This recipe is enough for a 25cm mold or oven dish.

Ingredients:

For the caramelized onions:

3 medium white onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

For the cream mixture:

300ml of cream

2 egg yolks

2 eggs

About 1/2 a teaspoon of salt

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of garlic powder

Extras:

150grs of gorgonzola, crumbled

2 wild peaches, thinly sliced

7 sheets of phyllo dough

Olive oil for brushing the dough

Optional:

Fresh thyme to decorate the quiche

 

Preheat  the oven to 180C/350F.

Place the olive oil for the onions in a large pan over medium-low heat. Once the oil is hot, add the onions, salt and pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes until the onions become caramelized. Stir from time to time so that they don’t burn. Set it aside.

Brush your oven dish with some olive oil. Then place one sheet of phyllo dough, brush it with some olive oil and repeat until you are done with all 7 sheets.

Spread the caramelized onions over the bottom of the quiche, then sprinkle the gorgonzola and finally add the peaches.

In a separate bowl, whisk the cream, yolks, eggs, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Carefully pour the cream mixture over the quiche.

Bake it for about 30 minutes until the dough is golden and the filling is set and slightly golden.

Let it cool down a bit. I like to serve it with a few leaves of fresh thyme.

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Quince, Pear & Ginger Pie

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I made this pie last week; it was quite relaxing to just spend time making all the small and tiny leaves for the top crust. I made the filling by poaching quince, pear & ginger, and then adding ginger syrup & ginger jam.

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This recipe is enough for one 23cm pie and 2 mini pies.

Ingredients:

For the pie crust:

3 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon of salt

340gr of cold butter, chopped into pieces (I used salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter)

10 tablespoons of cold water

For the filling:

For poaching:

700gr of quince (peeled, cored and chopped into big pieces)

700gr of pears like Bosc (peeled, cored and chopped into big pieces)

1 piece of ginger, peeled and chopped (total of about 3 tablespoons)

½ cup of sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

Rest of the filling:

2 tablespoons of ginger syrup

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons of ginger jam

Juice of 1 lemon

1 ½ teaspoon of cornstarch

To finish the pie:

Egg wash

Granulated sugar for sprinkling on top of the pie crust

 

Start by making the pie crust, you can make it in the food processor, or in the stand mixer. I used my stand mixer fitted with the flat beater. Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of the stand mixer. Add the cold butter pieces, mix it with a spatula. Then mix on low speed for about 2 minutes. Then add the cold water. Mix on low speed for a couple of minutes until you have an even dough.

Divide the dough into 3 parts, one part a bit larger than the other 2. Pat them down with your hands, forming a circle with each piece. Keep the larger piece on a floured working area. Wrap the 2 remaining pieces with plastic wrap and place them in the freezer for 1 hour.

Roll out the piece of dough that you left on your working area. Dust with enough flour so it doesn’t stick. Roll it big enough to cover the bottom of the large pie mold. Place the dough on the bottom of the pie mold, press with your fingers so the sides stick and trim the edges. Repeat for the mini pie molds, if you make them. Refrigerate them until the time for the other pieces of the dough that you placed in the freezer is up.

In the meanwhile, start making the filling. Poach the quince, pears and ginger with the sugar and cinnamon sticks until tender. About 20 to 30 minutes.

Then discard the ginger and cinnamon sticks. Chop the quince and ginger into smaller pieces, I prefer them very small, especially since I also made mini pies.

Place the chopped quince and pear in a large bowl; add the ginger syrup, ginger jam, lemon zest, lemon juice and cornstarch. Mix well and set it aside.

Once the hour is up for the dough in the freezer, take the pie molds out of the fridge. Spoon the filling into the pie crusts.

Remove the dough from the freezer and start by rolling one out on your floured working area. This is where you can be creative and make any design that you want. You have enough dough to play around. I really wanted to make leaves. Since I didn’t have any leaf shaped cookie cutters, I just used a paring knife to make them. For 1 mini pie, I made a tree design by making the tree trunk first and then adding small leaves to the branches.

Once you are done decorating your pies, place them in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 180/350F.

Once the 20 minutes are up, remove the pies from the fridge. Brush the dough with some of the egg wash and sprinkle some granulated sugar. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the dough is golden. For the mini pies, it took from 35 to 45 minutes.

I like to eat this pie warm with some vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy!

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Brûléed Apple Butter Pie

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Fall is finally showing its face.  While biking around town last Sunday, we found this beautiful building covered in autumn leaves. On our way back home, we went through the park to pick some leaves I wanted to use as props for this pie.

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I’ve wanted to get a kitchen torch for a while, and last weekend I finally did. This was the first thing I brûléed. This is not your traditional apple pie. I made it thinking of pumpkin pie. Just that instead of using pumpkin puree, I used apple butter.

Since the apple butter takes about 4 hours to make (not something I plan to make often), I made a big batch to have some leftover, and enjoy it on other dishes. If you only want it for this recipe, you can just make half a batch. I found this recipe for apple butter on the Food Network’s website. I just slightly adapted it and it turned out delicious. I made the apple butter the night before so it had enough time to cool down.

This recipe is for a 23Cm pie mold.

Ingredients:

For the apple butter:

3 kilos of apples, peeled and chopped (I used royal gala)

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

1 1/3 cup of brown sugar

Pinch of salt

Juice of ½ a lime

Pinch of cinnamon or more to taste

1 ½ tablespoons of vanilla extract

For the pie crust:

1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour

¾ tablespoon of sugar

Pinch of salt

113gr of butter, cold and cut into cubes

3 tablespoons of cold water

For the filling:

400grs of the apple butter, at room temperature

3 eggs

¼ cup of sour cream

1 vanilla bean

2 tablespoons of sugar

Pinch of salt

1 cup of heavy cream

Extras:

Egg wash

Sugar

 

To make the apple butter:

Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Place the apples, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and salt in an oven proof pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and let it cook for about 20 minutes, until the apples are soft. Remove from the heat. Add the lime juice, cinnamon and vanilla. Then blend the apples until smooth, I used an immersion blender.

Bake uncovered for 3 ½ hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

Once the apple butter is done, allow it to cool down completely before transfering it to an airtight container. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To make the pie crust:

You can make the pie crust in the food processor, by hand or in the stand mixer.  I used my stand mixer fitted with the flat beater. Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of the stand mixer. Add the cold butter pieces, mix it with a spatula. Then mix on low speed for about 2 minutes. Then add the cold water and mix on low speed for a couple of minutes until you have an even dough.

Place the dough on your floured working area. Dust it with enough flour so it doesn’t stick. Roll it big enough to cover the bottom of the pie mold. Place the dough on the bottom of the pie mold, press with your fingers so the sides stick and trim the edges. Refrigerate it for 1 hour.

To make the pie:

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Place the sugar, vanilla seeds and pod in a saucepan with the cream, let it come to a simmer and then turn off the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk the apple butter with the sour cream, eggs and salt. Then slowly whisk in the cream. Discard the vanilla pod.

Take the pie crust out of the fridge and brush the edges with the egg wash. Pour the filing into the pie crust. Be careful that it doesn’t overflow. You will have some extra filling left over, which you can use to make mini pies if you like.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes until the center barely giggles.

Allow the pie to cool down completely before serving. Just before serving, sprinkle some sugar on top of the pie and brûlée until the sugar has melted and turns a bit dark brown. Serve right away.

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Lime & Blueberry Lattice Pie


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Growing up my favorite pie was lime merengue pie. My mom would make it often and we would just devour it. The lime filling in this this recipe is the same as my mom used to make, and one that is very popular as it is so simple. It’s just a mixture of condensed milk, lime juice and egg yolks. To upgrade it a bit; instead of making a crushed cookie crust, I made a buttery pastry dough with a lattice top. And because it is summer and blueberries are in full swing, I added them too. I saw them at the market and had to get some.

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I made this pie on Thursday for a dessert night I hosted for some friends the next day. I made it in between running errands, making a cake for a friend’s birthday and going to her party. She rented a boat and we cruised through the Amsterdam canals with some nice bites and drinks.

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I finally finished baking the pie at 11 pm and went to bed with the apartment smelling like pie.

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This recipe is for a 23cm pie mold.

Ingredients:

For the pie crust:

2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 ½ tablespoons of sugar

½ teaspoon of salt

226gr of butter, cold and cut into cubes

6 tablespoons of cold water

For the filling:

1 can of condensed milk, 400ml

1/3 of a cup of lime juice

3 egg yolks

2 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries

Extras:

Egg wash

Granulated sugar for sprinkling on the lattice top

 

You can make the pie crust in the food processor, by hand or in the stand mixer.  I used my stand mixer fitted with the flat beater. Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of the stand mixer. Add the cold butter pieces, mix it with a spatula. Then mix on low speed for about 2 minutes. Then add the cold water and mix on low speed for a couple of minutes until you have an even dough.

Divide the dough into 2 parts. Pat it down with your hands, forming a circle with each piece. Keep one piece on a floured working area. Wrap the remaining piece with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer for 1 hour.

Roll out the piece of dough that you left on your working area. Dust with enough flour so it doesn’t stick. Roll it big enough to cover the bottom of the pie mold. Place the dough on the bottom of the pie mold, press with your fingers so the sides stick and trim the edges. Refrigerate until the time for the one that you placed in the freezer is up.

Once the hour is up for the dough in the freezer, take the pie mold from the fridge and start making the filling. In a bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, lime juice and egg yolks. Pour the lime filling into the pie. Then arrange the blueberries on top of the lime filling.

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.  Line a baking tray with parchment paper. This will make cleaning easier, since the blueberries ooze a bit of liquid.

Take out the remaining dough from the freezer; roll it out into a big rectangle. Cut it into strips of about 2cm thick. You’ll need 12 strips for the lattice top and 2 strips for the edges of the pie. If you don’t know how to arrange the lattice top, you can click here to see instructions with pictures from The Kitchn on how to arrange it. Once the lattice top is set, add the 2 remaining strips to cover the edges of the pie.

Brush the dough with some of the egg wash and sprinkle some granulated sugar. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the dough is golden.

Allow the pie to cool down completely before slicing it with a bread knife.

 

 

Strawberry Elderflower Lattice Pie

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Summer means strawberry, and yesterday that meant pie. My mom left yesterday afternoon, she was here visiting for the first time. I had a blast showing her what has now become my city and its surroundings. She was such a trooper biking around the city like a pro. Biking is not hard, but you have to keep an eye with all the tourists not paying attention to the road and, the taxis and scooters driving like crazy. I think I was the most stressed always looking back to see if she was OK, I felt like a mom. Three weeks flew by and all of the sudden we were heading to the airport to drop her off. It doesn’t get easier to say goodbye year after year. withmom

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What did I do to keep my mind busy instead of sad? I baked this pie.

It takes some time because the dough needs to chill for a while and you can make the lattice as simple or intricate as you want. Because I made braids, it took a bit longer.

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This recipe has more than enough dough for you to play around with the lattice top design that you want. I used a 23cm pie mold and still had some dough left over. You can freeze the remaining dough. Just make sure to cover it properly with plastic wrap so it doesn’t get freezer burn.

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If you like fruit flavored water, don’t throw away the strawberry tops. Add it to water, I used sparkling water, and let it sit in the fridge for one hour before drinking it. It’s simple, delicious and zero waste from the strawberries. This is a tip I read on Food52.

Ingredients:

For the pie crust:

3 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

¾ teaspoon of salt

340gr of cold butter, chopped into pieces (I used salted butter, but you can use unsalted butter)

8 tablespoons of cold water

2 tablespoons of elderflower cordial

For the strawberry-elderflower filling:

700gr of strawberries, hulled and quartered

½ cup of granulated sugar

¼ cup of packed brown sugar

4 tablespoons of elderflower cordial

1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

¼ cup of cornstarch (Maizena)

Pinch of salt

To finish the pie:

Egg wash

Granulated sugar for sprinkling on the lattice top

 

Start by making the pie crust, place the water and elderflower cordial in a cup and put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes, until it is very cold. Place the chopped butter, covered with plastic wrap also in the freezer for about 15 minutes.

You can make the pie crust in the food processor, by hand or in the stand mixer.  I used my stand mixer fitted with the flat beater. Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of the stand mixer. Add the cold butter pieces, mix it with a spatula. Then mix on low speed for about 2 minutes. Then add the cold water mixed with the elderflower cordial. Mix on low speed for a couple of minutes until you have an even dough.

Divide the dough into 3 parts. Pat it down with your hands, forming a circle with each piece. Keep one piece on a floured working area. Wrap the 2 remaining pieces with plastic wrap and place them in the freezer for 1 hour.

Roll out the piece of dough that you left on your working area. Dust with enough flour so it doesn’t stick. Roll it big enough to cover the bottom of the pie mold. Place the dough on the bottom of the pie mold, press with your fingers so the sides stick and trim the edges. Refrigerate until the time for the other pieces of the dough that you placed in the freezer is up.

In the meanwhile, start making the filling. Place the hulled and quartered strawberries in a bowl (if you like fruit flavored water; don’t forget to keep the strawberry tops, add it to water and let it sit in the fridge for 1 hour before drinking). Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Set it aside, until ready to use.

Once the hour is up for the dough in the freezer, take the pie mold from the fridge. Spoon the strawberry filling into the pie crust.

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Remove 1 piece of the dough from the freezer. Roll it out into a big rectangle of about 50x26cm. Cut the dough into 2cm strips. For the rim of the pie, I made 2 big braids. For the lattice top, I cut each 2cm strip into 3 thin strips (they don’t have to be perfectly cut). With each 3 thin strips, I made one thin braid. In total I used 9 thin braids to cover the pie. I kept 2 small pieces of the thin braids to cover the parts of the rim that showed the separation between the 2 big braids. In total, you will need 2 big braids and 9 thin braids to cover the pie with this design. If you need more dough, just take the remaining piece out of the freezer.

Arrange the small braids first on the pie. You can click here to see instructions with pictures from The Kitchn on how to arrange the lattice top.

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Once the lattice top is arranged, place the big braids around the rim of the pie. Use 2 pieces of the thin braids to cover the parts where each big braid meets. Place the pie in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. This will make cleaning easier, since the strawberry filling oozes out and you don’t want sticky strawberry filling in the bottom of your oven.

Once the 20 minutes are up, remove the pie from the fridge. Brush the dough with some of the egg wash and sprinkle some granulated sugar. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the dough is golden.

Allow for the pie to cool down completely before slicing it with a bread knife.

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Rhubarb, Goat Cheese & Thyme Tart

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Rhubarb season has started and I couldn’t be more excited. I had something savory in mind and couldn’t wait to get my hands on some stalks. I was looking for it in my market a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t find any. I finally found it a week ago in one stand at the Albert Cuyp market and just had to get it

I wanted to top a tart with it and get that nice pink color all over it. But I wanted it thinly sliced, which means I lose the color as it is only on the outer part. Therefore I decided to dye the rhubarb slices. I’ve seen that you can color it with grenadine syrup. I actually wanted to try and color it with beet juice but I forgot to get some, so I ended up just using red food coloring which I had in the house. I added some Greek yogurt to the filling instead of adding cream just to lighten it up a bit. The pastry dough is very simple to make from scratch.  My hubby and I finished the whole tart for dinner with a side of green salad.

This recipe makes a tart for a 9 inch – 23cm pie mold.

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour

100gr of butter, cold

¼ cup cold water

Pinch of salt

For the filling:

1 cup of Greek yogurt

200gr soft goat cheese, crumbled

5 sprigs of thyme, leaves only

2 eggs

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

For the Rhubarb:

2 rhubarb stalks, thinly sliced with a potato peeler or cheese slicer

For the coloring bath:

2 cups of water

2 cups of sugar

30 drops of red food coloring (just to color the rhubarb, then you’ll throw it away)

 

Start by making the pastry; place the butter, flour and salt in the food processor. Pulse until the dough resembles breadcrumbs, then add the water and pulse until you get an even dough. Form a ball with the dough, wrap it in plastic and let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While the dough is resting in the fridge, start to prepare the rhubarb. Cut each stalk into 3 even pieces, and then thinly slice each piece using a potato peeler, cheese slicer or mandolin.

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To prepare the simple syrup, just mix the water with the sugar in a pot over medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer to a bowl and allow it to cool for 5 minutes, so it is not super-hot. Then add the food coloring and mix it well. Add the rhubarb slices and let them soak in the coloring bath, once it is cool enough; just put it in the fridge until ready to use.

Once the dough has rested in the fridge, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease and flour a 9 inch – 23cm pie mold. It is better if it has a detachable bottom, just makes it easier to slice the tart later.

Lightly flour your working area and roll out the dough in a circular shape, enough to cover the pie mold. Line the pie mold with the dough, pressing firmly on the edges. Put it in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Take the pie out of the fridge, line it with parchment paper and fill it with uncooked rice or pastry weights. Bake for 10 minutes. Then remove the rice and parchment paper, and bake for 5 more minutes.

For the filling, just blend all of the ingredients until evenly combined. Pour it over the pastry.

Drain the dyed rhubarb and then carefully arrange it in a circular motion on top of the filling. Bake the tart for 30 minutes.

Allow the tart to cool for 15 minutes before slicing it.

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Corn Pie with Beef (Pastel de Choclo con Carne)

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Living abroad I miss my family of course. But the second thing I miss the most is the food. I realize now, how spoiled (in terms of food) I was growing up. By that I mean; Peru is such a rich agricultural country. I grew up eating a huge variety of fruits, vegetables, seafood, etc. If there is something all Peruvians have in common is pride in our cuisine. I love to cook so of course, I find myself not missing everything. The things I can recreate here, I do make. But things like eating a fresh mango or making a truly Peruvian ceviche, I can’t. The mangos that you find here are shipped still green and of course you can taste the difference. And a ceviche without the very sour Peruvian lime, can be nice, but is not amazing. I remember when I was taking a cooking course in Lyon, one of the French chefs told me he smuggled some Peruvian lime in his suitcase.

One of the things I miss is our corn. The texture and flavor is very different to the yellow one you find everywhere else in the world. I miss eating it just boiled with some chili sauce on top. This is what it looks like:

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This corn pie is very popular in Chile and Peru. I loved eating it for the ‘lonche’ (tea time). Since in Peru you have dinner quite late.  I used to have dinner at around 9pm. Now whenever we are in Lima. We want to eat earlier, since here we eat at 6pm. My mom always jokes and calls me a granny for eating so early.  At least we beat the crowds whenever we are there and we want to dine out.

I have been making this recipe for years and if I make it in Peru, I don’t need to add the corn meal. The texture of the Peruvian corn is dense enough to hold the rest of the ingredients. But here, using the yellow corn, I do need to add some corn meal, otherwise the mixture is too soggy. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, cook the meat mixture in a pan and then assemble the dish like a shepherd’s pie in an oven dish. The filling is usually made with minced meat. But it is nicer to make it with steak if you can.

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Ingredients:

For the beef filling:

450gr beef steak, diced

1 red onion, chopped

1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons of tomato puree

1 teaspoon of sugar

¼ cup raisins

2 boiled eggs, chopped

Salt

Pepper

Olive oil

For the corn mixture:

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 white onion, chopped

4 fresh corns on the cob

250ml cream

10 tablespoons of corn meal

1 tablespoon of sriracha sauce

40gr grated Parmesan

1 egg

Salt

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a cast iron skillet, over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, sear the meat. Then add the onions, tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes. Then add the minced garlic, raisins, olives, sugar, boiled eggs, salt and pepper. Stir until everything is mixed. Then turn off the heat and set aside.

Remove the corn kernels from the cob. Place the kernels in a blender along with the cream and corn meal.  Blend it until everything is combined.

In a large pan, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Over medium heat, cook the white onion until translucent. Add the corn mixture, sriracha and salt. Cook for about 4 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. You want it to thicken and to dry a bit. After the 4 minutes are done, turn off the heat. Off the heat, add the egg and parmesan. Stir until everything is combined.

Pour the corn mixture over the meat in the skillet. Make sure to spread it out so it covers the whole surface of the skillet. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm.