Why a summer of pie you might ask? Well pretty much anything that involves pastry and is accompanied by cream or chocolate is totally ok with me and besides I just got the idea in my head that an entire summer of pie would be a deliciously fun thing to do and I am going with it.
We are approaching beach season and while most people are starting their pre-summer diets, getting in shape & prepping bikini bodies. I have decided to go in the total opposite direction. I’m thinking more along the lines of how much butter, chocolate & cream can I cram into my oven / face this summer.
So here’s the plan; one pie for each week of summer that’s 12 weeks of pie (if my maths is correct) ..drool.. I like the idea of adding a few extra pies along the way like bonus levels (I am making the Mario Brother’s level up noise in my head as I type this) and maybe bonus levels could be pies that are a bit more difficult or weird and wacky flavour combos … oh the possibilities… sigh..drool…sigh!
I’ve been doing plenty of pie research which pretty much involves watching the 2007 movie “Waitress“. Secretly I have been wanting to learn how to make proper American style pie ever since I saw this movie a few years ago. It is filled with mouth watering cinematic shots of delicious pies being created and it’s actually a really cute funny movie. My favourite thing about the baking scenes is how the pies are named like “I Can’t Have No Affair Because It’s Wrong & I Don’t Want Earl to Kill Me Pie” and “Baby Screamin’ It’s Head Off In The Middle of the Night & Ruinin’ My Life Pie”. I’m definitely going to steal I mean appropriate this name idea for my pie creations.
The remainder of my pie research has involved buying a gorgeous vintage pie dish, a new mini food processor & spending a lot of time drooling over this blog & obsessing about pie on pinterest. Check out my Pinspirational Pie Board. Yum!
The weekend just past I made a test pie (had to flex my pie muscles see if they were up for the challenge). I am calling this creation;
“My best friend moved away and I need to eat my sad for me but happy for her feelings Pie”
other wise known as Banoffee Pie with Maple Syrup whipped cream.
Start with the Base
1 x 250g pkt Milk Arrowroot biscuits or similar
130g butter, melted
Crush the biscuits in a food processor until finely ground. Add in melted butter and mix together to form base mixture.
Press evenly into a pie dish and cover with glad wrap, put in the fridge for 20-30mins and get started on the next step.
1 x 395g can sweetened condensed milk
70g (1/3 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
Place all ingredients in a non stick sauce pan on a very low heat and continuously stir for approx 10mins or until Caramel becomes thick. Notes; Don’t stop stirring or it will stick and make sure its a low heat.
Pour hot caramel over the biscuit base and put back in the fridge for a hour to cool & set.
2 bananas (sliced thinly length ways)
Once the filling is set slice the bananas and place on top of caramel.
1x Tablespoon of Maple Syrup (to taste)
1 x 250ml whipping cream
Whip the cream until thick slowly adding in maple syrup to taste
Top with whipped cream
Sprinkle with grated chocolate or cinnamon!! Eat & enjoy.