How inspiring it is to see the sun!
Today, I decided to check out the fridge. I had 4 large brambly cooking apples and some rhubarb needing to be used up, so I thought I may as well make something really nice with them. Forget the calories for just this once.... there's nothing to beat a lovely, juicy, crunchy, fruit pie!
As I reached for the rhubarb I found a packet of supermarket pastry that my husband had bought recently....was that a HINT? I've only ever made my own pastry, but I thought I'd give it a go.
Apple and Rhubarb Springtime Pie
(British Apple Strudel?)
I turned on the oven to pre-heat at 200 deg
The pastry was a bit stiff. You are meant to let it 'come to room temperature', it said, but I decided to 'wing it'..... so out came my trusty silicone mat!
The pastry cracked as I rolled it, then it got a little moist and sticky to touch.... but no worries, it rolled a treat.
I cut the apples and rhubarb into big chunks and put into a greased baking dish, adding rather a lot of sugar. I filled in the pastry cracks and covered the dish holding the apples and rhubarb, lining the top edges of the dish with strips of pastry to give it a thicker rim.
Rolling out pastry on a mat is a 'breeze'!
With the pastry trimmings I re-rolled (above) and 'cut' strips for the top of the pie. I used the BACK of a knife, and very gently at that, because a knife would damage my precious mat!
The pastry pack said 10 minutes in the oven, but I knew it would be longer with all the fruit.
After about 10 minutes I turned it down to 180, and about 10 minutes later it was READY!
I didn't take too many photos - my mouth was watering too much to wait......
Serve - with a good dollop of fresh cream or creme fresh!
(I'm now wondering if it was really Sarah-Jane's Apple Strudle which had unconciously inspired me?)
Have a wonderful springtime!
Wed.11th April 2012