2014年05月15日

National Apple Pie


The phrase “easy as pie” is total crap if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong. I love pie. I love making it, I love eating it. I have a great apple pie recipe that I like to make in the fall. But making a pie isn’t “easy,” especially for beginning bakers. (Okay, Wikipedia just informed me that the phrase is supposed to refer to eating pie, not making it. WHATEVER, JUST GO WITH IT.)

But the idiots over at the National Food Holiday division have named tomorrow, May 13, National Apple Pie Day. Who in their right mind wants to bake an apple pie in the spring? An apple pie doesn’t scream “SUMMER!” No, I’ll reserve my crust-making for greater spring and summer fruits: cherries, blackberries, peaches. But I’m not going to leave National Apple Pie Day hanging entirely. Apples need some year-round lovin’. To keep the doctor away and all that.

You can put this tart together in about 10 minutes if you’re fast with your knife/mandoline skills. And there are only five ingredients. Because, friends, we aren’t making our own puff pastry crust in May. Or ever, maybe. That’s one of those things I keep telling myself I’m going to learn to do before the baby comes, but with less than three months to go and a hot summer ahead, that goal is now seeming kind of laughable.  


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2014年05月15日

delicious toasted


For anyone who hasn't heard of it before , malt loaf is a British tea-time fruit cake cum bread that is characteristically dense, sweet, squidgy and chewy and is usually eaten cut into slices and spread with lashings of butter but is equally delicious toasted, fried in butter or served with cheese .

As a child I used to love malt loaf and would eat quite a lot of it because my dad worked in a bakery and would regularly bring dark, brick-like lumps of the stuff home with him. As I remember, when he did it would disappear very quickly!

Like many of our classic fruit cakes, malt loaf doesn't seem to be as popular as it once was - I think Soreen are the only UK brand that still produce it on a commercial basis - but it's delicious to have with a cup of tea and so easy to make at home that it's worth giving it a go open a company in hong kong.

  


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