Friday, 1 April 2016

The best pastry EVER!!!!

Last night I spent most of my evening learning the difference on how to measure ingredients for baking, by volume and weight.
I needed to understand how you lovely ladies out there use cups to measure your ingredients, over the last few years I have built up a lovely collection of recipes using this method, mainly U S recipes:)
Now I make no secret that I am totally fascinated by the Amish folk, I first went to Indiana in 1992 and this was the first that I had ever heard of these gentle folk. When I first went to visit an area where they lived I felt an inner peace and just wanted to be still and watch ( from a respectable distance) and learn. I have been learning about them ever since, I feel they have a lot of the answers to certain problems in the world today but I do not sugar coat their lives to be an easy one at times.
So moving on swiftly I am now teaching myself to bake using their recipes, well Lovina Eicher  ( a Amish lady) recipes.
After breakfast this morning I set about making a blueberry and blackberry lattice pie using Lovina's
pastry recipe.

3 U S cups of all-purpose flour is= 375grams of plain flour to us in English money.
1U S cup of lard ( refined vegetable lard) NO animal fats =205grams.
This pastry was the easiest dough to work with, no putting it in the fridge to rest! Although I did chill my bowel first...old habits.
The oven temperature is 425 this is gas No 7 which I thought was very hot but it worked perfectly. I kept an eye on it in the oven and turned it a couple of times as not to scorch, oh my kitchen smelt wonderful :))
Once cooked i took it out of the oven and let it sit on top of my stove to cool down, this being my first attempt i had to try a piece before i served it to the family...I HAVE NEVER TASTED FLAKY PASTRY LIKE IT! It was beautiful.
This pastry is used for sweet and savoury recipes, the pastry left over i rolled up and put it into a freezer bag and then in the freezer i cannot wait for the next pie.

Once my feet came back down to earth i started the big spring clean, this will take a few weeks to complete but it felt good to open windows and start it.
Tomorrow i plan to finish planting our little orchard on our land at the bottom of the garden, i was told last year that if you plant six fruit trees its classed as an orchard, tomorrow after planting i will have nine. I have planted Apples, two type of pear, two type of plums and a quince tree.

Tonight i am going to learn how to lattice a pie properly, as you can see in my picture the pastry strips are not woven!
Wishing you all a cosy evening, God Bless x