I am happy to announce that we have our first official guest post over here at Whatever’s Left! In the past I’ve invited one or two friends to do us the honours, but was generally met with people too shy to share their creations. Then I found Kate… or rather Kate found me! I woke up one morning to a lovely comment waiting for me on my pâte sucrée recipe & how wonderful it was. A few comments were shared back & forth, & it came up that another batch was going to be made, this time, for a blackberry pie with wild blackberries foraged from near Kate’s house. I’m not going to lie, my petite had been whet & I was dying to know more about this recipe. It didn’t take much persuasion to convince Kate that she was absolutely going to have to share it with us….
So let me take this moment to proudly introduce my very first Guest Poster… Kate R…. The floor is all yours!
P.s. All the photography is her own… isn’t is gorgeous?!
About eight or nine months in to what would end up being a tortuously long 15 months in total of very large, very destructive, fatal earthquakes in my city (185 people lost their lives), I was told on a trip to an acupuncturist (to try and find some way of coping with the nightmare), that I shouldn’t be eating wheat, dairy or sugar. That was about three or so years ago (I think), and so began, what turned out to be a never ending journey of discovery which, to this day, can be endlessly challenging, but also very rewarding, especially when figuring out a new way to make what you ate in, ‘the before times’!
That is why it is such a great feeling when you come across a site such as this one that has recipes that actually deliver what they say they will.
I have been converting recipes for some time now, and even this one for Pâte Sucrée needs some tweaks for me to be able to use it, but they were easy and boy was the result well worth it!
I’ll confess now that the no-sugar recommendation was just one step too far for me when trying to find food to eat, and has thus fallen by the wayside, partially because I was just starving hungry; everything you try and buy seems to be riddled with the stuff, but also because the alternatives are rather expensive to buy and so prohibitive when inspired to cook.
And so, I have reduced my intake severely, and use it as a treat now, as I think it probably should be for all of us anyway.
This recipe is in that category and is so easy, but makes such a great treat to end any meal.
My first use of the awesome pastry was to create a blind baked crust for what would eventually become a lemon meringue pie. It went super well, and tasted fantastic.
The plan this time was to try and make a wild blackberry and custard pie, (blackberries foraged from the paddock next to our property) but the husband put his vote in for Apple and blackberry pie.
Not having made either before, I thought I may as well try what he suggested as it sounded as good as my idea, and I wasn’t sure how a custard would work in the crust and was too chicken to find out!
One day it will get a try.
Meanwhile, this recipe called for an unbaked pie crust, and so it gave me the opportunity to see how the pastry would hold up when baked with a part liquid, part solid filling.
After some internet trawling I found a Martha Stewart recipe, which I duly adjusted to my gluten and dairy free and slightly lazy style.
This apple and blackberry pie requires one recipe quantity of the ‘Whatever’s Left Pate Sucree’, with some adjustments.
-Where it states unsalted butter, I use a dairy free alternative called OlivanI available here in New Zealand.
-Where it states one tsp Xantham gum, I just use two of Guar gum as I don’t like the resulting after effects of using Xantham gum.
-Also, where it states to melt the butter, I just rub in the Olivani (as one would a normal pastry)
Other than that, make as per normal up to the point where you wrap it and refrigerate for two hours. I would suggest dividing it into two circular portions for wrapping for ease when you need to roll it out.
Once you are ready to make your pie, roll out the pastry between two sheets of baking paper or glad wrap as it is much tidier, and easier to move into the pie dish.
I use a 9″ metal flan dish with removable bottom, but have also used a disposable tinfoil pie dish, I prefer the flan dish. The pastry is enough to make a top and bottom for this pie, or if you prefer, a lattice top, (with some careful handling). I recommend after any work with the pastry, putting it back into the fridge or freezer to keep it nice and cold.
When it is rolled and you have successfully lined your pie dish, put it back in the fridge to keep it nice and cold until you are ready to add the filling below.
Roll the top out as well and refrigerate as above. Continue reading