I'm in Montreal right now (what what!), and I'm also backed up in Bakecetera posts. Whoopsies.
Between visitors (the best!), "schoolwork", administrative details, and randomly running around having heaps of fun, I've slightly ignored any sort of posts.
But! I haven't ignored pie.
I have a few favourites in Montreal, and one of them just left on tour the other day. Luckily, I did get to spend some quality time with the dude before he left. Included in this time spent together was pie eating.
We sure do some crazy things up in Canada.
This pie is sweet, tart, and oozing with perfect plum juices. The crust is simple, but still flakey and delicious. I made it with butter, but quickly sub in some vegan margarine, and you have yourself a vegan dessert! Oooh yeah.
Plum Pie - What you need:
((For the crust))
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 250 grams of butter (about 1 cup), very cold and diced (To make this vegan - use a vegan margarine.)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup very cold water
((For the filling))
- 6 ripe plums
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Plum Pie - What you do:
To make the crust: In a large bowl stir together the flour and salt. Cut in the butter until coarse crumbs are formed. You can also (like me) pulse these ingredients together via a food processor. Keep the crumbs in the dough though - it makes for delicious buttery bites!
Next, slowly add the cold water. Start with 1/4 of a cup, stir well. Test out the dough - it should stick together. If it doesn't, add a touch more of water. Once the dough sticks together well, divide it into two spheres and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
To make the filling: Slice the plums into thin wedges. Toss the plums, flour, salt, sugar, and spices together.
After the dough has been chilled for at least an hour, preheat the oven to 190 celsius (375 fahrenheit).
Roll out the dough one sphere at a time. Place one sheet of dough in a pie dish.
Spoon in the plum mix.
Then, roll out the second portion of dough, and top off the pie with it. Slice some lines into the pie to allow the steam to exit during the baking process!
In the preheated oven, bake the pie for 55 minutes to one hour. It should be crispy, light brown, and bubbling with plums!
Allow the pie to sit for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Serve it warm or cold! (Although - I recommend warm...)
Pie on a windowsill... possibly one of the best things in the entire world.
... except for maybe pie on my plate!
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
So, there's been a lot of repeat of this song going around... for probably a pretty good reason! PLUS! He's Canadian!!!