I’ve had several requests for my apple and plum pie recipe, so here it is (perhaps it should really be Apple Plum Pear Pie, but that sounds a bit of a mouthful).
Oh – and the Catalan quote …?
Apple Plum Pie (an unseasonal pie for a rainy day in summer)
For the pastry
7 oz oz plain flour
3 oz self-raising flour
6 oz butter
For the filling
2 Bramley apples
6 ripe plums
3 small pears
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 oz light muscovado sugar
2 oz caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 oz butter
1 tbsp cornflour
Rub the butter into the flour and stir in just enough water to form a dough. Divide into two pieces, one for the bottom crust and one for the top crust of the pie. Wrap each piece in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge.
Peel and dice the apples and pears. Dice the plums. Toss all together in a large bowl with the lemon juice, sugars and cinnamon. Leave to macerate for at room temperature for at least an hour.
Strain the juices from the fruit and sugar mix into a small saucepan. Reserve the fruit (obviously – or it would just be a jam pie!).
Add the butter to the juices and bring them to the boil. Simmer gently until the juices are syrupy and reduced to about 1/3 cup.
Sprinkle the cornflour over the reserved fruit and toss to combine thoroughly.
Pour the syrupy jam over the fruit and toss again to mix everything together evenly.
Roll out the pastry for the bottom crust and use it to line a 9″ pie dish.
Scrape the fruit mixture into the pie. Roll out the pastry for the top crust and use it to cover the fruit. Seal and crimp the edges. Make four or five slashes in the top, or prod it several times with a fork.
Cover the pie loosely with clingfilm and leave it to rest in the fridge for an hour or so.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
Bake the pie for 45 to 55 minutes until the pastry is golden and the juices are bubbly.
Allow to cool slightly before eating …