May 29, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


That's right.

This one was made by request (You're welcome, Joni) for an outing to see Shakespeare's Henry V in Forest Park with a couple of my school pals last Saturday.

While I've made a few strawberry desserts and rhubarb desserts over the years (see the list after the recipe), this was my first strawberry-rhubarb concoction. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
recipe slightly adapted from The Kitchn
Made with love & ready for the oven

May 26, 2014

Apple Custard Pie with Brandied Raisins & Almonds

I keep a journal in which I jot down favorite quotes and whatnot from books as I'm reading. Often, I find myself making lists of food described in the books as well.

One such description, from Neil Gaiman's novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, has stuck with me since early last fall:
Dinner was wonderful. There was a joint of beef, with roast potatoes, golden-crisp on the outside and soft and white inside, buttered greens I did not recognize, although I think now that they might have been nettles, roasted carrots all blackened and sweet […]. For dessert there was the pie, stuffed with apples and with swollen raisins and crushed nuts, all topped with a thick yellow custard, creamier and richer than anything I had ever tasted at school or at home.
That pie. I haven't been able to get that pie out of my head.

So, I made it.