I like cooking. And because I like cooking, I never follow strict rules, relying mostly on intuition. So the figures for the ingredients will not be precise. But they don't need to be. Small variations will only change the taste a little. I've tried making this pie with a bit more of this and less of that and the outcome is almost the same. You can also see the proportions I used today from the photos below.
Ingredients I used:
- Whole grain flour (~250g)
- Eggs (2: one whole egg, one yolk)
- Sugar (~100g)
- Sour cream (~50g)
- Nuts (~20g)
- Salt (~1 teaspoon)
- Soda (0,5 teaspoon)
- Vanilla (tiny bit, ~0,3 teaspoon)
- Strawberry preserves (~220g)
- Kiwi (2-3)
As this is a grated pie you will need a common hand grater (I don't think you can use an automatic one in this case).
Of course, the pie filling can be changed according to your preference, or what you currectly got in the kitchen: any preserves, frozen berries, fruits... You can put less sugar in the dough but compensate that with a sweet filling. Or if your dough appears to be too sweet, add something sour in pie filling: kiwi, lemon, cherries etc.
Now lets see the process step by step:
Getting the ingredients ready.
At first, I didn't think of kiwis, so they aren't on the picture.))
1. Mix eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla together in a bowl.
2. Put soda on top of the flour.
3. Cut the butter into slices as shown below or use a grater.
4. Mix the sliced (or grated) butter into the flour. This is the key step of making a pie sandy. If you melt the butter before mixing it with flour, your pie will loose it's sandy, crispy qualities.
5. Add the eggs-sugar and sour cream to your buttery flour
6. Knead the mass untill it becomes more or less one piece. Than devide the dough into 2 uneven pieces: one somewhat smaller than the other.
Smaller part will be the top, and the bigger one - the bottom layer.
7. Put your dough in the freezer for about 20 minutes
8. Take the dough out and start heating up the oven to about 150C
9. Grate the bigger piece and shape the bottom layer of your pie on a baking tray :
9. Put it in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes
I do this to make sure lower layer gets baked well as it is later covered with filling which slows down the task.
This is what a slightly-baked bottom layer looks like
10. Put your filling on the bottom layer.
11. And the final step (top layer):
12. Put in the oven (around 150C), after 20 minutes increase the temperature to 180-200C. Total baking time - some 35 minutes.
The result should look something like this:
P.S. 13. If your neighbours come over (after having smelled something delicious), tell them there is a new diagnosis in the psychiatric manual which is characterized by olfactory (smell-based) hallucinations.
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