Monday, July 10, 2023

Rhubarb-Apple Lattice Pie

Shredded apples (peel and all) not only add fruity notes to the filling, but contain pectin which helps thicken it. The result is an easy to slice but not gloopy pie ready for your next backyard bbq!

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It's been a hot minute since I dabbled in pastry  quite frankly, I don't have the patience to coax together a perfectly flaky crust any more, and the people who would enjoy such a treat are few and far between now. However, I did have the opportunity to pay a few visits to a friend with a distinct love for rhubarb pie this year - and how could I not indulge that possibility? 

Luckily, the backyard rhubarb was - and is - prolific this year. We have (at last count) 4 rhubarb plants in the garden, each exploding into a mess of foliage every year. I'm the only one who actually uses the rhubarb, oddly enough, and what better way to celebrate this often ignored ingredient than in my annual pie?

That said, rhubarb-only pie has a set of things that need to be addressed for it to be fit for the dessert table. The first (and most obvious) is that fresh rhubarb is tart - great in, say, chutney, but not alone in a dessert. The next is the fact that rhubarb is essentially sour celery. It's stringy because of the cellulose fibres that give it structure, and it's filled with water. Ignore those elements and you wind up with dental floss soup in a pie crust. Appetizing, right?

 The approach I took in order to combat all three considerations while keeping the rhubarb front and centre was multi-fold. The easiest one was the tartness, obviously - but to add some complexity to the sweetness I used a mix of plain granulated and dark brown sugars. The brown sugar gave me the inspiration to tackle the liquid issue as well. In addition to using tapioca starch (my go-to thickener for pie, since it's freezer-stable) I decided to shred apples, peel and all, into the rhubarb mixture. The apple's pectin, combined with the sugar and the heat of the oven, also aided in the thickening of the filling. The stringiness of the rhubarb turned out to be a non-issue, since the pieces were chopped fairly small but the cellulose was also somewhat softened by the overnight sit in the sugar.

This is not a quick pie to make, since you need to let the filling stand for 12 hours (which also lets you chill your pie dough appropriately), it bakes for an hour, then has to set for another 8 hours before serving. I 100% promise it is worth it though - and if you're feeling energetic enough to make enough pie dough these freeze well both unbaked and baked. Don't want to fuss with a lattice (you can see my amazing weave work above haha)? No problem - just pop a full crust lid on top and poke 5-6 slits in the top for ventilation.

PS - Prime Day is TOMORROW! What's on your list this year? 

Don't forget, you must be an Amazon Prime member to catch all the deals!

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Prime Day 2023 is Near!


Time is flying by this year - I don't know about you, but it seems like every day is either packed with things to do or spent planning for those days. While I haven't been cooking or baking a ton (though things are coming as soon as I get a spare moment!) I have been busy with the gym, work, tutoring, two graduations and (my favourite) traveling.

It should come as no surprise that I'm an Amazon Prime member - as a blogger, Amazon is a quick and reliable way for me to source ingredients, equipment and electronic tools that allow me to put out content. In my everyday life, I've turned to Amazon to get all sorts of things, from workout gear and supplements to Bluetooth keyboards (yes, two), a wireless mouse, acoustic panels and media cables for my office. Of course, I'm a huge sucker for a good deal, and that's when Prime Day enters the equation.


What is Prime Day, you ask? 

Prime Day is Amazon's deal event exclusively for Prime members, featuring personalized deals and top brands. Think of it as a giant sale rack for members only. The savings can be huge - up to 40% - and the best part is that there are a bunch of stores that have partnered with Amazon to bring you Prime Day deals as well.


When is Prime Day?

This year, Prime Day is July 11 & 12, 2023

What's on sale?

Prime Day means sales across almost every category! Whether you're looking to pick up a gorgeous Dutch oven, a tumbler perfect for getting your daily hydration, or that KitchenAid Stand mixer you've always wanted, there is a really good chance Prime Day will soften the hit to your wallet.   


What's on my wishlist?

Given my love for travel, exercise and cooking as well as my need for reliable electronics and connectivity, I've got quite the list this year! Here are a few of my favourites:

You can find my full (and ever-changing) wishlist here

How do I get in on this?

There are three different types of Prime membership to choose from! 

Join Amazon Prime Today!

Prime Student 6-month Trial

Amazon Family 30-Day Free Trial

  •  Amazon Family lets you save 20% on diaper subscriptions, has exclusive Coupons and Deals from Amazon Family and exclusive Baby Registry benefits


What is included with Amazon Prime? 

Membership allows you to access all the Prime Day deals for members, as well as exclusive benefits such as 2-Day Shipping, Exclusive Member Deals, Prime Video, Buy With Prime, Amazon Music, and Prime Gaming (which includes one free Twitch sub a month!)


Are you looking forward to Prime Day? What's on your wishlist?