May 31, 2011

Fruit Pie with Strawberries

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Once I started making the fruit pie, it has become my family favourite dessert.  Any kind of seasonal fruits can be used for the filling.  This cool, rich dessert uses fresh strawberries with vanilla filling taste great & perfect for parties too.

Ingredients :

For the sponge :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 1/4 cups
  2. Baking powder - 2 1/2 tsp
  3. Sugar - 100 gms
  4. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  5. Eggs - 4  medium sized
  6. Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  7. Vinegar - 2 tbsp
For the Vanilla cream :
  1. Vanilla flavoured custard powder - 80 gms
  2. Milk - 250 ml
  3. Sugar - 20 gms
For the filling :
  1. Strawberries - 1 kg
  2. A little sugar if necessary
For the glaze :
  1. 1 Sachet red cake glaze 
  2. 2 tbsp sugar
  3. 250 ml water

Method :

For the sponge :

1.   Grease the pie tin & line with baking parchment.  Preheat the oven about 180 C.

2.   Sieve together the flour and baking powder.  Add all the rest of the ingredients one after the other and whisk until you have a smooth, even mixture.  Bake for about 15 mins.

For the vanilla cream :

3.   Make a custard with the custard powder using milk & sugar, following the instructions on the packet.  Leave to cool.  And pour over the base.

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For the toppings :

4.   Wash the strawberries & cut them in halves.  Sprinkle the strawberries with sugar, leave to stand briefly and then arrange on the base.

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For the glaze :

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5.   Make the glaze with glaze powder, sugar and water, following the instructions on the packet.  Then spoon over the strawberries.  Leave the glaze to set and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Enjoy baking :)

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