June 14, 2016

Strawberry rhubarb pie with elderflower




Strawberry rhubarb pie is one of those classics that I absolutely adore. And that's exactly why I hesitated a bit before adding elderflowers to the mix. But I'm glad to say it turned out so well, with just a hint of elderflower flavor. Perfect.

I know it looks like this pie has a huge puddle in the bottom, but it doesn't, really. I was eager to photograph the inside and let it cool just 1 1/2 hours which is not enough to let it firm up completely.. I know, my bad. And it's definitely not soupy like many other strawberry rhubarb pies I've tried. I macerate the fruit and then cook the liquids before I add them back to the pie (don't want to lose any of that precious flavor!). I know it sounds like many steps to go through but I highly recommend trying it, to avoid a soggy pie bottom.

And for those of you who are interested, I made a little lattice guide. Check it out below! Oh, and sorry for blocking the view with my head so many times.. hehe.








STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE
WITH ELDERFLOWER
yields 1 pie, 8-9 inch pan

Strawberry and rhubarb tend to release a lot of juice when baked, therefore, I macerate the fruit with sugar and flavoring so they release some of the liquid (and I tell you, it's a lot! I probably had around 2 cups). I then cook the liquid with cornstarch until it thickens. This is to avoid a soggy bottom in a double crusted pie. The fruit also shrinks a little bit when doing this, so you don't get that gap between the filling and the crust!
Feel free to add another flavoring in place of elderflower. Cinnamon or cardamom would be delicious.

Ingredients
For the pie crust
2 cups (300 g) all purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp flaky sea salt
250 g (2 sticks + 2 tbsp) very cold salted butter, diced
6-8 tbsp ice water

For the filling
3 3/4 cup (500 g) 1/2 inch thick sliced & trimmed rhubarb
3 1/3 cup (500 g) fresh strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp (200 g) granulated sugar
finely grated zest from 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp real vanilla powder
pinch of salt
a handful of elderflowers, washed and stems removed

2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp cornstarch

For the egg wash
1 egg
pinch of salt
1 tbsp milk

2 tbsp turbinado sugar, to sprinkle


Directions
Crust
1. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the diced butter and, using your fingers or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until dough is crumbly but there are still visible pieces of butter.
2. Drizzle with water, 1 tbsp at a time, and mix gently with a fork until dough just comes together, do not knead the dough! Pat the dough together, divide in half and flatten into two discs.
3. Wrap both pieces of dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least an hour but preferably overnight.

Filling
1. Combine rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla, salt and elderflowers in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Cover and leave in room temperature for 30 minutes. Carefully toss every now and then.
2. Put a colander or sieve on top of a large non-reactive saucepan. Pour the filling into the colander and let stand for a few minutes until all the liquids have dripped into the saucepan. Put the berries back into the bowl and set aside.
3. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and lemon juice. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir until it comes to a boil. Lower the heat and add the cornstarch slurry, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. It should thicken quite a bit but still be a little runny, make sure it doesn't turn into a paste! Leave to cool to room temperature, then add back to the berries.

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 225°C (430°F) with a baking sheet in the lower part of the oven (think of it like a pizza stone!).
2. If needed, leave the pie dough in room temp for a few minutes before rolling.
Roll out one piece of the dough into a large circle on a lightly floured surface, about 1/8 - 1/4 inch (3-5 mm) thick. Make sure to roll and turn the dough so it doesn't stick to the surface. Transfer to a 8-9 inch pie pan. Trim excess dough, leaving a 1 inch overhang.
3. Roll out the other piece of dough and cut into 12 long strips.
4. Spoon the filling into the prepared pan and place the strips in a lattice pattern on top (see video). Crimp the edges.
5. Put pie in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Bake
1. Mix the egg, a pinch of salt and milk in a small bowl.
2. Remove the pie from the freezer and brush it with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
3. Place the pie in the oven, on the cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes at 225°C, then lower the temperature to 175°C (350°F). Bake until the edges are golden brown and filling bubbly, about an additional 45-50 minutes. If the pie is browning too much, cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let cool completely before serving with vanilla ice cream.

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May 12, 2016

Lomelinos pajer / Lomelino's pies



It's finally here!! 
My new baby is now out in the world (in Sweden), the pie book I've been working on for a while now. I'm so very excited about this one! It's filled to the brim with double crusted pies, galettes, crumbles, tarts, mini pies, pie pops, cream pies.. I'm also sharing my very best pie tricks, like how to make the very best pie crust, how to avoid a soggy bottom and how to make that beautiful lattice top. And of course, what to serve with your pies, vanilla ice cream, caramel ice cream, crème anglaise, whipped honey creme fraiche, how to make your own mascarpone cheese and much, much more. You can buy it from Bokus, Adlibris or your local book store.

If you make anything from it, make sure to tag your photos #lomelinospajer on Instagram so I can check it out!


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May 3, 2016

Mini princess cakes | Miniprinsesstårtor




Princess cake has been on my to-do list for a while now. Since last summer I think, but I never got around to making one. I've eaten so many slices of princess cake in my life and I figured it was high time to make my own. Princess cake is one of the most typical Swedish pastries, and I've been very into making Swedish pastries lately. I know there is always some debate as to whether a real princess cake should contain raspberry jam or not. Nowadays they usually always do, as far as I know.  I chose to go with raspberry cream instead of jam, because why not? Raspberries are delicious. As they're not really in season right now, I went for frozen ones.
And if I can, I always go for mini format. It does take a bit longer but aren't they adorable? Totally worth it in my opinion, to be able to serve individual little cakes for your guests.
And what's not to like? A light sponge, pastry cream, raspberry cream with a hint of lemon, more whipped cream and marzipan. They are actually lighter than you would think despite all that cream, and they aren't overly sweet. Delicious.

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April 19, 2016

Rhubarb crumble




The most difficult thing about putting this post together was coming up with a name for this... well, crumble I guess? But it isn't really a crumble either. It's like a hybrid of a crumble, a cake and a chewy cookie. Or is it a crisp? Can someone please tell me what the difference between a crisp and a crumble is? For me, a crumble has actual crumbles on top, whilst this batter is more like a runny cake batter... Whatever it is, the caramelized topping is crunchy and chewy and pairs incredibly well with the tart rhubarb underneath. I'm so happy the first rhubarb is finally popping out of the ground! Now I'm just waiting for the strawberries as well. 
If you've been following this blog for a while you probably know that I love pairing berries and rhubarb with cardamom. Ok, I love anything with cardamom. Really. And I love serving things with vanilla ice cream. All good.
I also finally got the chance to test my handcrafted pie server from Nershi woodworks. Isn't it just beautiful?

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March 23, 2016

Butterkaka - cinnamon bun cake with almond paste and vanilla custard




I've come to realize that the Swedish classics are grossly underestimated, in my book at least. I mean, the cinnamon bun and the semla are definitely on my top ten list of favorite pastries. Maybe even my top five list. So I'm kind of working my way through the classics and thoroughly enjoying it.
If you're a fan of cinnamon buns (and my guess is that you are), you will looove this recipe. It's exactly like cinnamon buns except filled with homemade almond paste (the classic recipe uses the "regular" cinnamon bun filling though) and vanilla custard.
And I know that everyone who ever made this recipe in Sweden makes a joke about it. 'Butter' means grumpy in Swedish. Tasting this will not make you grumpy. Quite the opposite. On the other hand, Swedish is kind of a funny language. We use the same word for 'married' as we do for 'poison' ('gift'). Strange. And yes, I am aware of the fact that 'kaka' means something completely different in certain languages.. In Swedish it simply means cookie or cake. Today's Swedish lesson. But I digress.

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February 25, 2016

Blood orange galette with frangipane and an almond crust



I see blood oranges (even blood clementines!) everywhere these days and I knew some of them were coming home with me. I wasn't sure how to tell if they are actually red inside though (sometimes the skins are a bit darker but not always!)? Because I wanted red ones, yes, I'm very superficial that way. I only managed to grab a couple though and the rest were orange inside. Oh well.

I must say I had my doubts about baking blood oranges like this in a galette. But I can happily report that they turned out really, really delicious. I thought they would become dry and dull, but quite the opposite. Especially together with my favorite flaky almond crust and the creamy, sweet frangipane filling underneath. It most certainly doesn't get better than that. Ok, maybe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I was never really a huge fan of pies but the past few months have really turned me around and made me into the biggest pie fan! Seriously, there is nothing more delicous or satisfying to bake than a pie. Can you believe I just said that? I think you will find out why very soon..





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