Since I’ve been making a serious effort to eat healthier recently, it’s been ages since I did any baking. However, seeing as today is World Baking Day and also because this is my 200th post (!), I thought I’d make an exception.
With World Baking Day, everyone is encouraged to ‘bake brave’ and try something they’ve never done before. Up until today, I had never made any kind of pastry from scratch. We have a ton of rhubarb growing in our garden so I decided to combine that with some lovely, ripe strawberries to make a classic pie.
I really enjoyed the experience. The recipe I followed was for 2 pies so I halved it but then I ended up running out of dough (hence the bizarre looking lattice!) Also I think I added a little too much water which made the dough incredibly soft and a lot harder to work with. It’s definitely rustic looking but it still tastes surprisingly delicious. The pastry has a sweet, crisp, biscuit-y taste and texture; and the slightly sharp rhubarb and sweet strawberries contrast beautifully.
Considering the fact that it’s my first pie, I’m really happy with it. It was nice to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. Since they say practice makes perfect, I’ll definitely have to try this again in the future. For now, however, I have to get back to healthy eating…as soon as I have just one more slice… 😉