We are having work done in our home. Wall paper, paint etc. The guy helping us out is really nice and he had the 'opportunity' to taste my pies, twice. Once - since I was just taking one out of the oven, and once because the poor guy did not find anything around here open for lunch so in addition to making him a sandwich I offered a piece of pie. "Your cakes are good" he said today. I wanted to say that's not real cake, they are just pies, easy to make as in 'it's a piece of pie', but I aknowledged.
Here are the simplest recipes for some French pies (since I made 3 pies, or tartes, this week).
Apricot and/or peach pie. I bought apricots and peaches and they were really tastless. So I thought I'd make them into a pie.
I had the great idea of mixing up the two fruits, since I had them, and it was really better than using just one kind. But one would do it just as well.
-Get a flaky crust pie already made, from the grocery store. The pate feuillete.
-Layer a spoon of apricot or peach jam on the bottom of the tart, just enough to have a very very thin spread.
-Cut the fruits into slices, layer them around,
-Sprinkle with some (brown) sugar and bake.
Voila. All done.
Pear pie. We have a pear tree in the garden. So small but filled to the extreme with pears.
Same as in the pie #1 except
-Layer a spoon of (sweetened) chestnut puree instead of the jam and sprinkle with almond or hazelnut powder instead of sugar. No extra sugar needed.
-And very important, serve this one with whipped cream.
Yum, my man's favorite.
Lemon merengue pie.
A slightly bit more difficult, but worth it if you like lemony desserts.
-Get a pack of regular crakers, count about 18 and crush them.
-Add about 80grams of butter (I melt a bit in the microwave and mix it up.)
Layer this at the bottom of the pan, even if it's not easy to layer. Bake until it's crunchy, ab 15min.
-Get 3 egg-yolks and a can of condensed milk and the juice from 2 medium lemons. Mix all this up. Pour on top of the crust and top with
-The eggwhites you've beaten into a foam and mixed about 2 spoons of sugar into.
Bake until it's golden.
One of my favorites.