The weather’s chillier, PSL is already making its appearance, but I will still forever be in denial! #suMm3r2015 4ev3Rszzz. Summer has been and will always be my favourite season for several reasons– being outdoors, the hot weather, daytime extends into nighttime, the fresh produce, the abundance of farmers markets, and everyone seems generally happier and more smiley when the sun’s out.
Let’s be in denial together with this peach blackberry crumble pie. Inspired by my trusty Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie book and urged on by my quickly ripening flat of sunshiny peaches, the pie is more than an apt farewell to the fading summer season.
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Exciting news: I have conquered pie and live to tell the tale.
It wasn’t all the bad, actually.
Admittedly, I have always shied away from pies and laminated doughs. They’re at the very top of the pyramid of my personal #bakinggoals. Laminated dough at the top. Then pie. Then entremets which I am dying to make but am also deathly afraid of.
The pie-spiration comes from none other than Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, which is the first official non-second-hand-actual-hardcover-cookbook that I have bought. I’ve refrained from buying cookbooks for the longest time, telling myself that I wouldn’t actually cook everything inside, or that there’s a wealth of cookbooks in the library, or that there’s so many gorgeous blogs in the blogosphere nowadays. Which may be true, but to turn through the crisp pages and to be able to make notes in it and call it yours forever and ever—– it may be worth it.
And this book is a true beauty. Beautiful pictures, great crust-making tips (with large pictures showing the texture you should be looking for), an introduction about their beginnings, family business and the start of their pie shop, and a detailed yet comprehensive discussion about ingredients, sourcing them, and tools. I also really appreciated how their belief in using local, seasonal ingredients is inherent in how they decided to structure their book. Continue reading →
There’s many things I love about baking… too many to list, but to name a few… I love that it’s a creative outlet and a creative process. From the conception of a recipe, to the execution, to the presentation, to the styling, to the editing, and if you happen to have a food blog, to the ways in which you share your craft. It’s so inspiring to see other bloggers create gifs or videos.
You have control and there’s so many opportunities to make it outstanding in one way or another. For a semi-perfectionist like myself, I believe in the possibility of reaching perfection when you bake. I love its memory-evoking powers, as all food has. The first thing I ever baked… if you stuff Anna Olson’s Very Berry Cupcakes into my mouth, I’ll be transported back in time when I was eight. If you stuff a St. Martin’s Croissant into my mouth (and please do)… well, I’ll be transported back to Poznan, at least in my mind. I love that you can use food to show your appreciation, because there’s time and effort inherent in whatever you make. In this case, you can make a bad joke with baking as well.
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