Who’s Your Daddy this Father’s Day?

Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, and what better way to thank your Dad for his awesomeness than with a R1,000 voucher from Builders Warehouse?? Just tell us Who’s Your Daddy: is it DIY Dad, Garden Dad or Braai Dad?

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#1: DIY DAD

whosyourdaddy

Does your Dad love to get his hands dirty in the garage? Is he always working on things, building and tinkering with projects around the house? Then he is most likely DIY Dad, that guy that can fix anything and everything with his tools and tool belt.

#2: BRAAI Dad

whosyourdaddy

We all know this guy! Rain or shine, he’ll make any excuse to light a fire and cook his meat the way God intended. He has every possible gadget that he could ever need for his outdoor culinary adventures. And loves to hang around the fire showing off his skill.

#3: GARDEN Dad

whosyourdaddy

You can spot his exquisite garden from the window of an aeroplane. The borders are perfect, the gravel meticulous and he takes pride in his roses and gladiolas. Not to mention the harvest from his kitchen garden!

Now tell us Who’s Your Daddy!

Click here to enter the lucky draw to win a R1,000 voucher from Builders Warehouse for your Dad this Father’s Day.

 

Savoury cheesecake with chilli, tomato, and basil

I’ll be honest: I didn’t know that something like a savoury cheesecake even existed! But when I received a link to this recipe earlier this week, I knew that I had to try it. They had me at cheese, tomato and basil. That has to be one of my all-time favourite combinations of ingredients: on a sandwich, in an omelette, on a pizza, with pasta, and of course on its own. You can’t go wrong! AND this recipe is low-carb!

I didn’t plan to modify this recipe at all, but when I went to buy the ingredients and they didn’t have ricotta, I could for the life of me not figure what to substitute it with. In my defense, it was early in the morning and I’d had only 1 cup of coffee by then, so even Mr Google was not able to help me. I ended up substituting the ricotta with cream cheese. In hindsight, cottage cheese would have been a better choice. None the less, it worked out well and produced a deliciously silky, creamy, super rich savoury cheesecake. Oh, and I find it really hard to justify the cost of pine nuts, so I used my go-to in this situation: toasted sunflower seeds.

Baked Savoury Cheesecake with Cherry Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar - Homeology

You will need

For the Cheesecake:

  • 450 g ricotta (or if you’re like me, 450g of cream cheese)
  • 1 cup plain cream cheese – at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs wholegrain mustard
  • 1 Tbs garlic – finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 small green chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • pinch white pepper

For the Topping:

  • 500g rosa tomatoes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs spoon of toasted sunflower seeds and basil to serve

Baked Savoury Cheesecake - Homeology

Method

Seriously, this could not be easier!

For the Cheesecake:

Preheat the oven to 170°C.

Prepare a springform cake tin by lining the base with baking paper and greasing.

Mix all the cheesecake ingredients thoroughly using an electric mixer. Then spoon into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool in the tin, and refrigerate until you’re ready for the next step!

Baked Savoury Cheesecake with Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic Vinegar and Parsley - Homeology

For the Topping:

Preheat the grill to 200°C.

Toss the tomatoes in some oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place them under the grill until they have caramelized – around 10-15 minutes. Then allow to cool.

To Assemble:

Once you’re ready to serve, remove the cake from the springform tin and arrange the tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with basil leaves and roasted sunflower seeds.

Slice of Baked Savoury Cheesecake with Cherry Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar - Homeology

Happy Baking!

HOME TOUR: An arty home with colour to the max

You have seen the beautiful food posts that my sister, Anélle, has been creating. Now it’s time for me to show you the Maker & Baker’s home! Anélle lives with her husband, Nelius, and two kids in a 1970’s home that will soon be brought into the new century. And of course, I will show you the update once it’s done! But for now, have a look at this self-proclaimed colour lover’s family home.

colourful tablecloth with roses

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED HERE?

We bought the house from family friends when we returned from the UK 3 years ago. It had tremendous potential, so when we heard that it was on the market, we immediately put it an offer.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY RENOVATION SINCE YOU BOUGHT THE HOUSE?

We replaced the floors in the living areas and revamped the kitchen. My brother-in-law is a builder, so when he was commisioned to build someone a new kitchen, he removed the nearly new kitchen, and we repurposed it here!

bright home

ARE YOU PLANNING TO MAKE ANY OTHER CHANGES?

We’re planning a major overhaul in the front of the house. We’re going to change rooms around – I look forward to sharing that with you once it’s done!

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH RED.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ITEMS IN YOUR HOME?

My Smeg oven – no doubt!

 

home tour colourful

colourful home

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?

COLOUR BRINGS HAPPINESS!

That’s always the first thing that draws my attention. If I see something I like, I try to work it into our home. Most of our furniture is from the UK where we lived for 14 years. My husband also makes a lot of stuff – he’s very handy! I’m always on the lookout for something beautiful and colourful.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM?

I love our living room. It’s the most colourful, and I enjoy it most during the day when the light falls through the windows. I also love my office and the kitchen because of the natural light.

sofa with cushions

colourful carpet and crochet blanket

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ARE MUST-HAVES IN A HOME?

Bubbly in the fridge. Because you never know when you might want to celebrate!

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED?

The house has many old-fashioned and sometimes ugly features, and I still struggle to make them functional and look beautiful. Luckily, all of those remnants from another era will go when we renovate.

fireplace, ladder and blanket

Mexican throw bedroom

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR HOME TO SAY ABOUT YOU?

Our home is a friendly and joyous space. Or that’s what we’re aiming for, at least!

cosy study corner
I used old London tube maps and Modge Podge to cover my tired desk chair and the handles on the filing cabinets.

diy filing cabinet

red filing cabinet underground map

painting on hanger

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO CREATE A SIMILAR LOOK?

Be bold! Don’t be afraid to play with colour. Even if you’re not sure whether something will work, try it anyway. Our home has a strong Mexican influence because we go there at least once a year for business, but as long as it’s colourful, it can work – no matter where it’s from.

vintage quilt with hat

vintage bedroom

For more of Anélle’s gorgeous cakes and delicacies, have a look at our FOOD section!

Cheeky Thai-inspired Chicken Corn Soup

In an attempt to try and up our culinary craftiness while eating healthy, we’ve been keeping to themed menus for the past few weeks. Each week we select a different country to learn from – but due to popular demand (read – because the other half said so) Thailand is featuring for the second time in one month! But I’m out of some of the essential Thai ingredients so I decided to make a “Thai-inspired” dish instead, a fusion if you will.

Immune Booster Thai Chicken Corn Soup

This healthy and wholesome soup is a classic with a twist – chicken corn soup done the Thai green curry way.

healthy vegetable soup ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

For the Soup

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts – shredded*
  • Corn from 2 corn cobs/1.5 cups frozen corn or 1 can sweetcorn
  • Green curry paste **
  • 400ml Coconut Milk (or cream)
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Shallots or other onions
  • 10ml olive oil
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • Salt & pepper

*Fry the chicken breasts until just cooked then shred by using two forks. Or, leave out the chicken altogether if you’re vegetarian.

**I made my own salsa-like green curry mixture, but you can use store bought paste – scroll to the bottom of the page for my home-made version.

shredded cooked chicken for healthy soup

Additional Extras

The great thing about this soup is that you can add pretty much any vegetable you like. This is what I used:

  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup asparagus
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 small cabbage – shredded (Bok Choy is a lovely alternative)
  • 1-2 raw scrambled eggs

chopped mushroom for healthy soup

Garnish

  • Coriander leaves
  • Chopped spring onion
  • Chopped raw carrot

METHOD:

  1. Heat oil in a large pot then fry the shallots until translucent.
  2. Add the green curry mixture and sweat for 3-5 minutes until fragrant (the part where you feel the chilli and garlic tickle your nose) 😉.
  3. If you’re using carrots or starchy vegetables add them first (the other veggies will be added later).
  4. Mix in the rice vinegar, and let it reduce for a few minutes before adding the stock, water and soy sauce.
  5. Add the corn and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Swirl the soup mixture with a spoon then add the raw egg slowly. Watch it do its magic and move on to the next step.
  7. Now you can add the softer veggies, mushroom, asparagus, broccoli, and the chicken to the soup.
  8. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Place the cabbage on top of the soup, close the lid and let it sit for 3 minutes.
  10. Turn off the stove and mix in the coconut milk/cream.
  11. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Pour the hearty mix into soup bowls, garnish with coriander leaves, carrots and spring onion. Drizzle with lemon juice and dig in!
  13. Sit back and enjoy the sizzle of a strengthening immune-system!

Optional: Thai Green Curry Salsa/Paste

The reason behind salsa is that I use a food blender and not a food processor, which is still do-able because the flavour is spot-on! But! A food processor is better, because it’ll create a paste that will add a lovely pastel green tint to the soup.

home made green curry salsa in black bowl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 4 chillies of your choice – the smaller they are, the hotter the curry (feel free to add more)
  • 1-2 inch ginger, peeled
  • 2 lemongrass sticks
  • 4 sprigs of spring onion
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Bunch of coriander/cilantro leaves

easy home made thai green curry paste ingredients

METHOD:

  1. Clean and peel the ingredients, chop off the woody bits of the lemongrass and spring onion.
  2. Add all ingredients (including fish paste) to a food processor and blend. Fine chopping will also do.
  3. Refrigerate until needed for the main recipe.

home made green curry salsa in black bowl

 

Happy Cooking!

tenille

Give Crockery a Creative Make-Over with Paint and Plants

This post was first published in March 2015.

Everyone has some old crockery that they don’t like. It might be something that you got as a gift (those quintessential horrid wedding gifts from 13 years back!) or something that just went out of fashion.

Which brings me to the 4 unused bowls I’ve had in my kitchen cupboard for years now. Sometimes I get into a let’s-throw-everything-out-that-we-don’t-use-anymore mood, but even after several of those, these little creations remained. I realized that’s because I rather like the shape of them, even though the designs were not my style at all. So I got out some paint and started playing around!

palette

You will need:

Paint (I used Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan because it sticks to anything!) | Brushes | Leaves and things to print with | CPG (Ceramic, Porcelain, Glass) Podge

You can paint the bowls any way you like: with a brush, a roller or by swirling it around in the bowl. I painted directly onto the ceramic without preparing the surface first. The paint gives a rough texture which gives the impression of clay – love it!

paint me pretty

The fun starts when you work a with a few leaves or plants from your garden to see what patterns they make. Have a look at the play-with-print session we had earlier – anything can make a print!

natures stamp

To dip a bowl, add some packing tape to the back. This will give you a better grip on the bowl and will help with getting just the right depth of dip on the edges. Leave it dry by balancing it on a can of spray paint – works like a charm!

daintily dipped

To finish, paint the dried bowl with 4 layers of CPG Podge and bake according to the instructions on the bottle. This will seal the paint and prevent it from coming off. I won’t advocate putting it in the dishwasher or using a scourer on it, but you will be able to gently wash it in warm water.

colorful snack bowls

So now you also don’t have any reason to have ugly crockery – go on, paint and stamp them!

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Printing with Vegetables – a creatively fun experiment!

This post was first published in July 2014.

I have very fond memories of my fibre art class in high school and all the amazing textile-related techniques I was taught there. Amongst others, I learnt that a potato makes a very handy printing tool and can be carved into various shapes to create all manner of interesting patterns. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering if other vegetables could also be used as printing tools and when I walked through my veggie garden today and found a mammoth cauliflower, an idea started taking shape. So, I have taken it upon myself to do a bit of experimental printing with vegetable, and oh my goodness, was I surprised?!

v 1 - watermarked

v 8 - watermarked

CAULIFLOWER. Seriously, who knew? I certainly didn’t! I am already conjuring up images of walls being printed with this interesting floral pattern – watch this space and expect amazing things! I really feel that the sky is the limit when it comes to this one.

v11 - watermarked

Break off a large floret and cut through it so that you get a nice smooth face with a curly edge and stem (using a VERY sharp knife greatly helps). Print them in a circle with the stems touching to create a floral pattern or any way you want really!

v 7 - watermarked

GARLIC: It makes beautiful butterflies or hearts and pretty little flowers. You can also half the entire bulb and use that to print – perfect for gift wrap or a small canvass.

v 10 - watermarked

v 6 - watermarked

ONION: It’s amazing that it makes a perfect set of concentric circles. So beautiful that I just had to do a whole canvass with it. Isn’t is stunning!?

v9 - watermarked

By printing your own, you can create original artwork, gift wrap and cards, fabric and linen.

v 2 - watermarked

It’s so simple; even my kids got involved although Jean much preferred printing himself than the paper!

There is all manner of amazing patterns in nature: cucumber slices,  halved beetroot or citrus fruit, apples and pears with the seeds in the core. Go on, experiment a bit and then share with us what you’ve created!

Happy Printing!

Beautiful and Delicious Frangipani Fruit Rose Tart

I have a deep appreciation for something beautiful, and this month’s Frangipani Fruit Rose Tart is just that… something absolutely gorgeous!  Though time-consuming, these hand-rolled fruit roses aren’t that difficult once you get the hang of it and they make for a very impressive dessert.

plum roses

YOU WILL NEED

Equipment: An electric mixer/food processor, tart tin (I recommend one with a loose bottom), a mandolin slicer or very sharp knife, ceramic baking beans (or uncooked rice).

INGREDIENTS

For the tart crust:

400g sweet shortcrust pastry (I used shop-bought!)

Flour, for dusting

For the frangipani:

125g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

125g caster sugar

25g plain flour

125g ground almonds

1 large free-range egg, beaten

For the fruit roses:

6-8 medium-sized plums or other stone fruit of your choice – riper fruits work best

To finish:

3-4 tablespoons apricot jam

METHOD

Pre-heat oven to 200ºC (Gas Mark 6) and prepare your tart tin by spraying with non-stick spray.

Instructions for the crust:

  • Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of about 3mm. Use the pastry to line the tin, gently pressing it into the sides and leaving about 1cm overhanging the top edge.

  • Using a fork, prick the base, then line with greaseproof paper and fill with ceramic baking beans or uncooked rice. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  • When the crust has chilled, blind bake it in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans, then return the pastry to the oven for 5 minutes to cook the base.

  • When cooked, use a sharp knife to trim the excess pastry, so it’s level with the top of the tin and set aside to cool.

  • Turn the oven down to 150ºC (Gas Mark 2).

Instructions for the frangipani:

  • Using your electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, flour and almonds together.

  • Once combined, slowly add the egg, mixing until fully incorporated.
  • Allow the frangipane to rest for 5 minutes before smoothing it inside the pastry case.

Instructions for the fruit roses:

  • To begin, cut your fruit in half, remove the pit and place one of the fruit halves on the mandolin.  Slice as thin as possible – I used a 2mm setting. Riper fruit, sliced thinly, roll much easier than crispier fruit or thicker slices.
  • Arrange all the slices on top of one another and cut in half along the same line as where the stone used to be.
  • Take a single slice and start rolling it as tightly as possible to form the core of your rose.

fruit rose petals

  • Gradually add petals, making sure the tapered end of each next slice overlaps with a fuller petal section of the previous slice.

fruit tart intructions

  • As you finish each rose, place it on the frangipani filling, gently pushing it into the filling. You can always add more petals at this stage to make the rose look fuller. Continue to roll roses until the tart is filled.

  • Once all the roses are in, bake the tart for approximately 30-35 minutes until the fruit roses are soft and the frangipani filling is golden.

  • Gently heat the apricot jam in a small pan for about 2 minutes until runny and warm. Remove the tart from the oven and brush with the melted jam while still warm.
  • Allow the tart to cool slightly before removing from the tin for serving in slices.

Cook’s notes:

  • I was only able to lay my hands on plums, but you could use any or a combination of stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, apricots etc.
  • The rose making is definitely the most time-consuming part of this dessert. You can, however, make some of the roses in advance if you have egg cups or other little shallow cups to hold them in place. I’m doing the instructions as if you’re using a mandolin as I did, but if you’re confident enough in your fine-slicing-abilities, a very sharp knife will do the trick!

Happy baking, and do let me know how your tart turns out!

 

Simple Scandinavian Ladder

I never throw away cut-offs and wood scraps! They have a special place in my small backyard, where they often prove to be little treasure troves of pain, especially when feet find them. But they are treasures nonetheless; throw-away scraps are perfect for odd jobs, and their size and shape largely dictate what you can do with them; which is how this ladder came into the world.

This ladder is not the most original DIY, but it is practical and pretty. Initially, I left it unpainted, but when I saw this West Elm version, I was convinced white paint had to be part of my ladder.

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY DECORATIVE LADDER

Difficulty: easy

Time: 1 hour without drying between paint coats

 

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 x 35mmx35mmx3.0m timber battens
  • 16 wood screws
  • Cold wood glue like Alcolin, or a strong wood bonding glue
  • white water-based paint
  • Painter’s tape or masking tape

TOOLS FOR THE JOB:

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • A piece of sandpaper (or electric sander)
  • Screwdriver
  • Paintbrush
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

STEP 1:

rustic decorative adder

Measure and cut battens to 2x 1.5m pieces for the legs and 4x 0.5m pieces for the rungs.

Pro tipUse a carpenter’s square to ensure the pieces are cut perfectly square. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a wonky ladder.

STEP 2:

make a ladder

Sand down the pieces to the desired smoothness. I only sanded the edges, because I wanted a rougher texture.

STEP 3:

vintage ladder

Mark the positions of the rungs on the sides of the legs: I spaced mine 300mm apart. Remember that the rung will sit in the middle of the measurement. Drill two pilot holes for each rung, one a little higher than the other. This will prevent the wood from splitting and will ensure a stronger hold.

STEP 4:

wood ladder

Put a drop of cold glue on the edges of a rung, wait a few seconds, and press it against the inside of the leg where you drilled the pilot holes. Move the wood against each other until you feel the hold securing. Use your carpenter’s square to ensure a 90-degree angle.

STEP 5:

diy storage ladder

Fix the two screws in place for each rung and then allow the cold glue to dry.

Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each rung until your ladder is complete.

STEP 6:

timber ladder

(If you want a smoother finish, now would be the time to sand!) Use painters tape to demarcate the areas the be painted. I measured 20cm from the outside leg.

STEP 7:

make your own storage ladder

Paint the sectioned area of the ladder. Allow to dry between coats until you’re happy with the finish. Lightly sand in between coats if you want a smooth modern appearance.

Pro tip: Brush away from the painter’s tape, to avoid the paint bleeding. And don’t use too much paint.😉

STEP 8:

Remove masking tape. I love this part – it’s stressful and exciting!

Optional: Apply a clear sealant or treat the exposed wood. Wait to dry…and you’re done!

DIY storage ladder 2

Congratulations! You are now the owner of a self-made Nordic-style ladder ready to hang your towels or blankets! Well done!

Happy DIYing!

 

 

How to make your own DIY Midcentury Modern TV Stand

This TV stand upcycle has been such an awesome project, that I’ve decided to revisit it! It is now nearly three years since I’ve done this project, and this TV stand is still perfect for our living room. If you can’t get your hands on an Ikea shelf to repurpose, then any tall, narrow shelving unit will do to create this DIY Midcentury Modern TV stand.

A recent clearing out and cleaning up of my house left me with a dilemma: the teak TV stand that we had loved and used for ten years suddenly didn’t go with anything in my revamped living room! While storage in any house with kids is a dire necessity, my designer training got the better of me: I needed something slick and contemporary, and since I had fallen love with mid-century inspired furniture, I needed tapered legs as well. So off to Gumtree to scour the furniture for sale section!

Gumtree Furniture for SALE the loot

I spent a few days looking for things I needed, and finally found the perfect ingredients for my project: an old IKEA floating wall shelf (damaged on top, exactly what I wanted!), a box of left-over oak parquet blocks, and four vintage tapered legs.

The result is a stunning contemporary TV stand with character – here are the step-by-step instructions!

Search Gumtree for the following:

  • Shelving unit or something that will be suitable as a base structure for the unit
  • Tapered legs
  • Parquet blocks

You will also need:

  • wood glue
  • sander
  • 40 grit paper & 100 grit paper
  • screws
  • small wooden battens

Gumtree Furniture for SALE roughing it

STEP 1: Sand, the top of the shelving unit with the 40 grit paper, to create a rough surface. The glue will work better if it is applied to something with a bit of grip. This would also be a great time to fix up any damaged areas.

DIY midcentury modern TV stand

STEP 2: Lay out the parquet block in the pattern you desire – but don’t glue it down yet. We used a traditional herringbone pattern, but you can also use any of the patterns here. It takes a while to get the position right and to cut down all the smaller pieces, but take your time – this is the most important step. Measure twice, cut once! You can also getting little budding designers in on the action 😉

DIY midcentury modern TV stand

STEP 3: Remove the parquet blocks on one of the corners and replace them with two timber battens. Screw fix these in place – they will form the guide that you will be working from.

STEP 4: Start to carefully glue down the parquet blocks, making sure that they don’t move or slip as you carry on. When you have all of them in place, make sure that they are all perfectly positioned before the glue sets. Leave for at least 24 hours before you proceed to step 5.

STEP 5: If the parquet block that you got was new, then sand the top and edges with the 100 grit paper until everything is smooth and gorgeous – remember your safety goggles! If you bought vintage wood, then you’ll need to put in a bit of effort to remove all the grime and oil first before you can start to finish off the top. Use sugar soap and then a 40 grit paper, finishing with the 100 grit.

STEP 6: Turn the unit over and fix the legs in place.

STEP 7: Dust the top off and seal the wood with a few glugs of linseed oil. It doesn’t cause yellowing, and it brings out the natural colour variations in the wood beautifully. It smells amazing too!

I am so pleased with the result that I can hardly contain myself. If you have an idea for an upcycle, have a look through the hundreds of pieces of furniture for sale on Gumtree – you might just see something that will be perfect for your project.

Happy Upcycling!

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Gumtree South Africa

Deliciously Moreish Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie for Supper

It could be the season, but I am obsessed with everything pumpkin at the moment: pumpkin fritters, pumpkin soup and delicious pumpkin curry have been regular features in our home. But I’ve never made pumpkin pie – in fact; I only had pumpkin pie for the first time recently at a friend’s birthday lunch. It’s not a typical dish you’ll find on a South African menu, but that only inspired me more to try it. This is my gluten-free pumpkin pie – and it’s an accompaniment to a main meal rather than a dessert, even though it looks pretty enough to be one.

My Latest Favourite Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

pumpkin pie recipe

I found the gluten-free crust recipe on A Little Sanity. I adapted it slightly because my all-purpose gluten-free flour needed less water. You will need to adjust it as necessary to get a dough that is good to work with.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 2 Cups of Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter at room temperature
  • 1 Egg
  • 60ml Cold Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Teaspoon Sugar

For the Filling:

  • 1 ½ cups pureed cooked pumpkin
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 3/4 cup milk

For Decoration:

Seasonal fruit like gooseberries and pomegranate seeds, pastry stars and gold dust.

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C and prepare one 22cm pie dish.

For the crust:

pumpkin pie recipe

1// Mix the dry ingredients. Then rub in the butter using your fingers. The mixture will take on a crumbly consistency.

 

pumpkin pie recipe

2// Add the egg and mix well. Then add the water little by little until you get a dough ball.

 

pumpkin pie recipe

3// Place the dough in a prepared pie dish, using your fingers to even out the crust across the base and sides of the dish. I used a bit of extra dough to make little stars for decorating the pie with. You can bake them on a baking tray for 10-15 mins.

For The Filling:

Mix the pie filling ingredients together until blended well. Spoon the filling onto the crust and bake for 45 – 55 mins, or until the filling is still slightly wobbly.

pumpkin pie recipe

Decorate the pie with seasonal berries, pastry stars and some gold dust. Serve with roast meat and salad. And a glass of wine of course!

A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA:

pumpkin pie recipe

pumpkin pie recipe

I had some left-over filling, so I baked it in a muffin pan for 25mins. Serve with fresh berries and creme fraiche for a small treat!

Happy Baking!

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