Tuesday 4 December 2012

Advent 4- Impossible Pie (even gluten free)

December 4th

Photograph by Rachael Mott - thanks Rachael

Luke 1:34-37

From: The Message

 Mary said to the angel, “But how? I’ve never slept with a man.”
 The angel answered:
The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
the power of the Highest hover over you;
Therefore, the child you bring to birth
will be called Holy, Son of God.
“And did you know that your cousin Elizabeth conceived a son, old as she is? Everyone called her barren, and here she is six months pregnant!
Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.”

The Day the Angel came, by Graham Kendrick is spine-tingling - please take a moment to listen.


Impossible Pie

My Grandma made the best puddings in the world – I loved seeing her make them, and they were always there after our dinner.  On special occasions, such as Christmas Nativity plays and Harvest Festivals , Gran would make an Impossible Pie which any magician would have been proud of.  I loved these occasions when maiden aunts would visit and always gave me a bar of chocolate or some loose change from their pig-skin purses – not quite the silk purse, but very soft leather nevertheless.

Gran would just throw a pile of ingredients into a dish and stir them really well. Then she would wave her ‘special’ wooden spoon over it and say “stir it clockwise as far as possible, stir it anti-clockwise as far as possible and make me a pie – IMPOSSIBLE!” – the magic worked in the oven and we had a pie with custard every time.

 Here’s how:

For a family-sized pie you will need to butter a ten-inch pie dish (that’s twenty-five centimetres if you don’t do Imperial measurements).

Then, into a large bowl put:

4 beaten eggs

1 oz soft margarine (or butter)

6 oz white sugar

2 oz plain flour (use gluten free or rice flour if you need to)
½ teaspoon baking powder

2 cups of milk

Pinch of salt (about ¼ teaspoon)

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

3 oz desiccated coconut

Mix everything together really well and pour into the pie dish.

Bake the pie in a warm to moderate oven at Gas 3-4 (that’s 160-180C or 325 – 350F) for an hour.

You’ll be amazed when you take the pie from the oven as you will have a crust on the base, custard in the middle and a coconut topping.

The Advent Recipe Book is now available from Amazon

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