Copyright John Paul Urizar
Growing up, while the aroma of a homemade fruit pie was enticing, the pie always emerged from the oven looking less than perfect. A piece of pastry snapped off, some fruit sauce bubbling over the side, the edges slightly burned. How shallow we are as kids. The pie tasted sensational yet for some reason the lure of the perfectly shaped bakery item, sweeter with less fruit, was more appealing.
And yet, in life we often do the full circle. With age we discover that visually perfect is usually less than perfect and it's in the imperfection where the appeal lies. Have fun making this rough and rustic free form pie - it's not meant to look perfect but does taste delicious.
In a pan add the rhubarb, apples dates, apple concentrate, lemon juice, water, cinnamon, and cloves. Slowly bring to the boil then reduce to simmer. Cook for 5 minutes until the rhubarb is tender but still retains its shape. Strain the rhubarb, reserving the liquid and returning it to the pan. Mix the cornflour in 1 tbs water and add it to the reserved rhubarb juice. Heat the liquid gently stirring it until it thickens. Pour the sauce over the rhubarb and apple. Set aside to cool.
In a food processor combine the flours with the salt and cinnamon. Mix the table spread with the apple concentrate and add to the food processor (with the dough blade) Process until combine and resembling breadcrumbs. Add enough ice cold water to the dough slowly until it forms a ball that is smooth and pliable. Cover with plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Roll out on a floured board making a rough circular sheet of pastry approx 40 - 50 cm in diameter. Lay the pastry onto a flat baking tray lined with baking paper. Pile the fruit mixture into the centre of the pastry and fold the ends up and around the fruit and back towards the centre.
Bake in the oven for approx 30 minutes.
Serve with yogurt or a non dairy alternative.
Note : Spelt flour and oatmeal both contain some gluten and are not suitable for people suffering from coeliac disease.
Makes 8 servings
|Prep Time:||60 mins|
|Cooking Time:||30 mins|
|Ready in:||90 mins|
|Nutritional Information - Per Serve|
|Saturated Fat||0.9 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||58.9 g|
|Total Protein||7 g|
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