Ever since I bought my ‘wannabe’ Kitchen Aid, I’m totally into baking. When I’m invited by friends to come over for diner or drinks, I’ve created the habit of always taking something with me. It used to be a bottle or wine, or something alike, but lately it’s often something ‘sweet’. Some cookies, macaroons, cupcakes and last friday: a strawberry pie!
Though you can buy a strawberry pie at your bakery, it’s more ‘special’ when you’ve baked it yourself. It tells your guests that you appreciate them having you over & it’s polite, delicious and fun all at the same time! And more important: SO EASY!
This is what you need:
- 1 roll of sand dough (you can buy it ready-made or make it yourself)
- 1/2 liter of milk
- 1 vanilla stick
- 6 egg yolks
- 90 g of sugar
- 15 g of flour
- 20 g of cornstarch (or in Flemish: Maïzena)
- Cover your baking tin with baking paper.
- Place the dough in the tin.
- Cover the dough with some baking paper and lay some baking beans on top of it. This way, your dough won’t rise during the baking process
- Bake the dough for about 20 minutes at 200°C, or until it’s dry.
- Pour the milk into a high sauce pan.
- Slice the vanilla stick in two parts. Take the seeds out and add them (and the stick itself) to the milk.
- Heat the milk until boiling point.
- Mix the egg yolks with the sugar.
- When the mixture is ‘soft yellow to white’ add the flour and maizena and mix until it’s a whole.
- Pour a part of the milk onto the mixture and mix shortly.
- Add the mixture back with the rest of the milk and heat it while stirring.
- When the first ‘blob’ appears, your filling is ready.
- Pour the filling into a large scale and cover with some plastic foil. Let it cool down in the fridge. This will take 30 minutes to one hour.
When your dough and filling have cooled, you can start ‘dressing’ your pie.
- Cover the center of your pie with the pudding. You can add as much as you want, but the edges of the pie must remain untouched.
- Slice the strawberries into two or four pieces and lay them on the pudding. You can add as much strawberries as you want.
P.S. Recipe of the pudding: Jeroen Meus