I think I chose the perfect recipe from Edd Kimber’s book. The book was a gift from Alan (who enables my cookbook addiction!). I am diabetic which means that I can’t have as much sugar as the next person, so I figured trying a fruit recipe would be the safest bet. I reduced the amount of sugar by about 50 grams and I was quite fortunate that the blueberries that I bought had a good sweetness and tart ratio! Also, the crumble topping allowed me to use my pastry mixer (which I called a pastry cutter for ages, but I was told it was called a pastry mixer in bonny old England! yes, me and my Americanisms, eh?)!
Edd Kimber was the first ever winner of the Great British Bake Off. Mind you I was rooting for Ruth Clemens but it was a completely undeniable truth that Edd had the gift!
The book is lovely and the pictures are gorgeous! They seem scream out to you, “Bake me! Bake me!” Plus Edd’s hands looked really gentle and elegant…soooo different from my chipolata sausage fingers! But I digress. This is really about this lovely book! The instructions are clear and concise and very easy to follow. I love the way everything was described systematically: what you had to do, when you had to do it, how long you had to do it for. I also love the layout of the book and how everything looks pristine and clean.
What I love the most is how my pie, seeing that it was the first time I’d made the pie and seeing how I’d tweaked the recipe, looked almost identical to the photo in the book. I was beaming with pride! Edd Kimber was happy enough to retweet the photo of the pie I posted on Twitter (yes, it was a fan girl moment, bless my giddy heart!).
You MUST try Edd’s recipes. I’ve got a challenge set up for myself to try the macaron recipes next. But if you want a wonderful fruit pie recipe that’s easy to make and comes out beautifully, this book should become one of your regulars in your recipe arsenal! It is absolutely YUM!