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Hi and welcome to the blog for Cathys Spelt for Health. We will be posting up recipes using the range of spelt premix products and more over the while. There are five versatile mixes in the range. Thank you for visiting and please do call again!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Oklahoma Pumpkin Pie

This recipe for pumpkin pie comes courtesy of Rhonda Malahy from Oklahoma who is  my daughters mother-in law. I got a great recipe book called Cafe Oklahoma from her and Paradise Pumpkin Pie is straight from it. Its was our first time ever making pumpkin pie and it is really good. 


Step 1: Shortcrust pastry base

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.

We made the shortcrust pastry base with spelt flour.
7 oz spelt flour sifted
pinch of salt
3.5 oz chilled butter cubed
approx half a medium egg beaten    

Place the flour, salt and butter in a bowl and rub in the butter with your finger tips. Add the egg until the mixture comes together and place on a sheet of baking parchment.  Using a rolling pin roll out until flat and lift into the pie tin. This saves the pie sticking to the tin!  


Step 2 Pumpkin Pie:
 1 x 8oz packet of Philadelphia
2oz sugar/xylitol
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg beaten

Combine softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla, mixing until well blended. Blend in egg. Spread onto bottom of pastry base. 

Step 3 Pie filling:
10 oz pureed pumpkin (we used a real pumpkin boiled and mashed but you can buy tinned pumpkin)
237 ml of evaporated milk
4oz sugar/xylitol
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of salt

59ml maple syrup
Pecan halves to garnish

To make the pumpkin puree we chopped up the pumpkin and boiled it until soft enough, mashed it and allowed the water to drain by placing it in a strainer over a saucepan when cold. You will have enough left for another pie if you use a large pumpkin and you can freeze this for later!

Combine remaining pie ingredients (10 oz pureed pumpkin, 237 ml of evaporated milk, 4oz sugar/xylitol, 2 eggs lightly beaten, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, dash of salt) except maple syrup and pecan halves and mix well. Carefully pour over cream cheese mixture. Bake for an hour.

Step 4: Spiced Whipped Topping
4 oz brown sugar/coconut sugar
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
200 ml whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla

Allow to cool and brush with maple syrup and garnish with pecan halves if desired. For topping, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium sized bowl. Stir in whipping cream and vanilla and allow to chill for an hour. Take from fridge and whip until stiff. Spread on top and enjoy!.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Blas na hEireann 2012

Just back from a brilliant weekend in Dingle at the Blas na hEireann awards, it is a bit of a trek but well worth it I can tell you. Its a beautiful part of the country and as the Dingle Food Festival was on the town was heaving and the atmosphere was just brilliant. The sun was so warm that I even ended up with sun burn!

Cathy was sick and so couldn't make it this year but hopefully next year we will get shortlisted and have a great excuse to head down again. 

The morning started out at the marina where all the shortlisted producers had their photos taken with their products and then headed off the the Dingle Brewing Company where all the products were on display with plenty of samples to try.

I met the nicest of producers who are based at Mahon Point Farmers Market and we ended up hanging out for  the evening. Lucy from Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms, Una from Unas Pies and John and Sylvie who make macarons and cake pops. Lucy picked up two awards and Una's pies  won gold , silver and bronze as well as best in farmers market and Supreme champion 2012! 

I hope that next year we will be a bit more organized and will get to head off on the taste trail. It was just so lovely to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. We got a silver for our flapjacks which was the icing on the cake, pity mam couldn't make it, but there's always next year!