I don’t know about you, but I love it when autumn comes around. The leaves are starting to turn red, orange and gold. We can have bonfires, wrap up in big jumpers and drink hot chocolate. It’s also a great time of year to pick my favourite fruit, apples.
There is an orchard near where I live. Every year they have a fruit picking day. I went along with Mum and Dad, we collected some apples, pears and blackberries.
Whilst we were there, I had the chance to make juice from some of the apples we collected. It was so much fun! You had to put some apples in the press and squeeze them very tight to get the juice out. It’s hard work but it’s worth it because the juice tasted delicious!
I asked Mum what we would do with all of the fruit that we had taken home. She suggested that we made a pie, I thought that was an excellent idea and was very excited to get started!
Making apple, pear and blackberry pie
The first thing we had to do before we could make a delicious pie was find a recipe and make sure we had all the ingredients. Then we needed to measure out the ingredients, I used a digital scale to make sure I was being accurate. Here is what I needed.
For the fruit filling:
100g of blackberries
1 Vanilla pod
2 tsp ground cinnamon
100g golden caster sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp flour
For the sweet shortcrust pastry case:
150g plain flour
75g unsalted butter
50g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
Once I had measured my ingredients, it was time to make the pie! I started by cooking the fruit to make the filling. These are the steps I followed:
1. Carefully chop the apples and pears into big chunks – mum helped with this bit!
2. Put the apples in a saucepan with the butter, vanilla pod, cinnamon, lemon juice, sugar and water. Put the lid on the saucepan and cook for 10 minutes over a low – medium heat.
3. Add the pears and the flour, cook uncovered for another 5 minutes. You need to make sure you keep stirring for this bit so the flour doesn’t stick to the pan.
4. Once the fruit is soft, let it cool down whilst you make the pastry. The blackberries will be added when you fill the pie.
The pastry is easy enough to do.
1. Put the flour and butter in a bowl and rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Mix in the icing sugar, a pinch of salt and then the egg yolk.
3. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten into a disk. Pop the disk into the fridge to chill for half an hour.
Once the pastry had chilled, I split it in two and rolled both halves out to the thickness of a £1 coin. I lined the pie dish, put in the filling of the cooked apples and pears and fresh blackberries and then topped it off with a pastry lid. To make the pastry golden brown and crispy I brushed the top with a little bit of egg and sprinkled over some brown sugar.
Finally, I baked the pie for 45-50 minutes. It smelled so good; I couldn’t wait to have a slice!
Using up the leftovers
We had loads of blackberries left over after we had made our pie. I wanted to make sure that they didn’t go to waste so I asked mum how we could make use of them. She suggested making a batch of blackberry jam.
I thought that was a brilliant idea!
We made 5 jars of jam with the leftover berries. We kept one for ourselves, gave one jar to my Nanny and I took 3 jars to school. I put one in the harvest festival box, which goes out to elderly people in our community who need a little help with buying food. I donated the last two to the cake sale we were having at school to raise money for more school equipment.
Have you ever made pie or jam? If you haven’t, I think you should give it a go. It’s so much fun and you get delicious treats at the end!
What autumn activities have you been doing so far?