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Monday, October 3, 2011

Impossible Pie

A lot of you would already have a variation of this recipe.  An impossible pie is where you mix all of the ingredients together and when it cooks it settles into layers.  This is a very easy way to throw together a quick lunch or easy dessert and you should have most of the ingredients already in the pantry or the fridge.

Savoury Pie:

Mix together 1/2 cup self raising flour, 3 eggs and 1 1/2 cups milk in a bowl.  Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 3/4 cup shredded cooked chicken, 1/2 finely chopped brown onion, salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh basil.  Spray a pie dish with cooking spray, pour mixture in and bake in a moderate oven for 30 - 40 minutes or until set.

Variations: Replace chicken with ham, bacon, tin of pink salmon, tin of flavoured tuna, cubes of fetta or brie.    Replace brown onion with spring onions, red onion or caramelised leek.  Add baby spinach, slices of fresh tomato or finely chopped semi sun-dried tomatoes, roasted capsicum, small pieces of roasted pumpkin or sweet potato, chopped olives, sliced mushroom.  Instead of fresh basil, you could use parsley, thyme, oregano or chives.

Sweet Pie:

Place 4 eggs, 125 grams butter, 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/2 cup milk, 1 cup castor sugar, 1 cup dessicated coconut and 400 ml coconut milk in food processer and blend until smooth.  Pour into prepared pie dish and cook for approximately 1 hour in a moderate oven.  When cool, cover in whipped cream and decorate with glace cherries and toasted shredded coconut.  I don't normally make any variations to this pie, but you could put a layer of banana slices, berries, fresh mango or any other fruit that goes well with coconut on top of the pie and then cover in whipped cream.

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