Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Upside down pumpkin pear pie recipe

Do you ever wish you were back in middle school when life was easy and it kept you from eating too much and moving too little. I just can't figure out who I want to be and it's driving me mad. Do I want to be 'just' a mommy or do I want a career and if I go for the career how do I juggle my kid and my job in a way that I feel comfortable with. And about that job... what the heck do I want to do and how do I get it. I've been taught my whole life that I can be whatever I want to be if I work hard enough. Sure. I went to university, I traveled a lot as a "poor" student and had a ball. Then I got my degree (eventually) and have stood at a cross roads ever since. When the world is your oyster or whatever, there is just too much choice. It bums me out. So I spent a while watching old home videos which surely didn't make me feel better because my parents were barely 5 years older than I am now and they were already living in a different country for my dad's work. Plus the images remind me of why I actually don't really like living in the Netherlands and would give anything to get my entire family to move to a place where there are still more trees than people and the ground isn't so horribly flat. Could I move thousands of miles away and be happy? Is it worth taking the risk? Be it going or spending a lifetime wishing I lived somewhere else...

 If everyone could click on a banner on this page maybe I'll earn enough doing this not to have to pick and choose ;)

Anyway together with this dilemma I also cut off a flap of skin on the top of my index finger while putting a desk together which makes typing awkward (ever notice how weird that word is?) and completely ruined a batch of muffins because I once again (you would think I would only make this mistake once...) I added too much baking powder making those things taste like soap... yuk.

But you gotta love life for all the things you could do, one being Halloween! They don't really celebrate that here but it's a good reason to make pumpkin treats. I love pumpkin :) I just read it contains almost no vitamins so it's not a great veggie, but hey, it's not unhealthy...

I spend a minute deciding if I would make this pie with pears or apples. I chose pears because I had just bought a new type of pear with red colored flesh. It seemed very Halloweeny. When cutting it up I tried a piece and noticed they were quite tart and not soft at all as you would expect from a pear. If you can't find a pear like this I would suggest using apples instead as the acidity really offsets the sweetness of the rest of the pie.

Pumpkin pear pie

- 2 tart pears (or 2 tart apples if you wish)
- 2 handfuls of sugar
- 1 can of pumpkin (425 grams) or buy a pumpkin, peel, scoop out the seeds and cook for 10 minutes after which you can puree it easily.
- 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 100 grams oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 handfuls of almonds, sliced

- Springform (where the sides come off)
- baking paper

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Peel, core and slice the pears thinly. Put baking paper over the bottom of the springform and then put the rim on. Grease the paper with crisco or some vegie oil. Sprinkle the sugar over it and lay the slices of pear in a nice circle on top. Set aside.

Divide the can of pumpkin over two bowls.
Add 1 egg, the condensed milk and the spices to bowl 1.
Add the other egg, the honey, oil and oatmeal to bowl 2.

Mix both bowls well.

Pour the contents of bowl 1 on top of the pear and use the back of a spoon to smooth it out.
Sprinkle the almonds over the top.

Now add bowl 2 in dollops over the top, and then spread that out carefully with the back of a spoon too. Try not to push it into the other layer.

Bake the pie for 45 minutes in the conventional oven (so no turning the air fan on, that will just dry the whole thing out). After 25 minutes turn the form so the side that faced the back now faced the front of the oven. That's just to get even heating. Test the pie by inserting a knife in the center, if it comes out clean it's done.

Leave the pie in it's form for 10 minutes. Then run a knife around the edge and take the rim off. Take a plate and lay it on top of the pie, use it to turn it over. Peel the baking paper off and tada, done!

I suggest leaving the pie covered in the fridge for a day before eating with some whipped cream. It will give the tastes time to settle and fully immerse themselves in the pie.


Ps I promised a picture of my daughters winnie the pooh birthday cake but my hubby downloaded it to his computer and erased the card... I'm waiting for him to send the pictures to me.

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