Woohoo six weeks of placement done and an essay submitted! All that is left is an exam and then CHRISTMAS!!
I have just had a fab week with the Borders Sexual Health Team and staying with my mum. It was great to experience sexual health nursing as it’s an area I am really interested in. It was refreshing to have some time off the wards and from taking people vital signs all day every day. I wanted to bake something that ties into placement. Porridge is a staple breakfast for me whilst on placement. I try out lots of different flavour combinations from simple salt to my current favourite, berries and flaked almonds! I’m not sure a porridge cake would entirely work so I spent a while looking up recipes to come up with an idea.
I love pasty and have never tried adding oats so I thought I would give that a go! As for the filling I decided on something a bit winter warming: Pear, cinnamon and walnut. I have tried this in porridge before and it works a treat.
250g Plain Flour
110g Porridge Oats
170g Butter (Salted)
Splash of cold water.
Rub the flour, oats and butter together to make a crumb. I actually found this step easier than normal with the added oats so that was a great start! Add a splash of cold water, just enough so everything comes together to form a dough. I put mine in the fridge for about half an hour to chill.
Heat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Split the dough in half – one for the pastry case and the other for the top! I use a loose bottom tin, grease the sides and place a disk of grease proof paper. Roll out the dough, on a floured surface, so it’s just bigger than the tin. For ease I use my rolling pin to lift it up and place onto the tin. Using a scrap bit of dough I push the pastry into the sides of the case. This stops holes forming! Blind bake with a layer of grease proof paper and baking beans for 15 minutes. Then remove the paper and beans and cook for a further 10 minutes. Leave to one side.
4 Ripe Pears, the pears I used where quite small so around 430g will do
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tbsp Sugar
Cut the pears into nicely sized chunks. Place in a bowl with the lemon juice. The walnuts I used were already halved so I cut them up so there’s a good mixture of big and small pieces, add this to the pears. Then add the cinnamon and sugar, mix well.
For the topping I rolled out the rest of the dough to a similar thickness as the pastry case and cut into strips. I like them to be different sizes as I think it looks interesting. And the fact I probably wouldn’t be able to cut them the same size! Using some of the thinner strips I made some plaits. I then created a lattice effect on top of the pie, trimmed the edges and it’s ready to bake!
Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the smell of cinnamon overtakes the kitchen! I don’t think this is one of my best bakes but I’m aware I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks… The flavours work really well together but it’s incredibly crumbly so a big helping of vanilla custard would go down a treat.
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