Heysham Village: history, scenery and a slice of Impossible Pie.

Heysham Village: scenic, quaint, historical and quite frankly, beautiful. Not to brag, but my second home. When I’m not in Lancaster, there’s nothing I love more than spending a few days with my dad in Heysham, walking the dog and enjoying the rich scenery that Heysham has to offer. Whether it’s a walk along Half Moon Bay, a stroll down the promenade, a venture around St. Peters Church (founded in the 8th Century and acting as a Saxon Church since 1080) or imagining a life that was when visiting the Viking Graves, it’s safe to say that you can’t fall shy of something to do in this quiet little village.

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Heysham Village sign post

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My Patterdale Terrier Ruby enjoying a dip in the sea.

There are a few cafe’s in Heysham, but we decided to start with the latest edition: Tracy’s Cafe. Formally known as Jim’s Cafe, new management has taken over (in the form of Tracy and her mum) and they have added a selection of homemade cakes to the menu.  I decided to have a slice of Impossible Pie and my dad decided to have a Chocolate & Cinnamon flapjack to go alongside our pot of tea.

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Slice of Impossible Pie and a pot of tea for two

At sight, the Impossible Pie looked less impressive than the actual concept behind it. When I asked Tracy’s mum what made it impossible to make, clearly it wasn’t impossible at all. Though not impossible, impressive all the same.  The method behind making this pie is similar to the all in one method. Mixing all of the ingredients together (4 eggs, 1/2 cup of margarine, 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of coconut and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract). However, with the impossible pie, once all of the ingredients have been blended until well mixed, the ingredients separate to form each individual layer.

The flour settles to form the crust, the coconut forms the topping and the centre is of course the egg custard filling. This sounded intriguing and fun to make! Although the textures seemed a bit strange together, after a few mouthfuls you truly began to appreciate the taste of all three layers and the marvel behind making it.

Next week, I will attempt to make the Impossible Pie to see if mine actually works. Also, seeing as how an Egg Custard Tart is one of my favourite deserts, my stomach will be glad of the treat.

Are there any recipes that you didn’t think would turn out as scrumptious as they did? Or any recipes that you use again and again because they’re that good? Leave your comments below.

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By John Elsworth

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