Last week, I went around Heysham Village absorbing the history and culture, but also enjoyed a slice of Impossible Pie at Tracey’s Cafe. (If you haven’t read my post already, here’s a quick reminder: Heysham Village: History, Scenery and a slice of Impossible Pie) The concept intrigued and excited me: why is this pie called the Impossible Pie when I was looking at it right there in front of me? Like an Egg Custard Tart with a coconut topping, I decided this pie was well worth trying out myself as I am partial to an Egg Custard Tart.
You will need:
2 cups of semi-skimmed milk
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of caster sugar
2 cups of margarine
1 cup of coconut
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
10′ Pie Dish of Flan Dish
1. Before you start anything, make sure that you have set your oven to preheat at 180°C.
2. Whisk your eggs in a large mixing bowl. It is advised to use an electric whisk but because I am a student I just put some elbow grease in and used a fork.
3. Add your milk and whisk again until it looks like you’ve made a really nice scrambled egg mix. Now, add your cup of sugar! It’s best adding your sugar after the eggs and milk as you can see it dissolving and will know when it is fully mixed in.
4. Sieve your flour into the mixture, mixing as you go along to ensure there aren’t any lumps. No one should have to eat a lumpy pie.
5. Now I tried buying a coconut from Tesco but a) They’re not in season and b) It just seems like an unnecessary bother preparing a coconut. As they also didn’t have any coconut shavings on the bakery isle, I had to buy chunks of fresh coconut from the fridge section which at £1, I didn’t think that was too bad and was just the amount I needed. As they are pretty big chunks, I found it best to dice them into smaller pieces like this:
6. Having diced your coconut, just throw it into the mix and give it a little stir.
7. I found it easier to melt my margarine before adding it to the mixture, a lot less hassle to mix. Finally, add your two teaspoons of vanilla extract and it’s all systems go. Gently pour your mixture into your dish and it’s ready to put into the oven for 1 hour. Don’t worry if you think the mixture is too runny, it’s supposed to be like that. It should look something like this:
8. If you’re anything like me, you will look into the oven every five minutes or so just to make sure that it’s working. After an hour of doing this, your pie should be ready!
I tried a slice myself and can honestly say it tasted delicious. But obviously I’m going to say that because I made the thing. So I didn’t have a biased opinion, I tried it out on my flatmates and friend Kathryn to see if they too enjoyed eating the pie. And they did!
As the pie has quite an unusual texture, I would say it is best to eat it on it’s own. Although some strawberries can be quite refreshing as an after bite!
Do you think you will try and make the impossible possible and try your hand at making the Impossible Pie? And if not, what other recipes do you find challenging that have a delicious outcome?
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