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The Oh-My-It’s-Mother’s-Day Pie: Pistachio, Date and Mascarpone Pie

Published May 11, 2013 by The Feminist

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In celebration of Mother’s Day I wanted to bake something truly extraordinary to honor an even more extraordinary woman: my mother. Throughout the years, all my ups and downs, highs and lows and a lot of exam freak-out moments, my mother has always been there no matter what. She is one of my biggest supporters, cheering me on every time I need to jump another hurdle, and is always happy to impart a few words of wisdom.
To show her how grateful and appreciative I am, I decided it was about time to turn the tables and pamper her with a delicious home-made jewel of a pie. This Oh-My-It’s-Mother’s-Day pie is the perfect representation of my mother’s personality: bright, sweet and beautiful.
The pistachio pie crust is not only incredibly pretty with its very seducing green hue, but has the most enchanting flavour imaginable. The smooth mascarpone filling was flavoured with orange zest and amaretto and decorated with lusciously plumb dates and sharp dried cranberries. It is perfect in every possible way…
If you would like to bake this wonderful pie for your wonderful mother – or for someone else you love – here is the recipe:

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Mascarpone- orange- date pie with pistachio crust
Ingredients:
For the pistachio pie crust:
• 150gr ground pistachios
• 50gr caster sugar
• ¼ tsp baking powder
• 50gr butter
• 1 egg yolk
For the filling:
• 300gr mascarpone
• 1,6 dl double cream
• 4 eggs
• Zest of one orange
• 5 dried dates, quartered
• Handful of dried cranberries
• 1 tbsp corn flour
• 1 tbsp amaretto
• 4 tbsp caster sugar

 
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and line a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment.
2. For the pie crust, put the ground pistachio, baking powder, sugar and butter in a bowl and beat until you get a sandy consistency. Add the egg yolk and mix through.
3. Press this mixture into the base of the prepared cake tin. Use a tablespoon to flatten and press the mixture down to form a dense base.
4. Bake into the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. For the mascarpone filling, mix together the eggs, sugar, corn flour, cream, mascarpone, amaretto and orange zest until you get a smooth and runny mixture. Pour the mixture onto the baked pistachio crust. Scatter the dried dates and cranberries into the batter (some will sink to the bottom, others while stay on the surface)
6. Bake into the oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and leave to cool slightly before refrigerating for at least one hour.

I’m spending Valentine’s Day with Bruno Mars! … Well, sort of

Published February 8, 2013 by The Feminist

Unless a very handsome, charming and single gentleman pops up out of nowhere on my doorstep, it is most likely that I will not be going on a romantic lovey-dovey date on Valentine’s Day.

Do I care? Not in the slightest! Instead of spending V-Day with an average guy, wearing average clothes, who will be telling not so funny jokes and creating very awkward silences (Waaaay too many women spend their Valentines like that! Why do you keep torturing yourselves, ladies??!!) , I will be spending mine with my best friends. Drinking booze, eating chocolate and talking about girly stuff: now that is what I call the perfect (anti?) Valentine’s Day!

What my friends don’t know, however, is that I will be spending V-Day with Bruno Mars as well! …. Ssssh, don’t tell anyone!

But before you start putting your thumbs up to show your approval and before you start giving me a virtual high five, unfortunately, this is not entirely true. (Duh!) Bruno Mars has just released the official music video of “When I was your man”, which is not only the most PERFECT SONG ON THE MOTHERF***ING PLANET, Bruno looks very sexy and gentlemany (I don’t know if that is even a word, but humor me for a second 😉 ) as well!

So instead of spending V-Day with a guy who will never be able to sing you a beautiful serenade, I’ll be watching this video. If my best friends want to take a peek as well, no problem, I’ll gladly share Bruno with them. (I’m not a possessive fan 😉 )

How will you be spending Valentine’s Day, dear readers? Conventionally or Unconventionally? That is the question…