Saturday, August 31, 2013

Boredom pie (without eggs and butter)

The full real name would be something like "Simple vanilla flavored pie without eggs and without butter". But it's clearly too long so we just call it Boredom Pie :D



The reason behind that nickname is that the pie was the result of a very boring afternoon, when I couldn't find anything better to do... so I decided to bake something! And since the baking wasn't planned beforehand, there weren't eggs or butter at home, or any yummy ingredients for that matter.


Gathering my courage, I baked anyway with what I could find and this is the result: a soft, simple, delicate vanilla flavored pie, perfect with your coffee or a cup of tea.

HINT: I like the pie as it is, but you can make it more rich by slicing it in half and filling it with jam (apple jam in the pictures), Nutella or adding lemon zest to the dough.
I'm using an instant baking yeast, very popular in Italy, that can be added directly to the dough. Feel free to substitute it with the yeast commonly used in your Country!



Ingredients:
  • 270 gr all-purpose flour
  • 150 gr sugar
  • 1 small bag of dried instant baking yeast
  • 300 ml milk
  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil (e.g. canola oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

Directions:
In a bowl mix sifted flour and sugar. Pour 3/4 of the milk slowly and then the oil and vanilla extract, always mixing. Mix the yeast with the remaining milk and add that too to the mixture.
Grease a pie plate with some butter and spread some flour on it. Pour the mixture in the plate and bake in pre-heated oven at 180º C (356º F) for about 30 minutes. Check by inserting a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean, then the pie is ready.
Let it cool down and decorate with powdered sugar.


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