(as) Easy as Pie (Idiom)
Meaning : A task or job that is simple or pleasurable to finish, requiring little effort; simple.
Example : Having such a busy schedule today prevents me from making a hearty breakfast for myself, so I’ll just make a quick bowl of cereal for myself instead since it is as easy as pie to make.
Origin : This phrase is believed to come from the pleasantness and ease involved when eating a delicious pie. Basically, something is as easy as eating a pie. Evidently, during the 19th century, the word ‘pie’ was used to describe someone as being delightful or to depict something as being easy.
This festive tart couldn’t be easier, with jarred mincemeat and ready made pastry.
FEEDS 10 PREP 20 mins COOK 35 mins + 15 mins to cool
320g pack puff pastry, at room temperature
300g Co-op mincemeat
125g Co-op marzipan
1 Co-op British free range egg, lightly beaten
To serve, Co-op double cream (optional)
1. Preheat a baking tray in a 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6 oven. Lightly roll the pastry in both directions until it’s about the thickness of a 50p coin.
2. Cut a 23cm circle out and use it to line a shallow, round 19cm cake tin. Ease the pastry gently into the corners of the tin, letting it overhang slightly at the edges. Cut the rest of the pastry into 1cm wide strips.
3. Spread the mincemeat onto the pastry, then cut the marzipan into pea-sized cubes, and scatter evenly over the top.
4. Brush the edge of the pastry case with beaten egg and weave the strips across the top, letting them hang over the edges of the tin and leaving a 2cm gap between each.
5. Gently press the strips of pastry into the edge of the tart to seal, trim off any excess with a knife and brush the top with beaten egg.
6. Place the tart on the hot baking tray and bake for 30–35 mins. Leave to cool for at least 15 mins before serving with whipped double cream, if you like.
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