Saturday, August 6, 2011

Enid Blyton strikes again!

Cherry Crumb Pie by Bombay Foodie

Now you may not remember because this was such a long time ago, but my book club - This Book Makes Me Cook - actually started with an event that Bhags ran. Read a book, and bring back the story and a recipe is what she said. Eventually, more than half the participants brought in their memories of food read from the pages of Enid Blytons.

This month, it's once again back to the memories Enid Blyton put into our young minds way back in school. The book club is reading the Malory Towers. There are six books in the series, chronicling the life of Darrell Rivers, as she goes through six years of education at this Cornish boarding school.

We could have read any one of the books. But once I started, I couldn't stop and ended up reading all six. The camaraderie of young girls living together, the bonding over books and games and the various little things that bring excitement to their otherwise dull lives - Malory Towers is something you can enjoy at any age.

Now food at Malory Towers can tend to be boring. Specially the supper. But not on the first day of the term. When the girls return for another term at school, the cooks put up a feast to welcome them. There are always cakes and pies at this term and I like to think Darrell would have been welcomed to her favorite Easter term by this cherry crumb pie at least once.

I adapted the recipe for the pie crust from something I saw at Masterchef recently. It was not an unqualified success so I'd suggest you go with your favorite crust. But the filling and crumb topping is so gorgeous, its something you absolutely must try.

Or just go see what other book clubbers got to this month.

7 comments:

notyet100 said...

She is my fav author,pie looks so good,.l.:)

Curry Leaf said...

Wow Simran, the cherry crumb pie is gorgeous. Love all the Enid Blyton Books and I had to control myself from reading all at one go. :(.

Srivalli said...

Simmi, Malory Towers is one of my most fav books..I have all the collection and remember reading them all at one go too..:) the highlight has always been the food that is talked about in the books really..:)..I always dreamt of cooking all that..hahah..the pie does look just out of the book..

culinarystorm said...

Looks lovely! I'm obsessed with Masterchef btw (so obsessed that it's unhealthy i'm sure) :)

Deepika said...

There was a time, I'd read every Enid Blyton in the school library! The pie looks absolutely delish.

Swati Sapna said...

I truly believe that my love for food had its roots in Enid Blyton's books :) Malory Towers and St.Clare's are my ultimate favorite and I still read them on days when I need comforting :)
The Cherry crumb pie looks delicious and sooo fits in with Blyton!!
PS - Do u know there are 3 new books in ST.Clare's series and 2 new ones in the Malory Towers series written by a new author called Pamela Cox? They are quite good too... do pick them up!

Karen Xavier said...

Wow, love malory towers and St. Clare's... hated my boring say school after reading these books! Anyway, this pie looks awesome..