The first came of my desire to do something with grapefruit curd. I'm a big fan of lime and lemon curds in baking and was curious about experimenting with other citrus. Also, grapefruit seems to be the new 'it' curd on the food blog block, and I do so desperately want to stay current. The grapefruit curd on it's own would have been fine, but I wanted to add a few more elements. I've enjoyed cocktails that combined grapefruit and mint, so I decided that mint and grapefruit would be a fine combination. I paired the grapefruit curd with a mint whipped cream and a ginger snap crust. Somewhere along the way it became too complicated and the final result was more befuddling than tasty. Also, I didn't get a picture of this one as it was difficult to serve and ultimately not much to look at.
The second experimental pie was the result of googling grapefruit curd a few too many times and coming upon mango curd. Turns out curds aren't restricted to citrus as I'd always imagined! If you mix enough egg yolks and sugar with anything, it turns out a curd will be born. I made a standard pie crust for this one and filled it with the mango curd. I layered some strawberries on top for good measure. This pie came out much better than the first, and I believe if mangos were actually in season, it would be better still.
Not a great picture of not a bad pie.
I think after the bacchanal of pie making (and pie eating) that occured this weekend (luckily we had some friends over to watch the season premiere of Mad Men, so we had some help), I'll lay off baking full stop for a while. Sticking to fruits and vegetables not in pie shells for a while might be in my best interests. At least until my manic pie-happy side returns to post yet again.