I’m reading a book called Shelter Me by Juliette Fay. One of the traditions of the characters is Pology Cake. If you are bad you are required to apologize via baked good.

I wasn’t bad but I was slightly irrational and weepy last night and the SO was very good about it. Even when I told him that I had a combination of Ebola virus and the plague, he hugged me. When I was crying enough that I made my nose bleed a little and I whimpered, “I TOLD you that I had Ebola and you mocked me!” he did not run away screaming like a logical person would have done. So he deserves baked goods.

This gets tricky. I think he needs chocolate no-bake cookies but he’d complain about the sugar. (We have Z this weekend and I think we’ll be making cookies for Valentine’s Day – sugar cookies and no-bakes. Z and I like sugar a lot.) Since Pology baked goods have to be something the recipient likes I’m making a fruit and berry streusel pie. It is based on a recipe from Cooking Light but my end product is barely related to the original any more.

1.25 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
2 T cornstarch

Mix these together and bring to a boil. Cook for one minute stirring constantly. It will turn into a gel. Remove from heat and mix in as much fruit (fresh, frozen, dried) as the gel can hold. Today I had craisins, raisins, frozen cherries, and dried apricots. I just clean out the cupboards for this. No combination has ever tasted bad.

Put in a prepared pie shell of whatever flavor you like. I like shortbread.


Top with streusel. I’ve never gotten the hang of a pastry mixer so I just combine 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and cinnamon and spread it over the pie and then dot with 2 T of butter cut into small pieces. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. This must be served with ice cream to be truly complete.

I’m also making him french onion soup. He was a good boy.