Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pie Fail

by Meghann on November 24, 2010

Pie Fail :(

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I learned a very important lesson today – Pie Is Hard. Especially Pecan Pie. Especially when I merely skim the recipe and leave out a very important ingredient such as eggs or something. Ooppsss…

Besides our one or two missteps my sister and I were baking superstars in the kitchen.

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Our objectives:

  • Homemade Pie Crust
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Prep Green Bean Casserole
  • Prep Vegetarian Stuffing
  • Prep Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (for breakfast tomorrow)

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Ready. Set. Go.

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I’ve decided Cinnamon Rolls are my new specialty.

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Can’t wait to pop these babies in the oven tomorrow morning. ;)

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Now, pecan pie is another story.

I don’t know why I selected such an ambitious pie as my first – I guess I didn’t know it was so ambitious at the time? All i know is pecan pie is my favorite, so why not start there? Before you have pie – you need crust. I followed this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker and ended up with a flaky, buttery crust.

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The recipe was fairly simple and straight forward.

Basically you shred the butter

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Mix it with flour, salt, and a little water

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And you have crust.

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So easy even I can do it. ;)

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I took everyone’s advice and decided to go with Pioneer Woman Cook’s Pecan Pie recipe. it’s hard to turn down a recipe that comes so highly recommended.

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The recipe seemed simple enough (and probably would have been had I actually paid attention to the directions, but as I said above – 30 minutes into baking I realized I had forgotten to add the 3 eggs the recipe called for. :(

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Luckily I had a second crust that I was saving for a pumpkin pie, but with no evaporated milk on hand for said pie I decided to try for pecan pie attempt #2.

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About a quarter of the contents escaped the pan going into the oven, but we’ll just ignore that part. ;)

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I *think* this one came out, but we’ll have to wait and see until I cut into it tomorrow.

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The non-egg version still tastes good (we were happily picking sugared pecans off the top), just a little sticky. ;)

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We took a break at lunch and I reheated some of last night’s pizza.

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And Kelly made me a small salad of spinach, craisins, almond slivers, and a ginger dressing.

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While I was making cinnamon rolls and pie, Kelly made a delicious loaf of Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.

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I had a piece hot out of the oven. It was delicious. :)

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Kelly and were in the kitchen from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Once the final pie was out of the oven we packed up and headed to my parents house where we were greeted with pizza and salad.

After two meals in a row of pizza, I opted out for a plate of various left overs from my parents in fridge instead.

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The star of my plate was a microwave baked potato topped with cheese and salsa. The combination was full of of flavor and really tasty.

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On the side I had some left over chicken.

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And random grapes.

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Not ones to waste perfectly good sticky pie my family and I dug into the eggless pecan pie for dessert.

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After sitting the rest of the afternoon, the pie was actually pretty firm and somewhat sliceable. ;)

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I had a tiny piece with vanilla ice cream. As I told Kelly, it was basically a pie of sugar filled with pecans. That means it was still good. ;)

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Sometimes failures are a good thing. ;)

What a Loooong day.

Time to rest up for the big day of giving thanks tomorrow.

Good Night!

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