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Pie Fail

by Meghann on November 24, 2010

Pie Fail ๐Ÿ™

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ™

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sometimes failures are a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What a Loooong day.

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

Good Night!

1 Evan Thomas November 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm

That pie looks beautiful! I’m sure it will taste great. If I put down the spatula every time I had a baking failure, I’d never blog.

2 Cynthia November 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Pecan Pie is also my favorite!!! When I start eating it I cannot stop ๐Ÿ™‚ I makes me wish we had Thanksgiving tomorrow as well in Canada!!
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3 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life November 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I probably would have just left the first pie as is and called it a day. lol I’ve never had pecan pie so I obviously wouldn’t know the difference ๐Ÿ˜‰

Looks like you had a fun day with your sister though! I wish I lived closer to my sisters!
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4 Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels November 24, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Oh my gosh! You’re baking machines! But seriously, where did the phrase, “easy as pie” come from? A misnomer, for sure.

5 Lacey @ Lake Life November 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm

The best advice I ever got about baking was to always set all of your ingredients out on the counter before doing anything else. Then again, I never bake because it’s so easy to mess up!

Your family will definitely appreciate your effort either way ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Wow, I’m impressed you prepped so much for Thanksgiving. I’m heading over to help my Mom tomorrow morning but we’re doing a pretty low-key celebration. Those cinnamon rolls look A-mazing!
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7 Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

That’s why I went for pecan pie cupcakes. Regular pie intimidates me! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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8 Shannon November 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm

ooh, i think i’m going to make those cinnamon rolls for friday morning ๐Ÿ™‚ yum!! hope that second pie turns out, and it looks like the first one wasn’t a complete fail ๐Ÿ™‚
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9 emily November 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Your failure looks tastier than actual pecan pie to me! Great job on the crust ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Ali November 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I’m impressed with the homemade crust! I’ve never made one but I know my mom has never got the hang of it and my grandma is too impatient to teach her anymore (after years of trying). But the way you showed it made it look relatively painless, maybe I’ll have to try making a pie for Christmas. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy all of the food tomorrow!

11 Krystina November 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Honestly, spending that much time baking sounds like bliss to me.
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12 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie November 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Your second attempt looks really good! Pecan pie is my favorite too, I can’t wait to make it one day. Well, I guess I can because I still haven’t made it. One day!
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13 Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy November 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Your pies look so good. Great job making it all from scratch! I hope you enjoy them tomorrow night! Happy Thanksgiving!
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14 Hangry pants November 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I learned that pecan pie is deceivingly tough! I think it’s great that you tried and I’m sure it will be delicious tomorrow. Happy Thanksiving Meghann + family.

15 Katy (The Singing Runner) November 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm

The pie looks delicious! I wish I had made a pecan pie instead of pumpkin (even though I love pumpkin). Looks like you had a fun day!
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16 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 24, 2010 at 11:11 pm

my oh my – you girls HAVE been busy in the kitchen!!!!

17 Sana November 24, 2010 at 11:29 pm

I spent the day baking as well, and it is HARD work!
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18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Pies are VERY tricky! I have a chocolate bourbon pecan pie on my to-do tomorrow!
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19 Floey November 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Oh my goodness, what a baking extravaganza! All I plan on baking are cookies, and I still feel overwhelmed! haha…but then again, cookies are pretty much all I ever bake
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20 Marina November 25, 2010 at 1:21 am

So much baking, I envy you :))
I would love to try those cinnamon rolls!

21 movesnmunchies November 25, 2010 at 3:18 am

WOW that pecan pie looks soo yummy! i wish I could haves some!
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22 jen November 25, 2010 at 7:07 am

Both pies look awesome!!! I had a cake fail yesterday making my pumpkin trifle, so now we have an extra spice cake just hanging around. Oh well ๐Ÿ˜‰

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23 rebecca lustig November 25, 2010 at 8:37 am

if it makes you feel ANY better, i used baking powder instead of baking soda in a recipe the other day. woops.

funny thing is, no one noticed… except for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

happy thanksgiving!!

24 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

That second pie actually looks pretty tasty. I love all the pecans in it.

Also, cute apron! Where did you get it?
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25 Amy November 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

Hey, that pie looks good to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great Thanksgiving!!
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26 Biz November 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

Oh no! I think you did a great job in using the eggless pie with icecream – yum!

Everything else looks great Meghann – have a wonderful holiday with your family!!
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27 CarrieBeth November 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

such a fun, full day! i sure do love reading your blog! thanks for writing ๐Ÿ™‚

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