The Week in Pie (And Pie Disasters)
One week in to NaBloPieMo and I thought I'd recap what I've learned so far.
Monday, November 1, 2010
It was OK. I liked the ginger kick; the streuselly walnut topping was too sweet for my taste. I may try this again with just crushed nuts, no sugar or spices.
Crust shrinkage of epic proportions.
Narrowed it down to insufficient weight and probable overworking of dough. Thanks commenters and Facebook!
Tuesday, November 2, 2020
Baked: Sweet potato-bourbon pie
Delicious: Fluffy, smooth, sweet-potatoey. I grated a lot of fresh nutmeg in -- like probably half a teaspoon, which was a little too nutmeggy for everyone but me. You could taste the bourbon, but a) I cranked the amount of bourbon up to the maximum 3 tablespoons, and b) bourbon tastes good.
While I was purchasing pie weights to correct for the shrinkage problem, the package undid itself and the weights exploded in physics-lesson fashion, across six aisles and even out the door. Judging by the look on her face as we picked them up, this was a far more major disaster for the checkout clerk at Bed Bath & Beyond than it was for me.
Next time, invest in a pie chain.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Baked: Buttermilk Pie
I believe you might be familiar with my views on buttermilk pie by now.
Burned my hand moving a pan from the stovetop -- didn't realize the heat from the oven would turn the pan handle into a white-hot poker.
Don't do that again.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Baked: Broccoli Pot Pie
Freaked out when I realized I couldn't, couldn't, just couldn't eat any more everloving sugar.
Month-of-pie pie must be enjoyed employing the motto "Tiny slices. Lots of friends." Do not attempt more than one tiny slice of any pie, no matter how deliciously sweet-potatoey it may taste. Your palate, and possibly your pancreas, will regret it soon, and for the rest of your pie.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Baked: Salmon-Leek Pie
This is one of my all-time favorite pies and it couldn't be easier. Melt a few of leeks in butter over low heat until soft. Mix with a pound and a half of raw salmon cut into 1" dice, add salt, pepper, lemon zest and fresh dill to taste. Place atop (raw) bottom pie crust and cover with a top crust. Slice a few vents in the top crust, brush with egg wash and bake for half an hour at 350.
Stupid Cat decided the open oven door was a warm and homey place to lounge while I had my back turned for a second placing finished pie on rack. Paws were HOT when I scooped him off, though nethers and whiskers appeared unsinged.
Cat is even stupider than I understood him to be; don't leave oven door open even for a second due to high risk of recurrence of feline stupidity.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Forgot I didn't have the ingredients to make the pie I intended to make.
Sometimes forgetfulness has a Nutella-flavored silver lining.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Baked: Cranberry Walnut Pie
So delicious that I'm not going to talk about it here. It deserves its own post this week. FAVORITE PIE SO FAR.
NONE! I can't believe it either.
I'd say the lesson I learned is how to make pie without invoking Murphy's Law -- but if I do, I'm probably just inviting trouble to come on in, stay a while and keep his fork because there's pie. Instead I'll call it "everyone gets lucky once in a while."
Do you have a pie disaster story? Tell me about it and make me feel better.
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