Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Twofer Pie

From twoferpie

This week's challenge was Dorie's Thanksgiving Twofer Pie, half pumpkin, half pecan pie brought to us courtesy of Vibi from La Casserole Carrée.

Half pecan, half pumpkin pie, how can you go wrong? Well, take a seat. Just kidding. Actually, this challenge was not bad at all. Making a homemade pie crust is a little more work than let's say buying prepackaged ones and making a homemade pie is definitely more work than let's say buying fancy store bought, but definitely making your own homemade pie does feel like quite the accomplishment! Think back to Rocky running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, except raising his pie, instead of his arms in victory!

I must admit that I was going to use a store bought crust and not even attempt mingling in with the craft of pie crust rolling. However, my good friend and fellow foodie, Dragana, would not hear of it. Thanks, Dragana, for showing me how to roll out the dough! You made this challenge less intimidating for me. This pie crust recipe was thicker than we expected. I love thick crusts, so it works for me, but it did not allow for all the filling to go in, at least for my pie.

My grandma always made her own pies, so this was a blast in the past for me. I will admit to buying pies in the recent past. Now, I think since I have broadened my culinary horizons and have seen and smelled the rewards of baking your own pie, I will make them more often now. Well, at least the fillings. I can do a Sandra Lee, semi-homemade, right?

Okay to sum up:
  1. Crust a little thicker than we thought it would be, slightly hard to roll, and did not allow for much filling. Next time, will try different pan or crust recipe.
  2. Took Pie Crust a little longer to bake than expected.
  3. I had to overbake by ten minutes than the recommended time in order for knife to come out clean.
  4. My first time baking my own homemade pie was a good experience.
Yes, this was my first time baking my own homemade pie, EVER. I would love to tell you that this pie tastes great, but it is being saved for T-Day (violators will be prosecuted!). Will have to tell you all later. One dessert down, two to go.

Happy Thanksgiving! Go Cowboys!!!


Pamela said...

Looks great! Hope you enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm glad you made your own pie crust. Homemade is 10x better than store bought.

Kayte said...

It's fun to hear about you making your first pie...and it sounds like you did a great job. Isn't this fun? Great post, and Happy Thanksgiving!

farah said...

Well done, it looks wonderful. Like you, the dough was an issue for me, i got really frustrated with it. Enjoy your pie and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sweet as Coco said...

Your pie looks great!! I love the way you set up your photos! I need to start doing that...loading up all the photos is a pain on blogger. :)
I was the same way about the crust...I didn't really want to make it either but once I got started it wasnt so bad! Nice job on the pie!!

Cakelaw said...

Your pie looks great - I especially love the whipped cream around the edge. I struggled with this crust!!

Cristine said...

Looks yummy! Congrats on making your first pie!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Yay for you! Congrats on making your first pie. You did a GREAT job. Love the slide show too!

vibi said...

Welcome to the club Carolina, and thank you so much for participating with me this week! I'm glad to read that you enjoyed the pie... as it does look wonderful, especially for a first! WOW!

Irene said...

Home-made pie crust is *so* much better! It takes a few times to get used to doing it, but the taste doesn't even compare. :) Looks like you had an absolutely fantastic Thanksgiving!

Jo said...

Brava! Looks great.

Welcome to TWD!