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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Pumpkin Pie Woes

It's in the oven. It would seem that I have usually been asked to bring a pumpkin pie to the Thanksgiving holiday repast. And I do not have a very good record with my pumpkin pies. For some reason mine never are "set" within the recommended amount of time.

Once I brought a rather soggy one to my brother's Thanksgiving dinner. I ended up leaving it there since my SIL said she would do something with it. I strongly suspect it ended up going down the drain, but I dunno. Maybe she has more patience than I have, with regards to re-doing things.

On the opposite side of the coin; just a few years ago I was in charge of the pumpkin pie here to take to mother-in-law's Thanksgiving, and I made the mistake of thinking I'd just pop it in the oven an hour or so before time to go over there.

Bad idea.

Two hours later we were still waiting for the stupid thing to "set." I think I just finally took it and it turned out OK, but not great.

My MIL said that she never puts in the full amount of evap milk called for by the recipe. So the past few times I have attempted pumpkin pie I have done that; cut back on the evap milk. But it seems it STILL takes forever for it to set.

Anyway. After about a 70-75 minute baking period I just now took it out of the oven for tomorrow. I hope it's edible.

I always make this "Never Fails" pie crust recipe. I really, really am bad at pie crusts. Not at the making of the actual crust, but the rolling out and putting in the pie pan part. It's always nice and flaky and tastes great but it looks like a 5 year old did it. Though I must say, this one looks better than my usual. I guess I ought to make more pies, then my finesse with the crusts might improve.

Well, hope everyone has a great Turkey Day tomorrow.

4 comments:

The Lumberjack's Wife said...

I hope it turns out good! I have never made one myself.

The only thing I am being trusted with bringing is green bean casserole!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Donna said...

Just buy those ready-made pie crusts; that's what most people do these days; you can't tell the difference. I still make mine, but it's only because I enjoy it.

C said...

Mmmmm! Just the mere mention of Pumpkin pie has me salivating!!

I've got an awesome pumpkin pie recipe if you want me to e-mail it to you. It was given to me by a very elderly farmer's wife. She's had many years of practice and makes the best pumpkin pie ever. She learned of me being challenged in the pie baking department and offered up some help! :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! xo

Calfkeeper said...

Tljw-It turned out pretty good actually. Maybe I ought to try making a green bean casserole for Christmas...I have never made one of those.

Donna-well, this year I actually was going to use a cheater crust. But I forgot. Anyway, it turned out OK. I actually like making them too, I just am not good at it.

C-Sure, I'd love a new pumpkin pie recipe. I like trying new things.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!