|Weird Pie 2: The Holiday Special
||[Dec. 26th, 2017|11:13 am]
Merry Christmas! We've been plugging along and have made it out the other side of the holiday, collapsing in a pile of wrapping paper and leftovers. Ben is playing the new Mario in his underpants, and Eleanor is playing a game called "Shut myself in the bathroom and then yell for someone to open the door." I wish I had art for you, and maybe I'll post some of the latest Wildermyth stuff here soon, but right now I want to talk about pie.|
Do you remember the Weird Pie? It didn't take me long to find the entry so that I could link to it, since I've been crap at posting things this year.
But anyway, 8 months later, I finally got around to remaking the Weird Pie, because Christmastime is a Time of Desserts among other things, and if not now, then when? It had occurred to me after making it the first time that this pie could work well as a pecan pie. Pecan pies are usually a pretty straightforwardly sweet kind of flavor to start with, and all the herby/spicy/coffee notes would play well with pecan. I've made rosemary pecan oatmeal cookies before, and those had a fun woodsy flavor, so I knew that part of the combination would work.
In the meantime, my pie crust game has gotten way better, to the point where I think I've got it down. (No vodka, but re-chilling the butter after slicing it very thin & before working it into the flour seems to make a big difference).
Not bad, actually. Someday I will be able to make that squiggly pie crust edge without messing it up, but that day is not today. The rest of the pecans are down in there, and they played about as well with the other flavors as I'd hoped.
I'd rather eat this pie than any other regular pecan pie, for sure. So success there.
In the back of my mind, I wonder if I could get it to a point where I'd rather eat this pie than say, a blueberry pie. Maybe that's just not possible; maybe I just like fruit pies better on some deep level, and so anything based on this shoo-fly recipe is going to be lovely on its own terms, but not-quite-fruit-pie.
I wonder what adding dark chocolate chunks would do, though... probably something good.
I dunno, stay tuned, and in another eight freaking months, maybe I'll try it again with chocolate.
PS- Nate and I got super into the Great British Baking Show, and it gave me a lot of fun inspiration, but now I have a severe British voice in my head that critiques everything I cook. That part is less than great.
ETA (a couple days later) - after having this pie leftover for a couple days now, I think I was a little too hard on it. It's a damn good pie. I may even prefer it to a blueberry pie. Definitely to your standard grocery-store one, anyway.