Mar. 8th, 2008 10:06 pm
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*warning* this entry is all about my pie baking experiment. Probably boring for most people. Short story - pie worked out in the end. There's a link to photos at the end of this album :)

Well with the weather sucking today I still decided I was heading over to my parent's house to borrow their kitchen and try out one of the shiny pie recipes from the Waitress DVD (thanks again [livejournal.com profile] shangri__la!). I woke up early enough that I almost made it to the grocery store in my parent's neighbourhood before the snow got really heavy. I picked up all kinds of ingredients for pie making and then trekked to my parent's house to get some baking done. I decided to make the "I can't have no affair because it's wrong and I don't want Earl to kill me pie." AKA Vanilla Custard Meringue Pie. My mom had a minor freak out because she declared I'd chosen a way harder one to make than a fruit pie but she was helpful in that she found her Joy of Cooking cookbook was was SUPER useful. The recipes that come with Waitress are good if one knows how to make pies but as I was making the pie I quickly found that they'd left a lot of steps off. Ergo they're fabulous for ideas and because they're cute and I adore them. But it's very good to have a backup for clear instructions and accurate proportions.

This one was a nice and easy graham cracker crust so I made that from scratch too. Very tasty. That was the easy part with the exception that my recipe was proabably about double the size needed. I froze the rest for another time though. Then I made the custard part and made the fun discovery that you should put the pie crust into the oven and just slide the shelf out to pour the filling in as opposed to what I did which was pour the filling in and then try to get the pie into the over. Sooo much spilling!

Then while that was baking I made the meringue which is what my mom said was the hardest part but I found it okay except for when I thought I was supposed to turn the mixer up to the fastest speed for "egg whites" which probably would have been okay if I was using a bigger bowl but I was not so meringue was flung out all over everything. Oops. I was very glad my parents had gone out because the counter looked like a mini disaster area. Still the end product (the rest of it that stayed in the bowl) was just fine.

In the end the whole thing came together pretty well with just a few messes along the way. I have a facebook album up with pictures from my afternoon of baking here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2026479&l=88ba5&id=158901505 It should be viewable to everyone but if anyone wants me to upload pictures directly to this entry let me know :)

Date: 2008-03-09 04:22 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] willow-kat.livejournal.com
That is so awesome! One of these days I'm gonna get brave enough to try making pie...

Date: 2008-03-09 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizalavelle.livejournal.com
I think I skipped right past the "brave enough" step and was just silly enough to try making the hard thing. Then again I also make that chocolate fudge and candy making is tricky. But I don't want to start off with smaller things that I don't want to eat so I jumped right in to tougher baking. Possibly because I refused to believe it was going to be a tricky thing to do. My mom kept freaking out about the meringue part because she said it's really tricky to make but I found that aside from having the mixer turned up too fast and spraying some of it all over the place it wasn't tricky at all. It worked out well enough that I'm totally going to keep trying more.

Date: 2008-03-09 04:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] willow-kat.livejournal.com
Yeah, your fudge is awesome ^_^ And really, it's not so much "brave" I need to be as "willing to spend time and to possibly make a mess"! This coming from a girl who recently made chocolate cake/brownies from scratch....

Date: 2008-03-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizalavelle.livejournal.com
:) thank you :)

LOL the time and mess are definitely factors. Especially the mess part for me LOL

Date: 2008-03-12 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] willow-kat.livejournal.com
Pi day is in a couple of days (March 14 - 3/14!).... you should work on another pie for that ^_~

I'm thinking I'll try making pie for Pi day...

Date: 2008-03-13 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizalavelle.livejournal.com
hehe I would but I don't really bake when I'm at my apartment. Maybe I'll come up with something really good for Pi Day next year ;)

Date: 2008-03-13 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] willow-kat.livejournal.com
You totally should!

I'm thinking of making some custard pie myself (I don't really like meringue, so I shan't make Waitress pie!)

Date: 2008-03-09 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imjunkieolivia.livejournal.com
So cool! I saw Waitress the other day, SO GOOD!!

What other pie recipes did it include??

Date: 2008-03-09 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizalavelle.livejournal.com
Hee glad you liked the movie. I find people either love it or hate it. It is inspiring me to bake pies so it must be good ;)

The full list of recipes they include is:

Baby Screamin' its Head Off in the Middle of the Night and Ruinin' My Life Pie (No Crust New York style Cheesecake)

Chocolate Mousse Falling in Love Pie (Chocolate Mousse Pie)

Marshmallow Mermaid Pie (Marshmallow Pie)

I Can't Have No Affair Because it's Wrong and I Don't Want Earl to Kill Me Pie (Vanilla Custard Meringue Pie)

I Don't Want Earl's Baby Pie (Brie & Ham Quiche)

Things Are All Messed Up and I'm Feeling Kinda Blue-Berry Pie (Blueberry Pie)

I'd Like To Smack Earl Upside the Head With Some Mud Pie (Mud Pie)

Don't Harangue Me or Try To Up and Hang Me Lemon Meringue Pie (Lemon Meringue Pie)

I'm Married to You and That's So Much Grief Quiche Pie (Quiche)

Doc's Got a Great Bedside Manner Bananer Cream Pie (Banana Cream Pie)

Date: 2008-03-10 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imjunkieolivia.livejournal.com
OMG I want half of those recipes!!!

Date: 2008-03-10 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizalavelle.livejournal.com
What I found is the ones that are on my movie recipe cards are not the most accurate. Cute yes, but I was very glad that I was able to reference The Joy of Cooking which had most of the recipes in there except for marshmallow pie ;)
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Date: 2008-03-09 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elizalavelle.livejournal.com
Yeah I didn't understand why a Canadian store didn't at least carry the special edition or why Borders would have the exclusive rights but not ship internationally, they're missing out on some sales there. In truth the recipes are just basic pie recipes but I like the cute little recipe cards and names for the pies ;)


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