This week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was the Thanksgiving TWOfer pie A.K.A. pumpkin pecan pie. I think I still have MUCH to learn in the world of baking because even I stumbled through this recipe. First off, I have never baked pie crust from scratch, let alone a pie. I make cakes, cookies, a TON of tarts, but no pies. I think much of that has to do with the fact that I really am not a huge fan of pie, unless its pumpkin pie. So I was actually pretty excited to give this a whirl.
The pie crust is essentially easy to do, and requires only a few ingredients. The hard part was getting it to roll out without sticking to my board! The other was trying to get my crust to NOT burn in the oven.
The smells from the pumpkin mixture were heavenly! I used bourbon to replace the rum because I didn’t have rum in the house, and I added pumpkin pie spice because you can never have too much spice!! In fact, I topped this baby off with freshly whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon!
The pie didn’t quite go off without a hitch. First, my crust got a tad brown. Second, my pie came out mushy despite the knife test. Third, I didn’t like the pecan mixture on top of the pumpkin mixture.
I may try this again…with my own alterations. Maybe just pumpkin next time.
Trying new things can certainly be humbling. But, like with any profession…practice makes perfect.