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The Pies I'm inordinately proud of:

AmyElliesMom's picture

Pumpkin - with no cracking on the top and perfectly browned crust edges! Yeah!!

Pecan - not burnt this year and look at the pretty spiral. Yeah, I'm an attention hog. I'll admit it, lol!

The infamous chocolate cream pie...I should take a picture of the perfectly set inside. Rich. Delicious. So good, Ken ate two pieces. I am stupidly proud of this pie.

My first attempt at a lattice top. The dough I used was a bit too soft to do a proper woven lattice, so I'll try that for Christmas. The cooked filling was superb. Totally solved my too-high crust problem completely. The apples were still crisp, too. Excellent addition.

I know this probably seems silly to experienced pie cooks, but these are the best pies I've ever done. They are kind of my "thing" for Thanksgiving, and I've been working on them since I was a teenager. Only took me 10 years to get the pumpkin pie perfect! Only three more pies to perfect before I die, lol!

edited to fix the pictures and ask how I can resize them if they are too big


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Edited 11/25/2004 9:54 pm ET by Amy, Ellie's Mommie

 

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MadMom's picture

(post #63329, reply #1 of 29)

Amy - they look great!  I baked my very first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving this year, and unfortunately, it had cracks on top...but whipped cream hides a multitude of sins.

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63329, reply #2 of 29)

Whipped cream does, it definitely does.

I'm not really sure what I did differently this year, other than NOT overfill the pie. It was probably just dumb luck, lol!

Thank you for the compliment. I'm actually thinking of making the apple pie for the Plant City Strawberry Festival this year - they have a "generic/non-strawberry" baking division. It would be fun just to enter, but I'd love to win, I'll be honest.


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Jean's picture

(post #63329, reply #3 of 29)

Your pies look great. I don't think I've ever made a pumpkin pie that didn't crack. Of course, I always test with a knife to see if they're set, so the crack develops from there.

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AmyElliesMom's picture

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You know, I did that, and still no crack! I'm really surprised honestly, and I think it was just a fluke. But I'll still take full credit, lol! Anyway, nothing whipped cream and a fork can't fix, cause once they taste it, they don't care what it looks like, right?


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ashleyd's picture

(post #63329, reply #5 of 29)

Excellent, I'd be proud of those too!


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evelyn's picture

(post #63329, reply #6 of 29)

Gorgeous Amy!!! You done good. :-)

 

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helena's picture

(post #63329, reply #7 of 29)

I'd be so proud of that too! You did absolutely fabulous. I wish I could have tried a sliver of all four ;o)

Syrah's picture

(post #63329, reply #9 of 29)

Good job Amy. They look lovely.

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Wolvie's picture

(post #63329, reply #8 of 29)

looking very good, Amy! Bravo!!

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AnnL's picture

(post #63329, reply #10 of 29)

They look wonderful!  Well done!

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Lword's picture

(post #63329, reply #11 of 29)

Amy, those are beautiful! I particularly like the lattice and choc cream, but that's just me. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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madnoodle's picture

(post #63329, reply #12 of 29)

Wow--I've never made a pie I wanted to take a picture of . . .

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(post #63329, reply #13 of 29)

Nice looking pies, Amy! <applause>


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soccermom's picture

(post #63329, reply #14 of 29)

Amy, these look great! Love the pecan swirl especially. Nice job :)


 


 

 

 

Marcia's picture

(post #63329, reply #15 of 29)

Super looking pies, Amy. You sure had a lot of pie for Thanksgiving.

Adele's picture

(post #63329, reply #16 of 29)

Yeah! Looking very, very good.


You ought to go for the Plant City Festival, why not?  Heck, you might even see me there this year.


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63329, reply #17 of 29)

Okay, now I'm really blushing...

Thank you for all the lovely compliments. I wish I could send you each a piece of pie, but Matthew and Ken took most of it home with them, lol!


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

soccermom's picture

(post #63329, reply #19 of 29)

Who are Matthew and Ken, and how do they rate above us?


 


 


 

 

 

AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63329, reply #20 of 29)

Oh, Matthew is my brother and Ken is his boyfriend. The chocolate cream pie was by special request for Ken and the pecan for Matthew, so I had to let them take most of those home with them. Of course, Mom and I are diabetic, so the sugar and corn syrup in the pecan and the sugar in the chocolate are just not cool.

I cut the sugar in half for the pumpkin and the apple so we can have those.


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

soccermom's picture

(post #63329, reply #21 of 29)

Well, ok then, they can have my piece of pie. :)


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emmie's picture

(post #63329, reply #28 of 29)

Gee, I never had a pie I made around long enough to get a picture. 6 kids and a husband took care of it.

oli's picture

(post #63329, reply #25 of 29)

Bravo

DeannaS's picture

(post #63329, reply #18 of 29)

Mmmmm, they look delicious!

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dixie1's picture

(post #63329, reply #22 of 29)

These are great!

cten's picture

(post #63329, reply #23 of 29)

Good for you! They look great.

Dinosaur's picture

(post #63329, reply #24 of 29)

Another way to eliminate the Sky-Dome effect is to lay on 'Dutch' topping instead of a top crust or a lattice. Equal parts of butter, brown sugar, and flour. Make life easy on yourself and melt the butter, then mix in the other two till you get lumps and crumbs of a size that pleases you, and spread it on top of the pies.


Bake as usual....


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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #63329, reply #26 of 29)

Sky-Dome...that's funny.

I'll have to try the Dutch topping. Is that like a crumb topped apple pie?


DON'T PANIC

You live and learn. At any rate, you live..
- Douglas Adams

 

Save the Earth! It's the only planet with wine and chocolate.

moxie's picture

(post #63329, reply #27 of 29)

Amy, those all look amazing! Beautiful job.


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Dinosaur's picture

(post #63329, reply #29 of 29)

Is that like a crumb topped apple pie?


Yes, exactly. I'll frequently make the last pie in a batch of six with that topping because I've run out of dough for the top crust. I've always heard it referred to as a 'Dutch Apple Pie'--now, here we are back to the use of the word 'Dutch' as in Dutch Oven/French Oven, LOL!


I actually had an honest-to-windmills 'Dutch Uncle' (my Uncle Henry) but I'd be fibbing if I said I could remember what he called the few pies my Aunt Rosie ever made. (It was her aunt, my  grandmother, who taught me why one should learn to make a pie....)


 


 


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Dinosaur

How now, Mighty Sauron, that thou art not brought
low by this? For thine evil pales before that which
foolish men call Justice....