Pie Trials

I just have to share this experience. I signed up for a Pie-Off at work. It’s taking place on Monday. All week I’ve been obsessing over what pies I am going to enter. The rules are quite simple. We can only enter 2 pies and they have to be in a pie pan. Other than that, it’s whatever we want.

The judging categories are: Best Overall, Most Colorful, Most Creative, Best Traditional, Best Combo (ie with ice cream). Keep in mind I’m not really a pie girl. I made these lemon meringue cup-pies, but other than that, I stick with other baked goods. But I do love a challenge, so here I am…

Tonight I wanted to make some trial pies. But Hubby and I don’t need two pies in the house. And I don’t want to send a pie to work with a piece or two cut out of it. I have actually never eaten a pear (shocking, I know!) but this pear-cranberry pie from Katie looked so festive and I thought I might have a shot at Most Colorful with it. The other pie I wanted to try is from Dorie Greenspans “Baking From My Home to Yours” as made famous by the TWD group. (BTW, I grabbed the cookbook at TJMaxx for $24 and man it’s HEAVY! I didn’t realize it was so big!). So the other pie is called Depths-of-Fall Butternut Squash Pie. It has butternut squash, pears, dried cranberries and walnuts in it. And the squash isn’t pureed like a pumpkin pie, it’s left in chunks. This intrigued me.

So back to tonight. I wanted to make 2 pies without having 2 pies at the end of the night. Then I got this crazy idea to make them both in the same pan. Yep, you read right. In the same pan. The squash pie needed a double crust and the pear pie is open on the top. So I used two crusts and just folded one in half for the squash pie and then cut the other crust in half for the pear pie. The pictures show it better…

This is the filling for the Dorie Pie. Let me tell you – I wanted to eat this with a spoon. But I decided I should bake the pie as planned. 

This is the pear filling. Quite simple and tasty. I couldn’t get it all to fit in the 1/2 pie pan so I ate the rest. Mmmm. I had no idea I liked pears so much. 

Here’s the Dorie pie in it’s crust. As you can see, it’s one pie crust (yes, I used store bought for tonight – I’ll be making homemade for Monday). I just folded the top over the filling and crimped with a fork.

Here’s the pie after I crimped the edge of the Dorie pie. I left enough pie for the pear pie to have crust on all sides so the juices wouldn’t get mixed into the Dorie pie.

Here’s the other half of the pear pie crust. I used some mini leaf cookie cutters to cut out the decorations just like Katie.

This is the pie as it looked before it went in the oven. As you can see, the pear half of the pie is quite full. One difficult thing about this project is the cooking time/temp. One said 400 and one said 375. I heated my oven to about 385 and threw it in. The pear pie required being loosely covered with foil. 

The two-pies-in-one-pie-pan masterpiece is in the oven right now. I’ll post the results from this little experiment tomorrow.
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14 Responses to “12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Peppermint Meringue Kisses”

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    Katie — December 22, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS! I’ve never seen a treat so perfect! So impressed!!

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    Joelen — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful job! I love the addition of chocolate and peppermint on the bottom for additional texture!

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    Amy Kingman — December 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Oh my goodness those are so pretty!

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    ~Amber~ — December 23, 2008 at 1:33 am

    OMG these are adorable!! Great job.

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    Tiffany and Ganesh — December 23, 2008 at 1:52 am

    wow, these are so pretty and look delish!

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    Scott W. — December 23, 2008 at 2:36 am

    how great are these! you can’t buy something that looks so nice.

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Thanks everyone. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Everyone loved them.

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    Hallie Fae — December 23, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed. Those look great. What did you do with over 100 meringues?? 🙂

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    Jen — December 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hallie – I took half to a holiday potluck and the other have came to my in-laws with us for Christmas. They’re going on the cookie tray. The good thing is they keep well and go fast! And Hubby loves them so I have a hard time keeping his hand out of the bag of these guys.

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    Steph — December 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    These are beautiful!

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    Ali — November 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Hi, these look great and I want to try them as gifts this year. Thanks! One question, how do you “paint” the red coloring into the bag?

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    Jen — November 15, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Ali,

    Using a small paint brush, I dipped it into the food coloring and painted stripes on the inside of the pastry bag prior to filling it with the meringue.

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    cindy6174 — January 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    These as well as your Raspberry Meringue Cookies look wonderful. I wish I had come upon these before the holidays as they would have made a great addition to my cookie plate!

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    Cornelius the Pig — December 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

    i realize these were posted 2 years ago… but i just found them and they look wonderful! so pretty!

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