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 “Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake”

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    Steph — November 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    This is heavenly!!!

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — November 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

    This looks amazing!

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    Bee — November 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I LOVE Boston Cream pie, and I do love the custard filling but… I never turn down a good cheesecake! This is lovely.

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    Ana Fleischmann — November 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    OMG, it looks SO scrumptious! Trying it very soon!!

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    Mal — November 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Yum! I’d love a slice of this right now

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Yours looks fantastic! So funny we both had a similar idea.

    • beantownbaker — November 28th, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

      I know! It’s always crazy when stuff like that happens.

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    Tim — November 29, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Being from Boston, I appreciate this Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake!

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    Shannon G — November 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    such a great-looking dessert! great minds 😉

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    Megan — November 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    That looks amazing. I love pastry cream and am kind of surprised you don’t like it… even really good pastry cream? (There’s a lot of bad pastry cream out there.)

    • beantownbaker — November 30th, 2012 @ 10:38 am

      Yea, it’s really a texture thing for me. I don’t like yogurt for the same reason. Although, maybe I’ve just never had good pastry cream…

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    Tracy — December 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love the look of this pie/cake! Seeing the sponge layers and the cheesecake layer makes for an impressive looking cake!

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    zahraa saab — May 13, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hi there ! I was wondering after refrigerating the cheesecake overnight, how much do i have to freeze it for ??? Thank u ! 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 17th, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

      Just for a couple hours. It is just to make it more firm.

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