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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12 Responses to “French Silk Pie”

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — July 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I made one of these once and it was grainy because I screwed up on the butter or something, your looks perfect! Must give it a try, thanks!

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    newlywed — July 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    That looks SO good. French Silk pie is one of my favorites too, but I have never tried making it.

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    Evan B — July 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    French Silk Pie is one of my favorites.. and it’s also one of my favorite blizzard’s at Dairy Queen! I’m going to have to give this a try..

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    Memória — July 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I think I’ve had only one French Silk Pie in my lifetime. I must change that statistic haha. Your photos look fantastic.

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    Becky — July 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Wow, that looks delicious! I’ve never made it before either, but I’ll have to give it a shot! And I feel your pain about the “big” sister thing…my little bro calls me shorty which took some getting used to : )

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    Julie — July 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

    What a wonderful pie! It’s strange how I have no problem with the raw eggs in this pie, but they gross me out in spaghetti carbonara 🙂

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    brettb734 — July 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I too love french silk pie, but have never made one. You did such a good job and made it sound simple, I will have to try making one.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — July 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    This looks divine! I’m not much of a baker, which is why I love heading over to your site for inspiration!

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    We Are Not Martha — July 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Awww that’s so nice you baked it together 🙂 It looks amazing and so, so beautiful!

    Sues

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    the twins — July 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    that looks so delicious!

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    toccara — November 5, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Ive tried this pie and it was perfect. I didn’t make the crust because I needed it in a hurry so I just baked off a pie shell instead. It was breath taking. I so love this recipe.

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    toccara — November 5, 2010 at 3:04 am

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