Two pies in One pie pan Experiment Results

Here’s my double pie straight out of the oven. Isn’t it pretty?!?

I know everyone is wondering what happened last night after the double pie went into the oven. I ended up baking the double pie for about an hour. The crust that was folded over in the middle didn’t quite bake all the way through, but when I make the pie for the contest, it obviously won’t have that problem.

I let them cool for about 2 hours before cutting into them. Hubby got home from work REALLY late and we had a small piece to try them out. I was glad to see that both pies were baked through.

The pear and cranberry pie was tasted first. The baked pears were delicious but we both thought the cranberries were too tart. The bites without cranberry were heavenly though. I would definitely make this again with maybe dried cranberries or cooked cranberries? Any suggestions? Katie – did I do something wrong? I could still use this recipe for the contest if I needed to, but it would need some work…

Next came the squash pie. OH my goodness this was very good. Very unique and creative. I don’t really know how to describe it. Except imagine a pie that’s made by heating up some butternut squash, then adding some pears, dried cranberries, walnuts, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. After the sugar melts, you stir it all up. The sugar makes this amazing gooey glaze over everything else. Like I said before, I wanted to eat the filling with a spoon. It’s a very good, unexpected fall pie.

So as you may have guess, we both voted for the squash pie. We’re taking the rest of the double pie over to our friend’s house tomorrow so we’ll get their votes too. I’ll also see how the pies hold up over night since I’ll be baking them Sunday night and the contest is Monday at 1:00. And yes, I did consider staying home from work Monday morning to bake, but I thought that would be a bit extreme…

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7 Responses to “Merry Christmas and Peppermint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache”

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    bittersweetblog — December 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    You just can’t beat the combination of chocolate and mint- Yum!

    Happy holidays!

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    wackywoman — December 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I too love your tree.

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    Memória — December 26, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Oh, I love your tree. It’s the perfect size, and I love the decorations.

    The brownies look great. I love the KAF brownies; I just made them a few weeks ago.

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    Memória — December 26, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Oh, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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    Faith — December 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Love your gorgeous tree (and your high ceilings!). Yum, peppermint & chocolate…

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    CookTeen — December 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I love the chocolate and mint combination. Nothing is better at this time of year!

    Happy Holidays!

    With love and cupcakes,
    Cookteen

    P.S –check out my blog…Cookteen.blogspot.com

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    Kerstin — December 29, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Merry Christmas! Love your peppermint brownies – they sound so perfect for the season! I actually just bought a box of those TJ cookies, and can’t wait to try them 🙂

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