Monday, April 15, 2019

When Bad Things Happen To Good Pies

In going through my cook books (yes, I'm still working on that), I came upon a recipe for a lemon pie that was a little different than the one I usually make.  I love anything lemony so decided to give it a try.

I meant to make it last Saturday night for our Sunday treat, but didn't get to it.  All day Sunday I tried again to get it whipped together, but no go.

So, dadgummit, this morning I put all else aside and made it.  The crust was different than a regular pie crust, more like a shortbread that had to be patted into the pie plate then baked for ten minutes, and set aside to cool completely.

When the crust was cooled, I made the lemon filling.  I used fresh eggs, fresh milk, real lemon zest and juice made with my own little hands using fresh lemons.

Recipe said pie must be chilled two to three hours before serving.  Okay.  Done.


After dinner tonight, I brought it out and sliced it.  Or tried to slice it.  For a time there, I thought we might need to go rev up the Sawzall to get through the crust.  It was that hard.

Then getting the pie spatula under the cut piece in order to lift it out of the pie plate was another challenge.  Holey moley, it was stuck in there like cement.


Not to be defeated, I persevered and finally got two slices out and onto our plates.  It was not pretty.

We looked at our plates and at each other and then we dug in.  The consensus?  It was delicious.  The filling was creamy, lemony with just a slight tang.  The shortbread crust was tender and buttery.  The pie will get finished, no doubt about that.

But am I glad I didn't take it to a pie social?  You bet.

Will I make it again?  Nope.

12 comments:

Goatldi said...

Recipe please. I love a challenge 😂

Michelle said...

Sounds absolutely delicious!

Leigh said...

Lemon lover here. I agree with Goatldi - recipe! We never about how it looks over here, as long as it tastes good!

Anonymous said...

How about baking it in a square pan, lined with a long piece of buttered parchment paper to lift the lemony goodness out of the pan? A reader in Philly.

Lisa said...

As long as it was delicious!!!!! Love lemony things too. Was the crust made using crushed butter cookies? I've made a cheesecake with a crust like that and it was a great flavor.

wisps of words said...

WOW!!!!!

That sounds deeeeeelicious!!!!! Very deeeelicious!!!

Sounds like a wildly extravagant version of the G/F Lemon Squares, I get, at the bakery of a grocery store.

Certainly hope you enjoy every last crumb of it!!!! :-)

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wisps of words said...

Oh bother!

The little pink cake Imogeeeee, between my Sparkle Imogeeeees, does not show in your comments.

Pooooh...

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wisps of words said...

Hahhhhhhhhh!!!! It did show, the 2nd time!!!!!!

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Susan said...

Who cares how it looks! It sounds delicious!

Mama Pea said...

To all you dear commenters: Am going to post the recipe right now. I love how you aren't hung up on the "looks" of good food. My real objection was that it truly was so, so hard to pry (chink, chink, chop, chop) the crust out of the pie plate!

Sam I Am...... said...

My daughter and I are citrus people...especially lemon! It looks yummy and who cares what it looks like if it tastes good...that's what I say that because I have never been very good at getting any pie slice out gracefully!

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