Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pie Day

As opposed to "Pi Day."

While all of the eastern US is socked in with varying amounts of rain, snow and wind, I'm still prepping for Thanksgiving.  Today I did the pies.  I've already made the stuffing, the pumpkin bread, the cranberry sauce, and the turkey is thawing.

First I made 2 pumpkin pies, just like last year except that since I didn't have any condensed milk I used extra egg nog instead (total of 1.5 cups) and I used less sugar.  The smaller pie is in the freezer for another day.  While that was baking, I made the apple pie.  For both of them, the crust was made with half butter and half leaf lard.  I think that makes the best crust so far.

I forgot to put foil under the apple pie while it baked so the juices ran all over the bottom of the oven and started to burn.  I had to open up a window and a door to create a cross breeze so the fan could get the smoke out.  I do hate that!  Not to mention that before tomorrow I'm going to have to get the rest of the burned apple syrup off the oven so I can roast the turkey in there.

Regardless, I think both pies came out looking terrific!

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