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Old 03-25-2014, 12:37 PM   #111
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Today I baked the worst dried fruit pie, ever!

I couldn't roll the crust out properly. Instead of wax paper, my husband had purchased "baking paper" (which isn't parchment paper, and isn't wax paper, and shreds like the dickens). I was out of plastic wrap, and my counters are too old and nasty to roll on without protection. I used the baking paper and ended up with shreds of the paper stuck INTO the crust. I picked out most of them but I suspect I left some behind for the baking.

When I put the pie in the oven to blind bake the crust, the crust started sliding down into the pan (probably because it was too thick and rolled out poorly).

I ended up putting the chopped/soaked dried fruits into the pan while the crust was still soft, and not putting on a top crust. In order to bake it enough for the crust to be baked I had to kind of over-cook the filling. But, since there was no top at least I could stir the filling around so nothing actually burned.

Because I was so stressed over the crust, I forgot to double-check the sugar I used for the filling and it ended up too sour. Not inedible or anything...but...not the way I would have wanted it to taste.

All in all, a discouraging day.
But...now you know what NOT to do when you bake the next pie...starting with not letting the husband purchase the wrong paper.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:39 PM   #112
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I made brownies from a mix yesterday and we liked those. Today, I took what was left over for my nice Dean of Women. She loves samples and leftovers of my cooking!

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Might have a go at this but just one question. Did you find the quantities of cloves and cinnamon were ok? Sounds quite a lot for the amount of flour.
I cut the recipe in half and went light on the cloves.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:28 PM   #114
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Today I baked the worst dried fruit pie, ever!

I couldn't roll the crust out properly. Instead of wax paper, my husband had purchased "baking paper" (which isn't parchment paper, and isn't wax paper, and shreds like the dickens). I was out of plastic wrap, and my counters are too old and nasty to roll on without protection. I used the baking paper and ended up with shreds of the paper stuck INTO the crust. I picked out most of them but I suspect I left some behind for the baking.

When I put the pie in the oven to blind bake the crust, the crust started sliding down into the pan (probably because it was too thick and rolled out poorly).

I ended up putting the chopped/soaked dried fruits into the pan while the crust was still soft, and not putting on a top crust. In order to bake it enough for the crust to be baked I had to kind of over-cook the filling. But, since there was no top at least I could stir the filling around so nothing actually burned.

Because I was so stressed over the crust, I forgot to double-check the sugar I used for the filling and it ended up too sour. Not inedible or anything...but...not the way I would have wanted it to taste.

All in all, a discouraging day.
Oh dear, not a happy day.

Don't know if they're available where you are but I bought a couple of thin silicone sheets, about 12" x 12" very cheaply in the supermarket. IIRC they cost about a 1 each ($1.50 I think). When I bought them it was a case of "I'm sure they'll be useful for something". and they are - for rolling out!
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Eachna, some days the fates are just against you. Next time will be great.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:24 PM   #116
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...I used the baking paper and ended up with shreds of the paper stuck INTO the crust. I picked out most of them but I suspect I left some behind for the baking....

Because I was so stressed over the crust, I forgot to double-check the sugar I used for the filling and it ended up too sour...
Consider those shreds of paper to be extra fiber.

Maybe you could sprinkle a bit of sugar over your slice of pie a short time before you eat it? Or perhaps a scoop of ice cream would help? At least it's easier to add more sugar rather than take it out once the pie is baked. I completely forgot sugar in a pumpkin pie once. Once. We fixed the no-sugar pie by completely loading up with whipped cream on our slices.

Alike Andy said, it will be better next time.
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That's adorable, Laurie! Nice work
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Awww, super cute, LP!
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:09 PM   #120
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Looks great LP!!! Did the 4 year old like it?
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