Easy Bake cOven – Thanksgiving Pie

For this months Easy Bake cOven recipe, Elisa chose pie. Since this month begins the holiday season and seems to require a lot of baking, Elisa thought it would be best for our recipe to contribute to the Thanksgiving meal. Why is pie so traditional anyways? Maybe because it is so delicious…. I made another dish to accompany our Pie, Pumpkin Creme Brulee, which I will post about separate from the Easy Bake cOven pie.
It was hard for me to veer away from pumpkin pie since I am obsessed with it, but M thought it would be best not to have two desserts of the same origin. I made Chocolate Pecan Pie instead because I had all of the ingredients on hand. I can’t believe we went through so many eggs in one day (an entire dozen in only 3 dishes). The pie was one of Emeril’s recipes which I find can be hit or miss. It looked really nice and the crust came out flaky and crispy.
The filling was incredibly rich, and I would recommend refrigerating this after it is cool so the filling firms up a little more. When we cut into it, the pie was a little bit runny. I don’t know if this had to do with the ratio of liquid to solid – or if I should have baked it a few minutes longer (covered of course). It was good, runny or not. Having a slice of this pie actually took me over the edge just a little. We drank a great bottle of Merlot with it (Merlot + chocolate is an amazing combination) which made the pie so much more intense. I love this holiday, I don’t love the feeling you get after you eat way more than you should in one sitting. I’d like to compare this recipe to my mother in law’s just to see if there was something I could change to help it solidify. Oh, and Emeril has a caramel sauce to top it with, but that seems a little excessive. I can’t imagine making a rich pie even more intense!
I didn’t use the crust recipes Elisa included because I wanted to try a new one from my new cookbook. It turned out so well I want to share it with you all.
Pie Crust
Yields 2 crusts

2 1/2 C flour
2 T sugar
2 sticks butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 C ice water
1/2 tsp white wine vinegar champagne vinegar (i didn’t have either and used vodka instead)

Cut butter into one inch pieces (really big chunks) and chill in the freezer for 15 minutes. Sift flour and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the frozen butter and salt and mix for about 2 minutes or until the butter looks like walnut pieces. Stop the machine and pinch any remaining large hunks of butter by hand. Mix the vinegar with the cold water, turn the mixer on low and add to the dough all at once. Mix until the dough just comes together -15 seconds or so. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Cut into two pieces and roll out. You can keep the extra crust in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 weeks.

Be sure to check out the cOven in the next few days to see everyone’s Thanksgiving pie creations – or check below for those who linked their blog to mine! Happy leftover eating!

The Lovely Lady Baker


One thought on “Easy Bake cOven – Thanksgiving Pie

  1. Your pie looks lovely my kindred-spirit-in-pie-baking! I have never cooked a chocolate pecan pie for the prescribed number of minutes. Always kept foil on crust edges longer than normal and baked for at least 10 minutes more. I think original southern pecan pies were meant to be runny but I, like you, prefer semi-solid without liquid. The three of us from your family cooked 3 pies as a group effort in Michigan. Bog post to come!

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