Sunday, January 2, 2011

Pie Party and Turkey Day Sweets

In 2010 Ali - author of the Yum Veggie Burger review blog - threw her second annual Pie Party. Last year's was a major success, so there was no question that this one would be even better.

After keeping it super sweet during 2009's party with my Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, I decided to move more to the savory side with a Pear-Cranberry Pie, compliments of Cooking Light's website. The recipe calls for a packaged pastry shell for the crust, but I decided to go all out and make my own pie crust from scratch. To do this, I used one of David Lebovitz's (my fav) recipes which, although it was time consuming, came out really well.

 Let me just make a quick aside here, my love for this recipe was so big, that I endeavored to make this for Thanksgiving dinner at Jeremy's mom's house... the first time I met her. Thankfully, it was also a hit there (though it wasn't better than Jeremy's Mince Pie)!

Since I didn't really make an adaptations to these recipes (and to respect David Lebovitz's recipe copyright, I won't list all the steps, but will, instead, take a photo-journalistic look at my baking experience. Enjoy!

Part 1 - Pie Crust

Dry ingredients

Just a drop of butter for the pie crust

The finished crust!

Part 2 - Filling

Pears, cranberries, and some sugar. Etc, etc.

Oatmeal atreusel - AKA nom nom

Part 3 - Assemblage

Part 4 - Consumption!
Tricky would give it 2 thumbs up if he actually had thumbs.

Icing: The Hundred in the Hands - Pigeons