Thursday, November 15, 2007

Question of the Day
How in the world am I supposed to bake a pecan pie after work tomorrow when there are no frozen pie crusts in this country? The best I could find is a five-inch flan pastry thing.

Ugh. I don't even like pie.

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Nov 16 2007, 04:08 pm

Now that sounds like another great business idea...frozen pie crusts. There's #76 on my "let's get rich in Oz" list.

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Nov 16 2007, 06:56 pm

I know... seriously! The flan crust thing worked a treat. (How's that for Aussie speak?) But yeah, I will know enough to plan ahead to make my own crust next year.

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Nov 17 2007, 12:45 am

Ideas from so disgustingly sweet to downright crazy.
1) Hollow out a pavlova and top it with pecans and caramel sauce
2) Sugar cookie dough patted into a pan
3) Bake filling in a squash
4) Solid candied pecans - same flavor, no goo. (BTW, did you ever have transparent pie in the south - it's pecan pie without the nuts, just goo?)
5) and the only one that really is close - layers of fillo dough should contain a pecan pie filling, although I'd make less goo, and more of a tart than a pie.

I remember when we were in New Zealand, I made enchiladas using powdered kashmir peppers for the sauce because I couldn't get anything from the Americas. Desperate measures were required to fill an urgent need for a taste of home.

I'm enjoying your blog. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Nov 17 2007, 05:17 pm

you know I don't bake, but can't you just make your own crust?

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Nov 17 2007, 05:51 pm

Manda, I will only take comments from people who bake, thank you very much. (Love you... :P) But yes, next time I will make my own crust, but this was the day before I needed the pie... and I wouldn't be able to get home from work, make the dough, let it refrigerate, and still bake the pie before we had to go. Lesson learned. (I also have kitchen-counter surface area issues. And I don't own a rolling pin anyway. Teehee.)

Ann, thanks for the nice comments and great ideas. I did consider the pastry sheets / fillo dough, but having never worked with them before, I was nervous about gambling with them on the Day of the Pie. The pressure was just on, because I was the American bringing The American Pecan Pie, so I felt like I had a country to represent. Hehe.

I might actually try that sugar cookie (biscuit?) idea for fun. Can't be anything but wonderful, I say.

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