Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chocolate Pie Crust - SMS

Why doesn't pie crust like me? Maybe it's like an animal and smells my fear. Santa brought me pie weights and a pastry blender for Christmas. Like a kid on their first day of school, I was excited about making this pie dough. I didn't feel like the dough came together like it should, it seemed a little too crumbly. I added a little more water. Concerned about overworking the dough, I formed the ball and put it in the frig. After the alloted time, I cut my circle of parchment formed my crust. I sprinkled on the shiny new pie weights and in the oven it went.

Tim's favorite pie is pecan. I needed a pie for Christmas Eve dinner and Sweet Melissa's Chocolate Pecan seemed like a natural. I didn't have any maple syrup or dark corn syrup so I substituted honey and light corn syrup with a little molasses.

Unfortuntely, my crust was like all of the other pie crusts I've made over the years, hard and not flaky. The color on the pie crust was too brown and the flavor rather bland. The filling was okay but not as good as other pecan pies. All in all is was really disappointed in these recipes. I will keep trying, pie crust is one of those cooking challenges that I want to conquer.


Donna of L’Amour de Tarte chose this week's Sweet Melissa Sunday's, Chocolate Pie Crust. We could choose whatever filling we liked. Stop over to Sweet Melissa Sunday's and see some of the other baker's beautiful flaky pies.

Next week, Lemon Walnut Sour Cream Pound Cake!!

10 comments:

  1. Don't worry, I think everyone had to same problem. Mine was so bland and, well, rubbish really! :(

    Katie xox

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  2. Yep, like Katie said, this one seems to have been a disappointment with most people. Mine was difficult to work with and bland.

    I struggle with pie crusts too, but there's a great pie crust recipe from Cook's Illustrated that I've had success with - you might want to give it a shot! Here's a link: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2007/11/cooks-illustrated-foolproof-pie-dough-recipe.html

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  3. yes, I agree. my friends didn't seem to like the crust. I had to add much more water to have it stay together. It was kind of sad.

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  4. I have a good pie crust recipe you may try..It works for me!
    This crust was Nasty..Im sorry it tasted so awful after all that trouble making it! Your filling looks good!!

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  5. They should have a club, "fear of Pie Crusts." We could be charter members. I do well with cracker crusts and cookie crusts and those made in food processor.

    I am not good like you. I run the other way.

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  6. Good to know that this recipe is not worth trying. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. aw, i'm sorry you didn't love this one! i'm with you - there are some things i feel like i MUST conquer in the kitchen - despite my history of bad results (how about getting yeast to rise :) ) But it LOOKS pretty!! :)

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  8. Ugh! You are not the only one with the pie crust issue and this crust was terribly hard. Your pecan filling looks delish. Maybe the recipe needs some pointers for us to be successful? I think we all need serious sympathy. I posted my disaster; I didn't want too but I think the cooking side of me is screaming for a reassurance hug. (Deep sigh)

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  9. Sorry this one didn't work for you. Sounds like a lot of people weren't happy with it. The filling looks great though! :)

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  10. Pie crust is always tricky but adding cocoa makes it really difficult. the filling looked yummy. Patty

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