Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Thanksgiving Twofer Pie

This week was a little challenging for me.  I am not found of pumpkins and the thought of making a pumpkin pecan pie didn't exactly thrill me.  I decided to give it a go.

I failed miserably with the dough.  It just wouldn't come together and after trying a patchwork effort with it in the pie dish, i burnt it while trying to part-bake it.  I think someone was trying to tell me something.  I resorted to my own recipe for sweet shortcrust pastry and it worked well.  

Apart from the dough the rest of the recipe was very easy to follow.  I had to double the baking time though as the pie filling was very unstable when i first tried to take it out.  It was still very liquid.  So as well as doubling the baking time I increased the oven temperature a bit too.  5 minutes later, success!  

I served it at a playgroup meet that I was hosting and what a success.  It was delicious, it reminded me a bit of treacle tart back in England.  It was very good and my friends certainly enjoyed it; Some took a slice home for their husbands to enjoy.

- Oops, i forgot to mention that the only deviation I made from the recipe was that I omitted the rum (i don't drink or consume alcohol).  It was still delicious ;-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TWD Arborio Rice Pudding - Vanilla

This is my first Tuesday with Dorie and i'm glad i'm starting off with this recipe.  

It has been years since i last made rice pudding.  Its an interesting recipe as i've never made rice pudding using this method (i guess i've been doing it wrong all along!).  I've always baked my rice pudding and have always thought of it as an 'ok' dessert.  I couldn't understand why some friends would rave about rice pudding.  Now i know!

I had no problems at any stage of the recipe.  I was out of vanilla extract so i used vanilla bean paste instead.  The pudding looks great with all the little vanilla seeds.  Before it started to thicken, the look of it reminded me of vanilla ice-cream.

It never really did thicken to the consistency i would have liked, but the taste was spectacular.  Best rice pudding i have tasted.  I think my two sons are really going to like this.