Free-form pies

November 24, 2007

Cooking, Journal, Lauren

I wanted to talk about the pies. I tried a new crust recipe, one that called for vodka – woo-hoo! The reasoning was that since alcohol evaporates quickly at high heat, you could use more liquid in the recipe without the crust being tough. It worked out ok, despite my writing down the recipe wrong. It made enough dough for one two-crust pie, but I wanted to make two small pies. I have one fairly small pie pan, but not two. This problem was solved by using our Corelle salad (?) bowls for pie plates. Nothing fancy here, I just rolled out the dough to a giant circle, put it in bowl, dumped in the fruit, then folded all the extra dough artlessly over the top. I freaked out about it over-browning, which resulted in under-browning. Oh well, whatchagonnado? (I admit that the blackberry one looks pretty sad. Good thing Lloyd will eat anything.)
Simple Simon met a pieman

I do love our Corelle dishes. They’re light, pretty and practically indestructible. We use them to store leftovers in the fridge – just a bowl with a plate over it. And, they’re awesome for re-heating some dinner in the microwave!

Pile 'em on!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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10 Responses to “Free-form pies”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    I never knew you could put Corelle in the oven. Is it all Corelle or just some super-duper Corelle?


    • Lauren Said on:

      I don’t know about all Corelle, but these say ‘Microwavable, no stovetop or broiler’. That makes me think they’d be fine for all other heating applications -- oven, grills, lasers, blowtorches… 🙂


  2. Brad Said on:

    I just heard that the only way to break a Corelle dish is to knock it against another Corelle dish. It makes me want to get some from the thrift store and conduct experiments…


    • Karla Said on:

      Be careful though, cuz when they break, they break into a gazillion little pieces. Oh, they also break when you drop them on your hard tile floor. Mom found that one out the hard way.


      • Stephannie Said on:

        They also break if you drop them on concrete… Otherwise, Corelle is fairly indestructible! My parents still have some with little harvest gold flowers around the edges -- totally retro!


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Your pie pouches look deeelicious!! I wish I could snatch a piece of the apple right thru the screen … dang it, it doesn’t work.

    And yea, those Corelle dishes don’t really break, they splinter into oodles & oodles of pieces … a multitude of thin shards of Corelle everywhere!


  4. Lloyd's Mom Said on:

    Those shards are terrible on little feet. A broom doesn’t help. Use a damp cloth and it picks them up pretty good. They go everywhere too! (Course you have a clean floor by then)


  5. Deborah Said on:

    Pie! Pie! Me oh my!


    • Lauren Said on:

      “Nothin’ tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry
      all at once as well as pie.
      Apple, pumpkin, mince and black bottom --
      I’ll come to your place
      every day if you’ve got ’em.
      Pie. Me oh my, I love pie.”


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