Pie Night was a big success this year. All 18 pies (only 14 actually made it to the table) were made in my miniature kitchen in 1.5 days. I measured my kitchen so you could all feel sorry for me:
• Floor space: 4 feet x 4 feet
• Counter space: 3 feet x 4 feet
• Oven size: 16 inches x 16 inches x 16 inches (with only one rack)
• One saucepan
• Nine bowls
I need to give a special shout-out to Ashleigh for spending her birthday helping me in the kitchen. And to Lyndsay for keeping Peter company (um…out of my way) all day, and for making diet coke and grocery runs. And to Brad for taking all the pictures.
The question I get asked most often about pie is if I make my own crust. YES. I make ALL of the crust from scratch with my bare hands and a pastry blender.
We had FOUR pie casualties throughout the day:
• One Peanut Butter Bacon Pie that accidentally slipped out of the freezer onto the floor
• Two Tollhouse Pies that looked gross and basically went straight from oven to trash
• One Pumpkin Pie that had burned edges and was too ugly to serve
TRADITIONAL PIE NIGHT PIES:
• Pumpkin Pie in a pastry crust
• Banana Blueberry Pie in a graham crust
• Banana Cream Pie in a pastry crust
• Peanut Butter Pie in an oreo cookie crust
• French Silk Pie in a pastry crust
• Brownie Pie in a pastry crust
• Chocolate Cream Pie 4 in an oreo cookie crust
• Chocolate Cream Pie 1 in a pastry crust
• Gingered Apple-Cranberry Pie double crusted in pastry
• Dreamy Apple Pie in a pastry crust
• Pecan Pie in a pastry crust
• Peanut Butter Bacon Pie in a chocolate cookie crust
• Peppermint Ice Cream Pie in an oreo crust
• Key Lime Pie in a graham crust (recipe found here, nothing special, it won’t make the cut for next year)
• Whipped Cream
• Lemon Whipped Cream (for Gingered Apple-Cranberry Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Blueberry Banana Pie)
• Cinnamon Whipped Cream (for Apple Pies, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Pie)
• Hot Fudge
• Oreo pieces
• Chocolate curls
Putting together the table was a bit tricky since all my dishes, pie plates, pitchers, tablecloths, decor, etc. are across the country in storage. But we made do. Luckily I live within 5 miles of several Home Goods and Target stores.
We jammed 29 adults and 4 children into our teeny apartment. Immediately after the last guest left, Peter got down on his hands and knees and scrubbed our rugs clean while I wiped whipped cream fingerprints off of every other surface.
I asked almost every guest which pie was their favorite. The favorites of the night were Gingered Apple-Cranberry, Peanut Butter Bacon, and Banana Blueberry. The least eaten pie was the Dreamy Apple Pie, which is weird because it’s crazy good.
Time to start planning Pie Night 2012!