My family is full of great cooks and lucky for me, I married into a family of great cooks. But, somehow I was deprived of that gene and….it sucks. I always shied away from the kitchen during the holidays or family gatherings and found myself in front of the TV with the guys. My mother told me when I was a teenager and even during my college years that I’d better find a man that can cook, or I might just starve. Ok, I wouldn’t starve…I could make mac & cheese. (Geezz!)
This year is going to be different. This year I am going to put on my big girl apron and get my hands dirty in the kitchen. But, not without a little bit of practice. 🙂 This weekend I decided to try my hand at one of my all time favorite fall desserts, pumpkin pie.
I scoured Pinterest for what looked like the easiest pumpkin pie recipe I could find and gathered the ingredients. This recipe was titled, “Fool-Proof Pumpkin Pie”. Yep that’s right, even I couldn’t mess this one up.
I have noticed that when I try to make something new or make any recipe for that matter, I tend to rush through the process so fast that the end product is just not perfect. Lucky for me, I had identified this problem before deciding to make this pie. I was going to take my time with this one. After all, baking is an art.
While taking my time, I caught a glimpse of another pumpkin pie recipe that looked pretty easy too and somehow the wires got crossed. I thought I had made everything according to the recipe, put that baby into the oven and waited. I pulled it out and wasn’t impressed. Why did my pie look different than a normal pumpkin pie? Ugh. I decided to put it in the fridge to cool in hopes that it was one of those that…don’t look so great, but tastes delicious. It smelled like pumpkin so that was promising!
Sike! It was disgusting. (Ugh, my baking fate had reared it’s head again) I tasted it first….and my guests licked a little of their fingers and quickly spit it back out. What had went so wrong with this so-called “fool-proof” recipe??
Here’s the big lesson of the day. Stay focused and stick to one recipe at a time. In all my excitement, I mixed up evaporated milk with condensed milk and let me just tell you….there’s a HUGE difference. Looking back, I wondered why one recipe called for sugar and the other didnt….Ugh.
I just couldn’t give up. This fool-proof recipe had to be easy. Everyone was raving about it. So I decided to put that big girl apron back on and remake this pie. This time with condensed milk. 🙂
I waited patiently. An hour later, this beautiful, delicious smelling pumpkin pie came out of the oven. I couldn’t believe that I had made that! We put this one to the test. It smelled richer, the consistency was just right and…it tasted heavenly! Nailed it!
Watch out family, I might show up with pie next time you see me (cue the proud mama smile).
Do you have a basic holiday recipe that you keep going back to year after year? Share it with me in the comments below, I’d love to (try and) keep this lucky streak going.
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