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Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 6:44 PM


Ok, I am not a baker, I have little experience and/or success with it. You may remember the Oatmeal Cookies.... I am though, determined to change all this. Tomorrow, I am going to attempt several of the great cookie recipes someone posted last year.
Today, however is pie day.
I cracked open a large can of pumpkin pie mix, and proceeded to assemble the various ingredients.
The mixer, btw way, has a beater and a whisk, but WHAT THE HECK, is the hook for??????????
I digress.
I mixed away, having read the ingredients, and instructions first. ( A handy trick, I have discovered) I could not beleive my eyes, when the can of pumpkin, got snotty with me, because I used, premixed pumpkin spice --- seriously, like I'm not under enough pressure, without a can telling me "you can use it but it won't taste the same", GEEZ!
And I had my biggest "aha!" moment, when I carefully removed the beater, over the bowl, as to not make more of a mess, and it, PLOPPED into the mess, er mix and I realized what APRONS where invented for. I had to wash this shirt, and well socks and pants anyway.
I poured the mix into the pie shell and discovered that I had enough for another whole pie. Sure, like having my family force down ONE pie, isn't going to be traumatic enough.
Now, two pies are in the oven.
Do dogs eat pumpkin pie?

Collioure  (Level: 115.5 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 6:59 PM

I don't bake either, but anyone can make cookies.

No problem, maan.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 7:12 PM

Tapping my fingers waiting to hear how this turned out.

By the way, the screw-looking hook thing is for making bread dough. I don't quite thing you are there yet.

However, if you want a hint, it ain't called "easy as pie" for no reason. Try a fruit pie, you can't go wrong!

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 7:16 PM

Be careful not to drop a 10 pound bag of granulated suger on your floor.
It's a real pain to clean up! Ha Ha

Collioure  (Level: 115.5 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 7:25 PM

When this thread winds down a bit, I will let you all know about my first homemade pizzas here in France. I laughed by arse off at the time.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 8:15 PM

Laur, I will carefully, take your advice!
Coul, sure anyone can bake cookies, but not everyone has to lie down afterwards, because of the stress....
The pies turned out, to my great surprise, although my ninja hand moves to make a nice edge to the crust was not as effective as hoped.
And I am not buying that the hook is for bread, I am certain, its for Pirate Cooks. Arggghh matey!

Caramel1  (Level: 136.5 - Posts: 21601)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 8:22 PM

Use Gaham Cracker crusts-absolutely no hands needed

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 4th Dec '09 8:30 PM

I TOTALLY cheated on the crusts, they make a lovely one that you just unroll, they are right up my alley!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 11:45 AM

So, I got up this morning, and found that I was indeed very wise to have covered the pies with a dish towel, and not so wise to have let the cat stay inside over night..... I have cat foot prints in the second pie.....

Lowiq  (Level: 218.8 - Posts: 1956)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 12:06 PM

Fog also comes in on little cat feet. Just ask Carl Sandburg.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 12:31 PM

If you want to move from the sweet category to meat appetizers, I can highly recommend sausage balls. Absolutely a slam dunk!

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 1:13 PM


Sorry, wrong again. "anyone can make cookies." NOT!!! My sister (whom I love dearly) is testament to that!

There is an art to baking. I am a baking fool. Martina, I will do all your baking as long as I can enjoy your wonderful sense of humor!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.7 - Posts: 1301)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 1:21 PM

I have been making pretty good pies for a few years now and this year, decided to make the crusts, too, as I've always just bought the frozen ones already in pans with their neat little crimps on the edges. I decided that since I've been using Martha Stewart's apple pie recipe, I'd use her crust recipe. To my great surprise, it turned out perfectly! I guess that snotty ***** knows what she's talking about.

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2123)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 1:40 PM

"Easy as pie" is the abbreviated form of "Easy as EATING pie!"

Now, *that's* easy ... unless maybe it is a pie made by Pennwoman.

JK ... I'd love to try your pie, Martina!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 2:56 PM

I am having fun with the baking thing, it has been an adventure, thankfully, my strapping 24 year old son, eats -- DEVOURS -- everything I make.... it is not as much a testament to my cooking/baking as his appetite but he makes me feel good.
I sent my sister-in-law a question about the "claw" and she sent me this

"The claw thingy is for mixing bread dough so you probably won't knead it (ha ha).
I would use the paddle thingy as opposed to the whisk thingy for cookies and such. The whisk thingy is good for whipping butter or whipping heavy cream or the like."

Cute, how she dumbed it down for me..... which is further proof of my baking history!!!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 4:45 PM

Ok, it's cookie day.
Does anyone know how to get flour out of a velour like chair?

Lowiq  (Level: 218.8 - Posts: 1956)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 5:12 PM

Make up a story involving a famous person and put the chair up for auction on ebay.

Collioure  (Level: 115.5 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 5:19 PM

Well, Hedy, I have a sister who probably can't make them either, but she's my favorite sister and has lots of other great attributes.

But how can one not be able to make them. You heat the oven, mix the batter, and dole it out on a baking sheet.

And, Martina, in a great game that mattered today, Cincinnati edged Pittsburgh.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 5:25 PM

Okay, two things
1. How important IS baking soda?
2. Cream of tartar???? in sugar cookies really???

And Andy, Pitt is DEAD to me now!
(although, Dion Lewis is just freaking awesome)

And Lowiq, I love the ebay idea!
I must admit though, when I dumped the flour in the bowl and it flew everywhere, I laughed my ass off! I am thinking if I apply some basic physics to this baking thing, I might do better.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 5:35 PM

Ok, first the can of pumpkin got snotty with me, now the internet is mocking me.
I typed in "cut-out cookies" and I SWEAR, I clicked on a site and the FIRST thing that came up was....
"Dog Treats"

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 5:38 PM

ROFL Martina,
Use your dust buster or vacuum attachment to get the flour out of your chair. If that doesn't work, try one of those lint removers that are the sticky type, or just use masking tape. Whatever you do, DON'T wet it.
Make sure you use baking soda, NOT baking powder.
Yes, cream of tarter in sugar cookies.
I don't like sweets but would bet that your cookies and pies are delicous because you made them with love, being the main ingredient.

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2123)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 5:49 PM

I second that emotion about not adding water to the flour. It will turn it into glue and you'll never get it out!

We're enjoying getting the regular updates on your cooking fiasco. I, too, love to bake and the laws of physics still reign supreme in my kitchen. I used to make cookies all the time as a teenager. My mother always left the kitchen and went to the other side of the house. I'm not sure why that was. Bwahahahahahaaaa!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 6:22 PM

Well, I just threw my clothes in the washer, I looked like the blonde pillsbury dough girl. What are the chances that the wash will turn into a form of Tide gravy?

My profile picture was during the year I went brown, I am blonde now.
Shut up.

Foogs  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 846)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 6:53 PM

Baked a pie AND cookies today. Managed to
keep all of my clothes on. Since no one
mentioned it, you need to get the "deep" pie

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Sat, 5th Dec '09 7:54 PM

Deep pie shells? Do they come with thought provoking insights, inscribed on the package?

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