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pi day

In dessert on March 15, 2015 at 1:58 pm

yesterday (march 14 or 3.14) was pi day, so i wanted to make a pie. ekw sent this black-bottom oatmeal pie from smitten kitchen and combining my two favorite things – oatmeal and chocolate – sounded too good to pass up.

it was just for him and me, so i made a mini.

oatmealpie

this ended up being a bit of a problem. i don’t have a mini pie dish, so i used a small tart pan. as you  may or may not know, tart pans – unlike pie dishes – have removable sides so as to cleanly de-pan and serve your tart. this means the bottom isn’t water-tight.

the recipe calls for blind-baking the crust (baking it halfway empty) and lining the bottom with chocolate ganache, so i mistakenly thought those two steps would help “seal” the bottom. unfortunately not. during baking some filling ran out the bottom of the tart pan. fortunately, i was baking it on a rimmed baking sheet, so nothing fell to the bottom of my oven and burned. that would have been gross. but i don’t know what the missing filling did to the consistency of the pie filling.

oatmealpiesliced

in any case, whether my fault or the recipe’s fault, we weren’t blown away by this pie. given all the good ingredients in it, and deb’s mouth-watering description, it seemed like a home run. in reality, it was a lot more like a bunt towards the mound that was bobbled by the infielder: we still got to base, but in a half-hearted and ungraceful way.

if you make it and have a better experience, please do let me know. the comments on the post over at s.k. are all extremely positive, so it really might be worth trying again (full-size, of course).

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