The Pie Surprise
A brother blogger inspired me to make a sweet potato pie today after I read his account of a dessert he made for his wife to surprise her. His hilarious navigation through the order of ingredients kept me laughing especially when he carefully fluted the pie crust edge and then added the liquid filling but forgot to include the mashed sweet potatoes. He hurried to the oven but could only save the sugar liquid from the failed pie crust. Fortunately, he made extra pastry to redeem his creation.
Last night, I looked at my bowl of vegetables and spotted two lone sweet potatoes. “Why not?” I thought.
I took his suggestion to make pie crust from scratch using famous chef, Melissa Clark’s recipe here. I whipped up a batch and went to bed trusting the ball of pastry will roll out like a gem in the morning. When the husband awoke, I summoned him to the kitchen to help me. After all, professional baker is one of his titles. I lined up all the ingredients on the kitchen island, minus the rum. “So you want to experiment with this guy’s recipe but leave out the rum?” he asked.
“Why would I buy rum for only two tablespoons?” My reasoning left him in a quandary as he imagined finishing the leftover bottle. Men! To compromise, I found a brand new rum extract in my spice cabinet.
Baking together turned out to be the very thing to pull me out of the doldrums. I feel restless as the nerves in my operated toes come to life and tell me they oppose this foreign object in my body so they pinch me sometimes when I walk. Just two more weeks and the wire to straighten my second toe will be removed! I’m tired of reading and sorting through old photos with an elevated foot. I tell myself to hang in there; I’m almost to the finish line.
Maybe I should have bought that bottle of rum after all.
By the way, regarding the pie; this fella’s recipe should win a prize. I’ll make it again. I’ve saved it here. And he was right to suggest the crust from scratch. Leave it to a blogger to give one the best research.