Friday, 24 April 2015

The continuing failure of Pieday

So, last week's Pieday was an utter failure.
But, refusing to give up, we soldiered on and attempted another coconut pie.
It failed too.
More specifically, it failed to be pie.
It also failed to be the wonderful lesson in conversion and measurement I had intended, as my scales were broken so we wound up just using the recipe as written, which I'm afraid, uses cups rather than ounces or grammes.

We made an Impossible Pie.


110g butter (or one stick, this bit I had to convert anyway, fortunately the butter packet has marks showing where to cut)
1 3/4 cups caster sugar
1/2 cup self raising flour
2 cups milk
Optional malibu
2 cups shredded coconut (or monkey around as I did for the last recipe)
4 large eggs

First we melted the butter in a large pan over a low heat.
Once it was all melted I sent the girls to wash their hands again and surreptitiously poked the pan a few times to make sure they wouldn't burn themselves if they touched it*.
 When they had returned I stopped prodding the pan** and we beat in the sugar.

Next we debated the eggs.
The recipe calls for large eggs.
We buy boxes of mixed, free range eggs.
I have no idea whether any of them count as large,
We fished out the biggest four and used those.

Once we had beaten the eggs into the mixture we stirred in everything else, removing a couple of tablespoons of milk and replacing them with malibu.

Then we poured it into a couple of very well buttered pie dishes and put them into a low (180) oven for an hour to see if this mess would some how turn into pie.

It didn't.
According to the recipe it should form a miraculous crust on the outside, transforming it into pie.
Alas, this did not occur.
What we received was somewhere between a coconut pudding and a coconut cake, it is possible that less time would have resulted in a wobbly middle and firm outside, or that more time would have produced a crisp*** outside and cake-ish filling, but I can conceive of no possible universe in which this recipes could produce something worthy of the name of pie.

We ate it anyway.

The quest continues.

*This is not a clever thing to do.
Seriously, do not do this.
Just pour the butter into a bowl or something.


***Otherwise known as burned.

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