Need a pie crust intervention

Help. I just made pecan pie for dinner today. I can’t do anything about this one, but what did I do wrong? The butter leaked out all over the oven and the crust is more of a cracker.

drbabs
  • Posted by: drbabs
  • November 25, 2021
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AntoniaJames November 26, 2021
This is probably the best reason always to have ice cream on hand when serving pie. Put enough ice cream on any dessert with issues and no one will ever notice. In my case, I would probably serve the ice cream topped with just the filling (but I'd ask anyone if they would prefer to have some of the failed crust added as well, which no doubt someone would). ;o)
 
drbabs November 26, 2021
Actually, there were two other pies there, and it turns out that the only person in the family who really loves pecan pie is my daughter in law's mother. She ate a big piece, and my husband and I tasted it. We've over the years cut a lot of sugar from our diets and we both found the pie to be way too sweet (in addition to the crust being a disaster). I think I’m done with pies. I realize that I don’t like pie all that much so I never really practice making it. Cake and cookies on the other hand…..
 
Nancy November 25, 2021
Texture ok for serving?
 
drbabs November 25, 2021
Probably not. It’s so cracker-like that I think it will be hard to cut. But I’m sure the filling will taste good, and the family is accustomed to my less than perfect pie crusts, so we'll soldier on. Based on what I’ve read, I think the dough was under- mixed and under hydrated. (The last pie crust I made was too ugh, so I think I veered too far in the opposite direction.) I think the only solution is for me to practice making pies. Sigh.
 
drbabs November 25, 2021
That’s tough, not too ugh, although it was that, too.
 
Nancy November 25, 2021
Tolerant family - good.
Dry crust - less so.
Some serve-with ideas to add moisture:
• dairy - whipped or ice cream, yogurt or sour cream;
• fruits - juicy ones like pears or fruit compote;
• liquids for dipping like cookies - coffee, tea, milk, brandy, sweet wine.
 
drbabs November 25, 2021
Thanks, Nancy. There will be so many desserts....I think everyone will just eat the filling.
 
Nancy November 25, 2021
Lovely...many desserts..
Enjoy your feast!
 
drbabs November 25, 2021
Thanks! You too!
 
Alli G. November 25, 2021
Hi DRBABS! From where I'm sitting it looks delicious. Here's a great article with tips on how to make the perfect pie crust for next time: https://food52.com/blog/23382-best-pie-crust-tips-how-to-make-perfect-dough
 
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