The results of the Pumpkin Pie-off
Having never baked before in my entire life, I was pretty pessimistic about my chances in the pumpkin-pie-off we had at work on Friday. The competition was pretty stiff, there are 4 Americans in the office, and each brought at least 1 pie, although a few people brought 2. We ended up having 2 categories: pumpkin and pecan.
I decided to make a pumpkin cheesecake pie, and while it was the crowd favourite, the judges had their doubts as to whether my entry should be accepted because it wasn’t strictly pumpkin. So I won an honorable mention, but not the top prize (which was a bottle of rum!)
I also decided to make a pecan pie, because when you’re going to make a mess in the kitchen, it might as well be a big one! Unfortunately my pecan pie didn’t turn out very well. I followed a recipe on the internet for SoCo Pecan Pie, because I figured that everything is better with alcohol in it, and considering the way the Brits drink, it might get me a few extra points. But I think I must have made a mistake somewhere, because my pie was really dried out and crusty. It wouldn’t cut nicely, it just crumbled. Now, there was some debate because the recipe called for corn starch, which doesn’t exist in this country. After consulting the experts (thanks Mom!) I decided to use corn flour instead. I don’t know if this had anything to do with the pie failure, but I doubt it. I also may have translated the recipe wrong. You see, they don’t have tablespoons or cups or ounces here, everything is done in grams. And as you all know, I’m not so good with the maths.
Anyway, we all had a fantastic time eating the pumpkin pies. There was a lot of variety and flavour, and we pretty much all went home in a sugar-induced daze. I spent about 15 minutes trying to explain the concept of Black Friday to a co-worker, but he didn’t get it. Also, no one really understood the pie to whipped cream ratio, which I believe is a firm 1-to-1.