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IT’S NATIONAL PUMPKIN PIE DAY!
SP made a pumpkin pie with SPom’s help. We had fun.
Festal pumpkin cans have this recipe… So we just had to follow it.
We accidentally put in the whole 12 oz can of evaporated milk instead of just 8 oz. Made it really liquidy. We used some flour to thicken it back up. AK suggested we use non-evaporated milk to cancel it out.
A very liquidy pie goes into the oven. Had to watch out for sloshing.
This rose and fell quite poetically.
Then we got to have it for breakfast today!
Tomorrow is National Candy Cane Day.
We don’t want to believe it but
IT’S NATIONAL PIE DAY AND NATIONAL EAT A RED APPLE DAY!
Pie Day, PI DAY, was on March 14th. It’s not okay to claim this false idol. But we’ve come around to it, being that we don’t mind being asked to eat pie multiple times within a week (see Bavarian Cream and Lemon Cream in the last 4 days), let alone within a year. To give ourselves a bit of variety from the pies we’ve had recently, we got these little miniature pies from Target.
Cute, right? Shoulda used a quarter for scale…
Also, seriously, who bakes a pumpkin pie with a top crust? Old Fashioned does, we suppose…
Anyway, Eat a Red Apple Day was easy. There’s one of these in SP‘s lunch every day of the year! Thank goodness for apples that can survive winter.
Tomorrow is National Fritters Day!
IT’S NATIONAL LEMON CREAM PIE DAY!
We can’t keep eating pie all week. We have to temper ourselves a little bit. So we bought this thing that says Lemon Cream Pie on it.
Citrusy desserts aren’t always the best, but this was a pretty good treat.
Tomorrow is National Mousse Day!
TODAY IS NATIONAL BAVARIAN CREAM PIE DAY!
We had some experience with a faux bavarian cream, but we wanted a serious undertaking today. Real bavarian cream is a custard, frequently thickened with gelatin. The regular serving of it is to mold it into a frustum shape and served on its own. But once the Americans get their hands on anything… well, then it just becomes another pastry cream to fill stuff with. Like a pie! We grabbed a recipe from AllRecipes and got to work.
Pie needs a crust!
Mix up the sugar, cornstarch, and egg in a mixing bowl.
Add scalded milk and softened gelatin (couple packs of gelatin and cold water)
AK got inventive to do this double-boiler system. Big pot has hot water, top pot has the custard mixture.
Take out the custard pot to let it cool, but mix in 3/4 cup of ice cream while it’s still hot.
Whip up a bunch of whipped cream.
Use about 3/4 of the whipped cream to fold in to the pie, saving the rest for the top of the pie.
The pie, before we let it set.
Topped with the rest of the whipped cream.
It mostly tasted like cream. Next time maybe we’ll add more vanilla or almond flavor just to see what happens.
This is only the beginning of a tri-pie week when we have National Lemon Creme Pie Day on Tuesday and National Pie Day (wrong) on Thursday. But in the meantime, tomorrow is National French Toast Day!
TODAY IS NATIONAL BOSTON CREAM PIE DAY!
History lesson: like many other early American desserts, there is some disagreement about who invented what food. Perhaps it was an Armenian-French chef, M. Sanzian, who created it for the Parker House Hotel in 1856. Maybe it was conceived of for a cook book in 1878. But the general agreement is that the modern variant, spongey cake with cream filling and a chocolate coat, was first chronicled in 1887, though it was called Chocolate Cream Pie.
It’s not even a pie. It’s a cake. I guess people in the 1800s just didn’t have their lives together.
In 1996, Boston Cream Pie was declared the official dessert of Massachusetts. And now we celebrate its National day!
Well today is our trip to Disneyland. In order to get some Boston Cream, we stopped at Tiffy’s just outside of the park. Tiffy’s isn’t exactly a regular spot for locals; it’s definitely set up for the tourists staying near Disneyland. Still, they have the cake for us and that’s good enough! (They have an amazing cinnamon roll, by the way.)
Best part was being able to share it with our field trip buddies! We’ll try it this way… AKron, AKaul, AKamy, AKali, and AKio. That was tough. Sorry guys.
Tomorrow is National Good and Plenty Day, National Bologna Day, and “National Food Day.”
TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY AND NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!
Beer. Ben Franklin’s BFF. With all sorts of varieties: hoppy, malty, dark, light, etc., there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re really cool, then you get to Surly’s Brewer’s Table where you can enjoy a delicious tasting menu with beer pairings. You won’t think of beer the same way. (We did this on SP‘s birthday and it was great!)
Today we celebrated by having this Sioux City Birch Beer. It’s not beer in the traditional sense, but it sure is in the title!
Well if beer isn’t your thing, maybe dessert is?
SP‘s “contact” at Baker’s Square says that currently Strawberry Cream Pies are out because strawberries are “out of season.” This is coming from the same place that serves strawberry-rhubarb pie to octogenarians year-long. Trips to the grocery stores nearby were not fruitful (or creamful) either. So we had to make it at home!
AK mixed up some strawberry Jell-O and some vanilla pudding, and made this little pie-lets. Top with strawberry and cream and there you have it.
Look at that beautiful color!
Tomorrow is… ugh… Coffee Day…
Today’s Pearls Before Swine, by Stephan Pastis
That’s right! IT’S NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY AND NATIONAL PEACH PIE DAY!
Pearls is one of SP‘s favorite comics, so he was delighted to get this comic via e-mail from SPom this morning. Waffles are great and they do deserve their own day. Not specific waffle types, but just waffles in general. Whether you eat Eggos on the run or you take the time to go somewhere tasty like Black Coffee & Waffle Bar, today is a day to sit back and enjoy the syrupy, battery goodness that is the waffle.
SP bought this waffle maker for AK as a present. The mix is 2 cups of Kodiak mix and 2 cups of water. Easy peasy.
It was dark when we took this picture because AK can’t handle bright lights in the morning.
As we found out the other day, peaches are in season! And of course that means peachy desserts. No, not Melba or Cobbler. Straight up pie.
Courtesy of Baker’s Square
Tomorrow is National Banana Split Day and National Whiskey Sour Day!
Sweet tooth, ho!
IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY AND NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY!
SPAK aren’t particularly fond of sugary drinks. We’d much prefer to eat our calories. So we thought we would pay tribute to lemonade day by how we are most frequently exposed to it:
That’s right. When you go for water at most fountains, it’s right under the lemonade. But since they share a spout, you have to kind of rinse out the tube before you start filling your water, or you get hilariously sugary lemony water. Not the most terrible, but not the most pleasant.
Chocolate Pecan Pie. If you made a list of foods that are so rich, they shouldn’t possibly be made richer, pecan pie would be somewhere in that list. Of course, you could always add chocolate to something and make it richer. But people were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
And since on chocolate pecan pie day we did not have the original homemade pecan pie of SPom’s family, she made us this wonderfully rich recipe from the New York Times.
It’s difficult to say how we feel about this one. It’s sweet and chocolatey, which is great, but when we want pecan pie, we want pecan pie. And this isn’t really the classic. So we’ll wait for Thanksgiving for SPom’s regular pecan pie and have this as a holdover in the meantime!
Tomorrow is National Spumoni Day!
Two amazing things…
IT’S NATIONAL ICE CREAM PIE DAY!
Baking a pie in mid summer is pretty rough. The house gets all warm and smells like falling asleep… Ahem, where were we… Ah, yes, pie! And ice cream! Cold, delicious ice cream, formed into a pie. SPom put this beauty together for us.
This has quickly become Minnesota’s most wanted. Sometimes at Whole Foods, sometimes at Kowalski’s… It’s pretty great.
You’ve seen this before. Helps to make it thicken up.
Such a fun time.
Tomorrow is National Soft Ice Cream Day, National Potato Day, and National Hot & Spicy Food Day.
Meringue as high as you can get it!
TODAY IS NATIONAL LEMON MERINGUE PIE DAY!
Meringue is super tricky for SPAK, which is why we’d leave it to the experts. One of the best places for pie in the Twin Cities is the Hi-Lo Diner. If you’re in Minneapolis, and your head hasn’t been submerged in water for the last year, you’ve heard of Hi-Lo. It’s a transplanted diner from Pennsylvania and it’s really tasty.
For example: this burger with pulled pork, bacon wrapped onion ring, and sweet corn relish.
But the main event for us tonight was this lemon meringue.
The meringue to lemon ratio should be approximately 4 to 1 if you want the pie to be any fun.
Tomorrow is National Bratwurst Day and National Rum Day!