I've already well, well-documented my love for Martha Stewart's Cookies and Cupcakes books. Were you worried I didn't have the third in the trifecta, Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts? Um, of course I have it. But I actually only have it because I wanted to complete the series. In all honesty, I'm not a big fan of pies. Never have been. Couple that with the fact that there was nearly a decade of my life where I couldn't stand the thought of bacon, and I've been called "un-American" more than a few times.
I love Ammurikah, but not enough to love pie. However, I may have unfairly written off all pies. The main thing I don't like about pies is cooked fruit. I really hate cooked fruit. Ugh, that texture. I love fresh fruit, but when it's cooked? Mostly count me out for that (with a few exceptions, once in awhile, like my Mulberry Crumble). However, there's whole categories of pie that don't include cooked fruit (french silk, fresh strawberry pie, lemon meringue), and I'm OK with those. So, I like some pies, and now I'm good with bacon, too. Ammurikah!
I've tried 3 pies from Martha's book. One was bad, one was just OK, one was great. Let's get to it:
Coffee Cream Pie - Coffee + Kahlua + Chocolate? Sounded like the perfect dessert for after Christmas dinner. However, virtually nothing about this pie really worked. I followed the instructions exactly as written, and the custard just never set up - even after sitting in the fridge for two full days! I realized the situation Christmas morning, and tried to save the thing by freezing it. That obviously made it "set" in a way, but the texture certainly left something to be desired. I blame Martha for the custard. Then, even though I know better, I made fresh whipped cream and topped the pie with it Christmas morning before we left for the in-law's house. Well, obviously, 10 hours later when we went to eat it, the whipped cream had deflated into a runny mess. That was my fault. This whole thing was a runny
So, what HAS gone right for me out of this book? Behold:
All entries in the "Cook The Book" Series:
- Martha Stewart's Cookies: Iced Hermits, Cream-Filled Chocolate Sandwiches, Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing, Chocolate-Ginger Brownies, Pecan Tassies, Gingersnap-Raspberry Sandwiches
- Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Creme Brulee
- Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: Chocolate-Salted Caramel Cupcakes, Stout Cupcakes, Triple-Citrus Cupcakes, Blueberries and Cream Cupcakes, Streusel Cupcakes, Raspberry Marble Cheesecakes, Chocolate-Mint Cupcakes, Mocha Cupcakes, Strawberry Cupcakes, Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes, Mint-Filled Brownie Cupcakes
- Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts: Coffee Cream Pie, Chocolate Pear Tart, Strawberry Icebox Pie
- Michael Symon's Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen: Sweet Corn & Wild Mushroom Soup
- Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi: Asparagus Mimosa, Very Full Tart
- Tyler's Ultimate: Chocolate Banana Bread