I just did something I have NEVER done before. I made a pumpkin pie without following a strict recipe. Well, with my MIL’s help, that is.
I am not a baker. By any means. And when I do bake, I follow recipes. TO THE TEE.
If it says 1/4 teaspoon of something, it will get 1/4 teaspoon. No more. No less.
I have NEVER just “winged” it with baking.
Barb and I were chatting, and decided that we wanted to make a pumpkin pie. So, we started with a can of pumpkin, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and two eggs.
She heard somewhere that adding pure maple syrup to a pumpkin pie makes it taste divine, so she told me to grab the syrup from the pantry, so I did.
She also saw chocolate added to a pumpkin pie on one of the shows that she watches, so she grabbed the dark chocolate chips.
Then she started rummaging the cupboard. she realized she was out of pumpkin pie spice, so she pulled out the cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
I asked her what else I could do to help, so she said, “beat the eggs, add the pumpkin, then just toss in some of the spices.”
Huh? Just toss in some of the spices?
” How much? ” I ask.
“Oh, I always add more ground cinnamon than the others, but I don’t measure.”
“I don’t bake without measuring everything precisely” I tell her.
She just smiled, and said, “Granny (what the kids call her) can teach you to cook.”
So, I beat the eggs, added the pumpkin and sweetened condensed milk, squirted in some pure maple syrup, and “just tossed in some spices.”
She handed me a cup (I think) of brown sugar, and I added that. While I was whisking, she melted the dark chocolate chips. I poured my mixture into the pie crust, and she dolloped melted chocolate into it. I used the whisk and swirled it a bit.
OH MY YUM!
Dark Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Pie is delicious. Trouble is, since I didn’t measure everything, I don’t think I can repeat it! I guess Granny needs to offer me some more lessons!
Do you measure everything precisely when baking, or do you just “toss in some spices?”
This is my entry for the Zanussi Cookers make every meal a masterpiece competition)