pie.......HELP!!! Thanksgiving mishap?

  1. I'm hoping for a pretty fast response here. I just baked my first pumpkin pecan pie. It baked for >50 minutes. It looks weird....like it's all liquid inside. Kinda like that pie in the movie "Thinner".
    What do you think....did I do something wrong while mixing it?
    Or will it solidify as it cools? Geez, I shoulda stuck with storebought.
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  3. by   NICU_Nurse
    Mary...if you're sure that the temp was set correctly on your oven, it's possible that your oven didn't get hot enough (maybe need the temp gauge recalibrated?). If you're sure that you mixed the ingredients correctly, etc., you can just cook the pie at a lower temp for a longer period of time to give the middle a chance to solidify without burning the crust and outer edges. You really don't want your pie to be TOO thin on the inside- stick a toothpick or fork in it and make sure it's almost completely clean. If the pie is adequately cooked, there will be little left on the toothpick/fork. Keep it in the oven!! If it's undercooked, you don't care if it will solidify as it cools...especially if you used raw ingredients (ie, eggs) to make it. ;>)
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Nov 28, '02
  4. by   NICU_Nurse
    I just checked www.epicurious.com , typed in "pumpkin pecan pie" and the first recipe I found said to cook it for 1 hour and 45 minutes...are you sure your recipe is correct?? ;>)
  5. by   NICU_Nurse
    okay, still looking for info. That same site says that if you shake it, it should wiggle (the center) but not too much when it's done, so apparantly a little liquid-like filling is okay in the immediate center.
  6. by   Mkue
    Mary, my Mom used to stick a knife in the center before she removed pumpkin pies from the oven.. maybe it should have been in there longer. I think it will solidify.. like Kristi said, maybe your recipe wasn't correct..

    Hope it turns out.. sounds yummy
  7. by   Mary Dover
    Thanks for the responses ya'll. Now I've got the turkey in the oven and there's not enough room to put the pie back in. HOWEVER, I think I've got enough stuff to bake another pie after the turkey's done, and I think there will be enough time.
    I DID get a meat thermometer to make sure the turkey gets done.
    Oh well, practice makes perfect. Thanks again...SO MUCH!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
  8. by   Mkue
    OH darn, those turkeys take up so much room..lol ! What kind of pie dish did you use? glass? maybe you you stick it in the microwave for a really short time just to zap the middle. I've never tried it.

    Well Mary, I'm getting ready to peel potatoes, not my favorite task.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!
  9. by   Mary Dover
    LOL mkue re the peeling. I'm hoping someone else here will volunteer for that task.
  10. by   nursegoodguy
    Aren't those things like sort of liquidy when you first take them out of the oven?
    Do you have a super Walmart near you? Ready baked $5.99! Seriously, that's what I would do... Holidays are too stressful as it is when they should be just full of love...
    I baked one the year before last and didn't put the cookie sheet under it... Everyone said that pumpkin flavored turkey was the best they'd ever had!
    I gotta go work a double... I'll just have to spend Thanksgiving with my "other" family... My patients at work! That's ok, I love them too! I'll be off Christmas though!
    Mary I bet your Holiday will be the best, pie or no pie!
  11. by   Mary Dover
    Guiseppe, you are so right about the stressfulness of holidays. I'm always one to take shortcuts to simplify things, believe me. But this year I got some kind of wild hair and thought I'd give it a shot with as much "homemade" (with love) stuff as possible.
    Consider it a lesson learned. But the meal is not done yet, so maybe everthing will turn out ok in the long run.
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    remember if you ever have to leave a pie inlonger and you are worried about the edges of the crust getting overdone, put foil on the edges of the crust...
  13. by   Mary Dover
    Thanks sunnygirl for a great tip. I'm sure not much of a baker.
  14. by   Mary Dover
    My son must think I'm a quitter.......he just asked "so what are you gonna go get from Boston Market?"
    smart a$$