On the second day of Christmas…..
two Mock Pecan pies.
Christmas Eve was my baking day. I love baking as a general rule. Our family has decided you either have the baking gene or the cooking gene. Sister claims I got the baking one, while she got the cooking one. “But your children are luckier than mine,” she said. “It’s not like you won’t cook just because you like to bake–you’re going to feed them. But me, it’s rare that I bake treats for mine. Yours get the food and the treats.”
What I don’t tell her is sometimes, just ever so occasionally, the treats are the food.
The Fella asked for a Buttermilk Custard pie, and Aub wanted the Mock Pecan Pie. I wanted to do some baking for other folks as well, and I wanted to get in one more batch of Mama’s Lucia Pepparkakor cookies (Swedish Ginger Cookies), so I knew I’d be in the kitchen for a while.
I have my Great Aunt Maye’s Buttermilk Custard recipe. It makes two pies, so I started to work mixing and pouring and blending. I preheated the oven, poured the mixture into the crusts, and placed them in the oven. Then I was off on the next round of baking. As I watched the pies, I noticed they weren’t behaving as per usual, but I shrugged. I could taste test one and send the other as a gift IF the first tasted okay.
About the time I was pulling the pies out of the oven, I noticed the message on the microwave, alerting me to the fact that something was ready inside, and would I please remove it.
Huh. I wondered who had prepared something and left it sitting there. Seriously, people? I went over and popped the door open and uh-oh.
I looked back at my pies. And then at the butter sitting in the bowl all nice and melted. Sigh.
Okay. So I had butterless buttermilk custard pies now. Two of them.
After Aub did a taste test and reassured me that the pies still tasted good–(yes, they had enough sugar, but they were missing the required butter portion of my Daddy’s test of something being good)–I went ahead and made a second batch of Aunt Maye’s Buttermilk Custard pies to have for gifts. The first two would not be leaving this house.
As I poured the mixture into the pie crusts for the second time that day, Aub said, “Ummm, Mama?”
“Yes?!” I was more than a tad short with her.
“Ummm, shouldn’t the buttermilk be in those as well?”
I looked over and sure enough, there sat my buttermilk. In the measuring cup on the counter, just as pretty as you please.
Y’all, I’m not sure I was meant to make those pies that day.
Still, I poured the mixture BACK into the bowl and stirred in the buttermilk and tried again. They came out looking beautiful and just as they should.
It was after that fiasco that I made the two beautiful Mock Pecan Pies for Aub. She says they taste really good, and I may or may not *ahem* be able to confirm that statement.
I also made two small pound cakes that day, but that hardly bears mentioning. After years and years of making those, I can just about make them in my sleep. Well, at least, let’s just say I have yet to leave anything more serious than the vanilla out of that recipe.
Two is a good number for Christmas. Two batches of two Buttermilk Custard Pies. Two Mock Pecan Pies. Two times forgetting an ingredient and twice the fun and laughter over my mishaps now that it’s all behind me and I’ve gotten some good sleep.
There’s nothing like the good sleep of the night after all the Christmas fun, is there?
Wishing you all at least two chances to get things right and twice the fun during this beautiful season.
Love to all.