My blogging software, MarsEdit, seems to have eaten 2 attempts at this post--eaten without leaving any remnants in the drafts folder, to boot. I'm trying one more time, with intermediate publishing to make sure it's working. I think each version is getting more succinct.
Gotta make pie on Pi Day...
First up: Variations on family favorite Beatrice's Chicken Pie. Beatrice made it with a double crust in a 2 quart casserole dish, using your basic Crisco pie crust. I made individual pot pies in ramekins with a top crust only, using the crust recipe from Smitten Kitchen's pancetta, white bean and chard pot pies. Worked quite well, except for the pie whose crust melted and sagged to the baking sheet before it set. Why only one of six did that, I have no idea.
Dessert: Chocolate Midnight Pie from the King Arthur Flour web site, a half recipe. Used Dave's Vanilla Coffee Syrup instead of the Kahlua I didn't have, including a little bit in the crust instead of using espresso powder. (Some espresso powder did go in the filling.) Speed-cooled it on the countertop and then the fridge instead of the overnight chill the recipe called for, and it set up fine. Good pie, lovely and fudgey.