I am a chronic list-maker, an over-calculator, a worrier. I obsess over details. I am often a perfectionist. These are some of the things that make me successful at running a bakery. These are some of the things that keep me awake at night. I push myself a little too hard and often don't know when to take a step back. Sometimes I dream just a little too big. I have been working on this for years. I am a teeny bit less high strung, but I am still overwhelmed most of the time. I will look at something I make and see all of the flaws. I will think about how jagged the crust looks or that the texture doesn't look quite right or maybe my piping is a little sloppy. I will consider starting over. I will remember I don't have enough time to start over. I will settle and give whatever I have made to whoever it was intended for. And then they will be so happy that I will realize it doesn't look quite as terrible as I thought.
Sometimes you aren't really thinking and you pour a boiling hot pan of pie filling into a graham cracker crust a little too soon. It starts to melt the crust and pieces of graham cracker float to the top. You panic. But then you realize that you can just sprinkle more graham cracker crumbs and make it look intentional. In fact, it looks great. And you'll probably do it again in the future. Not pouring the boiling filling in too soon (at least not intentionally but sometimes I am just a tiny bit impatient), rather the crumb sprinkling for decoration's sake.
This pie is made using the key lime recipe from Vegan Pie in the Sky, with some very slight modifications. I use a little more lime juice, zest, & agar and a little less coconut milk. Nothing major. I have just made it a few times now, and know what works best for me. But the recipe is terrific. If you can't find agar powder, agar flakes will work just as well. Just use one tablespoon per teaspoon of the powder. But enough of the science, back to the cookbook. Vegan Pie in the Sky is my most used cookbook to date. Jenna asked me to look through it while she was visiting and in flipping through it with her, I realized that I have made over half the recipes at least once. You should consider taking it for a spin. Fall is coming faster than I would like to admit, but it's the perfect time for pie.
I have been on sort of a pie spree lately. I don't know what's gotten into me. I don't really enjoy making pie crust, but if there is something that I can use a cookie crust for it will be on the table lightning fast. I made both key lime and coconut cream pie (recipe coming soon!for a barbecue at my house last week, because I couldn't decide which would be better (have I also mentioned that I am indecisive?). I have been thinking a lot about chocolate pudding pie again, but I want to make something new. Maybe the banoffee pie Ashlae of Oh, Ladycakes made earlier this week? Do you have pie on your mind too?