Now it was time for me to master a big Kahuna of baking: A boysenberry pie.
No pre-made crusts or fillings. A real, home made pie..
Could I do it?
I got the crust recipe off the internet. It suggested using liquor to help keep the dough soft.
I followed the rules. Cold, cubed butter, cut in the dough, not overworked, add enough liquid so it's not crumbly but not so much that it's sticky... ...geez, it smells like a martini. Maybe I should have checked this on Snopes....
On to the filling. I drained the boysenberries (carefully saving the liquid from one can). I poured the latter in a saucepan, along with my pre measured portions of sugar and cornstarch. I stirred. A great blob of lavender foam rose. It looked like a freaky science experiment. Huh? Why was it doing this?
Here's why. When you store the baking powder next to the cornstarch in similar containers, things can go very wrong....
I dumped the foam to start over. But whoops, I'd already poured the syrup from the other can down the drain. In its place I cooked up some sugar, water, lemon juice, and mashed up berries.
Now, for the top crust.
I'd planned a smooth, ornate one, with petite scalloped cookie cutter holes and maybe an egg wash. The dough ripped open when I put it in place. I could have balled and re-rolled it, but I was afraid it would toughen the dough.. It was getting late too. Well, the gash will work as a vent, right?
I baked it and set it down to cool. It smelled great. It looked like it was dropped off a building.
The next morning I tasted it. The top crust was tasty. The filling was fruity. The bottom crust was... ...doughy.
Ah well, I thought, they'll still enjoy it. Then I remembered the secret ingredient. Wait! If the bottom crust isn't fully cooked, it might still have alcohol... ...don't be silly, there's not enough to get someone intoxicated... ...but what if someone happens to be highly sensitive or allergic...?
I added a note warning about the bottom crust. It never hurts to be safe. Then again, it looks astoundingly weird when you serve your pie with a note warning not to eat the bottom crust and drive.