Good in theory….

Good in theory…bad in practice. I say this a lot in my life. Mostly in hockey though. For there are a lot of things I see so clearly in my mind yet when I go to execute them at hockey they never go that way. It’s a very sad sight indeed.
Sometimes the good in theory, bad in practice phrase also relates to my baking. This week’s Tuesday’s with Dorie (which we were allowed to post late due to US Thanksgiving) was a Thanksgiving Twofer Pie (La Casserole Carree). It’s basically a combo of pecan pie and pumpkin pie. I of course set out to do something different. I wanted to make a pecan pie cake. Pumpkin ice cream. And then turn that into a Baked Alaska.
The cake itself was tasty, but when I went to cut into circles it rebelled against me…with a vengeance and I never got a very good circle out of any of them. The ice cream was super yummy. I made a Kabocha Squash and Pumpkin Ice Cream. But getting the ice cream on top of the mutilated pecan pie cake was also difficult, even with me holding it together with caramel.
Then I over whipped my meringue by not paying attention but at that point didn’t care as I was already angry. They still spread so that worked out.
Like I said, in theory this was great. In practice the separate pieces were great. Together we were the leaning, annoying tower of Thanksgiving.
Those of you celebrating US Thanksgiving I wish you a full stomach and not that many dishes to do. As for me, I am headed to a 9 course tasting menu where I don’t have any dishes to do. ;)

Pecan Pie Cake

Yellow Cake Batter:

2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
½  tsp salt
½  cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
¾  cup milk

*This cake makes enough for 2 9-inch pans. But for this recipe you are only using half of the batter. Reserve the batter for a Banana Butterscotch cake that will be up over the weekend.
In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt with a wire whisk.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and mix until completely combines. Slowly add flour alternately with milk. At end of addition batter should be smooth.

Make pecan pie portion:

¼ cup light or dark corn syrup
1/8  cup packed light brown sugar
1 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
¼  tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3/4 cups pecan halves or pieces

Mix all together in one bowl. Then fold into the yellow cake batter until completely incorporated.

Bake for 22 to 27 minutes. Use a tester to make sure it is baked all the way through. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then invert onto a rack.

Cut out into little circles using cookie cutter.

Yellow cake recipe adapted from:

Kabocha Squash and Pumpkin Ice Cream

4 Large whole eggs
1 3/4 cup Granulated sugar
4 cups Heavy cream
2 cups Milk
1 cup Kabocha squash puree (drained over night to reduce moisture) can also just use pumpkin
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (drained overnight to reduce moisture) or canned
2 T Pumpkin spice

With an electric mixer using the whip attachment, whip the eggs together until they become pale in color, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the sugar, pumpkin and squash puree until very smooth, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl. With the mixer on low speed add the cream, spice and milk. Freeze in ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 To see how to make it into Baked Alaska, head on over to Aran’s site (Cannelle et Vanille) for meringue recipe and instructions.


  1. It sound delicious, expecially the ice cream. Love the 1st picture.
    A 9 course tasting menu sounds like a fun evening. :)

  2. What a creative idea! I want to be your Thanksgiving guest!

  3. A delightful treat! Happy Thanksgiving!



  4. Yummy.

    Sorry it made you angry.

  5. All that matters is how it tastes!! :)

  6. Still looks good!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. It all sounds heavenly to me:D

  8. i can’t stand when well-intentioned baking projects take an annoying turn! sounds good tho. enjoy your dinner!

  9. HeartofGlass says:

    Baked Alaska? The ghost of Sarah Palin haunts another hockey player!

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving, you, your husband, crazy cocker, and lovely little transvestite rabbit ;) I’m very thankful for all the joy reading your lovely blog has brought to me.

  10. Wow, you’re super creative! Looks good to me.

  11. All looks FAAAABULOUS to me!! :-)

  12. Ha ha, you crack me up…. You mean even YOU have a less than satisfactory cooking experience?

    Kind of like my Butternut Squash Apple Soup (which STILL sounds good to me….

    But then again, anyone who can’t tell a male and female bunny apart, I mean what do you expect?

    (You know I’m joking right?)



  13. Happy thanksgiving Pea! Sorry the combination didn’t work out :( I think it maybe can still be tinkered with– next year ;) Hmm, I wonder if the twofer combination worked in the first place?

  14. Looks aren’t everything – sometimes taste is enough. I think that’s how this sounds.
    Enjoy that dinner with no dishes – It’s a given it will be grand!

  15. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  16. Thank you very much Peabody, for participating with me this week… and what an original participation it was!
    Sounds like you put a lot of effort into it but were in the end, well rewarded!
    The mini baked alaska looks fantastic, like a little moutain of joy!
    I’d apply: “Necessity is mother of invention!”

  17. as always, love your adaptation on the recipe. sorry it didn’t cut beautifully and cooperate for your photo shoot

    happy thanksgiving

  18. wow, 9 courses? I thought I was eating alot!
    Your photograph is getting me to want to lick the computer…the pie is killing me!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  19. Your so-called disaster is somewhat upsettingly un-disastrous. :) It looks delicious!

  20. Still looks very pretty!

    Hope we can keep in touch :)

  21. Cece sweets says:

    Soooo, i tried this cake recipe, and..oh my was it delicious! by far one of my favorite recipes.

  22. Oh well, we all make mistakes or things don’t turn out. Still looks amazing!

  23. Well, even if you don’t think it turned out perfectly, it looks very delicious. I hope you enjoyed the menu tasting!

  24. Sure looks delicious to me! And that ice cream sounds incredible. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  25. Leave it to you to hit the ball outta the park. Maybe it wasn’t what you expected, but it’s lovely anyway and man – that ice cream looks deeeeeelish, hon. Happy T-giving (second time around)!

  26. Bet it was still delicious….
    I love baked alaska!

  27. I really like your “deconstructed” photo at the end. I think all the individual parts look delicious!

  28. I know just what you mean as this is what happens to me all the time. I get so aggravated when it doesn’t go the way I want it too! Yours still looks and sounds great though!

  29. 9 course tasting menu? Mmmmmm! Sounds fun!
    I think that first one looks like a perfect circle. Delish!

  30. That is hysterical! In fact, that recently happened on an episode of Little Bill (kids show on Noggin). Too funny :)

  31. There’s a lot going on there, I can see why you might have run into complications.

  32. That pie cake does sound good even it it might be a bit messy. I really like the sound of the kabocha squash and pumpkin ice cream!

  33. Hmm, didn’t see this until today, or would have said something. It sure sounds like it would work well together…sorry it didn’t. Thanks for being an ongoing inspiration Peabody!

  34. Lean or not this sounds good. I too got to enjoy a Thanksgiving with no dishes, though that meant no leftovers.

  35. It sounds good, whether it turned out how you wanted it to or not!! I have that problem a lot when I bake – it never quite turns out like I want it to!

  36. That ice cream sounds absoultely amazing! Yum. :)

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