Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Pie That Almost Caught My House on Fire

So yesterday I decided to make a strawberry-rhubarb pie. (I actually went to the produce market and bought more rhubarb. I tell you, my obsession runs deep.)

Anyway, all was well and fine while I was baking the pie. With only ten minutes left of baking, I removed the foil from the edges of the crust. I came back in a few minutes later and removed the pie from the oven. It had bubbled over in the oven. I was annoyed about the mess, because in May the same thing had happened right after I had cleaned the oven and I really loathe dirty ovens. (And microwaves! Don't get me started on that one.)

I had a "rustic raspberry pie/tart" in the oven on a small baking sheet, but it needed a little more time, so I turned on the timer and walked away. When I came back in, the inside of my oven was on fire. At first the flame was small, like a candle. Then it grew to about 10-12." Smoke was billowing out of the oven. I was freaked out a bit and freaked the little ones out a bit, too.

The flame extinguished itself in what seemed like forever. And after I determined we were safe from danger, Sawyer and Spenser walked into the kitchen wearing plastic firefighters' helmets on their heads and paper doctors' masks on their faces.

But I saved the pies! Oh, and the house, too.

Today I think I'll stick to making another batch of strawberry-rhubarb jam.


nikko said...

Thank goodness you saved the pies. They look YUM!

Glad everything turned out okay. How scary!

lisa said...

The pies look delicious! I’m glad everything turned out ok. And that the kids were well prepared ;)

FinnyKnits said...

There sure is a lot of rhubarb-related turmoil going on in your house. I never knew it was such a dangerous fruit ;)

Glad you're all OK and you managed to salvage some of the desserts.

Too funny the kids showed up with their firefighter helmets on.

amandajean said...

goodness, woman! don't burn your house down! hope the pies were worth it! i had to laugh about the kids coming in wearing helmets. hilarious!!!!