Eeyore made the pies for the Outlaw for as long as I can remember. They weren’t exactly good pies, but they were pies. She made her own 1/2 inch thick crust, opened a can of pie filling, dumped a shit ton of booze in it, and called it a pie. The pies were then cut up and frozen. When someone ordered a piece of pie, they got a microwaved soggy mess of flour and pie filling. I was embarrassed to serve it. Since it was ugly pie and it was a pain in the ass to serve, no one ever offered dessert and the pies sat in the freezer, sometimes for more than six months. Yummy.
When I started working at the Outlaw again, I suggested we plate a variety of pies because if people can see them, they will buy them and if they aren’t disgusting, people will buy more. Bagheera said no, but I did it anyway and holy smokes! We started selling pies. Twelve pies used to last at least 6 months. We sold 12 pies in less than a month (each pie sells for $4.29 a slice. We get 8 slices per pie. I’ll do the math…we sold $420 in pie in less than a month).
Since Eeyore filled the pies with all sorts of booze and since she overcharged for her time to make the pies, the profit margin on a pie was very slim. Neither King Triton nor Bagheera were all that impressed with the pie sales. Then came the day Bagheera had her fill of Eeyore (that’s a story for another day) and changed the locks on the bar and restaurant.
Now that everyone was in the habit of offering dessert, we were without pies. Speedy Gonzalez offered to make the same pies Eeyore did, but Bagheera wanted to try something new. She hinted that she wanted me to make some unusual pies. I like to bake, but I’m not really a pie maker. I told her I would experiment, but I couldn’t promise anything since I don’t have tried and true pie recipes.
I am officially hooked on making pies. Tonight I made another strawberry rhubarb, 2 coconut cream & a Shaker lemon pie. The Shaker lemon kinda scares me, but Bagheera said to give it a try. It consists of thinly sliced lemons, a shit ton of sugar and eggs. I’m thinking a sweet lemon Quiche. I’ll find out what it’s like tomorrow.
The best thing about my pies is since they are made from ingredients we already have, the profit margin is awesome. King Triton is going to buy a counter top refrigerated pie case so the pies will sell themselves and we can be world famous. Or not.
Next up, lemon cream, Key lime, and orange mint cheesecake.
Who’s coming for a visit?
The Shaker lemon pie was awesome! The only change to the recipe is I’ll zest the lemons and thin slice the fruit. Leaving the rind on as the recipe called for made the pie chewy. The eggs turned into a custard rather than a Quiche.