But I speak with forked tongue. Of course, there’s no such thing as too much pie. Here’s what I thought might be cool (I promise, there will be no math): Take all of the pies and turn them into tassies, or mini-muffin-shaped pies that people can munch on, so they can get a taste of each pie without eating eight pieces of pie. Wouldn’t it be cool to have eight adorable tiny little pies on your plate, rather than, well, a whole pie? Maybe not. But that’s what I was thinking when I was thinking about pie, which was roughly about the time I found this recipe for Mini-Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies. Before I go on to the things I learned, it must be explained that in my generation, because of “When Harry Met Sally,” we cannot say “pecan pie” without picturing Meg Ryan frowning at Billy Crystal in the museum while Billy reels off, “but I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.” That said, here are five things I learned: 1. This recipe had me not a little confused about the size and number of pecan pies it made. In the pictures they looked like minimuffins, basically pecan tassies with some chocolate. But it made enough filling for dozens upon dozens. So I made a second batch in standard-cup muffins. Surprise, surprise. They were equally delicious. (That was a joke. Of course they were. They were the same, only bigger.) Then I ran out of dough. There was still filling. Anyway, think of these as pecan tassies, if you like, or mini-pie-like standard muffins, just don’t think of them as anything other than lovely and delicious. 2. Making the tassies was a breeze, for which I owe a debt to co-worker Brenda Martin, who makes about a gajillion cookies every holiday season. She lent me her “tassie tool,” which looks like one of those 2-pound hand weights, but it’s made of wood. You roll up about 11/2-inch balls of dough and push them down with the end of this tool, leaving perfect little cups for filling. She said she bought the tool from Pampered Chef. 3. Perhaps the biggest lesson I learned this week has to do with removing small crusty items from a mini-muffin pan.
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