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Do As I Say Not As I Do When It Comes To Baking With Fruit

My daughter and I recently made a blueberry pie, I will share the recipe soon with you because it was very good. As we were making the pie I was teaching her some of the tips and tricks for making a really good pie.

As I put the pie in the oven I said to her, “When you are baking with fruit you always need to place a cookie sheet or pan under the pie or cobbler in case your pie makes a mess. ”

When the pie came out of the oven, she said, ” But mom it did not make a mess and I have never seen one make a mess for you.”

To which I said, ” Yes, but sometimes they do and you want to be prepared or your oven will be a mess.”

That is not the exact conversation, but you get the idea.

So, a few days later I decided to make a blackberry cobbler. While I was working on the cobbler I was multi-tasking, like I usually do in the kitchen, and guess what I forget to do when I put the cobbler in the oven.

Do you see where this is going…….

Guess who had a mess to clean up in their oven?!

So we get a lesson in, ย do as I say not as I do.

Otherwise known as the if you don’t put something under your fruit pie or cobbler, it will be sure to bubble over, your oven will be a mess, and you will end up using the self cleaning cycle on a 90 degree day in June, lesson.

Please tell me I am not the only one that has done this?ย 

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  1. One time I made monkey bread in an angel food cake pan not a bundt pan. All that melted butter/brown sugar ran all out of the pan onto the bottom of the oven. Such a mess!!!

    • Brown sugar and butter might just be a bigger mess than fruit. I am sure that would be a big mess to clean up.

      • Yes I am thankful though that it was in my old house which had a newer oven with a self cleaning cycle. The house I live in now has an oven from the 1960’s which is not easy to clean. Although I have to say the previous owners must not have cooked a whole lot because the oven was surprisingly clean for 40 years old. I think I have made more messes in 7 years than they did in 40, or they were better at cleaning than I am ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ugh! I have done this too. So sorry for your mess!

  3. I haven’t done this precisely in a while, but I can definitely commiserate with you. Despite cleaning my oven very recently, something greasy splattered everywhere so I’ll be running the 500 degree+ self-clean cycle very soon. It’s supposed to be in the upper 90s through the end of the week. ๐Ÿ™

    • It seems like oven messes are always during the hot weather when I really do not want to run the oven on self clean. And I agree grease is a mess too when it splatters everyone. I guess when you cook at home a lot messes will just be part of it, but it is worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You are not alone! I made a pecan pie for the first time last Thanksgiving. I had no idea it could boil over. The oven actually caught on fire…flames and all….but I got a new oven out of it! Good thing the turkey was in the roaster!

    • I think pecan pie and all the sugar in it is probably a bigger mess than fruit. I have had one of those bubble over before too and it is a mess. I am glad your turkey was not ruined. And although a fire is a bad thing, a new oven is not a bad thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh Lynn, you are soooo not alone!! As I read your article, I too was making cobbler, multi-tasking (a.k.a. prepping my bowl of Cool Whip) and trying to explain the whole baking process to my son–he was hanging out just to be the first one to attack the peach cobbler! So deep into the conversation, my son peeks into the lit oven and asks “Mom? Is peach cobbler a science project?” Startled by the question, I asked him why only to have him point at the oven and shake his head! LOL…My peach cobbler had erupted…like a volcano!! All its gooey substance bubbling and spilling over the sides of the baking dish like lava flowing down the mountain!! LOL What can I say? I’ve never been a good multi-tasker & this just proves it!!

    • Well at least we know we are not alone. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for your mess today. I am guessing though that it still tasted good and if your son is like most kids, he did not care what it looked like as long as it tasted good.

      • He’s also one of my most honest critics & BEST helpers…he launched into “Mom, if I help you clean the mess, can I get another piece?” THAT says a lot right there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bless your heart! I had to chuckle…I’ve done that myself! And foil wrapped sweet potatoes. They always seem to leak and I end up with lots of smoke.

  7. Stephanie says

    Definitely not alone. I was out scrapbooking one time and I was on dessert duty for our group. I brought an apple pie and thought wouldn’t it be great to bake it there, since they had an oven. Needless to say the pie made a huge mess of the oven. So instead of getting any scrapbooking done I spent most of the time cleaning the store’s oven. Oops!

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