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Dec 24, 2010 10:19 AM

Opps! Forgot the butter in the pecan pie-do I need to start over?

Hi-I just made a pecan pie, stuck it in the oven, cleaned the kitchen and low and behold, found the melted butter (2 tbs) for the pie filing sitting in the microwave. Pie looks perfect! Do I need to start over? Help!!

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  1. If you have any kind of syringe, ear syringe, baster, small funnel, or even eye dropper, re-melt the butter and inject it into the filling in MANY evenly spaced places. Imagine a one-inch grid so that you add the butter evenly. Then return the pie to the oven at a low-enough temp (200-250) that it won't overbrown the crust but will allow the butter to permeate throughout the filling.

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    1. re: greygarious

      +1 - a spritzer/sprayer capable of handling the melted butter would work perfectly. Presto used to make one; haven't seen one in years.

      1. re: greygarious

        Wondering if you could inject the butter after the pie was taken out of the oven to start cooling.....I forgot the butter as well:/

        1. re: fluffysquirrel

          Dont think so, you'll get buttery pockets in the filling....
          Just make do, it won't be a deal breaker (if you don't mention it no one will notice)

          1. re: Ttrockwood

            Thank you so much; the texture reminds me of a rice krispies treat and it smells wonderful, too; like a rich dessert. I could have started over, but pecans aren't cheap;)

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Update!! The pie was heavenly; I was surprised. I had done the butter injection while the pie was cooling and heated it up again. I was so afraid I would have to start over, but it still looked okay, and I had 4 backup desserts just in case;) My Mom loved it and she is extremely hard to please and will tell you if it's lousy or not:) I had 2 pieces:) Thank goodness:) So glad to have found this site:)

        2. It'll arguably be missing a certain depth of flavor, but it'll be fine.

          1. Only 2 tbs of butter?? Naw...I wouldn't start'll hardly miss it!!


            PS...Just don't tell anybody!! :))

            1. Trying the injection method...takes doctoring your meal to new extremes...will let you know the final result....thanks for all the suggestions and happy holidays!

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              1. re: margib

                Please do report back. Hope it works! A couple of years ago, I brought a pie to our extended family Christmas gathering and tried to cut into it only to realize that I'd forgotten the eggs! Needless to say, it was a gloppy mess, but we all got a good laugh out of it.

                1. re: bear

                  Bet it tasted good too!!! Candy!

              2. Once when making pumpkin bread, I noticed it was lighter in color than usual. A few minutes in the oven and I realized I forgot the eggs. Pulled them out, and remixed with eggs. This is why I don't bake. Oh, and once I forgot the sugar in the banana bread. It had no flavor at all.