You know how sometimes you read or see something and your mind wanders to a memory related to it? Well, I was reading a recipe in a magazine for Lemon Meringue Pie and it reminded me of something that happened in Home Economics class in high school.
The annual school Open House night was approaching and the Home EC teacher decided we would bake Lemon Meringue Pies to serve for the event. Our class was divided into several teams of 4 kids. The teacher typed up a "make from scratch" recipe for the pie. Her instructions were that each group had to bake one pie using either her recipe or one of our own choosing. Once each group decided on a recipe, we had to write out a shopping list of the items we would need to make the pie and then give it to the teacher so she could purchase everything.
My group asked if it was ok to use instant pudding for the filling but make the crust and meringue from scratch and the teacher said she would allow it. During class the morning of the Open House night, the class groups set about making their pies. No one was allowed to 'taste test' them because the teacher wanted the parents & visitors to give honest opinion that night.
Keep in mind that my group was the only one to use instant pudding as the pie filling. All the other groups made their fillings from scratch.
Can you guess what happened? My group's pie was the only eatible one in the bunch because the instant pudding already had sugar in it. You see, when the teacher typed her recipe she forgot to include sugar. She didn't notice that none of the other groups had put sugar on their shopping lists. None of the students in the other groups noticed the recipe didn't have
surgar listed as an ingredient. And, because no "taste-testing" was allowed, no one knew before the parents & visitors started tasting the various pies that all but one didn't contain sugar.
We all got "A" for the project because of the teacher's goof!!!
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