Pies & Pastries

October 3, 2014 - Possum Pie

You arrive at the church potluck, set down your lovely casseroles in the main dish area, and wander down the tables, casting your eyes over the wondrous dishes. You come to the dessert table and behold an awesome pie. You want that pie. Why can’t dessert be first? Why did you volunteer to help in...
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June 30, 2014 - Sweet ‘n’ Salty Peanut Pie

I made this pie this weekend. Morgan is home, and her boyfriend was coming to dinner. Her boyfriend loves pie, and I love to bake pies for him. After dinner, I sent the pie home with him. Even though it was difficult to part with this pie. (But I can make another one!) It’s sweet...
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November 11, 2013 - Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

I picked up half a dozen locally-grown pie pumpkins last week at the farmers market, some to set aside for the holidays, but most for a pie-making workshop in Ohio this past weekend. It was a private little workshop for a few friends who wanted to learn how to make pumpkin pie from scratch. All...
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July 26, 2013 - Peach Blossom Pie

Having written about the 1942 Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given, of course I had to try out a recipe right away. I pondered the options. So many choices. There are over a thousand recipes in this book. Braised lettuce? Broiled salt mackerel? Lemon jelly roll? French-fried toast sticks? Upside-down meat loaves? Cottage pudding?...
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May 8, 2013 - Those Berry Crumb Pies

Before the wool and herbals retreat, I made and froze a number of pies, unbaked, to bake and serve easily after the suppers. I like to keep a few pies in the freezer all the time–it makes for an easy dessert when unexpected company arrives. Like when your son in the Navy walks in the...
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February 26, 2013 - Dutch Apple Pie

The difference between a Dutch apple pie and a regular apple pie is a streusel topping of butter, flour, and sugar baked on top in a delicious sweet, crunchy twist. It’s easier, and sweeter, than a pastry top, and makes a nice change of pace. Pastry is still important, though–it’s not pie without it, and...
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December 21, 2011 - A Basic Pastry Dough and Bear Claws

I got all hung up on bear claws recently when I found some lost recipes in my kitchen that belonged to previous owners of the house. I didn’t want to use that recipe, but I did want some bear claws. So I decided to create a Grandmother Bread recipe with a pastry effect. I like...
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July 8, 2011 - Real Good Rhubarb Pie

My dear friend MMHoney reminded me that I had her mother’s rhubarb pie recipe, in her mother’s own handwriting no less. I had posted a photo of that handwritten recipe after our visit, but by the time I had any rhubarb, I’d forgotten about it. I ran straightaway and found it! It’s simply and enticingly...
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June 3, 2011 - The Day of Pies

Yesterday, I took a break from the many other things eating my lunch this week to devote a day to pies. I love to bake pies. I love to eat pies. I love everything about pie. I love pie crust–regular, chocolate, graham cracker, any kind of pie crust. I love pie. Any kind of pie....
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February 12, 2011 - Sweet Little Sugar Tart

This is a really simple, old-fashioned little tart that depends on nothing more than what most people have in their cupboards every day. I’m always trying to expand my repertoire of quick desserts that can be made with ingredients I have on hand. This one is just a creamy little sugar custard that pops up...
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October 14, 2010 - Making the Most of Green Tomatoes

Night-time temperatures here have been hovering in the 40s, with a possible dip into the 30s this weekend. As the chance of frost grows ever nearer, I’m eyeing those green tomatoes out there and making lists of things to do with them. I got too few tomatoes this year to waste a one, even if...
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April 2, 2010 - Lemon Cake Pie

Lemon cake pie is an old stand-by spring holiday classic that combines the best of both dessert worlds–cake AND pie. And who wants to decide between cake and pie? Especially on a holiday. It is, in fact, almost a diet dessert because it spares you the anxious-ridden decision of loading up on both a slice...
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February 16, 2010 - Custard Pie

My chickens have been so good to me lately. We’re getting half a dozen, sometimes more, eggs a day. Soon I won’t be able to call them lazy anymore. Don’t worry. I can think of other things to call them. Especially when they poop on my porch. Not that I’m naming any names. CROOKED LITTLE...
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October 21, 2009 - Pear & Cheddar Galette, with Company

Doesn’t that look tasty? We went pear-picking this weekend when friends offered to share their giant, over-producing pear tree bounty. And was there ever bounty. Somebody has to be the pear tree shaker. And somebody has to be the pear picker-upper. That would be me. I was also the official pear photographer. I was almost...
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October 1, 2009 - Spiced Cushaw Squash Pie

Cushaw, also known as kershaw, is an heirloom winter squash. It comes in a number of different varieties, but the green-striped is the most common. Now is the time to find it at your local farmers market. Next year, I want to grow my own! Though we did get these for free. They had a...
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September 21, 2009 - Maple Pecan Pie (with Bourbon)

Pecan pie–it’s not just for the holidays! I love to bake pecan pie year-round, in all sorts of variations. This one with maple syrup and bourbon is one of my favorites. (I also love burnt sugar pecan pie! And molasses pecan pie! Yum.) How to make Maple Pecan Pie (with Bourbon): 3 eggs 3/4 cup...
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August 23, 2009 - If It’s Summer, It Must Be Peach Pie

I love all things peach, but especially pie, so when our friend at the farmers market who gives us all his “bad” produce to feed our pigs gave us some “good” peaches, I had to make pie. Right away! He said, “These aren’t for the pigs! These are for you.” As if we couldn’t tell....
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July 19, 2009 - Coconut-Oatmeal Rum Pie (with Walnuts)

Before you stands a glorious pie. (Actually, two.) Not that all pies aren’t glorious. I made up this pie this week when I was baking a couple pies and managing with what I had on-hand. It’s based on a coconut-oatmeal pie recipe, adjusted for the addition of rum and the lack of enough oatmeal, which...
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June 11, 2009 - Deep Dish Apple Pie

This is apple pie like you had on grandma’s table. The real deal. Piled high in a deep dish, wrapped up in your own homemade pie crust. Old-fashioned. No weird stuff. Just wildly delicious, perfectly simple apple pie. There’s a lot of debate about the best apples for apple pie–Golden Delicious or Granny Smith or...
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March 20, 2009 - Homemade PopTarts

My kids love PopTarts, but I don’t love to buy them and one day it hit me that I could just make them, so I did. And wow, they are sooo good (unlike their rather cardboard-tasting store-bought counterparts), and surprisingly easy to make. In fact, they’ve made a PopTart believer out of me, and I’ve...
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January 4, 2009 - Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon chess pie! This is one of my longtime favorite pies. My kids won’t eat it. (Too much LEMON!!!) So I get the whole pie!!! It is a very lemon-y pie, so if you love lemon, you’ll love this pie. A “chess” pie is a Southern-style custard pie made with eggs, sugar, butter, and either...
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December 2, 2008 - Black-Bottom Pie

The other day, I was driving down our rocky dirt road on my way home and I saw this little old lady all hunched over, walking with a stick. There weren’t any houses near by, so I stopped the car beside her, rolled down my window, and asked her if she needed any help. She...
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August 23, 2008 - Peach Pie with Pecan Crumb Topping

I’m already missing our fresh peach season here, but luckily I put some sliced peaches away in the freezer so I could visit peach season again right in my oven! This recipe is a combination of the best ideas from two different recipes then I added the twist with the crushed pecans. I love to...
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August 15, 2008 - Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk pie! Just saying buttermilk pie makes me feel like I live on a farm. Oh, wait, I do! I love living on a farm. But even if you don’t live on a farm, you can feel like you do. Just say, “I’m baking buttermilk pie!” And you’ll totally feel like you’re living in a...
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May 29, 2008 - Shoo-Fly Pie

If you’ve been to a country church supper, you’ve probably been exposed to Shoo-Fly Pie even if you had no idea what it was. Or maybe that’s just me who was eating Shoo-Fly Pie for a couple years before I figured it out. It’s a charming, old-fashioned name for a pie, and it’s certainly one...
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May 23, 2008 - Sweet Potato Pie

A church in Charleston handed out over 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes they got from a farm in South Carolina where they were going to be plowed under if someone didn’t haul them off. They shipped them back to West Virginia and gave them away free to anyone who’d take them. We took off to...
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