Monday, April 18, 2016

Baby Shower Berry-'Barb and Chocolate Pudding Pies

A neighborhood baby shower was just what I needed to slide me into the home stretch toward the 200 pies mark. I made a Strawberry Rhubarb, the first of the season, and a Chocolate Pudding Pie to satisfy the chocophiles. 200 pies, here I come - maybe for my husband's annual Birthday Pies on the Porch party!

Current Pie Tally: 197

7-Layer Bar Birthday Pie

More multi-recipe pie hodgepodge is at work here! My mother came to town for my birthday. Whenever she is in town, she tries to get some limited edition 7-Layer Bar ice cream at Ben & Jerry's. I thought, "Why not make that a pie?". So I did. I assembled it in layers, much like the bar cookie version. First, I baked the non-chocolate graham cracker crust that I use for my Chocolate Pudding Pie recipe. Then, I baked the coconut custard from this recipe in a separate greased pie dish of the same dimensions. When the crust and custard were cool, I pulled a little pineapple-upsidedown action and flipped the custard into the crust. Then I tamped the custard down with a spoon so it was nestled into the crust. Next, I made some chocolate ganache (same as I make for the Banana Cream Pie) and toasted some pecans (about 3/4 cup). Over the custard went the chocolate ganache. The nuts and 1/2 - 2/3 cup of butterscotch chips got sprinkled on top of that. When all that was cool and set, I used the leftover caramel from my Banana Cream pity party and drizzled that over the top. We had some whipping cream at the time, so I dolloped some whipped cream on top of all that. I am definitely making this one again! Happy Birthday to me!

Current Pie Tally: 195

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pity Party Banana Cream Pie

I finally got to make my Pi Day Pie this past weekend. If only I had baked the Pi Day pie on that Sunday before! I was without water and full kitchen use for most of last week because of a plumbing disaster of epic proportions. Everything was functioning again in time for the weekend and my cream and bananas were still fresh (enough), so I banged this puppy out on Friday night for some serious stress eating. I upped the ante from the last version of this sucker with the new addition of toffee caramel (from this pie recipe). It looks way better on top than a bunch of crappy browning banana slices, am I right? It's a must on any future Banana Cream Pies. Banana Cream Pie recipe (with chocolate ganache layer) can be found here. I did not make the futzy crust and instead used my go-to graham crust from my Chocolate Pudding Pie recipe. If you or someone you love are seriously stressed out, I definitely recommend stuffing your face with this pie. It will make you feel better.

Current Pie Tally: 194

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Apple Blackberry Pie with Crumb Topping

Dinner guests on the horizon means an excuse to make pie! Trader Joe's had some beautiful looking LARGE containers of blackberries last week, so I scooped up a couple and used one for this Apple Blackberry Pie with Crumb Topping. The apples were the bagged Granny Smith ones from Trader Joe's also. It was truly a decadent experience to be eating a wonderful berry pie at the tail end of winter (I hope!). The recipe is very similar to the Plum Lucky Apple Pie from my contest win last year. Substitute 5 Granny Smith apples and a quart of blackberries for the fruit, fresh orange juice for the apple cider, and one Berry Go Go Squeeze packet of applesauce for the apple-prune puree. Topping is the same. Since I used my larger deep dish, I baked it at 350 for an hour. Now I've got my sights set on Pi Day coming up on March 14th. I've been thinking about trying to make a 7 Layer Bar Pie of some sort, but might go with a fruit pie if I can find some rhubarb or affordable and nice looking berries at the store. Or maybe I'll make something else entirely.

Current Pie Tally: 193

Good Pie Makes a Good Neighbor Vinegar Chess Pie

I sent some neighbor friends home with some of my Chocolate Pudding Pie after a playdate with my older son and they reciprocated! A few days later I got my pie container back with a slice of Crack Pie from the Momofuku Milk Bar at Metro Center in DC. It was sensational and reminded me that I really should make a Vinegar Chess Pie sometime soon to fill out my winter pie docket. I also wanted to make a pie to welcome my mother for one of her visits, this one a much-needed break from moving into a new house for her. The Crack Pie is better, but much more futzy than quickly cranking out a simple Vinegar Chess. Still I might have to make it sometime because it was soooo good. It had a caramel-like depth too it. I'm drooling just thinking about it again.

Current Pie Tally: 192

Leftover Cream Chocolate Pudding Pie

My Kentucky Derby Pie rolled right into this one when my husband came home with a bunch of half-and-half leftover from the coffee bar at a local conference he hosted. What to do with leftover cream? A pie of course! I had enough chocolate and graham crackers on hand to pull off my preferred Chocolate Pudding Pie, so that's what I made. I probably still had to run out to the store to buy the heavy whipping cream for the top though. Delicious as always!

Current Pie Tally: 191

Cabin Fever Derby Pie

I kept riding the pie wave while I was cooped up in the house during a week of post-blizzard school cancellations. I churned this one out for my husband's poker game (and because I wanted to eat more pie). It was great with the Hershey's caramel topping slathered on top. The recipe is Kentucky Derby Pie from the book "The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook" by Lucien and Kitty Maynard. I added 1/2 t. vanilla to my version and pre-baked the crust so it wouldn't come out gummy on the bottom.

Current Pie Tally: 190