Curious About Pies

I'm an amateur cook who'd like to get really good at making pies. I've opted for the immersion method: between August 2011 and August 2012, I'm making at least one pie per week. On this blog, I'll share my pie progress.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chocolate Cream Pie

The result of warm weather, a picnic, limited pie-prep time, and a love of chocolate. This is a mild, milk-chocolate-pudding-style pie, with a salty crushed-Nilla-wafer crust and topped with bourbon-flavored whipped cream.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Whole Wheat Berry Turnovers

Not the most visually appealing pie-like things I've ever made, but these mixed-berry turnovers were pretty tasty and made for several days' worth of decadent and quick breakfasts. Also, there's something wonderful about hand pies: you pick one up and take a bite. You never put it back down.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Two Blueberry Pies

Last week, overwhelmed by the amount of blueberry goodness available at my local farmers' market, I made two blueberry pies!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gluten-Free Blueberry Cream Cheese

As promised, this post delves into the mysteries of the Blueberry Sour Cream/Cream Cheese pie.

This is one of my favorite recipes yet. This week's version is gluten-free, by virtue of using, not graham cracker crumbs, but crumbs from Annie's Gluten-Free Ginger Snap Bunnies. Which I expected to be a disappointment, but it's actually excellent; maybe better than the graham cracker version.

The real magic here is the blueberry-cream cheese axis. Sweet, sour, fresh and creamy.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pie-triotism: Blueberry-Cream Cheese-Sour Cream and Peach-Strawberry

Two pies for a 4th of July picnic. One was blueberry-cream cheese, with a graham-cracker crust; the other, peach-strawberry with a lattice top.

Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of either pie (I really meant to, but the sun-dazed, and beer-dazed, state I was in by the time the pie was served, caused me to forget). So, please see the above photographic evidence that pie was eaten.

It's a photo of a vacancy where a pie once was.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Rhubarb

Two baskets of strawberries in the fridge, and three stalks of rhubarb in the freezer. It's strawberry-rhubarb pie time!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Honey-Sweetened Cherry Pie

Pretty much my usual crust recipe here, with a lattice top (ugly and a bit fragmented because I was in a hurry and trying to do other stuff at the same time... pies and multitasking don't go well together!). What's really special here is the cherries, which came from pals Melina and Maxamilion's cherry tree.