We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.
― David Mamet
There’s a scene in Men in Black 3 where Agent J tells K that they need some pie. His grand daddy always told him “if you got problems that you can’t solve, helps to get out of your head. Pie, it’s good.”
Here’s the pie lineup with links to all the recipes. The peanut butter pie recipe and our Mom’s “Never Fail” crust recipe are listed both below.
A tip before we start, pie crust likes to be cold! When not in use, keep your dough in the refrigerator. I like to use aluminized steel pie pans and put them in the freezer for about an hour before I start, that way they are super icy cold. (I purchased my pans from William-Sonoma around Thanksgiving awhile back. Unfortunately they are no longer available.)
We made six pies:
Possibly the best pecan pie I’ve ever had came from Bourbon & Boots. I made this one last Thanksgiving and was in love. It didn’t require Karo syrup like a typical pecan pie and it had me a little worried about turning out right. No worries at all, it was amazing! How can you go wrong with add bourbon and chocolate?
Apple pie isn’t my personal favorite, but you have to have it. You know… “as American as apple pie,” it’s a classic. I discovered this recipe which combines apple, pear and cranberry and the combination is fantastic. I made it for Thanksgiving as well. You’ll have a big mound of filling but don’t panic, it will bake down. The recipe came from Camille Styles.
Blueberry cream came from the baker chick. Again on this one, since blueberries weren’t in season we substituted frozen and it worked out just fine. Frozen blueberries can be expensive but I’ve found Target usually has the best price on them.
Lastly, the peanut butter banana cream pie. Our guests ate this one up first, enough said. I found the original recipe online but modified it considerably. My recipe is listed below.
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I always use my Mom’s pie crust recipe. I was surprised the first time I read the ingredients, it calls for egg and vinegar. I thought this was strange, but it worked. Then I saw a pie competition on Food Network and one of the contestants was talking about how her pie crust recipe called for egg and vinegar. Go figure! Give it a try, but remember, pie crust likes to be cold! When not in use, keep your dough in the refrigerator. Also, plan ahead, this recipe needs to refrigerate an hour before it can be used.
Makes two double and two single crusts.
We topped our pies with vanilla ice cream and homemade whipped cream. Homemade whipped cream is an absolute must in my mind and it’s surprisingly simple. You know I’ll be talking more about that in another post 😉
I hope you give some of these pies a try and you’ll let me know how they came out. I’m always interested in feedback and any tips you might want to share.