My experiments in pie baking! Click on a photo to see different pies, and click the tiny grid on the right side of the window to see all the pies.
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Lemon Blackbottom pie

Lemon Blackbottom pie

Lemon pie with an under-layer of thick dark chocolate! The recipe is from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. I used a large square tart pan because this was for thirteen Shakespeare readers. Elizabeth had brought fresh organic blueberries and they were a perfect addition. 

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

O my great Juno. This is amazing. I combined several recipes for the same kind of pie to get one with the amount of chocolate and coconut and pecans I wanted. It's so dang rich I was able to share it with several people just to make sure I didn't eat it all. 

Classic Chocolate Cream Pie

Classic Chocolate Cream Pie

John's favorite pie at Harry’s Road House is the chocolate cream so he has been wanting me to make him one. When I had a big FAIL on a crust (note to Self: when blind-baking a crust, even when filled with beans, use a pie plate with a lip on it so the crust doesn't melt down into the plate), I used the recipe from United States of Pie. She uses both semisweet hard chocolate and cocoa powder. 

This picture isn't great because it got eaten before I managed to get even this photo. I think John would have liked to just sit down with a fork and eat the whole thing at once. It truly is the best chocolate pie I've ever had. I want more.

Cranberry Chess Pie

Cranberry Chess Pie

I've been wanting to make this for a long time and I'm so glad I did! Except that I made it to take to a meeting and we had to cancel the meeting because of ice and fog and so now—darn it—John and I have to eat it all. It is surprisingly not too sweet, and the unsweetened cranberries are just perfect with it. One of my new favorite pies! 

Cranberry Chess Pie slice

Cranberry Chess Pie slice

I just had to take a photo of a slice of this yummy pie so I will remember how great it was. And I have to say, the crust came out sooooo perfect.  

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate

Pumpkin anything is much better with chocolate.  :-)  Add some whipped cream and soooooo terrific! I made this for Thanksgiving but we ended up not having Thanksgiving dinner because of a miraculous event, but the pie was still amazingly tasty!

Mystery Pie

Mystery Pie

I had leftover fillings from the mini-pies but I did not have the time to make more mini pies. So I pulled out some crusts from the freezer and put all the ingredients from all the leftover mini-pies (pecan bourbon, pear cranberry oat crumble, and apple pie) into one 7-inch pie. I have no idea what kind of crusts these are—one has speckles of some kind of spice and one smells kind of yeasty and looks like it might have cheese in it. It tastes just great and the crust is wonderfully flaky!

Pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie

John wanted a pumpkin pie. He loves pumpkin pie. And he likes them plain ol’ pumpkin. But the next one I make is going to have chocolate in it.  :-)

Mini-pies!

Mini-pies!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Apple Lattice Pie, and Pear Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping, made in muffin tins. I made these for my daughter's baby shower to give away in sets of three as some of the prizes. I love party games. 

Salty Caramel Apple Pie

Salty Caramel Apple Pie

This didn't come out as salty or as caramel-y as I had hoped. It's a deep-dish ten-inch pie for my First Friday Club 'Shakespeare' readers. I tried to use a cut-out form my mother gave me for the top, but apparently I didn't press hard enough. And of course the form will be prettier on a pie with darker filling. I'll try again with it next week! 

Concord Grape Pie in a Rye and Gin crust

Concord Grape Pie in a Rye and Gin crust

Wow! Concord Grapes are like something from another planet. I've been waiting all year for these to appear in the store and even though I don't have time to go through the whole process to make the pie, when the grapes showed up, I had no choice. And it was worth it. I spread the process out over a couple of days—removing the skins, letting the juice drain, cooking up the insides, mushing it all through the sieve, blending with the skins (LOVE my immersion blender!), making the crust, cooking it up, etc. I wanted to use the recipe in First Place Pies, in which she adds fresh rosemary and gin, but John wasn't crazy about the idea. Since he eats ninety percent of the pie, I did it his way. But next time . . .

Concord Grape Handheld Pies

Concord Grape Handheld Pies

I made enough innards to make a dozen handheld pies, using the cute little molds my mother gave me for my birthday. This also uses the rye and gin crust. So delicious! Concord grapes are so worth the trouble.  :-)

Pear Bourbon Pie with Raspberries in an open-face Polenta White Wine Crust

Pear Bourbon Pie with Raspberries in an open-face Polenta White Wine Crust

I had a left-over crust in the freezer from the corn pudding pie and made it open-face, so it was pretty quick to make this pie. The recipe is from Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie book, although I didn't use her Oat Crumble topping and I added the raspberries. Very yummy, and the soft pears inside contrast nicely with the crunch in the polenta crust.

Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie with Saltine Cracker Crust

Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie with Saltine Cracker Crust

Sweet and salty! I made this and the Pear Bourbon pie for my Shakespeare reading group. It's supposed to have salt in the whipped cream but John doesn't like salt in his whipped cream so I set out a small dish of Maldon sea salt flakes for those who wanted it. 

Creamy Corn Custard Pie in Polenta Crust

Creamy Corn Custard Pie in Polenta Crust

This was pretty yummy, although it couldn't make up its mind whether it was a sweet or savory pie. I wanted a raspberry sauce on it, while John topped it with my homemade chili.

To cut the corn from the cob, I used my new little device that I bought at Dean & DeLuca while we were visiting my mom in the Napa Valley last week: The Original Lee's Corn Cutter and Creamer. I love handy little tools.  

Yountville Mixed Berry Pie

Yountville Mixed Berry Pie

I was visiting my mom after a working trip to San Francisco and just felt like making a pie. This is a basic mixed berry pie: blackberries, strawberries, blueberries in an all-butter crust. I took a piece with me to eat on the plane home. 

Blueberry Slab Pie with ginger and lemon in a rye and whiskey crust

Blueberry Slab Pie with ginger and lemon in a rye and whiskey crust

I had thirteen people over for our monthly Shakespeare reading, this time Much Ado About Nothing. So I had an excuse to make a slab pie! One third of the flour was rye, which gave it a great texture but not too much rye flavor to overpower the blueberries. With vanilla ice cream, it was perfectly terrific. 

Strawberry Pie with Mace and Ginger

Strawberry Pie with Mace and Ginger

I wasn't going to make a pie this Sunday because of this horrendous deadline I'm under for The Non-Designer's Design video, but at the store I saw these luscious strawberries and just had to do something. But it turns out I discovered I would rather eat strawberries uncooked, like in the Strawberry Shortcake Pie, than cooked up all mushy. I made it too sweet too, although John isn't complaining. ;-)  There is a bit of mace in the strawberries so I added some mace and a bit of ginger to the crust. The crust is great, even though it looks a bit overdone. 

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust

I had three-quarters of a box of chocolate wafer cookies left over from the avocado pie and wanted to use them up so I wouldn't eat them so I made this raspberry tart from an Epicurious recipe online. That's logical, right? I made this long tart and four small ones that I gave away to friends and relations. Now John and I have to eat this one. I hope company drops by soon. 

Strawberry Shortcake Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Strawberry Shortcake Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Omigosh! Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite things in the world and it was great fun to put it into pie form, inspired by First Prize Pies. Very simple and very yummy and my Shakespeare Readers loved it. Was easy to make a big 10-inch pie, enough to serve everyone. With extra strawberry juice to pour over the top. Had one piece left for breakfast.  :-)

Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

After Matt's play, we celebrated with a small dinner party. Since dinner was fajitas, I made an Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust, recipe from First-Prize Pies. Omigosh it was delicious. And not quite as rich or sweet as you might think—just perfect. 

Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Just a slice of that pie. wow. 

Nectarine Apricot Pie

Nectarine Apricot Pie

Summer fruit! I used tonic water in this crust with a little extra sugar. Golly, it is perfect. We had out-of-town guests so I got to make a pie on Friday!

Stone Fruit Skillet Pie with Polenta Crust

Stone Fruit Skillet Pie with Polenta Crust

I had a dozen people coming over for a Shakespeare reading and didn’t have time to make two pies, so I used my big 12-inch iron skillet and made one big Stone Fruit Pie with nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, and mango-plums, inspired by the recipe in The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. I put polenta in the crust, as she suggests, which is one of my favorite crusts. Hearty and a tiny bit crunchy. Instead of a top crust, she uses a streusel topping, with the edges of the bottom crust pulled in around the edges. Yum! And there was plenty for all.

Cherry Pies!

Cherry Pies!

I didn't realize that cherry pies are traditionally made with sour cherries, which are really sour, which means you never find them in a grocery store because who wants to eat sour cherries. You have to buy them frozen or canned. But I had a pile of fresh sweet cherries and I thought, "How bad could a pie turn out if it's made with sweet cherries?" It was great. I got to use my nifty little Leifheit Cherrystone Remover, a wonderful device. And I used my smaller, 8-inch Fire King pie plates that I picked up on eBay so I could make pies to share. I used tonic water in the crust, extra sugar and I've decided 1.5 teaspoons of salt for 3 cups of flour is best. My daughter said it was her favorite crust ever. 

Cherry Pies!

Cherry Pies!

Same cherry pie but I just wanted a reminder for myself of this gorgeous crust.  ;-)

Peach Paprika Pie with Dark Ale Crust

Peach Paprika Pie with Dark Ale Crust

I think making crust with dark ale is my favorite. I love the yeasty smell as I roll it out. Yum. The peach recipe is from The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. She always makes things a little extra special. :-)

Peach Paprika Pie slice with homemade ice cream

Peach Paprika Pie slice with homemade ice cream

This is a slice of the Peach Paprika pie. Good thing I made some vanilla ice cream yesterday!

Apricot open-face Pie

Apricot open-face Pie

Ha ha! I had an extra parmesan crust left over from making the tuna pie and I had some apricots and candied ginger and put them together into a quick open-face pie. I guess this would be a galette if it wasn’t in the pan, but I didn't want to risk losing all the juicy gooey stuff! The last galette I made (not posted here), most of the wonderful sweet goo escaped. Anyway, the parmesan and ginger-apricots is not a bad combination.

Apricot open-face mini Pie

Apricot open-face mini Pie

Angel, my co-madre, loves apricot too so I made this little one just for her with the extra parmesan crust and apricot-ginger filling.  :-)

Blueberry Creamy Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Blueberry Creamy Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Crikey—graham crackers with butter on them are too tasty! I used a recipe in A Year of Pies for this. Blueberries with ricotta cheese and cream cheese in a graham cracker crust. Not too sweet—just perfect and creamy and yummy! I think I'll have some for breakfast.

Plumberry Galette

Plumberry Galette

I love a galette. It's basically an open-face pie. I had some plums and berries and a defrosted polenta crust so it only took a few minutes to throw this together to take to some friends' house where we were planning the local theater production of Macbeth we might produce. There's something about pie that makes you want to share.  ;-)

Blackberry Raspberry Strawberry Pie with Gin Crust

Blackberry Raspberry Strawberry Pie with Gin Crust

Some dear friends came to visit and I made a quick mixed berry pie. We were chatting away and I forgot to sprinkle sugar on top. It makes a surprising difference to the presentation! I used gin to make this crust.

Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger

Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger

I had a hard time today and found that I wanted to make a pie to make my self feel better. I didn't have enough of one fruit for a pie so I put strawberries, plums, and blueberries together with some fresh ginger. It turned out beautiful and makes me happy.  :-)

The bottom crust is made with tequila, left over from another pie. I added some thai ginger salt to the top crust, using wine as the liquid.

Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger

Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger

I had enough left over to make a little pie to give away.  :-)

Strawberry Basil Pie with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper

Strawberry Basil Pie with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper

Wow! This was amazing! The crust has polenta in it so it had a wonderful crunchiness. I used the recipe in First Prize Pies. She uses a lattice crust but I wanted to experiment with something different. I used a honey-milk mixture to paint the crust but I think the honey made the crust edges brown up too much.

I made this for a dinner party that was supposed to be just three of us but turned into eleven! So I also made a Margarita Pie. 

Margarita Pie!

Margarita Pie!

This recipe is also from First Prize Pies. The custardy filling uses tequila, lime juice, and salt, and the whipped cream on top has both sugar and salt in it. Since it's a Margarita Pie I used tequila in the crust instead of water. John wasn't crazy about the whipping cream but I thought it made an amazing package. 

Margarita Pie slice

Margarita Pie slice

So delicious! I'm gonna eat leftovers for breakfast.  :-)

Sweet Potato Pie with Bourbon-Maple Glaze and Candied Pecans

Sweet Potato Pie with Bourbon-Maple Glaze and Candied Pecans

I had an extra crust in the freezer and sweet potatoes so I made a pie, using the recipe from Hoosier Mama pie book. It calls for bourbon in the pie and the glaze but to my amazement, my well-stocked liquor cabinet was out of bourbon so I used some Glenfiddich. The crust was extra from the chicken pie, which means it was made with cheese, but it tastes just fine; the crust has fresh-ground black pepper in it and so does the pie. I call this a Grown-Up Sweet Potato Pie. La!

Desperation Pie

Desperation Pie

Also known as Chess Pie (or “It’s jess pie,” as my southern Sweet Heart would say), but I love the title Desperation Pie because that is exactly what it is—you desperately want to make a pie so you use whatever is in the cupboard, such as sugar, butter, and eggs. This one tastes like a brownie.

Chess Pie in Jars

Chess Pie in Jars

I love the idea of making pies in jars. I guess I enjoy the funny little twist in my brain of eating a pie from a jar. And they're so darned cute. I wish I thought up the idea, but I didn't (Cutie Pies cook book). Maybe one day I will have a cute and clever pie idea of my own. Something to aspire to.  

Peach Cranberry mini pies

Peach Cranberry mini pies

Almost as cute as the pies in jars, these are handheld pies made in the jar lids. So clever! And fun and yummy. Cutie Pies cook book. Next time I will tuck the top crust under the bottom one better so they don't look like sandwiches.

Unbaked Apple Pie with Cheese Crust

Unbaked Apple Pie with Cheese Crust

I made this for my Sweet Heart to take to my cousin's house for SuperBowl, but he didn't get a chance to take a photo of the cooked pie. Dang. I added Red Leicester cheese to the crust. I also used Crisco instead of lard because my cousin is a vegetarian. The pie has lemon rind in it, which was pretty good but I think I'll try a different recipe next time, one with caramel added to it. 

Buttermilk Lemony Pie slice

Buttermilk Lemony Pie slice

Dang, I pre-baked the pie shell and then forgot to turn down the oven to bake the pie and so the crust got over-cooked. I made the crust with buttermilk instead of water. I'll bet it’s gonna taste good anyway. I have blueberries to pour over the top. I made this for a meeting with some friends about a Macbeth production. . . . Except for the very outer rim of the too-cooked crust, the rest of this pie was delicious! Lemony and smooth with crispy crust and organic blueberries!

Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans

Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans

This is a form of Desperation Pie that Paula Haney (Hoosier Mama Book of Pies) says is either called a Funeral Pie or a Wedding Pie, depending on where you are going. It's really a raisin pie. I added pecans because to me it’s just too sweet otherwise. Actually, it’s still too sweet. But yummy!

Slice of Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans

Slice of Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans

Remarkably delicious pie! Wish I had some vanilla ice cream.

Amber’s first pie!

Amber’s first pie!

Amber, my young neighbor down the arroyo, came over and made her first pie! She made a smaller version of Funeral Pie—without rum or pecans. She’ll let me know tomorrow how she liked eating it, but I gotta say she has the makings of a natural pie baker.  :-)

The extra bits

The extra bits

After every pie there are bits of dough left over that I use for tiny tartlets filled with jams. Scarlett made these today—strawberry, red plum, and apricot fillings.  :-)

Lemon Blackbottom pie

Lemon pie with an under-layer of thick dark chocolate! The recipe is from Four and Twenty Blackbirds. I used a large square tart pan because this was for thirteen Shakespeare readers. Elizabeth had brought fresh organic blueberries and they were a perfect addition. 

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

O my great Juno. This is amazing. I combined several recipes for the same kind of pie to get one with the amount of chocolate and coconut and pecans I wanted. It's so dang rich I was able to share it with several people just to make sure I didn't eat it all. 

Classic Chocolate Cream Pie

John's favorite pie at Harry’s Road House is the chocolate cream so he has been wanting me to make him one. When I had a big FAIL on a crust (note to Self: when blind-baking a crust, even when filled with beans, use a pie plate with a lip on it so the crust doesn't melt down into the plate), I used the recipe from United States of Pie. She uses both semisweet hard chocolate and cocoa powder. 

This picture isn't great because it got eaten before I managed to get even this photo. I think John would have liked to just sit down with a fork and eat the whole thing at once. It truly is the best chocolate pie I've ever had. I want more.

Cranberry Chess Pie

I've been wanting to make this for a long time and I'm so glad I did! Except that I made it to take to a meeting and we had to cancel the meeting because of ice and fog and so now—darn it—John and I have to eat it all. It is surprisingly not too sweet, and the unsweetened cranberries are just perfect with it. One of my new favorite pies! 

Cranberry Chess Pie slice

I just had to take a photo of a slice of this yummy pie so I will remember how great it was. And I have to say, the crust came out sooooo perfect.  

Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate

Pumpkin anything is much better with chocolate.  :-)  Add some whipped cream and soooooo terrific! I made this for Thanksgiving but we ended up not having Thanksgiving dinner because of a miraculous event, but the pie was still amazingly tasty!

Mystery Pie

I had leftover fillings from the mini-pies but I did not have the time to make more mini pies. So I pulled out some crusts from the freezer and put all the ingredients from all the leftover mini-pies (pecan bourbon, pear cranberry oat crumble, and apple pie) into one 7-inch pie. I have no idea what kind of crusts these are—one has speckles of some kind of spice and one smells kind of yeasty and looks like it might have cheese in it. It tastes just great and the crust is wonderfully flaky!

Pumpkin pie

John wanted a pumpkin pie. He loves pumpkin pie. And he likes them plain ol’ pumpkin. But the next one I make is going to have chocolate in it.  :-)

Mini-pies!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, Apple Lattice Pie, and Pear Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Crumb Topping, made in muffin tins. I made these for my daughter's baby shower to give away in sets of three as some of the prizes. I love party games. 

Salty Caramel Apple Pie

This didn't come out as salty or as caramel-y as I had hoped. It's a deep-dish ten-inch pie for my First Friday Club 'Shakespeare' readers. I tried to use a cut-out form my mother gave me for the top, but apparently I didn't press hard enough. And of course the form will be prettier on a pie with darker filling. I'll try again with it next week! 

Concord Grape Pie in a Rye and Gin crust

Wow! Concord Grapes are like something from another planet. I've been waiting all year for these to appear in the store and even though I don't have time to go through the whole process to make the pie, when the grapes showed up, I had no choice. And it was worth it. I spread the process out over a couple of days—removing the skins, letting the juice drain, cooking up the insides, mushing it all through the sieve, blending with the skins (LOVE my immersion blender!), making the crust, cooking it up, etc. I wanted to use the recipe in First Place Pies, in which she adds fresh rosemary and gin, but John wasn't crazy about the idea. Since he eats ninety percent of the pie, I did it his way. But next time . . .

Concord Grape Handheld Pies

I made enough innards to make a dozen handheld pies, using the cute little molds my mother gave me for my birthday. This also uses the rye and gin crust. So delicious! Concord grapes are so worth the trouble.  :-)

Pear Bourbon Pie with Raspberries in an open-face Polenta White Wine Crust

I had a left-over crust in the freezer from the corn pudding pie and made it open-face, so it was pretty quick to make this pie. The recipe is from Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie book, although I didn't use her Oat Crumble topping and I added the raspberries. Very yummy, and the soft pears inside contrast nicely with the crunch in the polenta crust.

Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie with Saltine Cracker Crust

Sweet and salty! I made this and the Pear Bourbon pie for my Shakespeare reading group. It's supposed to have salt in the whipped cream but John doesn't like salt in his whipped cream so I set out a small dish of Maldon sea salt flakes for those who wanted it. 

Creamy Corn Custard Pie in Polenta Crust

This was pretty yummy, although it couldn't make up its mind whether it was a sweet or savory pie. I wanted a raspberry sauce on it, while John topped it with my homemade chili.

To cut the corn from the cob, I used my new little device that I bought at Dean & DeLuca while we were visiting my mom in the Napa Valley last week: The Original Lee's Corn Cutter and Creamer. I love handy little tools.  

Yountville Mixed Berry Pie

I was visiting my mom after a working trip to San Francisco and just felt like making a pie. This is a basic mixed berry pie: blackberries, strawberries, blueberries in an all-butter crust. I took a piece with me to eat on the plane home. 

Blueberry Slab Pie with ginger and lemon in a rye and whiskey crust

I had thirteen people over for our monthly Shakespeare reading, this time Much Ado About Nothing. So I had an excuse to make a slab pie! One third of the flour was rye, which gave it a great texture but not too much rye flavor to overpower the blueberries. With vanilla ice cream, it was perfectly terrific. 

Strawberry Pie with Mace and Ginger

I wasn't going to make a pie this Sunday because of this horrendous deadline I'm under for The Non-Designer's Design video, but at the store I saw these luscious strawberries and just had to do something. But it turns out I discovered I would rather eat strawberries uncooked, like in the Strawberry Shortcake Pie, than cooked up all mushy. I made it too sweet too, although John isn't complaining. ;-)  There is a bit of mace in the strawberries so I added some mace and a bit of ginger to the crust. The crust is great, even though it looks a bit overdone. 

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust

I had three-quarters of a box of chocolate wafer cookies left over from the avocado pie and wanted to use them up so I wouldn't eat them so I made this raspberry tart from an Epicurious recipe online. That's logical, right? I made this long tart and four small ones that I gave away to friends and relations. Now John and I have to eat this one. I hope company drops by soon. 

Strawberry Shortcake Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust

Omigosh! Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite things in the world and it was great fun to put it into pie form, inspired by First Prize Pies. Very simple and very yummy and my Shakespeare Readers loved it. Was easy to make a big 10-inch pie, enough to serve everyone. With extra strawberry juice to pour over the top. Had one piece left for breakfast.  :-)

Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

After Matt's play, we celebrated with a small dinner party. Since dinner was fajitas, I made an Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust, recipe from First-Prize Pies. Omigosh it was delicious. And not quite as rich or sweet as you might think—just perfect. 

Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Just a slice of that pie. wow. 

Nectarine Apricot Pie

Summer fruit! I used tonic water in this crust with a little extra sugar. Golly, it is perfect. We had out-of-town guests so I got to make a pie on Friday!

Stone Fruit Skillet Pie with Polenta Crust

I had a dozen people coming over for a Shakespeare reading and didn’t have time to make two pies, so I used my big 12-inch iron skillet and made one big Stone Fruit Pie with nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums, and mango-plums, inspired by the recipe in The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. I put polenta in the crust, as she suggests, which is one of my favorite crusts. Hearty and a tiny bit crunchy. Instead of a top crust, she uses a streusel topping, with the edges of the bottom crust pulled in around the edges. Yum! And there was plenty for all.

Cherry Pies!

I didn't realize that cherry pies are traditionally made with sour cherries, which are really sour, which means you never find them in a grocery store because who wants to eat sour cherries. You have to buy them frozen or canned. But I had a pile of fresh sweet cherries and I thought, "How bad could a pie turn out if it's made with sweet cherries?" It was great. I got to use my nifty little Leifheit Cherrystone Remover, a wonderful device. And I used my smaller, 8-inch Fire King pie plates that I picked up on eBay so I could make pies to share. I used tonic water in the crust, extra sugar and I've decided 1.5 teaspoons of salt for 3 cups of flour is best. My daughter said it was her favorite crust ever. 

Cherry Pies!

Same cherry pie but I just wanted a reminder for myself of this gorgeous crust.  ;-)

Peach Paprika Pie with Dark Ale Crust

I think making crust with dark ale is my favorite. I love the yeasty smell as I roll it out. Yum. The peach recipe is from The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book. She always makes things a little extra special. :-)

Peach Paprika Pie slice with homemade ice cream

This is a slice of the Peach Paprika pie. Good thing I made some vanilla ice cream yesterday!

Apricot open-face Pie

Ha ha! I had an extra parmesan crust left over from making the tuna pie and I had some apricots and candied ginger and put them together into a quick open-face pie. I guess this would be a galette if it wasn’t in the pan, but I didn't want to risk losing all the juicy gooey stuff! The last galette I made (not posted here), most of the wonderful sweet goo escaped. Anyway, the parmesan and ginger-apricots is not a bad combination.

Apricot open-face mini Pie

Angel, my co-madre, loves apricot too so I made this little one just for her with the extra parmesan crust and apricot-ginger filling.  :-)

Blueberry Creamy Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Crikey—graham crackers with butter on them are too tasty! I used a recipe in A Year of Pies for this. Blueberries with ricotta cheese and cream cheese in a graham cracker crust. Not too sweet—just perfect and creamy and yummy! I think I'll have some for breakfast.

Plumberry Galette

I love a galette. It's basically an open-face pie. I had some plums and berries and a defrosted polenta crust so it only took a few minutes to throw this together to take to some friends' house where we were planning the local theater production of Macbeth we might produce. There's something about pie that makes you want to share.  ;-)

Blackberry Raspberry Strawberry Pie with Gin Crust

Some dear friends came to visit and I made a quick mixed berry pie. We were chatting away and I forgot to sprinkle sugar on top. It makes a surprising difference to the presentation! I used gin to make this crust.

Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger

I had a hard time today and found that I wanted to make a pie to make my self feel better. I didn't have enough of one fruit for a pie so I put strawberries, plums, and blueberries together with some fresh ginger. It turned out beautiful and makes me happy.  :-)

The bottom crust is made with tequila, left over from another pie. I added some thai ginger salt to the top crust, using wine as the liquid.

Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger

I had enough left over to make a little pie to give away.  :-)

Strawberry Basil Pie with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper

Wow! This was amazing! The crust has polenta in it so it had a wonderful crunchiness. I used the recipe in First Prize Pies. She uses a lattice crust but I wanted to experiment with something different. I used a honey-milk mixture to paint the crust but I think the honey made the crust edges brown up too much.

I made this for a dinner party that was supposed to be just three of us but turned into eleven! So I also made a Margarita Pie. 

Margarita Pie!

This recipe is also from First Prize Pies. The custardy filling uses tequila, lime juice, and salt, and the whipped cream on top has both sugar and salt in it. Since it's a Margarita Pie I used tequila in the crust instead of water. John wasn't crazy about the whipping cream but I thought it made an amazing package. 

Margarita Pie slice

So delicious! I'm gonna eat leftovers for breakfast.  :-)

Sweet Potato Pie with Bourbon-Maple Glaze and Candied Pecans

I had an extra crust in the freezer and sweet potatoes so I made a pie, using the recipe from Hoosier Mama pie book. It calls for bourbon in the pie and the glaze but to my amazement, my well-stocked liquor cabinet was out of bourbon so I used some Glenfiddich. The crust was extra from the chicken pie, which means it was made with cheese, but it tastes just fine; the crust has fresh-ground black pepper in it and so does the pie. I call this a Grown-Up Sweet Potato Pie. La!

Desperation Pie

Also known as Chess Pie (or “It’s jess pie,” as my southern Sweet Heart would say), but I love the title Desperation Pie because that is exactly what it is—you desperately want to make a pie so you use whatever is in the cupboard, such as sugar, butter, and eggs. This one tastes like a brownie.

Chess Pie in Jars

I love the idea of making pies in jars. I guess I enjoy the funny little twist in my brain of eating a pie from a jar. And they're so darned cute. I wish I thought up the idea, but I didn't (Cutie Pies cook book). Maybe one day I will have a cute and clever pie idea of my own. Something to aspire to.  

Peach Cranberry mini pies

Almost as cute as the pies in jars, these are handheld pies made in the jar lids. So clever! And fun and yummy. Cutie Pies cook book. Next time I will tuck the top crust under the bottom one better so they don't look like sandwiches.

Unbaked Apple Pie with Cheese Crust

I made this for my Sweet Heart to take to my cousin's house for SuperBowl, but he didn't get a chance to take a photo of the cooked pie. Dang. I added Red Leicester cheese to the crust. I also used Crisco instead of lard because my cousin is a vegetarian. The pie has lemon rind in it, which was pretty good but I think I'll try a different recipe next time, one with caramel added to it. 

Buttermilk Lemony Pie slice

Dang, I pre-baked the pie shell and then forgot to turn down the oven to bake the pie and so the crust got over-cooked. I made the crust with buttermilk instead of water. I'll bet it’s gonna taste good anyway. I have blueberries to pour over the top. I made this for a meeting with some friends about a Macbeth production. . . . Except for the very outer rim of the too-cooked crust, the rest of this pie was delicious! Lemony and smooth with crispy crust and organic blueberries!

Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans

This is a form of Desperation Pie that Paula Haney (Hoosier Mama Book of Pies) says is either called a Funeral Pie or a Wedding Pie, depending on where you are going. It's really a raisin pie. I added pecans because to me it’s just too sweet otherwise. Actually, it’s still too sweet. But yummy!

Slice of Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans

Remarkably delicious pie! Wish I had some vanilla ice cream.

Amber’s first pie!

Amber, my young neighbor down the arroyo, came over and made her first pie! She made a smaller version of Funeral Pie—without rum or pecans. She’ll let me know tomorrow how she liked eating it, but I gotta say she has the makings of a natural pie baker.  :-)

The extra bits

After every pie there are bits of dough left over that I use for tiny tartlets filled with jams. Scarlett made these today—strawberry, red plum, and apricot fillings.  :-)

Lemon Blackbottom pie
German Chocolate Pecan Pie
Classic Chocolate Cream Pie
Cranberry Chess Pie
Cranberry Chess Pie slice
Pumpkin Pie with Chocolate
Mystery Pie
Pumpkin pie
Mini-pies!
Salty Caramel Apple Pie
Concord Grape Pie in a Rye and Gin crust
Concord Grape Handheld Pies
Pear Bourbon Pie with Raspberries in an open-face Polenta White Wine Crust
Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie with Saltine Cracker Crust
Creamy Corn Custard Pie in Polenta Crust
Yountville Mixed Berry Pie
Blueberry Slab Pie with ginger and lemon in a rye and whiskey crust
Strawberry Pie with Mace and Ginger
Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Cookie Crust
Strawberry Shortcake Pie with Buttermilk Biscuit Crust
Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust
Avocado Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust
Nectarine Apricot Pie
Stone Fruit Skillet Pie with Polenta Crust
Cherry Pies!
Cherry Pies!
Peach Paprika Pie with Dark Ale Crust
Peach Paprika Pie slice with homemade ice cream
Apricot open-face Pie
Apricot open-face mini Pie
Blueberry Creamy Pie with Graham Cracker Crust
Plumberry Galette
Blackberry Raspberry Strawberry Pie with Gin Crust
Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger
Strawberry Plum Blueberry Pie with Ginger
Strawberry Basil Pie with Balsamic Vinegar and Pepper
Margarita Pie!
Margarita Pie slice
Sweet Potato Pie with Bourbon-Maple Glaze and Candied Pecans
Desperation Pie
Chess Pie in Jars
Peach Cranberry mini pies
Unbaked Apple Pie with Cheese Crust
Buttermilk Lemony Pie slice
Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans
Slice of Funeral Pie with Rum and Pecans
Amber’s first pie!
The extra bits