Pies to Make This Week. The weather in my neck of the woods is finally hitting its stride with forecasts stating we’ll be in the low 80s today. I think its safe to say it, but WINTER IS OVER!! LOL! So, with that, here is another round-up of great PIE RECIPES from talented Bakers around the Web that should inspire you to come up with ideas for Pies to Make. As always, take time to try one of these out, then come on back and let me know the results in the comments below! Enjoy!
Had the opportunity to visit Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole while down in Phoenix, Arizona for my daughter’s soccer tournament. I make every attempt when I’m traveling for work or pleasure (or my daughter’s sports for that matter, since this seems to be happening a lot more in recent years…), to discover what PIE SHOP is most popular or highly rated in a given area and visit with them. Well, despite there being various other pie shops in the area, after some inquiries with locals, it seemed to me that Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole was THE place to go for great pie. ‘Nuff said!
Can I make a ‘related yet un-related comment’ before I begin? I absolutely Love Google Maps. I’m old enough to remember the days of pulling out a paper map and spreading it the width of the front of the car, only to stare it at it, perplexed, as you tried to make sense of the spaghetti-like highways and roads. I don’t know how we ever found anything! Google Maps is a Godsend! Anyways, I digress!
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Once we found Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole, in an unassuming strip mall in Phoenix suburbia, I wasted no time barreling out of the cool confines of our compact, out into the already HOT, mid-morning Arizona sun, and into the small, but lively decorated Mamma Toledo’s!
First that I noticed was their immaculate and colorful board of menu items, with not only a long list of fruit and cream pies but lunch and breakfast as well. See the menu for yourself here!
Next, was the display case, a huge love of mine when I walk into a pie shop!
They had a great assortment of fruit and cream pies ready to go, either whole or by the slice.
The wife and I quickly made our decision for a slice of the ‘BROWN SUGAR PEACH PIE’ and hastily took our seats and dove in. They also had ice cream on-hand for a little ‘a la mode’ but we opted for just the pie on first visit.
It was wonderful.
Side note – I had ordered two slices of the Brown Sugar Peach, but they only served and charged us for one. I went back to the counter to explain that we needed two slices and proceeded to pay for the second slice, to which Tonya Saidi, who runs and manages Mamma Toledo’s, told me to not worry about paying for the second slice. Great pies AND friendly customer service!
But we weren’t quite done.
I purchased a Mamma Toledo’s shirt, which I ALWAYS do when visiting a pie shop and grabbed a 9″ lattice, Mixed Berry pie to take back to the hotel to a tired and beat, yet ravenous group of 13yr old soccer playing girls. They had done well, so I figured I’d add a bit of pie to their dessert! THEY LOVED IT!!
I had heard so much about Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole upon arriving into Phoenix, that I knew we had to make the trip, and I’m glad we did.
Great service, and wonderful looking shop and delicious pies, Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole met and exceeded my expectations! Thank you for a wonderful experience!
Dutch Apple Pie is perhaps one of the quickest and easiest pies to make, when you’re pressed for time, want something slightly different than a double crust apple pie, and uses ingredients that most have on-hand.
I knew this workplace ‘get-together/Birthday celebration’ was going down at least a week ago, and still I procrastinated. How many of you can relate? You know there’s a date, where you’ve committed to baking and bring something in, and well, life happens, and next thing you know that date has crept up on you and now you’re in panic mode?! Yes, the struggle is indeed very REAL!
I had toyed with various ideas of what I wanted to make, but once it became the ‘night before’ the event, all that crap went out the window, and now we just had to put something, ANYTHING together.
The initial plan was to make a crumble, since I really wanted to practice my ‘CRUMBLE GAME’ a little more. Couldn’t settle on one to tackle, but since I had some Granny Smith Apples on-hand, whatever I ended up deciding upon would definitely have apples in it!
Found a quick and easy recipe for Dutch Apple Pie by Joy over at Genius Kitchen, that was almost too perfect for me and my current dilemma. It used apples (which I had on-hand) and pretty much every ingredient it asked for I also had plenty of it already in the pantry. No-brainer, especially since I was pressed for time… OH CRAP?! It’s already 9pm…UGH! Gotta get to baking!
One Hour, 30 Minutes Later…
The recipe listed on Genius Kitchen states that it should only take you an hour to make, however, since I rarely buy pre-made pie shells anymore, I opted to quickly make my own crust – the recipe to which could be found here!
Dutch Apple Pie
I prepared my pie crust, in literally no-time and got them in the fridge and chilling while I prepped everything else.
I tossed these with both brown and white sugars, lemon juice, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
The crumble topping took just about the same amount of time, working the mixture of flour, sugars, and butter until coarsely crumbled with my pastry blender. Side note – I LOVE working ingredients in by hand. Just makes me feel more ‘involved’ and engaged with whatever I’m making. Yes, I know, I’m strange…but I’m OWNING IT!
With my pie pastry adequately chilled, I rolled out the bottom crust into the pie pan, scooped up my seasoned and sugared apples into the shell, topped with my crumble and baked for 50-55min.
DING! House smelling good, pie ever so slightly bubbling up through the crumbled topping, I knew it was ready for its cool down!
As of this writing, we had not yet had the opportunity to dive in and taste as the work celebration wasn’t scheduled until later the next day. So fingers crossed, everything turned out well. If the smell is any indication, the office is definitely in for a sweet and delicious treat!