A Busy Week of Making Pies

Last week was one of the busiest weeks I’ve ever had as an aspiring pie baker and making pies, but boy was it fun! From baking multiple pie recipes, which for me, was a first, for a graduation party – to putting on a pie baking competition for my daughter’s soccer team at their team dinner, I knew way before hand that the week would silly crazy!

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Best Pie Recipes for the Week of May 6th

Best Pie Recipes for the Week of May 6th! Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone is starting off the day and has at least SOME idea of what they’re going to do over the weekend? Not sure how it is in your part of the country (or world), but here in the southern part of Idaho, its a bit cool, a little windy, but all good. We needed a few days break after the heat we’ve been getting for the past week. And, if you don’t have concrete plans for the weekend, or are just ‘playing it by ear’ so-to-speak, I’ve got a great round-up of the Best Pie Recipes I’ve managed to come across this past week. Take a peek, see what peeks your interest, and please return and comment how it turned out!

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Measurement and Conversion Chart for Rhubarb Stalks

At the time of writing up this guide, my experience at making pie recipes using Rhubarb stalks was limited to one single solitary Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. It turns out, not surprisingly, that rhubarb pie recipes are quite common and frequently requested. The challenge with this, that I quickly discovered, is understanding how many rhubarb stalks I needed for a cup of chopped rhubarb. So I put together this handy guide on HOW TO MEASURE RHUBARB to help me (and YOU) out, when baking up that next rhubarb pie recipe!

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Boise’s New Lunch Spot The Funky Taco

The Funky Taco. I don’t know if this will become a weekly or b-weekly feature here on the Pie Addict, but carving out a day to visit and eat at some of Boise’s awesome lunch hangouts is pretty fun?! This week, my foodie associate, Nathan and I, as well as several others took a walk down the block to Boise’s ‘food row’ on 8th street downtown and visited The Funky Taco!

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Vietnamese Pho (Pronounced “fuh”) at Pho Nouveau

Vietnamese Pho. I may not have tried a great many dishes in my lifetime, but I am certainly open to trying new dishes should the opportunity present itself. So today, a couple co-workers and myself, ventured a couple blocks over to the Vietnamese Bistro, Pho Nouveau. Although both co-workers had been there before, this was my first time, not only eating at the establishment but eating Vietnamese food. Thankfully, I had my co-worker, Lisa, who is Vietnamese, help ‘school’ and guide me through this most delicious meal!

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Pies to Make This Week! Pie Recipe Round-up.

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!

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A Visit to Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole! In Phoenix, Arizona

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!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

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!

Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole!
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole!

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!!

Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

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!

Mamma Toledo's The Pie Hole
Mamma Toledo’s The Pie Hole

A Quick & Easy Pie For The Office? Dutch Apple Pie

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…

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Dutch Apple Pie

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.

The apples I had peeled, cored and sliced in a few minutes using my handy-dandy Starfrit Pro-Apple Peeler and Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer!

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!

dutch apple pie
Dutch Apple Pie

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!

14 Sweet & Scrumptious Easter Baking Ideas

Sweet & Scrumptious Easter Baking Ideas for you! Easter Sunday is fast approaching and hopefully by now you have everything already planned out as far as Easter dinner is concerned. But what about those delightful sweets and desserts everyone so looks forward to? If you don’t already have a recipe ready that goes perfect with supper, here are 16 quick and easy ideas to consider!

14 Popular Sweet Easter Baking Ideas

Coconut Cream Pie by Rock Recipes

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Coconut Cream Pie

Lemon Chiffon Pie by Leigh Anne Wilkes

Easter Baking Ideas
Lemon Chiffon Pie

Decadent Chocolate Espresso Pie on Country Living

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Chocolate Espresso Pie

Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie by Baking Sense

Easter Baking Idea
Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie by Rock Recipes

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Mississippi Mud Pie by A Treats Affair

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Mississippi Mud Pie

Key Lime Pie by Leigh Anne Wilkes

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Key Lime Pie

Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie

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Chocolate Raspberry Cream Pie

Strawberry and Cream Pie on The Pie Addict

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Strawberry and Cream Pie

Chocolate French Silk Pie

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Chocolate French Silk Pie

Lemon Cream Pie from A Spicy Perspective

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Lemon Cream Pie

Classic Chess Pie from A Spicy Perspective

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Classic Chess Pie

Butterscotch Pie by Saving Dessert

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Butterscotch Pie

Pear Crumble Pie by Saving Dessert

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Pear Crumble Pie

There you have you have it. Fourteen wonderful Easter Desserts to help you polish off another hopefully wonderful Easter 2018. If you make any of the recipes listed, I would love to hear how they turned out in the comments below. Happy Easter everyone!

Pie Recipes Featured This Week! Pie Recipe Round-up.

Pie Recipes Featured This Week. It’s Friday again folks and besides being on the doorstep to hopefully a relaxing and fulfilling weekend, here are some of the wonderful pie recipes that made there way around the Web this past week! Take a peek and try one of this out, then come on back and let me know how they turned out in the comments below! Enjoy!

Pie Recipes for the Week:

Mixed Berry Cobbler - Bake or Break

A Cobbler using a combination of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, or you choose a few of your favorite berries, or just stick to one. You never have to make this dessert the same way twice!

recipe roundupMile High Lemon Meringue Pie - A Feast for the Eyes

A luscious Lemon Meringue Pie with a Marshmallow Cream meringue. With just the right amount of tartness and a topping that is the crowning glory with a billowy and just the right amount of sweet, marshmallow fluff
recipe roundupLemon Sour Cream Pie - Tastes Better from Scratch

Supposedly one of the BEST Lemon Sour Cream Pie recipes out and about that definitely needs to be tried sooner rather than later.
recipe roundupSlow Cooker Apple Pear Crisp - Damn Delicious

The easiest fuss-free apple pear crisp made right in your crockpot with a sweet crispy topping that is TO DIE FOR!!! The most difficult thing about this is choosing which ice cream flavor to go with your apple crisp.
recipe roundupPeach Cobbler - Buns in my Oven

This peach cobbler recipe is made with a super simple filling of fresh or frozen peaches, brown sugar, and cinnamon. The cobbler topping is outrageously good and you won’t be able to stop nibbling on it!
recipe roundupEasy No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie - Completely Delicious

The dreamiest (and easiest!) no-bake coconut cream pie recipe around! There’s no baking or cooking required to make this simple coconut cream pie! All you need is a few basic ingredients, a pie dish, and your refrigerator. Easy-peasey!
recipesCoconut Cream Pie - Baker Betty

This classic recipe for coconut cream pie combines several pastry components. Rich and creamy coconut pastry cream is the filling of the buttery pie crust and its all topped with real whipped cream and toasted coconut. This pie is bakery quality and is sure to impress!
recipe roundupChocolate Velvet Pie with Meringue Crust - That Skinny Chick Can Bake

A dreamy chocolate velvet pie in a melt in your mouth meringue crust! A meringue shell is topped with incredibly rich, dreamy chocolate whipped cream and chocolate shards.
recipe roundupRaspberry Cream Pie - Tikkido

A cool, creamy, and delicious raspberry pie with graham cracker crust. Think a fruity raspberry layer atop a creamy bottom and textured nicely with a graham cracker bottom.
Banana Pudding Peanut Butter Pie - The Gold Lining Girl

An irresistible, easy-to-make, no-bake dessert! This Banana Pudding Peanut Butter Pie is a cinch, and who doesn’t love bananas and peanut butter together?

Here are the websites of the talented Bakers featured above:
Bake or Break – http://www.bakeorbreak.com/
A Feast for the Eyes – http://www.afeastfortheeyes.net/
Tastes Better from Scratch – https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/
Damn Delicious – https://damndelicious.net/
Buns in my Oven – https://www.bunsinmyoven.com/
Completely Delicious – https://www.completelydelicious.com/
Baker Bettie – https://bakerbettie.com/
That Skinny Chick Can Bake – https://www.thatskinnychickcanbake.com/
Tikkido – https://tikkido.com/
The Gold Lining Girl – https://thegoldlininggirl.com/

For more Recipes featured on the Pie Addict head over to our Recipe Index!

Boise’s Lemon Tree Co is Open and It’s Pretty Amazing!

Boise’s Lemon Tree Co is Open! Everyone who’s anyone that either frequented downtown Boise or ventured downtown from time to time for lunch at any one of the amazing spots there, has probably heard of the Bleubird? You know, that hot lunch spot on the corner of 10th and Bannock Street that always seemed to have winding lines down the sidewalk? Well, the Bleubird is gone, but all hope is not lost! In it’s place is an all new sandwich spot that’ll have you forgetting about the Bleubird after the first bite of one their special and unique artisan sandwiches!

Lemon Tree Co Artisan Sandwiches

The Lemon Tree
Boise Latest Downtown Lunch Spot

If you get a moment to check out the Lemon Tree Co online menu, one of the first things that will strike you (well, it struck me anyways), was the unique and interesting ways various ingredients were mixed and used in literally all of the sandwiches? I’m not going to spoil it for you, so head here to check out the menu, but I will say, some of the items are a bit odd at first glance, but no doubt delicious!

The nice thing to note is that they pay special attention to VEGETARIANS and VEGANS here so there’s something on the menu for everyone!

The Peruvian

Lemon Tree Co
The PERUVIAN Sandwich

On my first visit to the Lemon Tree Co, the one sandwich that caught my attention almost immediately was THE PERUVIAN.

Maybe its the Carnivore in me, but just looking at what the PERUVIAN was made up of, had me wagging my tongue.

Let me lay it out for you.

Genoa salami, ham, apple-wood bacon, sausage crumbles, Monterrey jack, Peruvian sauce, Fritos®. Yep! FRITOS!

The bacon and sausage had me from the get-go, and the Monterrey Jack, melted over top that was the icing on top! Not going to lie, the Fritos gave me pause initially, as I’m not one to usually put chips in my sandwich (although I know many who do, so I know this is not uncommon). But you have to try everything as is, once, right?

All, I’ll say is that I’m glad I tried it because the PERUVIAN has instantly become one of my favorite sandwiches in Boise. I may even go grab another as soon as I’m done here?!

Lemon Tree Co

A good lunch spot (like a breakfast joint) is tough to find at times. And even though downtown Boise has a number of notable and delicious destinations to grab lunch at, mark my words, the Lemon Tree Co will make its mark, and sooner rather than later.

I encourage and highly recommend you make your way there, and soon, before word gets out and they long lines of their own snaking down Bannock!

A Visit to Dangerously Delicious Pies DC

Dangerously Delicious Pies. Back in our nation’s capital for the week for ‘work’ (and by WORK I mean my DAY JOB) and made sure to make an effort to work my way down to one of Washington D.C.’s most prestigious pie shops – Dangerously Delicious Pies. Oh, they had great pies (I picked up a blackberry while I was there), but there was even more going with Dangerously Delicious Pies than I realized!

dangerously delicious pies
Dangerously Delicious Pies

First off, I love the ambiance of Dangerously Delicious Pies. Its got a great and unique look inside the pie shop, and one that really set it apart from other shops I have visited.

There was ‘some’ seating that I saw, but not much, which gave me the impression that most just pies ordered for pickup. The staff were ultra friendly, and were genuinely eager, to listen to my personal story and path taken toward opening my own catering service back home.

Dangerously Delicious Pies

As you can probably tell, I really REALLY liked the Dangerously Delicious Pie packaging. The branding was top tier!

Many probably don’t pay much attention to the box you pick a pie up in, and that’s understandable. For me, however, I love great design and especially uniquely branded packaging, like the box my blackberry pie came in from Dangerously Delicious Pies.

It was a heavy cardboard carton with a comprehensive list of my fruit and savory pies around the edge of the packaging. The website address was emblazoned on one edge as well. And on the lid, an all black, branded Dangerously Delicious Pie logo design. I loved it! Yea, I’m weird like that!

Dangerously Delicious Pies
Dangerously Delicious Pies

Despite there being a rather lengthy list of pies, typically sold by Dangerously Delicious Pies, there was probably only about half of those ready to go in the shop.

I had a hard time deciding between the Caramel Apple Crumble, Mixed Berry, Blueberry and Blackberry pies on-hand, but ultimately chose the Blackberry.

Crust was both plentiful (pretty thick and tender) and tasty, and the blackberry filling was deep!

Dangerously Delicious Pies
Dangerously Delicious Pies

Not sure when I’ll be able to make my way back to Washington D.C., so I made sure to make the most of my opportunity, and visit Dangerously Delicious Pies.

What’s the message here? Never take any day (or any THING) for granted. If you’re ever on a trip (personal or business), always live every day like it the last. Take advantage of your opportunities as you never know when you’ll get another.

Boise Burek at the Sofra Bosnian Grill

Ever had Burek? I think the first time I tried Burek was maybe 6 months or so ago, and it only took that one time to hook me! So what is it? Burek is a baked filled pastry, made of a thin flaky dough (phyllo or filo). They can be made with a cheese, spinach or even meat filling. The first and only time I had this wonderful pastry, it was homemade, but something this good had to be be offered elsewhere. This weekend, I made it my mission to find out where!

I started by harassing…er…asking a Bosnian buddy of mine if he could teach me how to make Burek, as he had bragged previously to me that he could make these. He then proceeded to tell me that it was not HE, that knew how to make them but his significant other! However, he did mention that we could venture to a Bosnian restaurant here in Boise that made WONDERFUL tasting Burek. SOLD! I immediately scooped him up and off we went to the SOFRA BOSNIAN GRILL.

If you live in Boise, or ever visit (which I do encourage you do!), the SOFRA BOSNIAN GRILL is located just off Overland Road at 3665 E Overland Rd in Meridian.

It’s nestled in the midst of a business park of sorts, so its easy to miss, if you’re not familiar with that part of town. There was plenty of seating when we arrived, however I was told, that during the weekdays, especially during lunch hour, the place is tough to get into!

They had a large menu, though we went right for their coveted meat-filled Burek, so I didn’t really have a chance to see what else was offered. Just another excuse for me to make a return visit!

Service was quick! We each received two warm, golden crusted, meat-filled Burek’s and small salad which we wasted no time in digging in. Ten to fifteen minutes later, our plates were cleaned and we were absolutely spent!

The Burek’s we ordered were the meat-filled ones, which was basically a ground beef filling. And, although I also wanted to try the cheese filled Burek, I literally had no space left in my stomach, so we ordered a couple to-go!

If you ever want to give Burek a try, venture up to the SOFRA BOSNIAN GRILL. And even if you are out and about during the lunch hour, still head that way. The menu is bound to have something both warm and delicious!

Boise Co-op Berry Hand Pies

Boise Co-op Berry Hand Pies. I’m going to ‘chalk up’ this particular opportunity to my co-worker down at my ‘Day Job’ for stopping by the Boise Co-op and bringing me one of there Berry Hand Pies.

If you’ve been following any of my Facebook or Twitter posts (or not), you might’ve heard this before, but 2018 is going to be my year for exploring hand pie recipes. In particular, Berry Hand Pies.

Boise CO-OP Berry Hand Pies
I don’t get around to the Boise Co-op as much as I should, but the few times I have been there, I have always walked out with an armful (or two) of good quality food and ingredients. But I never in a million years thought they would have something as delicious, as the Berry hand pie, I had the good fortune of DEVOURING this morning.

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Berry Hand Pie from the Boise Co-op

When I first tasted the berry hand pie, I at once picked up on the thickness of the crust which was much thicker than I would have thought a hand pie crust would be. It might’ve been ‘too thick’ for me personally, but that didn’t make it any less delicious. It definitely had some great flavor to it, perhaps buttery crust recipe?

The berry filling inside was just as good as any mixed berry filling recipe I have had, and it was plentiful enough to help balance out the thickness of the crust.

It definitely warrants further ‘investigation’, as one berry hand pie was not nearly enough for this Pie Addict. But, from what I was able to sample this morning, I would definitely recommend others to give it a try, should you be near one of the Boise Co-op‘s locations!

Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie

A Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie that’s both rich and flavorful. Take a moment and think – a crumbled, sugar cookie topping, spread over a sweet and juicy, layer homemade apple pie filling, that sits atop a tangy cream cheese filling and a thin, buttery sugar cookie crust. WHAT THA’ WHAT?!

If I’m not mistaken, I do believe this is my first post for the New Year, 2018. So, Happy Belated New Year (9 days in…)! Better late than never right?!

First off, I’m breaking my own self-imposed restriction by making a pie in January. As you may or MAY NOT know, pies are heavy (or HEAVIER) in-demand during the holidays (November and December) and hence I was quite busy both making at DEVOURING copious amounts of pie. Both of my own hand and from others! I had therefor imposed a 30 day ban on myself, from eating pie, in order to give my poor body some reprieve.

I made it NINE DAYS! LOL!

What can I say… I’m a statistic for having broken one of my New Year resolutions, but I have a good excuse why!

Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie

The Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie recipe is based on Averie’s wonderful creativity over at AverieCooks.com, with some slight modifications – notably of which, making our own applie pie filling rather than using a canned filling. Well, do you want to be a PIE BAKER, and make it ALL (or, MOST) from scratch or do ya?!

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – Making the apple pie filling

Other than being a very much, unique pie recipe, I’m not sure why I felt compelled to break my solemn vow to the New Year Resolution Gods.

Maybe it was because I had made so many delicious and well-received, Cranberry Apple Crumbles during the holidays, that another crumble seemed logical? Or maybe even the notion of making something combining both cheesecake and an apple crumble peaked my interest? whatever the reason, when I came upon Averie’s recipe, I just knew I had to make it, and sooner rather than later! Bye bye New Year Resolution! See ya in 2019!

apple crumble
Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – Making the sugar cookie crust

Not gonna lie, I do appreciate pie recipes with relatively short ingredient lists OR that use fairly common ingredients. In other words, ingredients that are typically used in a variety of other pies. Averie’s recipe is just such a recipe, using sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, cinnamon…you get the gist.

Using commonly used pie ingredients insures that I will most likely have most of the required ingredients on-hand, saving both TIME and MONEY! Both good things to save on eh?

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – spreading the cream cheese mix

For the MOST part, I followed along with the Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie recipe with the exception for the apple pie filling. Instead of purchasing a can of this, I elected to venture out and try making this myself! We are, of course… PIONEERING PIE MAKERS are we not?!

For this, since I have never personally done this, I settled on a simple ‘Homemade Apple Pie Filling‘ recipe by Dorothy over at Crazy for Crust.

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – spreading the homemade apple pie filling

Again, another recipe using commonly used pie ingredients, that I was able to whip out and have sitting and waiting for the rest of the ‘pie project’ to catch up!

I’m not going to post the recipe or steps here, as that would be disingenuous to the work and effort put in by both Averie at AverieCooks.com and Dorothy at CrazyForCrust.com to share these recipes. So, please click on the links and venture there to grab the recipes, but be sure to return!!

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Sugar Cookie Apple Crumble Cheesecake Pie – finished pie

I will close in just saying this, however. Maybe its the fact that I’m on a ‘CRUMBLE’ tear right now, but the sugar cookie crumble recipe on this dish is one of the best crumbles I’ve had to date! Not kidding! It has such a different but delicious taste, that I can’t help but to think how this would taste on other crumble dishes? Definitely something I look forward to experimenting with.

Tools used to create this dish

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OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Bladed Dough Blender and Cutter

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VonShef Hand Mixer With Chrome Beater, Dough Hook, 5 Speed and Turbo Button

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Pie Dish
Pyrex Bakeware 9-1/2-Inch Scalloped Pie Plate

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Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

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How To Make A Cranberry Apple Crumble

Cranberry Apple Crumble – A simple and relatively quick, dessert dish made with fresh, vibrant red cranberries, deep green, Granny Smith apples with a crunchy, sweet homemade crumble. Serve it up warm and top with a hefty scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and it’s GO TIME!

cranberry apple crumble recipe

With Thanksgiving just gone, and the kitchen all but emptied of all that great food and dessert, I started to get that ‘itch’ that something needed to get baked, and STAT!

I Had wanted to make SOMETHING with fresh cranberries in it, since before Thanksgiving and never got around to it, so whatever I was going to do, HAD to involve cranberries. But it also had to include apples, because I felt like having apples. No other particular reason. LOL!

cranberry apple crumble

Immediately I began to scour my favorite GO-TO source for both great recipes and great food photos – Pinterest. And managed, with little effort, to come across a number of cranberry apple pie recipes.

How I decided to do a crumble topped pie rather than my typical double crust pie, I cannot tell you. What I can tell you however, is that it was a great choice! I had only made a crumble topped pie once and I absolutely loved it! I loved making the crumble and I loved how it came out. So, it didn’t take long to find a cranberry apple crumble recipe, because let me tell you….judging by the number of recipes I found, it apparently was a popular dish!

The recipe I ended up settling on, was based on the recipe by Sharon, the Certified Pastry Aficionado!

Sharon’s recipe caught my attention for a number of reasons:

  • Her instructions were right on point. I followed to the ‘T’ and the result was one of the more delicious pies I have ever made. And only had to have one go at it, which was a plus as well
  • For some reason, ingredients that involve both white and brown sugar are enticing to me. I can’t explain why, but it seems like the recipes I have done, that involved both sugars, often gave the dish a different yet amazingly unique flavor.
  • The photos of her Cranberry Apple Crumble were perfect. They gave me just enough close-up shots, of the filling and that amazing crumble topping, to really get the mouth watering and anxious to taste!

cranberry apple pie

As I mentioned above, I had never had anything with fresh cranberries, so this was going to be a treat on soooooo many levels. I didn’t know what to expect on my first bite, so the excitement was more than I could contain, after I pulled that hot, bubbling, dish from the oven.

Don’t judge! But I had no idea cranberries were so TART?! My experience with cranberries was ‘cranberry sauce’ and we all know how sweet that is. Definitely didn’t prepare me for the tartness of the cranberries. But that, coupled with the tenders chunks of sweetened apples was….I can’t even describe! It was good.

cranberry apple pie

And take that, and mix it in with a crunchy, sweet crumble that reminded me more of crumbled cookies on top than anything and this was a dish that was going places! Definitely a recipe I fully intended to tuck away in my ‘bag’ of special recipes for those special occasions!

Not to duplicate efforts, and wanting to make sure I pass along my thanks for an amazing recipe, here is the recipe for the Cranberry Apple Crumble from Certified Pastry Aficionado

Enjoy!

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust for Pie

Do you know How to Make Graham Cracker Crust for pie? I only ask this because knowing how to make graham cracker crust is one of the fundamental skills, in my opinion, that every aspiring pie baker should know how to do. This short post will guide you through the simple task at making a graham cracker pie crust.

Understanding How to Make Graham Cracker Crust for Pie has always been one of those ‘GO-TO’ pie crusts that I can fall back on, if I need to come up with a pie crust quickly and simply. Especially if I’m throwing together one of my cream pies, like the French Silk pie or my Strawberries and Cream pie, and don’t feel like going with a sweeter option (for example – a cookie crust), knowing How to Make Graham Cracker Crust is crucial.

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust for Pie
How to Make Graham Cracker Crust

A great example happened just a few weeks back. The wife and I were on the road, away from home and my plethora of kitchen tools and equipment, visiting my cousins.

Naturally, they wanted a pie made during our short stay there – a strawberry and cream pie to be precise. Not having access to my food processor to chop up my usual go-to pie crust for this – either Lorna Doone or Nilla wafers, I ‘fell back’ to a simple and quick go-to. You got it! A graham cracker crust. Something I could mash up by hand, in a zip lock, and call it good!

Anyways you get the gist. Understanding How to make a graham cracker crust can be very useful to you when in a bind. And besides that, a graham cracker crust goes with almost anything!

The recipe in the video below, from AllRecipes is a great one I just came across, which was slightly different than what I was accustomed to making. I don’t usually put as much sugar and no cinnamon, but after I tried this one out, I became instantly hooked and added the recipe to my ‘bag of tricks’.

Watch the video and try it out. I think you’ll find it surprisingly delicious!

How to Make Graham Cracker Crust

How to Choose the Best Apples for Baking Apple Pie

What are the Best Apples for Baking Apple Pie? When I first took a REAL interest in making and baking pie, I started with learning my mother’s apple pie recipe, passed down from generation after generation. I knew that she ALWAYS used those deep green, Granny Smith apples, so as far as I was concerned, that was THE apple of choice for all apple pie. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

best apples for baking apple pie

It wasn’t until I truly walked through a produce section in the supermarket and really took the time to peruse through the multitude of apple types. The dizzying array of colors and names enough to overwhelm any aspiring baker if you don’t know what you’re looking for…or what you SHOULD be looking for?

When looking for the best apples to bake apple pie with, understand that not every apple type is good to bake apple pie with.

Best Apples for Baking Apple Pie

Apple TypeFlavorTextureBest Uses
Red Deliciousbest apples for bakingVery sweetGets MUSHY when cooked. Skin is thick & BitterJust for eating as is, for a snack. Not good for baking with.
McIntosh Apple
McIntosh apple
Sweet & mildly tartTender yet slightly 'grainy'Best used for making apple sauce or eating out of hand
Braeburn Apple
best apples for baking
Very sweet & mildly tart (like a Granny Smith)Quite crispBest used for making pies, tarts, apple sauce, just plain eating
Rome Apple
rome apple
Not very sweetthick skin and fairly firm 'flesh'Best used for apple sauce
Fuji Apple
fuji apple
Very sweet w/great tasteCrisp with a pear-like textureBest for eating out of hand
Golden Delicious
golden delicious
Both sweet and tartCrisp when fresh. Softens when bakedGreat for pies, apple sauce and 'apple butter'
Cortland Apples
cortland apple
Both sweeter and more tart than McIntosh w/mild flavorTender and slightly grainApple sauce or eating out of hand.
Empire
empire apple
Very sweet and very tart with a good level of juicinessFirm & crunchyBest to eat our of hand
Gala Apple
gala apples
Both Mild & sweet with a good amount of tartnessthin-skin with a grainy textureBest to eat out of hand
Granny Smith
granny smith apples
Very tartFirm, crunchy, and slightly grainy. Best used for making pies and eating out of hand

Can You Mix apples When Baking Apple Pie?

When looking at the best apples for baking apple pie, the question often comes up, can I MIX different types of apples in any given apple pie? The answer is an absolute ‘YES’ however this may take some trial and error and trying out different things.

I personally, prefer to use only one type of apple when baking apple pie, but by no means, let that hinder you from trying out something new and potentially magnificent?! For instance, you can try combining granny smith’s (very tart) with someone sweet like a Braeburn (sweet) in your apple pie recipe? The tartness of the Granny Smith’s might go well with Braeburn’s and you probably wouldn’t have to add much more sugar since the Braeburn’s are naturally sweet?

Just takes some experimentation and exploration. something WE ALL LOVE to do anyways, right?

Apple Tools That Could Come in Handy

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CAST MAGNESIUM APPLE PEELER by Spiralizer, Durable Heavy Duty Die Cast Magnesium Alloy Apple Slicer, Corer, Peeler
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best apples for baking apple piePrepworks by Progressive Thin Apple Slicer and Corer
The Thin Apple Slicer from prep works is a quick and safe way to easily core and slice an apple.
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Have some input on apples you’ve used for baking apple pie NOT on this list? Please let me and the other readers know in the comments below!

Freezing Apple Pie Baked or Unbaked

Whether making an apple pie for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other special occasion, event, or even a potluck at the office, it’s nice if you can plan ahead, and make your pie early. Problem is, you don’t want it sitting out too long, so the best thing to do is to freeze it until you’re ready. Freezing apple pie baked or unbaked is not a difficult task, but there is a way to do it correctly. Let me show you how.

First, some quick and basic pie storage tips:

Refrigerate pies containing eggsBe aware that pumpkin, custard and cream pies do not freeze successfully.
Fruit pies keep at room temperature for two daysyou can store them, loosely covered, in the refrigerator for up to two days longer. (In warm climates, always store fruit pies in the refrigerator.)
You can freeze both baked and unbaked pie crusts.An unbaked crust will keep for 2 months in the freezer; a baked crust will keep for 4 months.
To thaw a baked pie crustunwrap and let stand at room temperature, or heat in the oven at 350°F for about 6 minutes.
Don't thaw unbaked crustsbake them right out of the freezer.
To serve a frozen double-crust pieunwrap and thaw at room temperature for 1 hour. Heat pie at 375°F on the lowest oven rack for 35 to 40 minutes or until warm.

Freezing Apple Pie Unbaked

Now, it is possible to freeze the pie dough, after you have made it, and shaped it into disks, as well as the pie filling, after you’ve prepared the fruit and already sugar, spices and thickener.

But this is NOT recommended.

You have to remember, if you do it this way, you still have to thaw out these components and make the pie.

The best method is to MAKE the complete pie first, up until its time to bake it, then freeze it. That way, when you’re ready to make it, take it out of the freezer, place in the fridge, let it thaw overnight, then bake it!

King Arthur Flour has an easy to follow way to freezing apple pie, the proper way.

Freezing Apple Pie [King Arthur Flour]
freezing apple pie

Now, to answer a commonly asked question first, YES, you CAN freeze apple pie (or any fruit pie, for that matter), after you have already baked it. It’s really quite simple. Keep reading…

Freezing Apple Pie Already Baked

We’re going to do this in TWO EASY STEPS. Ready?

First: After you’ve baked your apple pie (again, this pretty much applies to any fruit pies), let it cool to room temperature on the counter, or more specifically, a cooling rack (see – cooling racks).

Next: Seal the pie well. I recommend using a good quality, plastic freezer bag. Just make sure all the air is pulled out, as best you can. I have heard some even use a straw to suck out all the air you can, before sealing. Tie it up tight, use a marker to label what kind of pie it is on the plastic, the date you made it, and if you have room, some simple baking instructions. Makes it easy, unless you like fishing through recipes, weeks down the road trying to remember how you were supposed to bake the pie?

If you have multiple pies to freeze. DO NOT STACK THEM. Until that is, they have frozen, then feel free to pile on!