What is the Best Pie Cookbook for your Collection?

What is the Best Pie Cookbook? Definitely a question that can generate some heated and passionate discussion, no doubt. There are so many pie cookbooks out on the market and more showing up every month, that it would be difficult to gather them all up in one place. Plus, like everything else, everyone will have their favorites depending on personal preferences, experiences, needs and likes. So what we’ve done is give you a grouping of thePie Cookbooks that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed over the years. Hopefully some of these could also steer you into more successful and delicious pie-making endeavors!

What is the Best Pie Cookbook?

best pie cookbookThe Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop by Emily Elsen
From the proprietors of the renowned Brooklyn shop and cafe, Melissa and Emily Elsen, comes the ultimate pie-baking book for a new generation of bakers. The stunning collection assembled in this book feature more than 60 delectable pie recipes organized by season, with many unique and mouthwatering creations.
best pie cookbooks Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott
Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.
best pie cookbooksMartha Stewart’s New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites by Martha Stewart Living Magazine
As is expected from Martha Stewart, this book is at once a feast for the eyes and the palate, as well as a practical teaching tool. Each dish is accompanied by a lush, four-color photograph. Throughout the book are simple instructions for decorative crusts and finishing techniques, plus plenty of tips and make-ahead tricks, help readers along the way.
pie cookbooksThe Southern Pie Book by Jan Moon
Seasonal pie recipes from Jan Moon’s kitchen fill this cookbook with comfort and beauty. Readers won’t be able to wait to start baking pies with flavor combinations that will surprise and tarts that will impress. With easy-to-follow instructions, handy tips, exchangeable components, and gorgeous full-page images, readers are only a rolling pin and a whisk away from a warm and delicious slice of pie.
pie recipesFirst Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year by Allison Kave
Allison shares her tips, tricks, and techniques in an all-new cookbook featuring pie recipes for every week of the year. Organized by month, this book has everything from irresistibly salty snacks like her Salty Dog Cheese Pie to inventive sweets such as Root Beer Float Pie and traditional favorites like Candy Apple Pie. Kave also demonstrates how to make your pies a picturesque success with step-by-step instructions on latticing, crimping, blind baking, and more.
best pie cookbooksThe Cast-Iron Pies Cookbook: 101 Delicious Pie Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Cookware by Dominique DeVito
Dominique DeVito presents a mouthwatering collection of over a hundred pies, perfect for cast-iron skillets. Complete with gorgeous food photography and a wide range of recipes for fruit, nut, and cream pies, as well as quiches, tarts, galettes, and more.
pie recipesMrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies by Molie Cox Bryan
The book features recipes for Southern classics like Key Lime Pie and Pecan Fudge Pie sit alongside restaurant favorites like French Apple Pie and Original Coconut Cream Pie. Additional recipes gathered from family notebooks and recipe boxes include regional gems like Shoofly Pie and Lemon Chess Pie.
pie recipesThe Magic of Mini Pies: Sweet and Savory Miniature Pies and Tarts by Abigail Gehring
Perfect for parties, bed-and-breakfast hosts, or anyone who has a hankering for pie but doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, mini pies and tarts are all the rage. From savory treats like Steak and Guinness Pies and Spinach Mushroom Quiches to sweet favorites like Pecan Cranberry Pies and Chocolate Raspberry Tarts, this book has something for every pie lover.
pie recipesRustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More by Cory Schreiber
James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Schreiber teams up with Julie Richardson, owner of Portland’s Baker & Spice, to showcase the freshest fruit available amidst a repertoire of nearly 75 satisfying old-timey fruit desserts, including crumbles, crisps, buckles, pies, and more. Whether you’re searching for the perfect ending to a sit-down dinner party or a delicious sweet to wrap up any night of the week, these broadly appealing and easy-to-prepare classics will become family favorites.
best pie cookbooksPies: Sweet and Savory by Caroline Bretherton
Broken down by key ingredients, Pies: Sweet and Savory helps choose the “pie of the day” according to what’s in season and what’s lurking in the fridge and then shares a wealth of step-by-step instructions for producing the best results.
pie recipe booksPie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies by Cathy Barrow
Slab pie is just like regular pie-only better! A great alternative to crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are perfect for potlucks or family dinners. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. The book includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike.
pie recipesFor the Love of Pie: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Felipa Lopez
Paired with the crusts are recipes for dessert pies, pot pies, hand pies, meat pies, and tarts. Several of the author’s signature recipes, such as Apple Crumb Pie with Rosemary-Caramel Sauce and Buttermilk-Fried Chicken Pie with Buttermilk Gravy and Sautéed Greens, are in the cookbook along with other mouth-watering options like Lemon Thyme Blackberry Mini Tartlets, Picadillo Hand Pies, and Honey-Lavender Custard Pie.
best pie cookbooksSister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski
With 75 of Lisa’s most-loved recipes for sweet and savory pies—such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie—and other bakeshop favorites, the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. Illustrated throughout with 75 drool-worthy photos and Ludwinski’s charming line illustrations, and infused with her plucky, punny style, bakers and bakery lovers won’t be able to resist this book.
best pie recipesThe New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert by Chris Taylor
Through traditional time-honored techniques, modern cooking methods, innovative flavors, and a love for kitchen gadgets, the author provides step-by-step instructions and playful photography, to share how to make groundbreaking creations, including a magnificent Blueberry-Maple Pie with wood-grain lattice, the King Fluffernutter Pie, and a striped chocolate Pie of the Tiger.

We hope you enjoy this list. I would encourage you to bookmark this page for future reference, as we will continue to update it when we’ve had the opportunity to dig into more and more amazing pie books by amazing bakers.

Lastly, if there is a book that’s NOT on this list that you have used or thoroughly enjoyed please leave a comment below and share it with us. We’d love to review it ourselves and possibly include it here?

Thank you again for visiting!

Amazing Desserts! 21 Occasions That Call For PIE!

Amazing Desserts! I have great news! Did you know, that you could actually eat pie throughout the year? And I’m not just talking about during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but from January through December, you can order and eat crazy delicious pies for a variety of occasions and events. To help you out, here are 21 Occasions That Absolutely POSITIVELY Call For PIE!

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Who Else Wants Raspberry Hand Pies?

Over the past week, I’ve been working at perfecting hand pies, and specifically, raspberry hand pies. Raspberries are especially suited for small pies like this because they seem to add just enough tart, to balance the slight sweetness of the filling and the buttery flakiness of the crust. Where a slice of raspberry pie might be pushing it, because of the tart, raspberry hand pies are perfect snack-sized alternatives. And, since are many ways of making raspberry hand pies, I decided to tackle two methods, outlined below.

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A Peanut Butter Pie Recipe or Two Just For You! (Actually How about 17!)

A Peanut Butter Pie Recipe or Two Just For You! Who DOESN’T like peanut butter?! I myself grew up on PBJ sandwiches and to this day, they remain my favorite go-to snack/lunch item, even as an adult. The really cool thing about peanut butter though, is that there are so many other ways for you to enjoy that creamy nutty flavor. And although I’d love to dive into the multitude of ways you can use peanut butter in recipes, today I’m going to share the many different and creative ways you can use peanut butter in pie!
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Lessons Learned When Making Cherry Hand Pies

I don’t know about you and in ‘your neck of the woods’ but up here in the Pacific Northwest, cherries have been coming in like gangbusters! I can’t count the number of friends that have approached me with offers to take pounds of cherries off their hands. I hated having to turn many of them away, simply because I didn’t want to waste any, given my time constraints. In the end however, I did manage to take several pounds of cherries from a friend, all so I could try my hand at baking homemade cherry hand pies! Read More

My Pie Baking Extraordinaire Mom Amazes at Office Farewell Party

My Pie Baking Extraordinaire Mom Amazes at Office Farewell Party. If you don’t already know, my pie baking mentor and wonderfully-talented mother, will be relocating (permanently) to my neck of the woods, up from the great state of Texas. Today, in fact, was her last day on the job. But the staff there had one final request of her. To see if she could bring into the office, some of her delicious homemade pie recipes for a ‘send-off’ none would soon forget. How could she refuse?! Read More

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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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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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

easter sunday
Chocolate French Silk Pie

Lemon Cream Pie from A Spicy Perspective

easter sunday
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 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!

Game of Thrones Season Finale and Pie

Maybe you don’t watch the show, maybe you’ve heard of it, but the Game of Thrones Season Finale (Season 7) aired this evening and I could think of no better way to spend it than with good family friends over homemade pie!

So being equal parts GEEK and PIE ADDICT, I am a HUGE fan of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. I have never read the books, and instead, had become hooked on Game of Thrones years ago from watching the television show.

I would watch the show religiously, every Sunday evening, then TALK SHOP with my good friend Rob, the week after, discussing every aspect of the show we had just watched.

Well, with the series as whole coming to an end soon (one season left) and the Game of Thrones Season Finale for season 7 airing this evening, my friend and I decided to have a PIE EATIN’ Game of Thrones Season Finale get-together in celebration (or mourning) of the end of a great season.

Not sure what pie to bake, I settled on a Blackberry Pie, since Rob grew blackberries and had a small bag picked and ready to donate to the ’cause.’ But I also wanted to take the opportunity to try another pie recipe that I had been pining for as well. An Apple Raspberry Slab Pie I had been eyeing for sometime.

We didn’t plan to have a BBQ (which is what we typically did) or any other special food prep other than Captain and Coke (er…Pepsi) and Pie. That was it. We were going to eat plenty of pie and enjoy the Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale. Nice and simple as only two geek guys could do!

The Blackberry pie was a tried and true recipe I had used countless times in the past (though not recently), and the Apple Raspberry Slab Pie was a Pillsbury recipe I had come across only recently.

Both pies came out remarkably well.

The Blackberry pie was pretty hefty. I made sure to put plenty of filling inside the ‘thicker-than-usual’ pie crust. I had made and baked it the night before and after cooling, refrigerated it to help thicken the juices.

The morning of the Game of Thrones Season Finale, I whipped together the Pillsbury Apple Raspberry Slab Pie recipe which was not only really simple to make, but fairly quick. The majority of the prep goes into peeling, coring and slicing the apples. I refrigerated this pie for a short time as well.

Both pies were great, in both flavor and presentation. And by ‘presentation’ I mean, you cut a slice, and it comes out clean and perfect, with free flowing juices and filling being held in check. It was perfect!

Apple Raspberry Slab Pie and Coffee
Apple Raspberry Slab Pie and Coffee

All in all, a great night with good friends and good pie.

The Cast Iron Cleaner That’s Flying Off The Shelves

A good Cast Iron cleaner is like gold! Cast Iron pans are durable, versatile and can be used for a great many dishes and recipes from breakfast to dinner to dessert! Of course, from my perspective, they are pretty much used for one thing and one thing only and that’s making SKILLET PIES! But regardless of what you use your Iron Skillet for, you still have to clean them, and cleaning them properly after all that work seasoning them, takes some love and appropriate attention. That’s where the Amagabeli Cast Iron Cleaner works magic like you’ve never seen before!

cast iron cleaner

I don’t dread cleaning up my cast iron pans after a ‘pie massacre’ but I don’t exactly look forward to it either, only because I really want to be able to take proper care of my skillets so that they last a long time and remain in great condition.

Like many of you, I cleaned my cast iron in the typical fashion, until I came across the Amagabeli Cast Iron Cleaner at a friend’s home. I marveled at how easy it was for him to work the magic of this cast iron cleaner almost effortlessly.

cast iron cleaner When I first watched this cast iron cleaner in action, my first thought, being an avid Fantasy and Sci-Fi book reader was that this looks like someone ripped off a section of Medieval Chainmail armor? But also that I thought that something looking like this might do more harm than good when cleaning my cast irons?

But how wrong I was. The Amagabeli Cast Iron Cleaner, gently and efficiently cleans your skillet under warm water (no soap needed), without stripping away accumulated flavor and seasoning or scratching your pans. What’s also nice is if you have old, rusted cast irons or happened to find one at a second hand store that needs a bit of restoring? The Amagabeli Cast Iron Cleaner can handle that as well!

Picking one of these up was a no brainer, and being such a low price, I actually grabbed a couple just to have! Let me know in the comments below, if you end up picking one up and your experience with it – good or bad (although I can’t imagine any bad that come using this?!)

11 ‘I Ate Some Pie’ Shirts for the Avid Pie Lover!

I love unique, creatively designed t-shirts. If you’ve ever seen me around, then you’d know that my favorite day-to-day where is flip flops, cargo shorts and some wildly silly t-shirt with some barely-recognizable image or quote. These are usually t-shirts having to do with the GEEK side of me and my love of film. What I don’t have many of are – ‘I Ate Some Pie’ t-shirts. So I decided to make me a ‘shopping list’ of some great pie t-shirts I plan to gather up!

I Ate Some Pie Shirts

Easiest Thanksgiving Recipe
i ate some pie

I Love Pie
I ate some pie

Dean’s Little Pie Shop
i ate some pie

Manderly’s Meat Pies
i ate some pie

Mrs.Lovett’s Meat Pies
i ate some pie

The Great Tri County Bake Off and Pie Eat
i ate some pie

Apple Pie Universe
i ate some pie

Pie Chart
i ate some pie

Got Pie
got pie

I Run Because I Really Like Pie
i ate some pie

Never Underestimate the Power of Sweet Potato Pie
sweet potato pie

How to Make Sure Your Pie Crust is the Right Thickness

You learn something new every day right? And if you’re not learning something new, you should be seeking new things out, because there’s ALWAYS more to learn in any endeavor! Especially if you want to keep improving, right? For me, I wanted to keep improving with making my own crust. So I managed to find a great and short article on – How to Make Sure Your Pie Crust is the Right Thickness.

Making a successful homemade pie crust isn’t for the insecure home cook. There’s a lot that can go wrong—and when pie goes wrong, it’s hard to get it back on track.

Among the things to pay attention to is the pie dough’s thickness. “You want to measure your dough to make sure it has a uniform thickness throughout so it bakes evenly,” says Epi Food Director Rhoda Boone. Too thick, and you’re looking at an unevenly cooked pie. Too thin, and the crust may darken too quickly.

I’m sure there are a lot of methods pie bakers use and have used that were probably passed on generation after generation, but for me, mom just used to ‘eyeball’ the thickness of the crust, which always worked out for her perfectly. For me though, not so much though. The ‘eyeball’ technique just didn’t work consistently for me. So naturally when I came across the Epicurious technique, I was giddy with excitement.

I like ‘clear cut’ methods like this. I don’t have to think about it, Just do it.

How to Make Sure Your Pie Crust is the Right Thickness

You can’t really eyeball a dough’s thickness (unless you have a magic sense of what 1/8 of an inch looks like). So there’s no getting around it: you’re going to need to measure.

But don’t reach for your ruler. Instead, reach into your piggy bank. Just a couple of quarters is all you need to get the pie crust to the right thickness every time.

Here’s how it works: Place your pie dough on the counter. Using a rolling pin (preferably with a thicker center and tapered ends, which prevents your crust from being too thick in the middle), start to roll out the dough into a disc. Now take two quarters and stack them up next to the dough. Together, the coin stack’s height is roughly equivalent to 1/8 of an inch, which is the Epicurious Test Kitchen’s recommended thickness for pie dough.

EpicuriousThe Cheap Trick For Rolling Out Perfect Homemade Pie Crust

My First Huckleberry Pie from Volcanic Farms

About 30-40 minutes north of Boise, in the small (blink and you’ll miss it) town of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, in a nondescript building just off Highway 55, there lies one of the more famous pie makers in all the state – Volcanic Farms!

Despite being so close (as the crow flies) to Boise, I sit here almost embarrassed that I have never, purposefully ventured there to sample one of these legendary pies. Sure, I had been on that highway more times than I can count, when making my way north to McCall, Moscow and even as far as Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. But every time I passed by, it was during off hours and the store was always closed. It was a timing thing you see, yet still no excuse to for a beautiful and scenic afternoon drive for the chance to dig into a Volcanic Farms pie.

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My brother, who has a place in McCall and tends to travel this road quite frequently, often picks up a Volcanic Farms pie for his family. It was during one of these return trips, that I just happened to be at his Boise home, when he had one of these pies. This was many years ago, but I assure you, the taste of that pie has never been forgotten!

But, finally, as chance would have it, the wife just happened to be spending a ‘girls weekend’ in Cascade, another small, lakeside town just north of Horseshoe Bend. Naturally, I saw this as an excellent opportunity to finally get a chance at a Volcanic Farms pie, and called and told the wife, to pick one up on her way home. She grabbed a Huckleberry Pie.

volcanic farms

I must say, I couldn’t wait to dig in. After all these years, after all the pies and recipes that I have flipped through on my own pie making venture, and more importantly, after my “failed attempt” at making a Huckleberry Pie, I was finally going to be able to taste one made by one of the best in the State of Idaho!

The Crust tho’?

For my last birthday, the wife had picked up a Marie Calendar’s Triple Berry Pie. It was ‘OKAY’. The filling was great but the crust (though it looked fantastic), was bland and tasteless. The crust on this Volcanic Farms Huckleberry Pie was anything BUT!

It was flaky. That much you could tell just by looking at the photo, but it had great flavor as well. What I especially liked about it was how thick it was? The bottom crust especially was thicker than crusts I had made, and I made note to work on that on my next pie. I tended to roll out my crusts thin, but now that I had just experienced this Volcanic Farms thick crust, my thin crust creations were getting ready to get retired, and fast!

volcanic farms

The Huckleberry

I had ‘attempted’ to make a Huckleberry Pie and failed miserably. The entire experience was a huge turn-off for me, from purchasing a VERY expensive batch of Huckleberries at a local corner produce market, to perhaps choosing a recipe I found online that probably wasn’t the best example to follow. Or maybe, I just screwed it up somewhere along the line. In any case, I didn’t like it and never went back to make another attempt at it.

So naturally, when I found out that Volcanic Farms had Huckleberry Pies ready to go, I jumped at the chance to get into a REAL Huckleberry Pie.

The filling was amazing. I still had ‘not too fond’ memories of my own Huckleberry filling, so I nearly puckered up when I heaped a fork-full of the Volcanic Farms Huckleberry pie into my mouth. To my amazement, it was NOTHING LIKE my failed experiment and was crazy good! The slice came up and out of the pie dish perfectly, and the huckleberries were soft, juicy and not too sweet. More surprising to me is the lack of ‘stems’ in the filling. I swear, that was the toughest part for me, getting rid of all the minuscule stems on each and every tiny huckleberry. How did they do it?!

Luckily, no one else in my household like Huckleberry Pie, so this pie I will personally own without shame! But I’ll be taking it down slow, because at $26, there is not a single flaky crumb I plan to waste! And why would I?! This pie definitely lived up to the legends!

Here is a great article on some of the history and background on Volcanic Farms and Don and Donna Heffner (founders) in EAGLE MAGAZINE

Volcanic Farms is located at 457 ID-55, Horseshoe Bend, ID 83629