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!

The Graduation Party

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Graduation Party Pies

A friend of mine’s daughter was graduating from high school and her mother (A friend I used to work with decades ago), thought it would be great to cater in homemade pies. Who better, I’m sure she thought, than to bring in, yours truly, to put together some delicious pie dishes?

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Graduation Party Pies

Without skipping a beat, I excitedly accepted the challenge! I had never yet, made any serious number of pies, for a fairly large event, using 4 different pie recipes. This would not only test my ‘organizational’ skills but also push the limits of my meager sized home kitchen.

The pie recipes requested for the graduation party were – an Oreo Cookies & Cream Pie, A Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, A Triple Berry Pie and an Cranberry Apple Crumble.

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Strawberry Rhubarb

I first made sure I had plenty of time carved out for the ‘day before’ and the ‘day of’ the Graduation Party, as well as enough space in the fridge and around the kitchen for pies, ingredients and other pandemonium! Did I already mention I was working with an infinitely small kitchen?!

I then decided I would make two of the pies the day before and the other two, the morning of. In the end though, I actually ended up making THREE of the pies the day before and the Cranberry Apple Crumble the day of, which impressed even me!

I had never made this many pies before, especially with so much variation in the recipes, but I felt both honored and happy for the opportunity. The opportunity to not just apply what I have learned to such a monumental task, but also in being able to share my talent and skill with others, who absolutely enjoyed them! It was also a great chance to contribute to a special moment, where good food is often one of the more important focal points to having a successful event.

The Team Dinner & Making Pies

The end of the week is when things REALLY got moving, with the Idaho State Soccer Cup Championships. And, like they’ve been doing throughout the season, planned to have a Team Dinner the night before the competition kicked off. The only difference this time being, is that I was tasked by the Team Manager, to liven things up a bit with a ‘Pie Baking Competition’ between the girls.

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

I first came up with four relatively simple pie recipes using either fresh or frozen fruits. In this case, a peach pie, a blueberry pie, a raspberry pie and a blackberry pie. Of course the girls wouldn’t be required to make their own crust (even though many of them were fully capable of doing), so we found some pre-made pie dough at the store to boht simply and speed things up a bit. After all, they still had to get some rest later on to be able to compete in the state championship matches, right?

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

The other trick with coming up with the recipes was to make sure that each had a relatively short prep and bake time. It was a little tougher than I realized, but I managed to wrangle the perfect foursome together for the night’s competition!

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

We had the girls draw recipes out of a hat until we had four equal sized teams, give and take, then gave their ‘designated team captains’ the recipe and set them off!

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

Ingredients were all piled up in various spots around the the kitchen.

I presided over the competition, only offering verbal assistance, ONLY if they asked for it. Let’s just say I was able to stay relatively mum throughout and just sit back and enjoy the mad scramble to bake the best pie.

Nice thing about doing something like this for competitive athletes? It doesn’t matter what they’re doing. EVERYTHING they do, be it playing sports or baking, is an all-out competition!

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

The event was one of the best we’ve done for the girls. I walked around the kitchen, skillfully avoiding busy ‘little bakers’ as they ran to and fro, making pies and marveling at the creativity some of the teams took upon themselves to go above and beyond what the recipe called for.

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

As each team finished their prep and placed their ‘projects’ into the ovens, anticipation and excitement steadily built, as pies browned and juices bubbled up. The smell in the kitchen was sensational!

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

So, the IDEA was, for the parents to each take slices and then to judge what team had the best tasting pie. None of that happened. In fact, before any of us knew it, the girls had taken the pies out of the oven and then quickly proceeded to dive into one another’s pies themselves, anxious and eager to see how their teammates did.

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Soccer Team Dinner & Pie Baking Competition

The parents got the ‘scraps’ or whatever was leftover from whatever the girls hadn’t completely polished off in their first pass! They were like hungry little locusts, descending upon the kitchen in numbers and literally, in the blink of an eye, devouring pie pan after pie pan. It was both a wonderful and hilarious sight!

In the end, the entire exercise was an utter and complete success! The girls had a blast and the team camaraderie that was reinforced was priceless. In fact, several days afterwards, some of the girls wanted the recipes we used so that they could make pie on their own, back home!

Who knew making pies could be so fulfilling?! Well…I did, but now, so do many many others!

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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Mini No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar by Inspired by Charm

Best Pie Recipes for the Week of May 6th

strawberry slab pieA Simple Strawberry Slab Pie
Transform store-bought pie dough into a dessert stunner with this fast and versatile recipe for Simple Strawberry Slab Pie. Simple? With all those fancy flowers and fluted edges? You bet! Because here’s the secret to the easiest-ever Strawberry Slab Pie…
key lime pieMini No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar
This recipe for Mini No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar just might be one of the cutest summer desserts ever. With their rich key lime flavor, graham cracker crust, and whipped cream garnish, these little pies will hit the spot after a mid-week dinner or at any summer celebration.
milk pieRuffled Milk Pie
A type of galatopita (“pie made with milk,” aka a baked custard pie), this is more striking in appearance than most due to wound and rumpled sheets of pastry, which also provide texture and crunch. It’s so pretty and oh so simple with just 7 ingredients.
blueberry crumbleBlueberry Crumb Cheesecake Pie
This Blueberry Crumb Cheesecake Pie is made with a layer of cheesecake, blueberry pie filling and crumb topping! It’s a fun combination of cheesecake and pie that’s great for summer!
chocolate silk pieChocolate Silk Pie
Chocolate Silk Pie, a real old fashioned recipe for a creamy chocolate custard pie topped with mounds of fresh vanilla whipped cream.
key lime pie barsKey Lime Pie Bars
Key lime pie is a wonderful summertime dessert. Not only is it easy to put together, but the zesty and creamy filling is completely satisfying with every bite, thanks to its combination of sweet and tart flavors. These Key Lime Pie Bars are a little bit easier to make than a traditional key lime pie and are the perfect option for a summer treat when you’re entertaining.
key lime pieKey Lime Pie
this summer classic has a creamy smooth, tart filling and a sweet graham cracker crust. Use fresh key limes and plenty of zest for the best flavor!
buttermilk blueberry pieBlueberry Buttermilk Pie
If you’re a non-believer, first understand that eating buttermilk pie is nothing like drinking plain buttermilk, any more than enjoying a well made vinaigrette is like drinking plain vinegar. Buttermilk pie is a triumph of a one-time kitchen staple elevated by association with the right company. You get the slight tang and richness of the buttermilk which, with the help of eggs, sugar, and vanilla, turn it into one of the best custards you’ve ever tried.
bourbon chocolate pecan pieBourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie
Like the famous Race Day Pie made with walnuts, bourbon and chocolate, this one is easy, especially if you use a frozen pie crust. And with just a couple tablespoons of Bourbon, you'd be surprised how much of this flavor comes through.
coconut cream pieCoconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie is a classic. This creamy, dreamy coconut cream pie recipe will quickly become a family favorite! A perfectly flaky and delicious pie crust filled with rich, creamy coconut custard layered with mile high whipped cream and topped with toasted coconut. Now, what in the world could be wrong with that?

EASY PIE RECIPES FEATURED THE WEEK OF APRIL 29TH!

Easy Pie Recipes Featured This Week. Ever wonder just how many different ways there are to make and bake a pie? Probably just as many ways as their are cake and cookie recipes right? Only I think that pies can WOW and SURPRISE you in more ways than most. Here, I have a few great examples!

PIE RECIPES FOR THE WEEK:

pie recipesRhubarb Raspberry Crumble
Watch and learn [VIDEO] how to make this super easy and quick Rhubarb Raspberry Crumble. These individual servings crumble are made with rhubarb and raspberries (however, feel free to use strawberries or any berries in season) topped with a blend of butter, brown sugar, flour, and grated orange zest. If you are a rhubarb lover or aren’t a rhubarb convert, this simple dessert will sure win you over.
pie recipeKey Lime Pie Coconut Macadamia Crust
Luscious, creamy, tart, sweet, potent, toasty, and nutty, just a few ways to describe this Key Lime Pie recipe! The sweet & salty coconut-macadamia crust combined with the bright, tangy lime make for a dangerously tempting Key Lime Pie!
pie recipeMargarita Pie
Let's put this into perspective? A Graham cracker crust with a little cayenne mixed in. Not spicy but just enough to add a little somethin' somethin'. Tequila and orange liqueur (because margarita) and a salt rim on the pie plate as well, because why not.
pie recipeStrawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Strawberry and rhubarb are an irresistible combo in the spring and early summer. Both sweet and tart with a crisp, buttery topping, it's perfect for dessert or (dare we say) breakfast.
pie recipePaloma Pie
Inspired by the classic Paloma cocktail, this dessert has a tangy grapefruit-tequila curd filling, nestled into a crunchy saltine cracker crust.

Here are the websites featured above:
Simply Recipes – https://www.simplyrecipes.com/
Pie Girl Bakes – https://piegirlbakes.com/
The Gold Lining Girl – https://thegoldlininggirl.com/
Dessert Magazine – https://dessertsmagazine.com/
Baking a Moment – https://bakingamoment.com/

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

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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Tequila Lime Pie from ‘Completely Delicious’

Pies To Make

pie recipeButterfinger Pie

This decadent Butterfinger Pie is made with a Butterfinger cookie crust and a Butterfinger cream cheese filling. The BEST Butterfinger Pie you apparently will EVER have! Do we have any reason to doubt!

pie recipeCoconut Key Lime Pie

This coconut key lime pie brings sweet tropical flavors to your classic key lime pie recipe. With a chewy, crunchy coconut graham cracker crust, the filling is tart, creamy and delicious. Perfect for spring and summer.
pie recipeChocolate & Salted Caramel Pie

This Chocolate & Salted Caramel Pie is absolutely sinful! A delicious no-bake Oreo crust filled with a gooey layer of EASY homemade salted caramel topped with a silky chocolate ganache.
pie recipeLemon Chess Pie

A super simple, classic southern pie, this Lemon Chess Pie recipe doesn’t get much easier, and it’s a sweet-tooths’ dream! This Lemon Chess Pie recipe produces a sweet, tangy, creamy, lemon-kissed, mind-blowing dessert! A springtime variation on a classic Chess Pie.
pie recipeTequila Lime Pie

This light and creamy tequila-spiked lime pie with a macadamia nut cookie crust is unique and delicious!
pie recipeBourbon Banana Cream Pie

Bourbon Banana Cream Pie is dreamy. It’s your classic banana cream pie spiked with bourbon. This pie has a traditional blind baked crust, with a bourbon vanilla cream filling, fresh bananas and homemade whipped cream.

We know there are so many pie recipes around that just taking a moment to sit down and choose one can be a daunting task. This is why these periodic pie round-ups can be so useful to you and your baking plans, especially over the weekend. So, please continue to check back often, as pie recipes and other baking ideas are constantly being shared!

Here are the websites of the talented Bakers featured above:
I Am Baker – https://iambaker.net/
A Classic Twist – https://aclassictwist.com/
Something Swanky – https://www.somethingswanky.com/
The Gold Lining Girl – https://thegoldlininggirl.com/
Completely Delicious – https://www.completelydelicious.com/
Beyond Frosting – https://beyondfrosting.com/

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

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

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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!