I had pie for my birthday – a delicious, crusty apple pie that I swear was about 6 inches thick.
It’s not that I don’t like cake. I do enjoy a good moist cake, particularly carrot cake with golden raisins and cream cheese frosting. But sometimes, cake can be a bit…nondescript and spongy for me and the frosting can be way too sweet.
I prefer the flavor of pie – the slightly more intense flavor of the baked fruit, the caramelized fruit sugars, and the flaky, buttery pastry of the crust. The same goes for crumbles and cobblers. I love crumbles and cobblers, especially when I find a chunk of brown sugar in the crumble topping. YUM.
However, let’s be clear. I’m talking about fruit pies. I am not a fan of custard-based pies like sweet potato or pumpkin pie. Key lime pie I can do, but not the others.
My cousin baked my birthday apple pie with a little help from Jasper and Everett. The recipe is from Pie It Forward: Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other Pastries Reinvented by Gesine Bullock-Prado – yes, Sandra Bullock’s sister who happens to be a professional pastry chef.
While the recipe for the apple pie isn’t available online, here are some of my favorite pie recipes. Perfect for the holiday weekend, yes?
- Apple tarte tatin from Joy the Baker
- Strawberry rhubarb pie from Smitten Kitchen
- Strawberry cobbler from Moni Meals
- Blueberry pie from the Pioneer Woman
- Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler from Whimsy & Spice
What’s your favorite pie? Do you like your pie a la mode or plain?
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