Posted at 3:19 pm , on December 19, 2019
I can’t believe it’s mid December already with the holidays just around the corner. As the days pass by, I don’t want to be planning my holiday meal at the last minute so I decided to make some mini hand pies now. They can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen until you need them. Also, you can thaw just the number of pies needed and save the rest for later. I found a new pie crust recipe to try that includes a secret ingredient . . . vodka. I was a bit hesitant but found it to be one of the best pie crusts I’ve ever made. The dough was easy to work with and also baked light and flaky. It tasted so good with a cranberry apple filling that is perfect for the holiday season.
Posted at 9:29 am , on September 1, 2017
Every year I look forward to the fruits of summer. It’s my favorite time of year and makes me feel like celebrating with a pie. I found this recipe on Pinterest, created by “Simple as That” and it looked amazing. I was intrigued with the almond crust, I had not tried to make a crust with almonds before. It was really really good. I was also fortunate to find some sweet and flavorful fruit to work with, adding sliced peaches and plums along with dark cherries, blackberries and raspberries. The crust tasted slightly like a pecan sandy cookie and complemented the sweet fruit filling. You can’t go wrong with this pie, try any fruit combination you wish. And don’t worry about the imperfections, it is rustic after all!
Posted at 10:09 am , on August 4, 2017
After 6 years, An Inspired Cook is getting a new look. There are now more recipe categories with a photo of each recipe to make it easier to find that perfect recipe and visualize how it might look. I hope you all will come along with me for the next chapter. Here’s one of my favorites . . . fried pies. I have to admit they are my guilty pleasure, there I said it! Honestly I love all pies but I am especially fond of fruit pies. Sweet fried pies which are sometimes referred to as hand pies are filled with any number of fruits and sometimes even cream fillings like chocolate or lemon. For these cherry pies I opted to used frozen cherries over fresh. Frozen cherries break down when cooked and emit the juice that’s needed to make a glossy pie filling that tastes so good in a fried pie. Then there’s the lemon glaze, the oh so yummy icing on the cake . . . um I mean pie!!
Posted at 11:14 am , on October 10, 2016
With Autumn upon us you might be thinking it’s time for pumpkin and apples but I’ve still got a little Summer left in me with some late ripened berries. If you like crumb cake you are going to love this blackberry crumb pie. The consistency is similar to pie bars but I chose to bake it in a pie crust and it turned out scrumptious. It’s layered with berries on the bottom swimming in a cake like batter with a golden crisp topping. I’m thinking this would be a great pie to freeze and serve for the holidays, providing I can find these luscious berries again.
Posted at 9:46 am , on August 12, 2016
There’s nothing better than a ripe juicy peach in the summertime, at least I think so. The only thing better is maybe a peach pie. This summer I made fried pies and they couldn’t have turned out better. Smelling the freshly fried pastry dough with vanilla glaze took me back in time to when my Mom used to make glazed doughnuts. She would fry them up and while they were still warm dip them in a glaze which tasted out of this world!! I remember stuffing my face with them as fast as she could make them. I don’t mean to say fried pies are like doughnuts but the aroma is very similar. I found some locally grown peaches that were ripe and so sweet, perfect for a pie filling. I can’t wait to make more, maybe try some with berries, cinnamon apples or lemon curd.
Posted at 7:17 pm , on March 26, 2016
My Mom’s buttermilk pies are one of my favorite things on earth. Every time I bake a buttermilk pie it brings back memories of Mom in the kitchen. Mom is now 91 almost 92 and she doesn’t cook anymore. Although she is doing well physically she doesn’t remember things like she used to. A few years back when we went back to the farm to visit, Mom decided she was going to make a pie. She didn’t have any buttermilk so she set some milk out on the counter and it ultimately spoiled. In her mind if the milk went a little sour it would be just like buttermilk. As we all sat down at the table and took that first bite we all just about gagged. We asked Mom if her milk was old and she told us what she had done. We all just looked at each other and started giggling. She didn’t know what we were giggling about, she looked at us like we were crazy and went on eating her slice of pie like it was the best thing. You see, she has lost her taste buds as well and she didn’t taste the spoiled milk like we did. When we get together we all have a good laugh about the spoiled milk pies, even though Mom can’t remember any of it.
Posted at 9:22 am , on August 5, 2014
Ever listen to the song “Millions of Peaches” . . . it’s the song that sticks in my head this time of year. You know the one . . . Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me, Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Free. . . I love peaches and when they are in season I could eat them every day. Each summer I make myself a peach pie, it’s like tradition. I usually make a deep dish pie but this year I used the same amount of peaches to make a smaller pie plus 6 individual pies in ramekin cups. The individual pies are great to share with neighbors and friends and are so much fun to make. Instead of the traditional pie crust topping I made a pecan crumble for Joe who prefers a streusel topping to pie crust. You can’t go wrong either way. And a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side makes for one delicious dessert!
Posted at 9:07 am , on December 20, 2013
Pecan pie may not be the healthiest thing to eat but it also happens to be one of the tastiest things on earth, so I give it a pass around the holidays. I just don’t think the holidays would be the same without a slice of pecan pie. There’s just something about the creamy buttery sugar filling combined with the nutty pecan that makes your mouth water. I always take my time and savor every bite because I know it will be another year until I taste it again. I like to pick out all the biggest and best pecans, lay them out one by one on top of the pie to make a pretty circular pattern. It’s fun to put together and gets a lot of “Wow’s” when you set it on the table!
Posted at 8:40 am , on December 18, 2013
This is a pie from my childhood, maybe from yours too! Only we used cherry pie filling for the topping and it was called Cherry O Cream Cheese Pie. I remember Mom making this pie for the holidays, and loving that lemony cream cheese filling with syrupy cherries on top. I froze several packages of raspberries and blackberries over the summer and thought this would be a perfect topping on an old favorite. Everyone loved the mixed berry version and the coloring was bright and glossy red. Makes you hate to slice into it . . . almost!
Posted at 9:13 am , on December 16, 2013
I’m devoting this week to holiday pies! Pies are my favorite dessert no matter the occasion but around the holidays I like to make a variety so we have choices. I think a slice of pie brings back recollections, particularly around the holiday season, of times spent with family and friends. There are many different layers of flavors and textures (fruit pies, cream pies, pies with meringue, custard pies, frozen pies, well you get the picture) in which to choose from. One of the pies I’m making this year is a Salted Caramel Apple Pie with a Toffee Crumble. This one is for Joe who loves any pie with a crumbly topping. I tried a new recipe for an all butter crust which I found easier to work with and made a really pretty crust. I can’t wait to taste it but I’ll have to be patient as it went straight to the freezer for safekeeping until the holidays. The temptation was overwhelming as the aroma of warm apples and caramel filled the kitchen. As far as apple pies go, I think this pie will be hard to beat!