Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Which pie wins your heart as the classic autumnal pie: apple or pumpkin?
There is something about pies.
This is what I wear when I am working in the kitchen. The poofy sleeves help me focus.
There is something about pies that make them comforting down to the pit of your soul. Pies are the dish that connects us. It is after dinner (sometimes breakfast…), relaxing with people, sipping coffee and letting yourself loosen up. Everyone has their own favorite pie, which is why you need a few pies for a good spread. I have never liked pecan pie, but my aunt loves it. I like fruit pies, but I’m not a huge fan of berry pies (except for Knott’s boysenberries, which is on another planet entirely).
Pies are not to be taken lightly. You might favor the pies with the graham cracker crust. You might favor the pies with flaky pastry crust. Personally, I refuse to put limits on myself. Pie is not the sort of thing you start taking sides on. You eat both.
Ultimately, baking pies and eating pies are all about connecting yourself to people. Like, you and your son both love apple pies. There is a glaze that films over your eyes while you guys are eating fresh, homemade apple pies. It is a transcendence experience that you both share. Nothing in the world can replace this kind of pie experience. Especially if it was made in your kitchen.
Of course, you could buy premade pies. They taste fine, no two ways about it. But I guarantee you: a homemade key lime pie will be a conversation piece for years.
Connect yourself this season. Make pies.
Let’s make this happen.
My own gluten free pie recipes.
I’ve been doing this gluten free thing for the past 10 years, and I have determined something as truth: I hate horrible food. Just because it is gluten free does not mean it has to taste like cardboard…or worse! Bad pies do not connect anyone.
So make good gluten free pies.
Do yourself a favor and make some really stellar desserts this year. Be the rockstar of Thanksgiving!
Always A Winner Pies:
Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe…along with Pumpkin, Peach and Pear Cranberry Pie
Gluten Free Lemon Meringue Pie