Easy As Pie

I think you’ll all be impressed with the pie challenge progress I have made. I think I have actually made more than one a week though, so I have stopped making them – I could feel myself putting weight on, which is definitely not a good thing. It is bad enough when it sneakily appears… but when you feel it…

The next pie I made was for my hubbieMichelle's Labyrinth on Valentine’s Day. I asked him what sort of pie he would like and the response was “I like Lamingtons”… Helpful… I could have bopped him, but instead I just accepted it and said I would see what I can do. Over the next couple of days I let my mind absorb the request and figured I could make a vanilla cheesecake and add Lamingtons to it. So that is exactly what I did. Michelle's Labyrinth

I created my own Lamington Cheesecake Pie! I made a biscuit case and covered it with Lamingtons (mainly the chocolate and coconut; my puppies and I ate the sponge). Then I mixed some Lamington chocolate part into the cheese mixture. Then covered the Lamington base and let it set. Easy!

I thought the Lamington Cheesecake Pie turned out pretty good. Hubbie departed to the U.S.A. a day later, so I took the rest of the pie to a card party and they really seemed to enjoy it.Michelle's Labyrinth

One of my lovely friends who reads this blog asked for “Pie, Me oh My!” So we set a lunch date… which her Dad ruined! I had my heart set on making her Peach Cobbler, and since I was in the zone of making it, I did so even though our lunch date was cancelled! I took it to Wednesday cards instead and it went down very well.

I had Peach Cobbler inMichelle's Labyrinth Atlanta last year and I wasn’t all that impressed. Peaches are the official state fruit of Georgia (where Atlanta resides), so I was expecting big things. One thing I remember was that the peaches seemed to be canned peaches…  When I think of peaches I always start singing Peaches by The Presidents of the United States of America…

“Peaches come in a can, they were put there byMichelle's Labyrinth a man, in a factory down town. If I had my way, I would eat peaches every day….
Moving to the country, going to eat a lot of peaches!
Moving to the country, going to eat a lot of peaches!”

I used the recipe for Peach Cobbler from my Pushing Daisies booklet. The recipe used canned peaches! Maybe that is how they do come! :) And I must say that my Peach Cobbler tasted better than the one I had in Atlanta! In the picture above with the pie in the oven you can see the edge of a blue dish. I made a mini Peach Cobbler for hubbie and myself. It was probably 11pm when it came out of the oven and hubbie said he would have a taste, since it was too late to eat. Next thing we know we have devoured the mini-pie and are considering tucking into the pie that was for the card party – if I hadn’t told the lady that runs cards I was bringing Peach Cobbler, I think we could have damaged it – it was mouthwatering right out of the oven!Michelle's Labyrinth

The next pie I made was a Michelle's LabyrinthBlackberry and Custard pie. I had blackberries in the cupboard, so googled blackberry pies. I was also curious how the custard would turn out, as I thought you made custard with powder – shows you how often I have made custard! Custard was made of was eggs, sour cream, flour and  sugar – easy! Hence why I chose this pie.

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I served the pie right out of the ovenMichelle's Labyrinth for my friend (the one that missed the Peach Cobbler) and it was pretty yummy! But I had it cold after dinner that night and YUM-MO!!! The best cold pie I have ever had :) So I don’t think anyone else got to taste that pie – I kept the rest all for myself! Hope my friend was happy with her “Pie, Me oh My!

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I googled the quote “easy as pie”, just to make sure I had the expression right, and Wikipedia said that the “idiom does not refer to the making of a pie, but rather to the act of consuming a pie (“as easy as eating a pie”)”, but from my experience so far, making pie is easy! They never take too long to prepare (as long as you have the ingredients, but surely that goes without saying), and then you pop them in the oven and they are done. You don’t even have to make your own pastry if you are strapped for time, just buy some frozen short-crust pastry and that will do the trick. I think we need to make/eat more pie and stop making life so difficult!

I am sure my hubbie will be happy to hear I said making pie was easy! Check out my tumblr page for the recipes of the pies above! http://michelleslabyrinth.tumblr.com/

Stay tuned for another blog on the rest of my pies!

 

 

 

Pie, Pie, Me Oh My

I have a little obsession with pie. As you have probably worked out I love movies and many American movies, especially romantic comedies, seem to have people meeting in diners eating pie. I haven’t been able to find one of these little diners in the US yet, but I have been lucky enough to have a bit of pie in the US!

The pie that sealed my love of pie was Cherry Cobbler, which I had just outside of New Orleans five years ago. We were on a plantation and swamp tour, and after passing a drive-thru daiquiri place (I so want to go through one next time!), we stopped at some 3 star motel and had lunch a buffet lunch. I took a dollop of a couple of desserts, and this dark red fruit crumble type dessert was mouthwatering. I had never tasted anything so divine. I even stopped one of the waitresses to ask what it was (something that I never do!)… Cherry Cobbler she said!

My favourite movie about pie has to be John Travolta’s Michael. How I wish I could go into a restaurant and order a slice of every pie they have! And sitting on John Travolta’s lap would just be the cherry on top :) Here is a little song Andie MacDowell sings on Michael:

“Pie,  Pie,  Me oh my
Nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry all at once so well as pie
Apple!  Pumpkin!  Minced  an’ black bottom.
I’ll come to your place everyday if you’ve got em’
Pie,  Me oh my,
I love pie”

A TV series that also has a lot to do with pie is Pushing Daisies. This two season gem is about a pie maker calledMichelle's Labyrinth Ned (Lee Pace) and when he touches dead things he brings them back to life (with a small twist being that something else must die)! I was so sad that this series only lasted two seasons, but in one of the season’s DVD cases I got a little booklet of pie recipes! YUM!

A so true quote by Ned – “Candy might be sweet, but it’s a traveling carnival blowing through town. Pie is home. People always come home.”

When we were in Atlanta last September we had dinner at Pitty Pat’s Porch restaurant. It was southern dining at its best (I had gumbo again!) and it was like walking into the set of Gone With The Wind… seriously! After gumbo and deep fried chicken (I just had to! You always hear about them eating deep fried chicken in the south) and 2 or 3 cocktails (we had a very good waiter!!), I was too full for dessert… but after seeing the dessert menu I saw Key Lime Pie! I had heard of Key Lime Pie and just had to have some. So we sweet talked the waiter into letting us takeaway a slice of their Key Lime Pie.

About an hour or so later I found some room, somewhere near my ankles I think, for some dessert. Oh my god I died and went to heaven! It was even better than Cherry Cobbler! I was salivating over this little piece of heaven! When I returned home I told lots of people about this Key Lime Pie, but no one seemed to have heard about it, except for my youngest sister. After this happening a few times I googled it to see if it came up in any movies or TV shows… and it did feature prominently in an episode of Dexter (Episode: Easy as Pie):

Dexter walks into Camilla’s room with yet another key lime pie, ominously closing the drapes before injecting sodium pentothal into a piece and feeding it to her bite by bite. “You finally brought me the perfect pie,” she tells him before she dies.

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1242120/synopsis

A couple of years ago I cooked up a New Orleans dinner party – gumbo, among other things, and Cherry Cobbler. The Cherry Cobbler was delicious. Apparently even weeks later when my sister-in-law tucked into the remaining serving! I was horrified! I didn’t want her to get sick. But she said it was great!

However I haven’t made a pie since. But after that Key Lime Pie I just had to make it. So after quizzing Facebook and Twitter worlds for some ideas, I was pointed to the Hummingbird Bakery recipe (which I found at http://www.florencefinds.com/friday-food-key-lime-pie/).

I thought it was a great success!!! My youngest sister was lucky to be one of the recipients! And so was my sister-in-law!! I wonder how she compared the fresh Key Lime Pie to my old Cherry Cobbler? hehe

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Tonight my hubbie was lucky enough to get Shepherd’s Pie for dinner followed by Cherry Cobbler for dessert. To add to my sabbatical to-do list, I want to make a pie a week! Just so I can mix up my cake decorating, felting, cleaning of studio a little!! I know Shepherd’s Pie isn’t really the sort of pie I mean, but I did think it was a little humorous I made pie for dinner :)

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I should have made the dough balls smaller for the cobbler, but other than that I was pretty happy with it. I would love to make it with fresh cherries one day. The northern hemisphere just do not know how lucky they are to get fresh berries so easily!

So if anyone would like to be a guinea pig with one of my pies, let me know. I want to make Peach Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cheddar Cheese Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Rhubarb Pie, me oh my!

Here is one last piece of Key Lime Pie to drool over :)

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