A Year of Pies challenge

Posted on 06/08/2012 by act_one_shotgun

I’ve been presented with a cool challenge: a friend of mine and her sister have asked for a sort of pie-of-the-month club. I’ll be making them a pie each, every month, for a year. The only guideline is that it must be seasonal.

This month’s is CHERRY, by request. I boiled cherries with sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and bourbon. Into the crusts, then topped with a sugar-cookie-ish crumble. Very sweet, but I know at least one of these pies is going to a couple of little girls who will probably appreciate it!

Mexican vanilla is amazing. That giant bottle was a Christmas gift from my grandmother.

The next 11 pies will be my choice. I think I have 12 different pies living in my brain, but seasonal is going to be fun!
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act_one_shotgun 9th-Jun-2012 02:49 am (UTC)
thanks! i'm excited for the challenge. if you want to follow it, i'll be posting on goodnessbakes.tumblr.com.
mysid 9th-Jun-2012 03:46 am (UTC)

Although I have a sweet tooth, I hope at least a couple of your monthly pies will be savory ones--just to mix things up.
act_one_shotgun 9th-Jun-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
i was thinking about it! i would love to do a chicken pot pie at some point. any other savory suggestions?
mysid 9th-Jun-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Shepherd's pie, quiche, pizza, spanakopita, empanada gallega--or just type "savory pie" into Google.
owner_of_dooom 10th-Jun-2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Steak and cheese :D Nom.
helen_bakes 12th-Jun-2012 11:26 am (UTC)
seconding this!
shanin 9th-Jun-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
I have that exact same kind of vanilla and love it. That pie looks and sounds delicious!
rhodielady_47 Mexican Vanilla!!!!!!9th-Jun-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Please tell me where I can buy Mexican Vanilla?
I love the stuff but have no earthly idea where I can find it other than to go shopping in Mexico.
You should try making pound cake with your Mexican Vanilla--it's wonderful!
act_one_shotgun Re: Mexican Vanilla!!!!!!9th-Jun-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
my grandmother lives in san antonio, and my relatives are in mexico, so i'm pretty sure it came from the source. :) i would try mexican grocery stores in your area, if you have them.
turple_purtle Re: Mexican Vanilla!!!!!!9th-Jun-2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
rhodielady_47 Re: Mexican Vanilla!!!!!!9th-Jun-2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy, joy, joy! Yay!

rhodielady_47 9th-Jun-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Speaking of pies, you should try your hand at a sweet potato pie, a chocolate chess pie, and a steak pie. All of these are delicious.
act_one_shotgun 9th-Jun-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
i've actually never made any of these! i'm most intrigued by chocolate chess and steak pies...any favorite recipes?
rhodielady_47 9th-Jun-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Alas, I don't have any recipes for these to share but I can vouch for their goodness!
Chocolate chess pie is a southern style pie. It's a fudgy delight that I remember eating as a child. That and regular chess pie are delicious!
You might aught to try the Bell's Best Cookbook (the first one in the series is the best) for these two recipes. It's the Bible of true southern cooking and it has been for over 20 years.
Steak pie is a savory pie that I find on the buffet bar sometimes at my favorite Chinese restaurant. It's another pie that I wish I had a recipe for.
I'll be following your pie-making adventures.
act_one_shotgun 9th-Jun-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
interesting. I've had regular chess pie (and wasn't a huge fan, to be honest) but a CHOCOLATE chess pie sounds better. will look into it, and that cookbook!
rhodielady_47 9th-Jun-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Back in Mississippi where I grew up, everyone told me that when I got married to make sure and get myself a copy of Bell's Best. I was also told that if I couldn't find a recipe for whatever I wanted to make in Bell's Best, that it probably wasn't worth eating.
The name comes from the fact that this nearly 5 inches thick (nearly 800 pages of recipes) cookbook came from the people who worked at the Bell telephone company. Used to be, you had to know someone who worked at the telephone company and then sweet talk them into buying it for you from their company store.
turple_purtle 9th-Jun-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)

Mmmmmm, chess pie, craving now. I could go for a slice with a big ole glass of milk; it's been too many years since I've had one. Pie crust scares me LOL; I may have to bribe my mom to make me a chess pie to slice up and put in the freezer.
epic_cakes 9th-Jun-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Oh yum :o now I want pie!
sunspotted 9th-Jun-2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yum! Cherry pie made from actual cherries and not the glop in the cans is delicious. Yours look very sweet and pretty and little girl friendly.

As an aside, I once lost my restaurant liquor licence for two weeks for having Mexican vanilla on the premises. I challenged the jerk inspector to drink it, he wouldn't and I still lost my licence. The worst part was they confiscated my vanilla.
act_one_shotgun 9th-Jun-2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
those restaurant inspectors are vicious! a friend of mine got in trouble for having "uncovered food"- parsely for garnish with pastic wrap that wasn't totally sealed.
turple_purtle 9th-Jun-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)

They look delicious! =)
violette_silva 9th-Jun-2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
They look so yummi !
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