Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Pie

The world of pie is full of pairings, some to the point of cliche, but nobody minds a cliche when it tastes extraordinarily good. Case in point: strawberry rhubarb pie. Talk about an attraction between opposites; it’s difficult to imagine a less likely partnership. Fresh ripe strawberries are the crown jewels of spring. We love […]

Maple Glazed Pear Pie

Winter is starting to get on my nerves, a rather peculiar statement from someone who survived twenty years in New Hampshire and now resides in the moderate climes of coastal North Carolina, but there you have it. A few extra decades can turn a fellow into a real sissy. It just goes to show you […]

How to Freeze an Apple Pie Before Baking It: A Thanksgiving Blueprint

I get a lot of questions about freezing fruit pies but, truth be told, I just don’t freeze fruit pies very often. When I have extra, I simply give it away while it’s still nice and fresh. This makes for happy neighbors and saves room in the freezer for essentials like ice cream, coffee, and […]

Watermelon Rind Pie

As a child of children of the Great Depression, I come by my frugal DNA honestly. We weren’t poor growing up, but my parents watched their pennies and taught us to be grateful – and respectful – for what we did have. This explains why I have little tolerance for food waste, I’m religious about […]

How to Make a Slab Pie

I know it’s a little late to reflect on such matters, but I’ve often wondered who came up with the bright idea that pie should be baked in a round, deep pan. I mean, what were they thinking? Indeed, you could easily make the case that your typical pie is much too thick and yields […]

Blueberry Sour Cream Crumb Pie

I was reminded the other day of summers past when I dropped by my sister’s home and her grandchildren, Adah and Owen, were in the backyard picking blueberries. In my New Hampshire summers of yore, berry picking was a regular pastime with my own children and it was heartening to see that the rules had […]

Lemon Chess Pie with Blueberries

What’s your idea of the perfect summer pie? A glistening fresh strawberry pie with a hint of spice? A jumble of mixed berries in a flaky butter pastry? How about sweet peach, apricot, or nectarine? They’re all wonderful, aren’t they? But there’s another summer pie you should add to that list, not a fruit pie […]

(Deconstructing) a Delightful Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

It’s May – hallelujah! – and depending on where you call home, local strawberries have either arrived or they’re close enough, at least, to ponder the age old bakers’ question: what’s the best way to make a strawberry pie? Seems simple enough on the surface. But faced with a finite window of fresh berry opportunity, […]

Stocking Stuffer Cranberry Cherry Pies

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and, understandably, a lot of folks have big plans. But not me. I’ve got little plans. More to the point, this is the weekend I’ll bake up some little pies – pint size beauties which, judging from the joy they always bring, pay a ten gallon dividend. I trust […]

Apple Cheddar Pie with Toasted Walnuts

Of the many debates that rage among bakers in this season of apple pies – variety, thick slices or thin, white sugar or brown (and how much), to peel or not to peel – there is one that gets far less attention than it deserves: how best to marry our delicious, American made Cheddar cheese […]