The Pie Academy’s Tailgate Pie of the Week: Week 9
I think it’s safe to say that most people consider pie to be a pretty casual dessert, and I wouldn’t disagree.
But even within the casual realm, there are pies that are clearly playful – last week’s peanut butter pie, for instance – and some, at the opposite end of the spectrum, that lean toward sophistication.
This week’s Pear, Apple & Fig Pie is a perfect example of the latter. It’s the sort of pie I’d happily serve at a tailgate party – this IS week 9 in our parade of tailgate pies, after all. But I wouldn’t hesitate to offer it at a dinner party, either, nudged up against a generous scoop of coffee ice cream or coffee flavored whipped cream, like I have here. (Coffee is the ribbon that ties the three featured flavors into a perfect bow.)
I don’t recall where I first learned of the flavor harmony between pears, figs, and hazelnuts but if you’ve never tried this threesome in a single spoonful, you’re in for a treat. It’s as if they were destined to end up in this pie together. Lucky you and me.
Be advised this is not a pie you just dash off, so don’t bother trying. There are extra steps involved – figs to simmer, hazelnuts to toast – and it helps if you’re in no rush and planning to be in the kitchen anyway. So put this one on your pie bucket list, with a mental note to make it sooner than later. You won’t regret it.
PASTRY NOTE: Use any favorite pie pastry recipe you like for this recipe. I like the GOOD BASIC PIE DOUGH.
TOPPING NOTE: Be sure to make the TOASTED HAZELNUT CRUMB TOPPING ahead of time, as you’ll need time to toast, skin, and cool the hazelnuts.