Banoffee Peanut Butter Pie

My latest book project took a giant leap forward this week when I sent the contents of the binders you see here off to my publisher for the first round of editing. Well, not the actual contents; I sent digital files, of course. Back when I started writing cookbooks in the late 80’s and early […]

Creamy Coconut Custard Pie

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been testing custard pie recipes for my book-in-progress, and now that I’m nearing the end of this chapter it’s time to move on. It won’t be easy. Not that the pie territory ahead is any less promising. It’s simply that I’ve re-fallen in love with custard pies in a […]

Toasted Almond Coconut Custard Pie

So when was the last time you made a custard pie? Last month? Couple of years ago? Never?  I get it. Custard pie is not a headline grabber or Instagram starlet, the way some pies are. It’s not a showcase for shimmering, jewel-like fruit. And nobody tops a custard pie with an eye-catching pie crust […]

Tipsy Transparent Pie

You hear an awful lot about transparency these days – in business and government, in education and on the internet. But there’s a type of transparency that’s dreadfully overlooked and needs many more champions, so I’m counting on you. It’s called transparent pie.  Transparent pie is to Kentucky what chess pie is to the Carolinas […]

Maple Butter Tarts

What with all the holiday fun and festivities swirling about, you’d be forgiven if your plans for National Maple Syrup Day – December 17th – were still a bit up in the air.  So let me help: why not mark the occasion with a batch of these Maple Butter Tarts? My friends in Canada, where […]

Fresh Peach and Cherry Pie

Like so many well-meaning cooks today, I spend my share of time clicking on and collecting recipes I fancy I’ll make one day. Cooking-wise, the online-curator me is a lot more impressive and adventurous than the actual me, a reality gap, they tell me, not uncommon to online dating sites. Anyway, my obsession du jour […]

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Cream Pie

You may remember a few weeks ago I sent out a survey asking what sort of courses you’d like to see offered at The Pie Academy going forward. Somewhat surprisingly (at the time) cream pies got a whole lot of love.   In hindsight, I don’t know why that came as a surprise. After all, […]

Sweet Carrot Pie

To understand just how surprisingly good this carrot pie is, you must first understand that I find carrots – especially on their own – pretty uninspiring. Boring, if we ditch the civility. I cook with them, I eat them without complaint or holding my nose like I did as a boy. But they simply don’t […]

A Thanksgiving Message from The Pie Academy (video)

We’re down to the wire now, pie-wise, so you’ve probably got your Thanksgiving pie strategy all sketched out. And if you don’t? Better kick it into gear, my friend. I’ve provided some links below that will help you get on track quickly, quickly being the operative word here. Not so quickly, however, that you should […]

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

I probably would have tried to put a softer spin on it, but I get where the man who gave us Lake Wobegon is coming from: pumpkin pie can be pretty boring. I know more than a few people who consider it almost an obligation to indulge every fall, compelled less by love than out […]