TWD: Caramel Pumpkin Pie

I’m just going to come right out and say it. I hate making pie- specifically pie crust. I have had issues with just about every step of making pie crust at one time or another (with the majority issues involving rolling it out). Give me a tart any day! I thrive on recipes that are flexible and forgiving and tart crusts have always been good to me!

This time, the pie gods were looking out for me! Everything, and I mean everything was working according to plan! I use the Cuisinart recipe for pie pastry and for a change- it just worked! Even rolling it out, I had plenty of overhang to trim and then fold back and for the first time ever, I had a real looking pie crust! (There were many pictures taken to commemorate the occasion).

The caramel pumpkin filling came out beautifully although I was surprised at how noticeable the dark rum flavor was. The pie was delicious (even without whipped cream). If we hosted Thanksgiving I would absolutely make this 🙂 Thanks to Janell of Mortensen Family Memoirs for this delicious (and successful!) selection!

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YWPWT? Key Lime Pie

 

 

 

Key Lime Pie

This month’s theme, Taste of Summer Pie, was chosen by Rebecca and Mary. The challenge was to come up with a pie that just tastes like summer!

My selection? Key lime pie!! Yum!

As soon as it starts to get warm I crave key lime pie and I made my pie for a 4th of July BBQ (it was perfect with the swordfish, mango salsa and rum cocktails!). This was also my 1st attempt at making a key lime pie. I used the filling recipe from the Nellie & Joe’s Key Lime juice bottle and made the graham cracker crust recipe from Dorie’s Baking from My Home to Yours.

The pie was incredibly easy to make (especially since a graham cracker crust means I don’t have to wrestle with dough!) and a great pie to make during the summer because it didn’t have to bake in the oven for too long (the thermostat liked that too!). I will definitely make this pie over and over again!

A slice

YWPWT? Strawberry Pie with Mango Rum Whipped Cream

Strawberry Pie Deliciousness

This month’s theme, as selected by Ellen at Kittymama, was childhood memory pies!

I selected a strawberry pie to represent my childhood, although it wasn’t an easy choice! Reflecting back on my childhood brought up so many wonderful summer memories and to me- summer = strawberry (especially when they are fresh local berries from Long Island!).

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So I used a variation of Martha Stewart’s strawberry icebox pie from the June issue of Everyday Food. I used 2 pounds of really fresh & tasty strawberries from Whole Foods (love that you could sample them before buying). I made a regular pastry pie crust instead of the graham cracker crust and the my favorite twist to the pie- was changing the whipped cream topping to a mango rum whipped cream!!! (YUM!!!!) Seriously, I think the whipped cream may have been better than the pie! I had some Cruzan mango rum left over from our vacation last summer to USVI. What a glorious combination! I think I will make the whipped cream again just to eat it out of the bowl (as demonstrated by my husband)!

Yummy cream!

YWPWT? Shoo Fly Pie

Shoo fly pie

Jacque & Natashya chose this month’s there- Pies for the Rich and Famous. How much fun! After careful consideration… I decided to bake a Shoo Fly Pie just in case Bernie Madoff or any of the AIG execs dropped by for a visit. I’m sure they are all used to much more decadent desserts, but given my current financial state, a more modest Pennsylvania Dutch treat will have to do! 🙂

In all seriousness, I’ve never had a Shoo Fly Pie so I really didn’t know what to expect and like the other PA Dutch items I’ve attempted to make- the directions were very limited with no picture! But my husband is originally from eastern Pennsylvania and thought the pie looked like ones he’s seen at the farmers markets 🙂 I had read that shoo fly pies tasted similar to pecan pies but without the nuts, but I just wasn’t a big fan of all the molasses! Oh well- I had such a blast planning this pie to go with the theme, it was so worth it!

If you’d like to take a stab at a shoo fly pie this is the recipe that I tried! Check out the rest of this month’s round up!