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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pies thus far...

Strawberry & Apricot Pie w/ Vanilla Bean Maple Cream
I can hardly believe I have not posted ANYTHING for 6 months!!!  This does not mean I have been doing nothing!  A midst caring for our 3 babies there has been a lot of baby food puree making and pie
Asparagus, Pesto & Feta Tart
I just thought I would do a quick pie update and reflect on what I have discovered.  So far I have done the following sweet & savory pies and experimented a little bit with crusts as well.  Some of these were recipes from 'A Year of Pies' and some have been my own experiment or adaptations.

Shoofly Pie
Lemon Chess Pie
Asparagus, Pesto & Feta Tart
Roasted Sweet Potato & Sage Galette
Chocolate, Coffee & Marmalade Tart
Gingersnap Key Lime Pie
Winter Greens and Cornbread Quiche
Mushroom, Kale and Chèvre Galette
Strawberry Crumble Pie
Strawberry & Apricot Pie
Chicken, Lentil & Kale Curried Pie
Pear & Apple Crostata
Rosemary Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie
Salted Pecan Mini Tarts
Spiced Meat Pie
Sweet Potato & Chicken Pie
Dried Fig Custard Tartlets
Whipped Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust (the best cheesecake I have ever made!!)
Apricot, Blueberry & Strawberry Tart

Whipped Vanilla Bean Cheesecake w/ Gingersnap Crust & Fresh Strawberries
Out of these the favorites have definitely been: 'strawberry crumble pie', 'mushroom, kale & chevre galette' and the 'rosemary, bourbon & sweet potato pie.'  The strawberry pie with fresh apricots was also really good and key lime pie with gingersnap crust is always a winner (I have been making these for years).  The chicken and lentil pie I made using a spelt crust was also pretty delicious, I just made the recipe up with lentils, kale, curry spices and some leftover roasted chicken.
Chicken, Kale and Lentil Curry Pies
In terms of crusts, I have now tried an all butter crust, butter and lard, whole wheat crust, spelt crust and a gluten-free gingersnap crust.  I was very pleased with the spelt and the wheat crust in which I just used all butter, I was amazed at how good they tasted and that they actually held together.  The whole wheat crust had half white flour and half wheat.
Salted Pecan Tartlets
Today is 'Pie Day Friday' and I am making a Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Custard Pie...sounds scrumptious to me, hopefully it will taste as good as it sounds.  I have fresh local rhubarb from my veggie box and am excited to try a new recipe!  Here's to more PIE...

Fig Custard Tartlets