Friday, May 6, 2016

The Power of Pie

Mother's Day, what better reason than to celebrate with an extra special pie, made to measure for the person receiving it! Meant to say I Love You and you mean the world to me... and then it came to me, The Power of Pie. From the time we are little, at our Mother's knees, we can remember the occasion of pie coming out of the oven. Made just for us, with love, in all it's flaky goodness and chocolate creaminess with whipped cream clouds or jewel tones of cherry or berry... pie is good. In fact, pie is great. Make that special person in your life a pie, let it be warm when they walk in the door!

David Letterman's Mom's Strawberry Pie
1 9 inch pie shell -- baked
1/2 pt Strawberries, fresh -- Washed and hulled
1/2 c Granulated sugar
2 tb Cornstarch
3/4 c Orange juice
1/2 ts Red food coloring
Whipped cream
Mix sugar and cornstartch, then add orange juice and food coloring. Cook until clear. Add strawberries to glaze and pour mixture into pie shell. Serve with whipped cream.

Fall Apple Pie
Pie Crust:(Classic Crisco recipe)
This will make a double crust 9" pie
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup well chilled Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening
(I use the Crisco Sticks - and use 3/4 stick)
4-8 Tablespoons ice cold water
Blend flour and salt in mixing bowl. Cut chilled shortening into cubes into flour mixture using pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea sized pieces remaining.
Sprinkle 4 Tablespoons of water over mixture and stir with a fork. Add more water by the Tablespoon until dough holds together. It takes about 6-8 Tablespoons for me.
Divide dough in two with one ball slightly larger than the other. At this point, I place back in my mixing bowl (both balls of dough) covered with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator and place larger ball of dough onto floured surface. Using floured rolling pin roll dough into a circle until about 2" wider than the pie plate. Ease bottom crust into pie plate and trim evenly around plate. Fill with pie filling (recipe will follow). Roll top pie crust, lift onto filled pie. Trim dough with 3/4" overhand; fold top edge under bottom crust. Press edges together and flute. Cut slits in top crust.
Apple Pie Filling:
8 cups sliced apples (This was 6 large apples for me)
1 cup splenda or regular granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
Pre-heat oven to375 degrees. Place apples in large bowl. Stir sugar, spices, cornstarch, and lemon juice into apples. Pour apple filling into bottom pie crust. Dot with 1 tablespoon butter (break butter into small pieces all over top of pie filling) and cover with top pie crust. Crimp edges. I normally cover the crust with tinfoil the first 40 minutes of baking, remove foil and continue to bake for 20 minutes more.


  1. I made my sweetie a chocolate cream pie for his birthday (Sunday).

    All these pies sound and look delicious. I am still using my Nathan's Never Fail piecrust recipe and always have 2 or more packages in the freezer at all times.

    Thanks for all the recipes.

    1. That recipe is a timesaver and the best pie crust ever! It's having it there in the freezer, easy to make a pie anytime...that's the downfall! Oh well, we only live once...

  2. I am loving the coconut banana and strawberry pies... might make one today! What a neat Print feature here on your blog too, love it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I saw a YouTube video of Letterman's Mom the other day, they do the pie thing every Thanksgiving and it reminded me I have that cookbook and loved the story about the strawberry pie! She looks just like my Mother in Law and she's a pie baking wizard too! The coconut cream calls my name...

  3. What a great assortment of recipes! Something to satisfy everyones taste buds! MMMMMM, delish.

    1. Dangerous post for me, makes me want to make a PIE!

  4. Interesting seeing this post with all these yummy pies...I just a pumpkin for the Prez and I...:)JP

  5. Pumpkin is my daughter and her son's favorite, no matter what time of the year! I guess I like cream pies the most, which ever ones with the most calories is usually how it works!

  6. Just my computer screen is covered with saliva...and I STILL didn't get to taste the goodies!

    1. I felt the same way when I was posting at 6AM... then I ate oatmeal {-:

  7. Oh, oh, oh... I'm taking that Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Pie! Thank you!

  8. The printer is chugging out those recipes - thank you!

  9. I printed off a few of these recipes. I think I am going to make one of these with my granddaughter for Valentine's day. She will enjoy making it and I know her Papaw will enjoy eating it. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh, my! I think I just gained 10 pounds. All of the pies look SO good!


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