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Spinach and Feta Pie

Spinach and Feta Pie

Normally, when I think of a spinach and feta pie, I think of some rendition of spanikopita. The savory Greek dish has a filling made with spinach, feta and eggs that is sandwiched between layers of filo dough. The spinach-feta combination is a winner in my book and I like it in any form. I used the idea of a spanikopita-type filling as inspiration for ... Read More »

Pineapple Buttermilk Meringue Pie

While this pie may sound like something that you could have found in a diner 50 years ago (and maybe you could have), it turned out not only to be much better than I ever anticipated, but to be one of the most enjoyable pies I’ve had in recent memory. The flavors were vibrant and well-balanced, the pie looked beautiful and it was quite easy ... Read More »

French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie

I’ve had french silk pies before, but I’ve never had one like this. The concept of a french silk pie is that it is a chocolate mousse set up in a pie crust, the smooth texture of the mousse providing the “silk” part of the pie. Most pies that are sold under this name are relatively dense and chocolaty affairs. Chocolate is the first thing ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Shaker Lemon Pie

shaker lemon pie slice

Shaker lemon pie is a very old fashioned type of pie – so old fashioned that it goes way beyond retro and isn’t likely to be found in your average diner, unlike the far more common lemon meringue pie. Shaker lemon pie has an unusual filling that is made up of lemons. Sliced paper-thin, the lemons go into the pie rind and all (minus the ... Read More »

Coconut Cream Pie

coconut cream pie

 Cream pies, more than any other, seem to scream ”comfort food” - even if you (like me) generally tend to prefer fruit pies, like apple. They’re not merely satisfying, but they’re so indulgent that you have to set aside any concerns about overly decadent desserts to fully enjoy the smooth, rich custard and fluffy whipped cream of the pies. Perhaps it’s comforting to not have – or to ... Read More »

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is one of those foods that is pretty much perfect in its basic state. For variations, a chef might switch from a graham cracker crust to a regular pastry crust, or tweak the spices by adding more ginger, a pinch of cardamom or a touch less cinnamon. Even when all of these alterations are put into place, a pumpkin pie is pretty much ... Read More »

Apple Crumble Pie

apple crumble pie, sliced

Crumble-topped apple pies used to be my absolute favorite type of pie. When I was a little kid, I was even known to ask servers in a restaurants whether their pies were crumble-topped or not, and base my dessert decisions entirely on their answers. This all came to an end around the time that I first had a traditional apple pie with a really great crust. ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie, Squared

square of pumpkin pie

 The first thing you might notice about this piece of pumpkin pie is that it does not look like a traditional slice of pie. Instead of using a 9-inch round pie pan, I opted to use an 8-inch square baking pan. I did it partially out of laziness because the square pan was right in front of me and fresh from the dishwasher, and partially ... Read More »

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