What's your favorite pie?
I watched "Waitress" last evening...Now all I can think about is pie. I'm not sure I can pick just one as a favorite...Apple, Key Lime, Pecan, Blueberry, Chess...I love pie.
What's your favorite?
PS: Please include recipes.
Fresh peach or fresh cherry, no other cooked fruit pies. Chocolate or vanilla cream pies are great, no coconut anything, pecan pie is only good for the pecans on the top. Just my preferences ;-)
1 9 or 10 inch unbaked pie shell. Just a normal flaky pie shell recipe will do.
2 cups flour
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 large beaten egg
1 cup molasses (dark preferred) *-don't confuse maple syrup or corn syrup with real molasses!
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in the cup of boiling water
Mix ingredients for crumbs thoroughly, should look like coarse crumb. Set about 1/2 cup aside.
Mix molasses, egg, salt and vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water (it'll fizz a bit), then add that to the molasses mixture and stir.
Pour the syrup into the pie shell. Pour the crumbs on top of the syrup (try to distribute them evenly, I suggest spreading half, waiting a minute to see what soaks through, then the other half). Bake at 425 for about 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 350, sprinkle the 1/2 half cup of crumbs you set aside previously on the pie (careful if you move the pie, it's very liquid still and may 'slosh'), bake for another 30-40 minutes (until firm).
Let cool completely.
If done right, most of the liquid will have soaked 'up' into the crumbs, but there will be a layer of just molasses on the bottom. This is known as a 'wet bottom' pie. If you mix (lightly) the crumbs and syrup before putting them in the pie, you'll get a 'dry bottom' shoo-fly pie. Obviously, I prefer wet bottom. Yes, I understand Dutchified English. :-)
The one in front of me???
Very hard to choose, but with a bit of a fall in the air, an apple pie can be a thing of great beauty and perfection.