Julie’s Best Ever Blueberry Pie

“It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true!” — Anonymous This is the best blueberry pie you’ll ever make. Or eat, for that matter! I tried other recipes but was never satisfied with them. Some require that you cook the berries on the stove before assembling the pie. No thanks. They end up mushy, and you have…

Gooseberry Custard Tart

Deliciously tart gooseberries, creamy vanilla custard, and rich, crumbly Butter Shortcrust: This might be one of my new favorite desserts! And it’s remarkably quick and easy (once you have the crust) for something that looks and tastes so fancy. Okay, when I made Kale With Golden Gooseberries, I said I didn’t need any more dessert…

Butter Shortcrust

I go back and forth between butter and shortening for my pie crusts. I love the flakiness of a shortening crust, as well as its suitability for using my Perfect-A-Crust to roll it out. (Perfect-A-Crust is an aid for rolling consistent crusts. They don’t make them anymore, but you can sometimes find them on eBay. You…

Ice Cream Sundae Pie

Happy National Ice Cream Day! You can celebrate even if you don’t live in the USA. It’s always a good day to celebrate ice cream! I only ever make Ice Cream Sundae Pie in December but it’s a great dessert any time. Ice Cream Sundae Pie has been a tradition for Christmas dinner in our…

Rhubarb Pie

It’s rhubarb season! I wish I could say I cut this rhubarb from my garden, but I didn’t. I bought it at the store, so it’s not even as local as I’d like. I keep hoping one day my plants will grow big enough to harvest, but they’re being stubborn. I planted three about three…

Homemade Apple Pie (With Crust Cookies)

It’s election Day 2016, and there’s a lot of anxiety in the USA. So this anxious mother is posting the quintessential American comfort food: Homemade Apple Pie. Because we could all use a little comfort, today and every day!  There are few foods as wonderful as homemade apple pie. I spent many years & many pies…

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

I’m just a hobbyist cook. But I do know there’s one thing I do better than some professional chefs, and that’s pumpkin pie. How do I know this? Because a few years ago, a local reporter interviewed chefs for an article on pumpkin pie. All the chefs used canned pumpkin. All of them. Now I ask you, have…

Single Pie Crust

Flaky? Who, me? Butter? Shortening? A combination? It seems every pie baker has a strong opinion about pie crust. For me, it’s all about the flaky texture – which means shortening. I flirted for a while with butter & combination crusts, which do win hands down on flavor, but I keep coming back to the flakiness you…