Aunt Julie’s Pie Crust

Every year that we lived in California when I was a kid, Thanksgiving was always spent at my Aunt Julie’s house.  Now Aunt Julie isn’t even actually my Aunt.  She’s my mother’s neighbor growing up who was basically a sister to her.  And now, she’s still considered family to me.  The summer after 3rd grade…

Chocolate Satin Pie

This is an old college recipe back from the days when I lived with 5 roommates.  This was one of our favorite go to desserts because it was easy.  It’s a super rich chocolate pie, so a small slice will do.  We always bought the pre-made graham cracker crusts in tins from the store, but…

Marlborough Apple Pie

Our apple tree is ripening and the apples are beginning to fall off the tree, so I decided it was time to make an apple pie.  I found this fun pre-Civial War American colonial apple pie recipe.  It calls from grated or stewed apples spiced in a sherry-flavored custard for a filling.  The original purpose…

Pie Dough for Lattice-Top Pie

I like this pie dough recipe it seems to work well in the food processor.  And I’ve learned the key to flakey pie dough is that everything has to be super cold and you have to dry to handle it as little as possible. Ingredients: 3 C all-purpose flour 2 Tbsp sugar, plus 1 additional…

Peach Pie

The crowning event of peach season and our backyard peach tree is fresh peach pie.  I usually take all the last few peaches (some that have often been sampled by the birds) and cut out the bad parts and put the rest of the chunks into pie filling.  It’s another Cooks Illustrated recipe and the…