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By Ken Haedrich
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Dinner pies. They are the ultimate in comfort food and highlight the increasingly popular trend in making pies from savory ingredients. at once easy enough for an “any-night-of-the- week” one-dish meal, and fancy enough to dress up for a weekend party, savory pies are a great way to get a complete dinner on the table with ease.
Recipe: Fancy Sweet Potato Pie
Summary: Sweet potato pie, a southern specialty, has been an American tradition for more than 100 years. Like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie tends to have a meaty, firm-bodied texture, although the flavor is somewhat more delicate and elusive than pumpkin, and it has a lighter orange hue. Pie makers reach into their pumpkin pie bag of tricks to nudge a sweet potato pie toward greatness. The same pumpkin pie spices make the rounds in sweet potato pies, as well as eggs, milk or cream, and a good measure of sweetener in the form of molasses, brown sugar, or even maple syrup. Our fancy version is a little light on the spices, but we include orange zest—a festive touch—and an optional splash of hazelnut or almond liqueur, to give this earthy pie an appropriately nutty flavor. I think it’s best served cold, but it’s also very good warm.
Recipe: Lattice-Top Deep-Dish Sour Cherry Pie
Summary: Sour cherries are prized for the wonderful pies they make. They have a special flavor and unique tartness not found in other types of cherries. In many parts of the country, the trickiest part of making a sour cherry pie is finding the cherries. Not only are they somewhat fragile, but their tartness isn’t embraced by consumers who, for the most part, expect cherries to be sweet. If your local supermarket doesn’t carry them, check farmers’ markets. The key to making a good sour cherry pie, I believe, is to add just enough sugar to tame the tartness, not overwhelm it. The other trick is to use sufficient thickening to gel the prodigious amount of juice. Other than that, I keep the filling fairly simple, with a little lemon juice and zest, a dab of butter, and a pretty lattice top so the bright red cherries can peek through. Do use an extra-deep-dish pie pan, if you have one. This is a very juicy pie, and the added depth will help contain the juice. MAKES 8 TO 10 SERVINGS
Recipe: Tyler Pie
Summary: Tyler pie, sometimes called Tyler pudding pie, is said to be named for John Tyler, our 10th president. According to James Beard in his American Cookery (Little, Brown and Company, 1972), this sort of pie might have been called sugar pie in the South and maple sugar pie in the North, depending on the kind of sugar it was made with. In any event, it is basically a very sweet custard pie, typically—given the abundance of brown sugar and butter—with a caramel flavor. Like most early pies, there is nothing complicated about it: the ingredients are common, the mixing procedure simple and straightforward, and the results delicious.
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It started with an ungodly amount of butter.
Butter, that’s a staple, I must have thought, standing in the dairy section of the supermarket sometime in mid-winter. Salted or unsalted? I had neither, so why not both? I grabbed a four-pack of each, throwing expiration dates to the wind. Butter lasted far longer than produce. Sure, I was one person, but I cooked. I baked. I might need butter someday.
According to a survey conducted last summer by NPR, apple is still the preferred pie flavor among Americans. Be that as it may, today is National Cherry Pie Day, and in honor of the holiday, we at The Harvard Common Press are de-throning apple and giving cherry its chance to shine.
Recipe: Apple Cherry Pie with Coconut Almond Crumb Topping
- 1 ⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
Recipe: Baked Apple Dumpling Pie
Summary: If this pie sounds like a cross between baked apples and apple dumplings, well, it is. It’s baked with a top pastry only, which molds itself around the apples so handsomely that I don’t even bother to invert the pie, lest the pastry vanish beneath the apples. I use Golden Delicious apples here because they hold their shape well. They’re halved, cored, and placed in the pan in a pool of melted butter, brown sugar, and raspberry preserves. A raisin– brown sugar–walnut mixture is spooned into the hollowed cores, à la baked apples, then the pastry is draped over the top, and the pie is baked. Since this bakes up in individual mounds, you don’t slice it like a regular pie. Rather, you scoop out the mounds—which look like halved apple dumplings—and serve them with the pan juices. Excellent alone, but even better with chilled Vanilla Custard Sauce.
Recipe: Traditional Lattice-Top Apple Pie
Summary: This is the classic lattice-top apple pie that you’d expect to be served at a great country inn or New England diner: a basic apple pie—this one sweetened with brown sugar—decorated with wide strips of criss-crossing pastry that always make me think of a cozy quilt. If you’ve never made a lattice top before, this is a good one to start with, since it’s not fussy. The wide strips are thick and easy to work with. And since there just aren’t that many strips—three going one way and five going the other—you don’t have to be an Eagle Scout to figure out how they overlap. Indeed, the simplicity of this lattice makes it an excellent pie to make with kids, who especially love making pies with a decorative top crust.
Happy Pi Day!
In all honestly, it has been years since I’ve taken a math class. And it has been even longer since I’ve taken one that required me to work with that tricky little math constant known as Pi (though I don’t think I will ever be able to forget that A=πr 2!). But a lack of mathematical ties sure doesn’t mean that I don’t still get excited about March 14, or 3.14, every year. How could I ever turn down an excuse to snack on my favorite treat?