Saturday, November 23, 2013

Contest - Name A To-Die-For Pie

By Ellery Adams

I'm working on the fourth Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, which is tentatively titled, Lemon Pies and Little White Lies. It'll take place in the months of May and June and will feature a bake-off of historical proportions.

Because I include recipes in this series, I'm always on the lookout for pie recipes. I've covered some major ones but the wonderful thing about pie is how one can tweak a familiar recipe and make it brand new. For example, adding Red Hots to an apple pie or adding chocolate to a pecan pie.

So I'd love to hear about the best pie you ever tasted. The pie that made you swoon. The pie that made you weak in the knees. The pie that tasted like love.

And because of the time in which this book takes place, let's skip the pumpkin and mince pies. Anything with lemon would be much appreciated, seeing as I need a killer lemon pie to match the title!

Just post your favorite pie below (savory or sweet, it doesn't matter) and you might win this super yummy coffee prize pack including these adorable "I Believe in Pie" mugs and coasters. I'll pick a random winner on November 30 and post an announcement on Facebook and at the end of the comments.



Good luck!

51 comments:

Tonya said...

coconut creme
Yum.
Hope I win, I would LOVE it!!! :)

live life healthy supplements said...

When my husband had finished is radiation treatments for Hodgkin's Disease he craved BANANA CREAM PIE! I found this recipe in my "OLD" Betty Crocker cookbook: For 9" pie: Mix in saucepan over moderate heat ... 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 1/2 TBS cornstarch, 1 TBS flour: Gradually stir in 3 cups milk, stirring constantly until mixture thickens, boil 1 minute; Slowly stir in 3 egg yolks (slightly beaten), boil 1 minute; Remove from heat and blend in 1 TBS butter (the real thing works best, this recipe was Pre-margarine) and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Cool, stirring occasionally, pour into baked pie shell over bananas or coconut. To make this a Chocolate Pie increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups and add 3 oz chocolate. My husband ATE 3 PIES in one week. Store bought just won't compare. Would love to win and see this recipe in the book! Thanks Ellery!

teena3940 said...

Pecan pie.. yum yum

Jeannie D. said...

I make a crown jewel pie. It is a refrigerator pie. It uses orange, cherry, lime jello, mixed with lemon jello, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup pineapple juice, 2 envelopes Dream Whip. The first three jello's are made using l cup boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water for each and individually refrigerated in an 8 x 8 pan and chilled overnight. These are cut into cubes. Combine the lemon jello, sugar, l cup boiling water; stir until jello and sugar are dissolved. Stir in pineapple juice. Chill about an hour and a half. Prepare whipped topping and then fold in the jello cubes and the lemon mixture. Pour into two graham cracker crusts. Chill for at least 5 hours. You can top with whipped cream or graham cracker crumbs to the top. This is a cool, delicious pie for the spring or summer. This was a dessert that I turned into a pie.
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grammajudyb said...

I'm not a big cream pie fan, but I have a friend who makes Lemon Luscious. It's got lemon, cream cheese and a graham crust. OH, and whipped cream too! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

"Cross my heart and hope to die lemon pie" - a gorgeous lemon pie with mounds of fluffy meringue (I'd love to win!)

Debra Fox said...

Chess pie, an old farm recipe.

Barbara T. said...

Boston Creme Pie. Any pie without a regular crust, except coconut anything. Ginger snaps or vanilla wafers or graham cracker crusts are the best, especially lemon filled.

Grace Koshida said...

Cherry pie is my fave.

Anonymous said...

Lemon Sponge Pie! Delicious!
Theresa Manley

Anonymous said...

The best summer pie is wild blueberry (fabulous) but for a lemon pie name-How about a lemon ICEd box pie.

traveler said...

The best summer pie that I ever tasted was many years ago when I was visiting my great aunt at her home in a small Ontario town. She could whip up desserts, treats and goodies so quickly and easily and were they ever delectable. While we were visiting she made this utterly wonderful lemon cream pie that melted in your mouth. Layered with smooth and tart lemons, whipped up the batter so that it was light and exceptional. She named her pies and this lemon pie name was Laughing Lemon Pie. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Mo said...

I love lemon pies. My favorite is a triple layer lemon pie. Yum yum yum.

Aurian said...

Joanne Fluke has a book called Lemon Meringue Pie murder, and that recipe sounds extremely delicious. But I suppose you can't just copy from someone else's cozy mystery. You could of course tweak it around.

Candace Davidson said...

Lemon pie with a cream cheese base, with the lemon being tart enough to balance the cream cheese.

Sue said...

My grandmother made the best meat pie ever--and she made it from leftovers--beef, pork, potatoes, lots of onions, gravy--all in her homemade pie crust. I've tried and tried to make one like it and just can't cut the mustard. Of course, she never used a recipe of any kind.
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Teachgiftedkids said...

You've just triggered a memory from my old tastebud files. I used to make a delicious avocado pie. Sounds weird, but it had a lime juice base with the avocado and with a few other ingredients, this was the best pie and the most unique one I've ever made. I always used it for my gourmet dinner bunch. Now my mouth is watering and I'm going to have to dig out that recipe before another day goes by. Thanks for the incentive!

Becky said...

I like the lemon iced box pies.

Randi said...

Strawberry rhubarb is my absolute favorite!

Kaye Killgore said...

I love kahlua cream pie

Sue F said...

My favorite pie is peach, but you might want what is called a lemon angle pie or a lemon ambrosia pie.

Anonymous said...

Shoo fly pie! Double yum! And you must use KING syrup in the pie. ;) Cherie E, WA

Ellery Adams said...

If you're looking for the season in which this book will take place, it'll be late spring to mid summer, so there will be lots of fruit in season!

sherri said...

Lemonade Pie, easy and soo good

2 graham cracker pie crusts
2 cans eagle brand milk
1 11 1/2oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 tubs cool-whip

Allow lemonade to thaw, Mix together eagle brand milk, lemonade and cool whip.

Pour into pie crusts and allow to chill before serving.

Linda J said...

Mince Meat. It reminds me of my Grandma.

Linda J said...

I know you said skip Mince Meat, but that is the pie that to me is love.

Janet Morrissey said...

I wish I had her recipe. It wasn't in any of the recipes I have.

Janet Morrissey said...

Chocolate cream pie topped with caramel whipped cream.

Kuzlin said...

Boston Cream Pie!

Robyn said...

Chocolate pecan pie. It's definitely a pie to die for!

Malka E said...

apple blueberry pie

CherylsPearls said...

Buttermilk Pie. It is so sweet, so creamy and wonderful made in a traditional pie crust (a little salty crust is even better). I'm from North Carolina; one year after visiting my Grandmother in Alabama, we came home through the Tennessee and North Carolina mountains. I was about 10 years old. We stopped to eat at a beautiful little cafe and the waitress told me I needed some Buttermilk Pie. I thought it sounded horrible, but being the polite child I was, I agreed. It was wonderful. The pie was warm and sweet and had a crusty top. I found a great story about this pie and thought you might enjoy it (the recipe is here, too). http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5204275

Nancy said...

Avocado pie sounds great. I like avocado with lemon juice and salt, or lime and salt, so this sounds delicious.

Nancy said...

My daughter made a pecan pie for today that was the best I've ever tasted. She chopped the pecans and while baking a lot of the nuts came to the top and formed a crunchy topping.
A summery pie that my Grandmother made, that I only tasted once was grapefruit sponge. It divided while baking to form a light topping, something like meringue. I'm not sure, but it might be considered a sponge. It didn't have a pastry crust, but I think could be adapted. So refreshing!

Ellery Adams said...

So many great entries here!

Maryanne Birch said...

A lemon ice box pie or a peach cobbler pie. I know I know but its baked in a pie shell and the crust is formed the way a peach cobbler crust is formed. I don't have a recipe but I have had it a few places when I visited people in the US south.

bowdonl said...

Oh, I would love to see a Rhubarb pie that I had when I was younger that my Aunt would make with marshmallows on top and browned. It was the most sweet pie you have ever tasted, but not overly sweet. It was such a nice change from all the normal pies.

Melody Gonser said...

Chocolate silk pie

kathie said...

Dulce de Leche apple pie.. yum!! I love pie.

Jean Stafford said...

Chocolate Chess Pie.......absolutely a must for all pie lovers!!

Dawn Dowdle said...

Strawberry Rhubarb

Sandy said...

No bake lime chiffon pie. I'm salivating as I write it.Crust made with crushed plain sweet biscuits.and melted butter to hold them together. Lay and press tenderly into the bottom of a pie dish. The filling is made from first creating a lime custard with egg yolks, lime zest and juice, sugar and gelatine. After it has cooled, the left over egg whites are whipped into a meringue with more sugar, and then folded into the lime custard. This is poured on to the biscuit base and chilled for several hours until set. And then enjoyed at twilight on a summer evening.

theresa manley said...

A pie that is enjoyed by my family, and the recipe's origin is Amish, is called Funny Cake

JJM said...

I might be the only person in the universe who is not a pie fan -- certainly not a fruit pie fan; of the usual range, I'd go for pecan. However, I used to make a really good [canned] salmon pie, with a yogurt and shredded cucumber sauce, sprinkled with lemon zest. Very versatile recipe: you could use tuna, instead, and you could go the empanada route instead of a pie route, as well. Now that was comfort food! Wonder if I still have the recipe ...--Mario R.

JJM said...

P.s.--The above was not an entry in the pie contest. Sorry, shouldn't have posted, just got caught up in the conversation.--Mario R.

Tarri said...

I'm also not a big pie fan, but I love key lime, so a new concept key lime would be my choice.

Joyce w said...

I love Heavenly Pie, we make it every year and it always goes fast. A definite favorite!

Nancy Malven said...

Love this recipe. I also have this cookbook and there is nothing like a banana pie made with real custard instead of Jello pudding!

Dotty Kelley said...

My sis-in-law made an unbelievably delicious blueberry pie for Thanksgiving. She said only about 1/3 of the blueberries were cooked. The rest were fresh and it had no top crust........ so good and juicy.

Anonymous said...

I love chocolate cream pie. Can be made lighter by using diet chocolate pudding and Reddi-Wip instead of whipped cream. Yummy either way.

Ana Kurland said...

Cherry Amaretto