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July 17, 2012 / Kate

Frozen Cupcake Ice Cream Pie

Y3, Week Six: Yet Another Heat Wave Pie

Seriously, why they stick national ice cream month in the middle of a heat wave every year is beyond me. I mean, I get it. It’s very hot, ice cream is very cold, yay! But my only really good light source is outside and at 100° I’ve got about five minutes to take pictures before I just have a pan filled with warm cream and soggy cookie crust. After frantically running in and out of my house with benches and cameras and ice cream pie, my neighbors now officially think I’m a crazy person. Don’t even get me started on transporting this baby to a friend’s house frozen-ness intact, I think I had to promise my first-born to some pagan deity, but I’m not completely sure.

Okay, I’m done ranting, onto the pie. When I was a kid my mom, the total gourmand, developed this passion bordering on obsession with Hostess Cupcakes. She’d buy the ginormous boxes of 48 individually wrapped cakes and eat at least one a day. Needless to say, we kids thought this was the best thing ever, and Mom took up running shortly thereafter.

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July 11, 2012 / Kate

Bienenstich Pie (Bee Sting Pie)

Y3, Week Five: Far Better Than a Bee Sting Pie

This is thanks to my lovely friend Molly who has apparently been inspired by the wilds of Canada to find the most interesting desserts to try. Her latest suggestion was Bienenstich Cake, which I knew had to be pie-ified the moment I saw it.

Words of warning, remember to protect the pie crust edges when you bake it. The almond cracker crust is delicious, but not as much so when it’s rendered charcoal (read: I’m an idiot). Also, this pie gets a bit soggy after a couple of days, so it’s best served the day it’s made, or the day after. Although it’s good for a week of eating.

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July 6, 2012 / Kate

Healthful Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Bonus: Did someone say black beans?

Here are two things you should not tell anyone before they try these brownies:

  1. They are vegan (unless you are giving them to a vegan).
  2. They have an entire can of black beans in them. That’s not a joke.

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July 3, 2012 / Kate

Whipped Berry Cream Pie

Y3, Week Four: The Perfect Summer Pie

My sister can’t decide if I’m a vampire or a zombie.

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July 1, 2012 / Kate

Über Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, I mean, Sorbet

Bonus: It’s national cell phone courtesy month! Again!

I’ve been neglecting the blog, so I thought I’d post about some of the miscellanea I make in addition to pies during the summer. Prominent in that miscellanea is ice cream (gelato, sorbet, really anything sweet and cold and processable in my ice cream maker). I love ice cream. A lot. And one of the great things about America is we take the time to recognize the importance of really important things like hot dogs, and dead presidents, and we honor them with their own days and/or months as God intended. Which is why July is national ice cream month (and national hot dog month, national blueberry month, national anti-boredom month, and national cell phone courtesy month — all extremely important things). July is also nuclear hot, what better time then to try some new ice cream flavors.

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June 30, 2012 / Kate

Red Velvet “Cup” Pies

Y3, Week Three: Abandonment Pie

I’m sorry, I’ve been a terrible pie blogger. No, I haven’t abandoned you, life (and my actual paying job) has just been crazy busy the last month. I have actually been baking, I just haven’t had time to give writing up the recipes and pics justice. I need one more of me…

The up side is you’re going to get a bunch of recipes this week! Yay! Yeah, I’m still a terrible blogger, but the recipe was a huge hit, so don’t blame it for the delay. I’ve already neglected it enough. Enjoy and see you soon!

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June 4, 2012 / Kate

Sweet & Savory Hand Pies

Y3, Week Two: One does not simply walk into Mordor with full-sized pie

If it hasn’t already become painfully apparent, I’m a nerd. Proudly so. I own the entire Lord of the Rings EXTENDED edition trilogy box set and last weekend I watched all 12 hours of it in a single day. Some of my wonderful nerd friends joined me, some brought props, some even brought the next generation of nerds — some in costume no less (Helpful tip: Swords, while terribly dashing, are a tad inconvenient at parties). I love my people.

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May 29, 2012 / Kate

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Pie

Y3, Week One: It’s a whole breakfast in a slice of pie

Holy crap, it’s the third Summer of Pie. If you’d told me two years ago that I’d still be doing this, I’d have said nobody likes pie that much. I was wrong. People love pie, people love pie a lot. Maybe because it’s so versatile, it can be anything you want it to be: savory or sweet, skinny or fat, rich or bland, fancy or plain, complex or simple. Pie is George Clooney. It’s famous and popular, yet down-to-earth and populist, all while dating smart and beautiful women and living in an Italian villa. Hmm, I probably should get out more…

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May 17, 2012 / Kate

Blueberry Buttermilk Mini Doughnuts

On Hiatus and Mini Doughnuts

Hi all! I know it’s been forever since I posted a recipe, life got busy, I had a birthday, and, I think I just needed a bit of a break before the craziness of the third annual Summer of Pie begins (in less than two weeks… eek and egads!). And here you thought I’d forgotten about you. Never!

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March 26, 2012 / Kate

Seven Layer Bar Pie

Happy Belated Pi Day Pie

Here it is, late, but complete, my official original 2012 Pi Day Pie Recipe. It’s based on one of my absolute favorite desserts ever, the seven layer bar. You’re welcome.

In a bit of irony, although seven layer bars are one of the easiest desserts to make, rendered as pie it proved to be one of the hardest. Mostly because I tried time-saving by making the custard/cream base comprising most of the fillings in one go. And, well, it didn’t go. I should know better. My time-saving in the kitchen usually results in another trip to the grocery store to buy ingredients to replace the ones I just totally wasted trying to save time. But the second time was the charm and I did manage to keep the ingredient list as small as possible by keeping the custards as similar as I could. And you all got a kick butt St. Patty’s Day dessert, so win/win right?

Speaking of winning, make Seven Layer Bars with kids. It’s a great experience for all and no one has to really know anything about cooking as it’s mostly dumping a bunch of things in a pan and then putting it in the oven for a small period of time. The kids also get to smash stuff with a rolling-pin. Kids, and I cannot overstate this, LOVE smashing things. My nephew fervently idolizes the Hulk almost exclusively because of his unrivaled smashing abilities. And he’s tall. And green. All excellent things when you’re six. “Get the recipe”

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