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January 5, 2012 / Kate

Grilled Cheesecake Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Palooza

Happy New Year pie lovers! I hope you had a fun holiday weekend filled with good food — I sure did. On New Year’s Day, I celebrated Festivus with my friends and in lieu of pie made my traditional, and insane Chocolate Festivus Cake. It takes me a couple days to make, and borders on Capownie in it’s complexity — I’m going to do you a favor and preserve your sanity by not detailing it here. Instead I’ll give you my New Year’s gift of a fabulous party idea along with a fabulously indulgent and unique dessert.

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December 22, 2011 / Kate

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding

Don’t leave until you get some.

Last year I got it in my head that I had to, needed to, was morally compelled to, make a figgy pudding. I’d been hearing about it for years via the great informational network that is the Christmas carol, and I was intrigued. What exactly was in this dessert that was so fantastic that it caused generations of carolers to resort to the mob intimidation tactic of unrelenting song outside the victim’s home, refusing to cease or leave until they “got some”? The answer: Booze. Lots of booze. And you get to light it on fire! Merry Christmas indeed!

As it turns out, it’s rather difficult to light a pudding/cake on fire, no matter how much alcohol you add (see video below). Despite the disappointing pyrotechnics of this particular dessert, I can report that it’s delicious. This recipe produces an exceedingly moist, rich cake with lots of spice similar to pumpkin pie or banana bread. It’s best served warm with vanilla ice cream. Caroling is optional. Though I have to wonder how many carolers over the years have had flaming pudding thrown at them?

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December 18, 2011 / Kate

Black Forest Pie

The Make People Cheat on Their Diets Pie

I took this pie to a good friend’s holiday party this weekend, and I don’t think I’ve ever had so many people break their diets or make special amends for a dessert. It was awesome. Look, I’m not a fan of coercing people off their healthy eating plans (Hey, you’re reading the blog of your own volition ;-). Hell, I’ve spent more of my life than I care to think about counting calories, and I owe the continued maintenance of my weight loss to my friends understanding that occasionally (ok, frequently) I’m going to say no to most high calorie party food and drink and just enjoy the socialization. But my personal philosophy is, if you’re going to eat something, whatever that may be, make it something you’re really going to enjoy.

When I look back, I don’t regret eating too much high calorie food as much as I regret all the junky, mediocre food I ate. All the times I finished eating something that cost me hundreds and hundreds of calories and thought “That just wasn’t worth not fitting into my pants tomorrow.” If I’m not going to fit into my pants, then dammit, it’s going to be because I ate some fantastically amazing stuff! And this pie? Amazing. Dark chocolate! Tart cherries! Boozy rum whipped cream — yar!

See that mangled, half-eaten piece of pie up there? I had to wrestle that away from someone to just to get a picture of the sliced pie before it was completely obliterated. Two words this holiday season? Worth It.

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December 4, 2011 / Kate

The Cherry Bomb by Pieofthebeholder!

Check out John’s awesome Capownie-inspired dessert! He’s a braver man than I and undertook a full year of crazy pie-baking (52 pies — I need to sit down). Congrats and thanks for the wonderful blog and recipes!

November 7, 2011 / Kate

Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Because I only had time to bake some more doughnuts.

This is for my friend Kim, who’s egg-averse. This is also because I spent the weekend baking with my awesome friends Laura and Wade at the awesome soft open of their awesome new bakery, the Cupcakes-A-Go-Go Cafe. I was giddy from all the awesome, and only had time for a simple recipe this week. Finding myself with an extra can of pumpkin puree left over from last week’s cookies and the aforementioned egg-averse friend, well the mind naturally goes to doughnuts.

News! Soon those of you in the Madison, WI area will be able to purchase not only fantastic cupcakes, pies and cookies at the Cafe, but will also be able to wrangle up some of my stuffed brownie creations (seen here, and here, and here). I’ll keep you posted on when they’ll be available! I bought super large pans today, and tomorrow I test out brownie batter in the 20qt mixer (dubbed “Sir Mix-a-lot), I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. I could barely eat my doughnuts.

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October 30, 2011 / Kate

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

And they’re vegan! Boo!

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Vegan? Baking?! Why?? And now you’ve already determined never to make this because eggs and butter are essential to all baking and proof that God loves us. Well, that’d be a shame, because these cookies rock. They rock hard enough that you might even consider picking up some tofu on your next trip to the grocery. Seriously.

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October 20, 2011 / Kate

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

Because it’s time to bake the doughnuts.

Bavarian Cream Doughnut Pie (or, as some are calling it, "Actual" Boston Cream Pie)

Ok, I kinda did this backwards. I think I was supposed to make the doughnuts (simple) BEFORE I made up doughnut pie (not as simple). I’d tell you I’m nuts, but you’re reading this blog, so that probably isn’t news. Anyway, I’d never made doughnuts before, mostly because of my lack of a deep fryer and my less-than-stellar attempts at deep-frying in a pan (let’s just say at least no one was harmed). But between finding a good baked doughnut recipe for the doughnut pie crust, and discovering the very adorable doughnut pan, I decided it was about darn time to try making some baked doughnuts.

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October 9, 2011 / Kate

Dessert Taco Dip

How to cannibalize your pie recipes for a party

Okay, so say you’re going to a friend’s birthday party. And say she REALLY likes taco dip. Really, a lot. And then say you are also the owner of a blog devoted to desserts. Really the only thing to do is invent this recipe. If Google is correct (and when is it not), this may be the first ever dessert taco dip! I couldn’t find one in my exhaustive three minute search, and, frankly, if it’s not on the internet does it really even count?

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September 27, 2011 / Kate

Minty Mudslide Pie

Special Birthday Pie

My niece is jealous of my nephew. His birthday is in June, or, more specifically, during the Summer of Pie. Her birthday, in September, is not, and, as I heard repeatedly, this is NOT fair.

Thus, because of the vast unfairness of the entire universe (she’s eleven, it’s all very dramatic), you all are getting some extra special fall birthday ice cream pie action. She was inspired by the kids’ “dirt and worms” sundae to make a pie that had a chocolate layer (dirt), mint ice cream (grass), and gummy worms (omitted by me). I filled in some of the gaps: the fudge layer is mud or, as my nephew guessed, lava; the brownie pieces are part of the earth’s shifting rocky mantle; and the mini chocolate chips on top are litter. It’s all highly realistic and delicious. Just like the Earth.

Happy unfairest of birthdays Min!

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September 15, 2011 / Kate

Oatmeal Chocolate Scotchie Cookies

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe to tide you over while I figure out what’s next for the blog. These are one of my most popular cookies, so popular in fact that I based a pie on them last year.

This recipe yields a moist, cakey cookie (don’t skip the fridge step!) that is decently addictive. I highly recommend pairing them with a good vanilla ice cream, then again, I highly recommend pairing most things with good ice cream. But never fear, they also have oatmeal, which totally makes them health food! Honest.

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