Monday, December 02, 2013

Trying New Pies For Piefest

A Slice of Jefferson Davis Pie
For three of the past four years my wife and I have hosted an event we call Piefest at our short, on Thanksgiving Eve we invite whoever is around to enjoy pie and hot drinks. Because of travel schedules, family visits, etc. the attendee's are always different and it's a great time.

This year we took the chance on Piefest to try out a few new pies.

Here was our Piefest Menu for 2013 (in alphabetical order):

- Apple Pie
- Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Pie
- Chocolate Pudding Pie
- Jefferson Davis Pie
- Key Lime Pie
- Nantucket Cranberry Pie
Raspberry Linzertorte
- Pear Pie With Cheddar Streusel
- Pumpkin Pie
- Raspberry Linzertorte
- Sprinkle Pie

To be honest, the pie that was the most fun to make and I was most proud of us was my Jefferson Davis Pie (an old-school southern pie with dates and raisins), although the lack of people eating it at Piefest this year means it probably won't get repeated in 2014.

Big hits this year were some of our new pies, particular the Cheddar topped Pear Pie and Nantucket Cranberry Pie.

Pear Pie With Cheddar Streusel
Going in the Oven
With new pies tried I think I might have to update my top 10 list I put together last year.

There's something special about pies this time of year...and while there are the classics, there are so many worthwhile variations to try as well.

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