I’m on a “pie mission” to learn more about pie making – and I’ve been doing a lot of research. This book was one of the first places I looked – and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to find a lot of my unanswered questions, answered! No – it’s not Wednesday (when I normally do my “Cookbook Corner” feature) but I just HAD to feature this one. AND expect several other pie books in the future – I have a large stack I’m sorting over…
“Teeny’s Tour of Pie” By: Teeny Lamothe
I so enjoyed this “teeny” book of pies! The book is filled with delicious recipes, amazing photos – AND – one of my favorite parts about a cookbook – STORY! Teeny (yes – her real name) takes the reader on a journey from just starting out in the pie baking area, to coming circle by becoming a “professional baker” and cookbook author by crafting and sharing her OWN pie recipes, tips and tricks. The book starts out with some back story of the Teeny and her interest (and love) for pies. I appreciate her sharing her story and appreciate how she lets everyone know who she is and how she started – because you will see her evolve and grow throughout the book.
“Tools of the Trade” starts the cookbook off – and I love this chapter. It talks about what you need and don’t need in making pie. Do you really need a stand mixer to make pie? What about liquid and dry measuring equipment? Scales? Check it out to find out more. The next chapter is all about CRUST – which I find to be one of my favorite parts of a pie.
“The Elements of Crust” gives tips and tricks – as well as the “5 Commandments of Crust”. Starting on page 28, Teeny shares not one or two or even three pie crust recipes – but EIGHT pie crust recipes. Everything from “Whole Wheat Crust” to “Savory Pie Crust” to “Pretzel Crust” and everything in between – even a gluten free version. The book continues with “Crumble and Cream” recipes – all of which are delicious.
The book is then after divided seasonally. Fall – Winter – Spring – Summer. Which I appreciate because in pie making everything really needs to be the absolute FRESHEST it can be and how fresh can you get than seasonal fruit and seasonal ingredients!?
Fall consists of recipes such as “Green Chile Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust” (page 56), “Rosemary Caramel Apple Pie” (page 61), “Pumpkin Pie” (page 71) and “Browned Butter Pecan Pie” (page 85). Throughout each season there are also “journal entries” and recipes that go together with her travels and tracks around to different pie places. (For example she writes about “High 5 Pie” in Seattle, Washington on page 64 and then follows it up with a recipe.)
The winter season brings with it pies such as “Poached Pear Pie with Cinnamon Crumble” (page 112), “Orange Cream Pie” (page 126) and – possibly one of my favorites – “Peanut Butter Brownie Pie with a Pretzel Crust” (page 129 and a genius idea with a genius flavor combination)!
The spring chapter brings with it light and fresh flavorful pies such as “Strawberry Basil Pie” (page 164), “Banana Cream Pie with Vanilla Wafer Crust” (page 171), “Shoofly Pie” (page 181) and “Lemon Meringue Pie” (page 187).
Summer – perhaps my favorite chapter in the book, contains “Summer’s Best Blueberry Pie” (page 222), “Lemony Blueberry Crumb Pie” (page 226), “Strawberry Lime Tarts” (page 245) and “Teeny Summer Squash Pies with a Cracker Crust” (page 257).
The end of the book is a chapter called “The End, Which Is Actually a Beginning” which I found so fitting for the book and for Teeny’s pie journey. I highly recommend this book for those wanting a “pie journey” of their own – or to read about Teeny’s. Filled when delicious recipes and photographs – you’ll want to scoop this one up right away.
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