As Easy As Pie

Last week, my neighbor/taste test guinea pig sent me this note. 

I have a great idea if Charlie ever is hankerin' for a pie. 
Start with a graham cracker crust. Then melt some dark 
(70+%) chocolate and whip in a heavy cream. Layer 
about a quarter inch on the crust. Add a chocolate mousse 
filling, then top with marshmallow cream. Put under the 
broiler until golden brown. Yum!

It sounds great, but I don’t know the first thing about baking a real pie.  Which is a shame, considering that pie is one of my favorite desserts.  So I purchased Maida Heatter’s Pies & Tarts cookbook.  And I’m really glad that I did.  Maida’s warm encouraging voice comes through her recipes and she teaches you her secrets and tricks. 

I have decided to bake one pie a week until the first day of spring.  Seventeen glorious weeks of pie!  But don’t worry about my waistline; I’ve already enlisted my friends to help me eat it.  My Pirate doesn’t like pie…or so he claims right now!  We’ll see how he likes Maida’s pies. 

Here’s my rough draft list of the pies that I plan on making, but not in any specific order. 

  • Rum pie
  • Coffee buttercrunch pie
  • Black bottom pie
  • Black bottom pecan cream pie
  • Blueberry pie
  • Blackberry pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Lemon meringue pie
  • Key lime pie
  • Colorado high pie
  • Savannah banana pie
  • Coconut cream pie
  • Frozen peanut butter pie
  • Chocolate mousse pie
  • Creamy coconut cream cheese pie
  • Date pecan pie

So, let's get started!  

Even The Assistant approves.

My mother taught me that cooking is an act of love—and a beautiful, mountainous escape.  
                                                                                     –Maida Heatter