Earlier this summer, I picked up a new book First Prize Pies by Allison Kave. It has instantly become one of my favourites, which says a lot coming from a cookbook hoarder.
I love baking and I love pies, of course. But I do have a pretty hectic schedule and baking traditional pies is just not something I can usually carve time out for. Not to worry though, because this book is chock full of pies that rely on a graham cracker or cookie crust and simple (yet delicious) fillings. The first few sections of the book cover baking methods, dough crusts and various cookie crusts. The chapters on pies are then broken down by month which I absolutely love. It's nice to pick up the book and look up the month we are in and find seasonal inspiration.
First request from the boys was Root Beer Float Pie.
It was super easy and simple to come together and had a sweet filling with a hint of root beer flavour.
Next up was one I could not resist. Nutella Pie.
The ingredients list was next to nothing....nutella, mascarpone cheese and toasted hazelnuts.
So rich, so creamy with crunchy toasted hazelnuts on the top. This was one of the best pies I have ever had in my entire life.
I really love that the book has traditional fruit pies with little twists (like Apple Cheddar, Rhubarb Frangipane & Blueberry Nectarine) mixed in with cream pies (like Toasted Coconut Cream & Creamsicle Chiffon) but I especially love the unique ones like Candy Apple, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel, Watermelon Cream and Avocado Cream Pies.
Since September is practically considered "Pie Month", I am excited to try our a few more in the coming weeks.