As it turns out, everyone really does love pie!
There might not be anything better than a made from scratch, home baked, fresh from the oven pie. Where we come from, pies are the preferred form of dessert at carry-in meals, recipes are handed down from generation to generation, and if someone gives you the gift of a pie you can be sure that they really care.
The combinations and possibilities seem to be endless. Cherry. Lemon meringue. Chocolate pecan. Coconut cream. At the start of the year (2013, that is) I had this crazy idea that I wanted to make a different pie every week and give it away or share it with friends. It started out as a challenge to myself, to try new recipes, to spread a little bit of love, and share the stories on our blog. I knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but I also knew that it would be a lot of fun, and it was! I definitely got better at pie making and baking as the year went on, which is a good thing, but the very best part of the whole project was the huge amount of joy that came from surprising someone with a pie. The excitement and the look on their face is proof that it is absolutely worth spending a little time to do something special for someone.
I was also surprised that there never seemed to be a shortage of occasions. At the start of the year the thought of finding 52 reasons to bake a pie was a little bit overwhelming. I definitely did not want to be eating any of those pies myself. That wasn’t the point, and it definitely wouldn’t have been good for me! I wanted to share them with as many people as possible. I took it one week at a time, and I really didn’t plan too far in advance. As the weeks came there was almost always a pie-worthy occasion. I made pies of birthdays, for neighbors, for friends who lost loved ones, for families with new babies, and one for my dentist. I baked pies for holidays with family, for going away parties, for dinners with friends, and one for the Missouri State Fair Pie Contest. We sent a few pies through the mail to friends who are far away, and from what we heard they travelled quite well!
I will admit, as the year came closer to ending I found myself looking forward to the weeks when I didn’t have to bake a pie. That being said, the whole year was a complete joy, and it all seemed to go by so fast! And now that it’s over it is fun to look back and see all the people that I touched and, of course, all the different pies I made.
I’m a really big believer in setting goals and chipping away at them. Usually some pretty great things come from that. The best part, for me, is the process. Practicing a skill, seeing small improvements, and getting better. Not just in baking, but I find myself enjoying that process in many areas. I think that’s important, especially in our world, where instant gratification is such a huge part of our culture. Enjoy the process!
Now that the year is over this is what everyone is asking me…
“So, which pie was the best? Which one was your favorite?”
I can’t really answer that question, because I didn’t taste all of them! Most of the pies were baked and given away, but I did get to have a piece of some of them. I would say that out of the ones that I tasted my favorite was the Blue Goose pie. I love both gooseberries and blueberries, but I’d never had them together in any form, and as it turns out, they’re perfect together! I also really loved the Salted Caramel Apple Pie that we had at Thanksgiving. It was full of flavor, and deliciousness, but it was one of the more complicated recipes. Not one that you can just throw together.
Some more thoughts about the year…
The pie that I didn’t taste, but want to make again so I can eat some, is the Blueberry, Basil and Goat Cheese Pie.
The pie that was the MOST labor intensive was Crack Pie.
My favorite pie delivery of the year was taking a pie to my Great Uncle Woodrow for Veteran’s day.
The pie that got the most re-pins on Pinterest was the Key Lime Pie.
The farthest travelled pie was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Pie that we sent all the way to Brooklyn.
The most unusual pie, that I probably won’t make ever again, was the Green Tomato Pie. It actually tasted great, but for some reason, it was hard to enjoy as a dessert. Knowing that it was full of green tomatoes just didn’t seem right for some reason.
Did you follow along this year? Did you make any of the pies? We hope that the project touched you in some way, and that you would take some time to so something special for someone!
:: Carrie ::
P.S. Don’t be sad that the Everyone Loves Pie project is over! We have something new for 2014 that we will be telling you about very soon!!!