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Show Us Your Best Pie!

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You guys. It’s time! It’s time for YOU to show us YOUR pies! With Thanksgiving coming up, this next week might be the biggest pie baking week of the whole year, so we decided that a pie contest is in order!

You probably know that at the start of the year I came up with this crazy plan to make a pie every week and give it away. Well here we are 46 weeks into the year and that plan is still going strong! It’s been nothing but fun, and it has become bigger than I ever imagined it would. My hope is that with all of the pies I have been baking that it might have inspired you to get out your own rolling pin!

The contest is simple! Pick out your favorite pie recipe, bake a beautiful pie, take a photo of it, and upload it so the world can see! The contest starts this Friday, November 22nd and the last day to submit your photo is Saturday, November 3oth. All of the contest details (and prizes!) are outlined below, so get to work!

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I have my pie all picked out for this Thanksgiving, and we can’t wait to see yours! Plus, contests are FUN! I entered my first pie contest this past summer at the Missouri State Fair, and the competition was serious. I know there are some amazing bakers out there. This is your chance to show us what you’ve got!

Good Luck!

:: Carrie ::

Everyone Loves Pie {Week 33}

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Who doesn’t love a little competition?

This pie-a-week thing has been going on for 33 weeks now, and most everyone I know is either following along, or curious to know what this week’s pie will be. Everyone is quick to tell me their favorite flavor, and that they’d be available to receive a pie at any time. I appreciate that, you guys! Throughout the course of the this year SEVERAL people have also told me about the First Lady of Missouri’s pie contest at the state fair, and that I should enter. Well, I figured if there ever was a time to enter a pie contest, it would definitely be now. I’ve kind of had a lot of practice lately!

So, the day before we packed up and left for a week in NYC, I baked a Sour Cream Blueberry Pie, wrapped it up nice and tight, and headed to the fair. The pie contest is a ”time-honored Missouri State Fair tradition,” and I’m pretty sure most of the entrants bring a pie every year. The competition was serious. 48 pies lined up around the panel of judges who sat at table and sampled the pies, one by one, making notes and scoring each pie. When the winners were announced I didn’t make the list, but I’m pretty sure my pie hung right in there. And, I did see Governor Nixon give my pie an approving nod.

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Sour Cream Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
4 cups of fresh blueberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup flour 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 
Topping:
 
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
 
Directions:
 
Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. Fill the crust with the fresh blueberries.  In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, sour cream, egg yolks, flour and vanilla. Pour over the blueberries. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the flour, sugars, pecans and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly; sprinkle over pie. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and topping is golden brown. Cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary. Cool completely on a wire rack for 3 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator. 
 
:: Carrie ::