Let’s Dish: Pie trumps everything

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by Amy Flanigan on March 10, 2009 · 23 comments

I thought it was impossible to love my daughter any more than I already do. But then the other day, she told me she wanted pie for dessert. It not only confirmed her DNA was definitely linked to mine, but that she, like pie, is a little slice of Heaven.

Cookies or pie? Pie. Cake or pie? Pie. Chocolate or pie? Pie. Brownies or pie? Pie. Ice cream or pie? Pie.

Pie always wins.

I cannot think of a time that I did not love pie. The shell; a little brown and flaky. The filling; fruit or custard. Warm or cold, gooey or solid. Cherry, apple, pecan, lemon meringue , pumpkin, banana cream – every single kind is mouth-watering delicious.

My mother makes the absolute best pie I have ever had. Hands down. She gave me the recipe for her crust a while back, but I dare not even attempt a shot at it. I’m not about to mess with perfection. I buy the pre-made kind and pretend.

Do you have a dessert that you love? Details, please….


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Sandi June 3, 2014 at 1:15 am

Pie. I try to never make it for that reason, but your coconut pie has had me baking pie not once, but twice in the week since I found your blog. At least the second one was sent to live next door.


Amy @Very Culinary June 3, 2014 at 8:41 am

Haha. I don’t know which would be greater torture for me – having too much pie in the house, or giving it away.


Ethan March 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Ice cream pie with bananas on the side with fudge sauce with whipped cream and cherries on top, and skip the crust.


Carol March 13, 2009 at 10:13 am

What a kick to read all these comments about desserts! Other than very sweet frostings, I love any kind of dessert. I tried the Pillsbury pie crust, but it didn’t work for me. I don’t know what happened. For me, the crust is the best part of the pie, so I won’t compromise. My husband, on the other hand, would just rather have the pie filling. I make 99% of desserts from scratch but do have a couple using packaged cake mix as the base. I just don’t like all the additives. OK, I’m ready for dessert!


Heather March 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm

If you like Reses Peanut Butter cups and ice cream, you’ll love this pie that can be made in 10 minutes. This recipe is compliments of Sandra Lee from the Food Network. Jordan, my 5 year old daughter, had a great time making it and a better time eating it.

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping
Ice cream topping (recommended: Magic Shell)
1 cookie pie crust (recommended: Oreo)

In large bowl combine all the ingredients except the toppings and crust.
Blend with a hand mixer. Gently fold in whipped topping; pour into
prepared crust and freeze for 2 hour. Once frozen, drizzle with ice
ream topping and re-freeze for 20 minutes.


Mike March 12, 2009 at 7:54 am

I like pie, but I LOVE cookies more. If you bake a huge cookie in a pie tin, is it considered a cookie or a pie?


Julie March 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm

OK, So more than one of you said yay to brownies and many more yay to chocolate… I am not a brownie lover, HOWEVER, I could eat a whole pan of these gems…

East Bay Three-Way Brownies

Makes 16 brownies

What you’ll need:

4oz Scharffen Berger Bittersweet Chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier*
3 eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup Scharffen Berger Cocoa Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 three ounce bar Scharffen Berger Dark chocolate (chopped into bits)

How To Make It:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter & flour an 8×8 inch square pan.
2. In a small saucepan melt butter & bittersweet chocolate over low heat. Add Grand Marnier, stir and set aside.
3. In a large, cocoa powder, & salt. Beat on low speed until well combined. Add melted chocolate mixture & stir until fully incorporated. Stir in pecan pieces & dark chocolate bits, dispersing throughout the batter.
4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with some moist crumbs, but no wet batter.

*Note: Brownies are excellent without Grand Marnier!


Jennifer March 11, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I agree with Julie, do I really have to pick JUST ONE! Eeek. I can’t keep my hands off of warm ooey, gooey brownies that are just warm out of the oven, or apple pie (or crisp) with Mom’s crust, or a fresh fruit torte, or just simple melt-in-your mouth Belgian chocolate. Oh, and an amazing port and chocolate…my, oh my, oh my…if there is a Heaven on Earth…. And then there are the simple cookies and cream malts, thick, so your spoon stands up in them. Or my husband’s amazing cookies with all sorts of sugary, yummy goodness in them. Sigh…too many desserts, so few meals. I guess, in short, if it has sugar in it, I’ll try it!


Amy March 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

A “white trash” favorite of mine is something that originated by accident years ago – I dropped an oreo in my milk and decided to mash it up and eat it with a spoon. It was so good, now I purposefully fill the glass of milk with several oreo cookies, wait for them to absorb the liquid and enjoy. I even named it Oreo Smash. I wonder if I can collect any money from Nabisco for my invention?


Nicole March 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

To many desserts to decide. I am certainly not a dessert snob. I love to go out to eat and order creme brulee or tiramisu.Two desserts I can not make. My husband makes great shakes and my favorite combination is peanut butter banana. A twix bar also makes me happy. Chocolate cream pie from Coco’s restaurant is something I craved when I was pregnant with my kids. Thank God there are no Coco’s in Minnesota or I would still be eating them often.


Jan Winning March 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

You know for more than 25 years I would never have dreamed of not making my own crust…but after my son got married, and we were invited to their house for dinner, my dughter-in-law made wonderful pies with super crusts, and I asked her how she did it and she grinned and said she used the Pillsbusy pie crusts…so i did pie with them and it was super.

So, as my daughter says to me “there’s no special place in heaven for people who do it the hard way”..so now I use the Pillsbury crusts.


John March 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Pie is great! Love pies. And a little ice cream on the side…..ah yeah! Love ice cream. Warm home made chocolate chip cookies also rank highly. And yes, a little foodie in me loves fruit and cheese, and wine/port.

You know what we really should do, is have a desert-off! One big table loaded with cakes, cookies, ice cream, pies, crème brûlées (crèmes brûlée?), brownies, fruit, wines, cheeses, etc.. And one big couch. MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm (insert Homer Simpson drooling sound here)


Robin March 11, 2009 at 10:39 am

Brownies, made with the recipe on the back of the Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate box. It takes less than half an hour, one bowl, and the whole family is happy for 24 hours.


Julie March 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

Am I really supposed to pick ONE dessert that I love? Impossible. I do love ice cream, but only if it’s the good kind… there’s a place here that makes their own without any junk in it and I could eat flavor after flavor all day.

But perhaps my favorite dessert is one my husband has made for me on my birthday 2 times. It is a flourless dark chocolate cake with raspberry coulis. Dense, rich, with the sweet tartness of the sauce and a good cup of coffee. Mmmmmm…


Rachel March 11, 2009 at 9:36 am

I LOVE desserts…oh the irony of being a diabetic. The only desserts I don’t fancy are ones laden with whipped cream (cream cheese please) and meringue. But of course I’ll try anything once.

For everyday desserts, it’s cookies. Chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, chocolate mint, snickerdoodles, sugar, peanut butter, lemon glazed, molasses chews….cookies are amazing. I have to keep myself from making some every day because I love fresh-from-the-oven cookies THAT much. Cake is a close second. Carrot cake and red velvet cake are my faves because they are vessels for cream cheese frosting.

For special desserts, it’s tiramisu. It’s the combination of all things awesome–chocolate, cake, coffee, booze, and creamed cheese. HELLO?! What’s not to love about that?


Jude March 11, 2009 at 9:25 am

A favorite dessert? ANY dessert. If it were a source of nutrients, I’d eat nothing else.


Scott March 11, 2009 at 8:13 am

Ice cream. Just hand me the spoon and container. No restraint.


Melissa March 11, 2009 at 7:57 am



Carrie March 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

COBBLER. I am a sucker for cobbler. Any kind, but peach and blueberry are my favorites.


Lisa March 11, 2009 at 7:04 am

Creme Brulee – if it’s on the menu, there’s no contest. One of these days I’m going to try and make it myself.


Nancy March 11, 2009 at 6:49 am

Any form of chocolate. I’ve been having a love affair for years.


Paul March 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Did I mention ice cream?

I think so.


Paul March 10, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Ice cream.

Again, ice cream.


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