These are the strawberry hand pies I made on the Hand Pies episode of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network! When the Minnesota weather turns cold, I stock my freezer with easy, bake-and-take hand pies. In this episode I make both sweet strawberry and savory curry chicken pies, and then visit a local Mexican café called Vivir to prepare empanadas.
Why should fall and winter get all the pie fun? Yes, pie is the perfect dessert for a holiday gathering, but let’s not forget about all the wonderful summer pie filling fruits, like strawberries, blueberries, and peaches. You’ll find all these in this collection of summer pie recipes, because nothing caps off a wonderful summer meal or gathering like a slice of pie made with some freshly picked summer berries.
When my grandmother passed away she left me her recipe box, her collection of Norwegian spoons, other sentimental things from my childhood and her 1950s copy of the Betty Crocker cookbook. It is dog eared, written in, splattered on and the book’s spine is held together with nothing but flour and 60 years of determination.
Would you ever guess this chocolate pecan pie is dairy free? Even the tender, flaky crust is vegan (no butter, no lard – two of my pie crust staples)! The secret is plant-butter.
Pecan pie is such a classic recipe and one of my husband’s all-time favorites, so when I was sent a Holiday Baking Challenge to reimagine a family favorite dessert with dairy-free plant-butter, I knew instantly I’d bake this pie. The pie’s success depends on the crust (basically the canvas that allows the filling to shine) and the rich, nutty filling. Both crust and filling are full of butter, to swap it out was a bold move, but I’ve been adding plant-based ingredients into my diet and recipes recently, so this was an exciting challenge. The Country Crock Plant Butter that I used is made with avocado oil, comes in sticks (way easier for baking), and can be swapped for dairy butter without any changes to the recipe. There is no better pursuit than recreating my husband’s childhood memory of pecan pie because there are few things more delicious than nostalgia. The pressure was high and this pie delivered!
If you’re like me, by the time November hits you’re already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving desserts. The holiday meal, of course, has plenty to offer, but what stands out more to your guests than the grand finale? Whether you are looking for simple or classic fall flavors, or want to try something a little different this year, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving Desserts. Of course, if you want to keep it simple, you can always make a classic apple pie. Or better yet, if your guest list is big enough make the apple pie and one or two of these recipes.