Lime Angel Pie

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.

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FAQ: Pie & Pie Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie | ZoeBakes by Zoe Francois
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Thank you to everyone to who sent me baking questions on Instagram last week. There were hundreds of questions, so I’m compiling a few posts to answer as much of them as I can. This one focuses on questions about pie and crust and there are also posts about Baking Homemade Bread, Cake Baking and Decorating, Meringue, vegan desserts, Pies and Pie Crust and Equipment. If you have additional questions about pie or pie crust, please leave me a comment and I’ll get to as many of them as I can!

I also have a guide to making pie crust for you to check out!

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

Dairy Free Chocolate Pecan Pie

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!

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Thanksgiving Desserts

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.

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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie | ZoeBakes photos by Zoë François

This chocolate peanut butter pie recipe is oh-so delicious. With a graham cracker crust, a smooth peanut butter filling made with cream cheese, a layer of chocolate ganache, and a whipped cream and candied peanut topping, this dessert is deluxe and irresistible. Be sure to chill your chocolate peanut butter pie for two hours or overnight before serving. If you’d like these into cute little mini pies, here’s a version I created for the Cooking Channel.

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