Family Pie Making: A Slice of Life

There’s just something about an aromatic, homemade pie, fresh out of the oven. We think it has something to do with the process - baking together as a family is just such a lovely way to bond.

There’s just something about an aromatic, homemade pie, fresh out of the oven.  We think it has something to do with the process - baking together as a family is just such a lovely way to bond. And pies themselves carry a symbol of family togetherness, as they tend to make an appearance at our most cherished moments- like Thanksgiving, Christmas and, well, dessert time!

Lisa Reichelt, owner of the Two Daughters Bakeshop in North Vancouver, summed it up nicely when she told us, “Pie for me actually means family, mainly because it is always served at family gatherings. My oldest daughter never wants a birthday cake, she always asks for birthday pie.” So telling.

If you’ve never made pie before, don’t be intimidated, all you really need is a good recipe. The following are a few of our favourites…


A Crust Above

A great pie begins with a great crust. Making crust is actually quite simple, and it's a nice opportunity to teach the little sous-chefs how to mix and measure ingredients. We like the Perfect Pie Crust recipe, via addapinch.com. It works well for both sweet and savoury pies.


Decisions, decisions: Which pie to make?

Here are a few of our current favourites.  If you're a newbie to pie making, the key to success is to follow the recipe carefully i.e. read it through a couple times before you start. If your kids are quite young, it might help to prep some of the ingredients in advance or— depending on the age of your children— to set aside a task especially for them to do, such as mixing the dry ingredients or squeezing lemon juice.


Apple PieThe always cherished apple pie is a winter warmer that never fails to delight. We recommend Okanagan Apples for extra flavour. Photo credit above: BakeEatLoveNow
 

Grandma’s Friendship Raisin PieThis Raisin Pie above found on Martha Stewart's website is just the right amount of sweet and has become one of our go-to favourites.

Mud Pie: Mud Pie is pure indulgence and pretty much a childhood rite of passage that needs to be made at least once! This recipe, photo above, comes from Family Spice.

Pie Pops: These adorable pie pops found on Bakerella are so simple and great for small hands.

We found this recipe, photographed above, called Dorothy’s Fresh Blueberry Pie on Shockingly Delicious! Sweet, pretty and aromatic, this recipe for Blueberry Pie includes all the details you’ll need for success.


And if you're vegan, you'll love this recipe for Pecan Pie with Vegan Pie crust care of Lisa at the Two Daughters Bakeshop

So, get your family together, choose one of these recipes, and make a pie one afternoon! Don't forget to let us know how it goes here. P.S. We love pictures. 

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