This year’s Pie Night was one for the record books, folks. We had a record-breaking number of pies (18!), I made four for the first time, and TWO pies were finished ON PIE NIGHT. (A Cream Puff Pie and a Biscoff Cookie Butter Cream Pie, to be exact. We’ve never finished one before–having one more family than usual definitely made a difference.) Here are OUR offerings for the night, in no particular order…
1)Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pudding Pie with Bananas. My hubby picked this one (but of course, if you know us, you already guessed that). He and I actually agreed on it–it was pretty good, but we would have preferred more chocolate and less peanut butter in the chocolate-and-peanut-butter layer. And frankly, I would have preferred an Oreo crust, instead of the chocolate graham cracker one (since I could NOT find chocolate wafers at my grocery store).
2)Spiced Peach Pie. I was underwhelmed by this one. It was neither peachy enough nor spicy enough, and the cream cheese/butter/nutmeg layer–in my opinion–wanted a bit of sugar. I wouldn’t make this again.
3)Strawberry Custard Pie. I actually made this with raspberries and raspberry gelatin, and it was pretty good. It would have been better with more raspberries, but mine had been in the fridge a bit long and some weren’t usable; it also would have been better with a homemade crust. Lastly, the recipe called, essentially, for half a box of gelatin per pie; I would have preferred the flavor with the whole box, I think. (I like strong flavors.) This one is worth revisiting.
4)Pineapple Pie with Coconut Cream. I admit, I was a bit peeved that my daughter picked something that looked like a bit of a pain to make; it turned out, however, to be my favorite pie. I tried my best to pick a pineapple that would be ripe–but not TOO ripe–at just the right time, and I lucked out. It was a lovely one, and its beautiful freshness made a big difference. The coconut cookie crust was delicious (I’d totally try it with the previous pie, actually) and the cheesecake layer made my mouth happy. I didn’t love the coconut cream, I confess, but it would probably be different with fresh coconut milk. (Since that’s not going to happen in Utah, I’d whip up some real cream and add a touch of coconut extract instead.) This was a keeper.
And there you have it! I wish I could remember all of the pies; all I can say is that it was an awfully good year. What pies are YOU making for the holidays?