Easy As Pie
Wednesday 22nd of December 2010 09:11 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Easy as pie? Really? Did the genius who first coined the phrase ever make a pie?
A piece of cake? Well, unless I'm making a three-layer frosted monstrosity, I'd have to say cake is easier.
Easy as cookies? Now we're getting warmer.
But easy as pie? I beg to differ.
With Christmas just a few days away, it's pie baking time across America once again. And, if you're going to go to the trouble of making a pie, I say, make it a good one.
My Grandma Leonard's Pumpkin Pie is the best pumpkin pie I've ever had. Randy's sister, who grew up on a different pumpkin pie, is one of my converts, so it must be true.
My pie baking skills have improved with age. Both my grandmas made good pies. I didn't get that interested in making them until Jill was in 4-H cooking. There's nothing like 4-H cooking to teach parents a thing or two.
The Coconut Pie is one that my Mom always made at Thanksgiving. We use the same recipe for Coconut or Pecan Pies. The coconut version seems to be a bit more unusual. I've never seen anyone else bring this kind of Coconut Pie to a gathering, though the Fritzemeier clan is known for Coconut Cream Pie. (I still haven't mastered that art: Randy would just contend I need to practice more.)
If pie baking is on your agenda this week, here are a couple of tried-and-true recipes. And, if you need a review on making crust, check out the link to my sister's recipe for Never Fail Pie Crust, complete with step-by-step photos.
It'll be easy as pie ... really.