I have always wanted to be a pie maker. My Grandma King was an awesome pie maker. She made real homemade pies, with handmade crust and fruit that she grew and picked herself or with fruit she had canned earlier in the season.
One of the things I remember most about her pies is that she would put the pie plate in the cabinet with no Saran wrap or a cover after they cooled. I still have no idea to this day why she did that. I wish I’d asked her before she passed away.
She always had some sort of dessert when you ate at her house. My younger sister Marty and I spent a lot of time with Grandma and Grandpa King when we were little because we lived right next door.
Grandma King was a great cook and probably taught me more than my Mom did, although my Mom was a great cook as well. When Grandma made double crust pies she would most always make two. I loved Cherry and Marty loved apple. Grandma would always cut the opening for the steam to leave the pie while it was baking but instead of holes or just a plain ole slit, she would put a C for Christie and a M for Marty on the other.
Of course now that I’m older, she probably always put a “C” because it was a cherry and just put the ” M” on the apple so my little sister wouldn’t throw a fit. I still felt special to see that “C” on the top of that pie.
Grandma also made chocolate pie with meringue and coconut cream pies too. To this day have never attemped to make a chocolate pie although I desperately want to. I am intimidate by pie. I have in my mind what it should look like and taste like based on Grandma King’s pies, so I’ve just never done it. Maybe this will be the year I give it a go.
There is one pie that I can make and it’s so simple that no one can screw it up unless you just forget to set the timer and burn it. My sister in law Sonya, made this pie years ago on Christmas and I have loved it ever since. You’d never know how easy it was to make because it is so delicous and looks really cool when you cut into it. So for all of you who have a problem with pie I hope you’ll try this recipe . You’ll be glad you did.
Sonya’s Chocolate Chip Pie
1 Stick of Butter – Melted
1/2 Cup of Flour
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Cup of Chocolate Chips
1 Cup of Nuts ( Optional)
Mix all ingredients and pour in an UNBAKED frozen pie crust ( not deep dish) at bake at 325 for 50 minutes.
( Note: if you’ll mix your chocolate chips and the flour together before you toss all of the ingredients together it will help keep your chocolate chips from falling to the bottom of your pie) – I learned that from the Barefoot Contessa