Fresh Strawberry Glaze Pie

Fresh Strawberry Glaze Pie, photo by Diane & Doug Russell
Fresh Strawberry Glaze Pie, photo by Diane & Doug Russell

What’s the secret to this wonderful strawberry glaze pie?

In addition to being packed with fresh whole strawberries, the pie is filled with luscious homemade strawberry glaze. The glaze is made with crushed fresh strawberries combined with sugar, cornstarch, orange juice, and lemon juice.

It’s a wonderfully refreshing pie that required refrigeration!

Vanilla Bean Peach Pie

Vanilla Bean Peach Pie, Photo by Diane and Doug Russell
Vanilla Bean Peach Pie, Photo by Diane and Doug Russell

Pie of the Week for April 28 will be Vanilla Bean Peach Pie. This pie is one of my most popular pie flavors– Peach– dressed up with a fresh vanilla bean mixed in the filling. Flecks of vanilla bean and lemon zest replace the traditional cinnamon in this special peach pie. Simply delicious!

Pie Bites in Blueberry and Peach

I baked these Blueberry and Peach Pie Bites today for a special order. I thought they came out very cute!

Blueberry and Peach Pie Bite Single Serving Pies

Pie Bites are single serving treats that work well for parties and events. The are tidy, cute, and delicious. People can eat them with their fingers!

I ordered new boxes from BRP Box Shop to use with Pie Bites. These are the right size to hold 16 Pie Bites and the display window is pretty fancy!

I will be offering Pie Bites beginning this spring!

Seven days without a pie…

makes one weak!

In an unusual move, I’m not baking this week.

I have some plans with my dear husband both to celebrate and console him through a significant birthday milestone (50!).

On Monday, the day I usually send out my “Pie Message”, I had that achy sensation that comes from breaking a habit. All day long, I kept asking myself what I had forgotten to do.

By Tuesday, I felt the need to clarify my lack of pie email, so I sent out a little message to explain– and then I felt much better.

I’ll be back next week with more pies, stories, and recipes to share!

My Pies Have Weekend Plans

Snickerdoodle Pie -- Photography by Diane & Doug Russell
Snickerdoodle Pie — Photography by Diane & Doug Russell

What do you have planned for the weekend ahead? My pies have places to go and people to see. A few that I’ve been tipped off about include:

  • Being a guest at a dinner party
  • Surprising a sweetheart with her favorite pie
  • Refreshments at Green Wood Coffee House, a live folk music venue in Ann Arbor
  • Going Up North
  • Shared among officemates
  • Saying thank you for doing a great job

… and who knows what else.

Pies made and shared with love can do amazing things!

Berry Patrol or Watch out for the Birds!

Last summer was a disappointing season for Michigan fruits in many ways. We had a early warm spell followed by a killing frost that wiped out most of our Michigan apples. Our own teenage apple tree might have been ready to come into its own and produce a crop, but the weather made sure that didn’t happen.

To add insult to injury, in our gardens, our berries were also disappointing. The lovely Serviceberry (Saskatoon, Juneberry) tree next door was picked clean by the birds. We got nary a berry.

Our black raspberries also met with a too-similar fate. There weren’t many berry and they didn’t last long. The harvest was our smallest ever.

This year, I am full of hope that the fruit season will be much better for us humans. Although we had a frost night on Mother’s Day, May 11, sources say that there was no damage to the state’s apple crop. That’s great news– Michigan is the third largest apple-producing state in the US, and apples are a big part of our agricultural economy. Also, I love baking with Michigan apples.

I’m planning to be wilier about our small fruits too. I’m doing a daily check when I walk in the garden to chart the ripening process. The berry patches need some weeding, and I’ll be on standby to do some watering, depending on the weather. It may be a battle, but we will get some of the serviceberries and black raspberries this year. I hope to make pies with both of them, and I’ll post recipes and pictures too.

Fresh Rhubarb Harvest

Homegrown Rhubarb
Homegrown Rhubarb

This morning’s harvest of rhubarb– before being masterfully transformed into pie!

There’s something great about being able to turn plants that we grow into wonderful pies. It’s amazing that we get just a great rhubarb harvest even from our city-lot garden.

So far this season, I’ve baked Rhubarb, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Blueberry Rhubarb pies. I’m also planning to bake a Rhubarb Custard Pie and perhaps a Rhubarb Kuchen.

Here’s to more sunny days and more glorious rhubarb stalks!