Pies. I like all pies. Well, that’s a lie, I like most pies. Not a big fan of lemon, meringue or key-lime, but still there are a lot of other pies out there. So if you are making a pie for the holidays, what kind of pie should you make? What are the best fruits for pies?
We all know apple pie is pretty freaking popular, however, why is that? I mean, it’s an apple. Big whoop. Apples are so common, what’s the big fuss? With an apple pie, it is all about the crust and the seasonings. The apples work with the crispy top of the pie, laden with sugar and cinnamon as well as the doughy bottom that cradles and soaks up the apple juice. (And, add a dollop of whip cream for that perfect ending.) Apples work well because of the container (crust) they are in. Without the crust, they would just be a pile of mush (pronounced moosh).
Cherries are a deep fruit. A cherry is just not a nonchalant piece of produce. It is the Chihuahua of fruits – small but scrappy. A cherry has skin that is almost a crunch to bite through. Once inside the skin, the insides are soft, delicate, pungent and irresistible (stop it with your dirty minds). A cherry stands on it’s own which is why a full top crust is usually unnecessary. The cherries only need the bottom crust to sop up it’s flavorful juices and let it’s flavor stand alone.
A peach is wonderful fruit. It is sweet, but not overbearing. It is juicy, but not drippy. It is satisfying, but not life altering. A peach pie is a great dessert after a big meal. It’s a light fruit. It does not feel heavy in your stomach. This is basically the pie to serve after that big, holiday meal, or a big, fancy gathering with lots of courses. A side of ice cream goes well with this pie.
Cobbler – for those who want to take the peach to the next level, who are not satisfied with light, who need to go the distance with the peach, this is the pie for you. The difference between peach pie and peach cobbler, according to my Aunt Junie, is the cobbler adds pieces of crumb topping, pieces of pie crust (dough) thrown on top of the peaches with spices, or has a full top crust, brushed with brown sugar and spices. It’s the next level, but delicious as well.
Summer berries make a refreshing pie for those who live in warmer climates (or those who make this in the summer time.) Make a pie with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and a half cup of sugar, plain and simple, and nothing should not go wrong. Serve it cold, with cold ice cream and glasses of wine, and it’s the perfect, late night, late morning, early night, early day, daytime, bedtime or whenever snack! Top crust or no top crust, it doesn’t make a gosh darn difference!
Yes, there is chocolate pie, and pecan pie, and, and rhubarb (yikes) and pumpkin (BO- ring) and blah blah blah, a lot of other pies, but the above mentioned are what I pared it down to after consulting America (i.e. neighbors, relatives, and some lady in the Target parking lot.)