Holiday Pie Recipes

I’ve received multiple messages asking about Jamie’s pie recipes, and so we thought we would post a few quick links to her recipes here on our blog to make your holiday baking a bit easier! We’ve enjoyed putting together these pie tutorials and recipes, and have tried to equip our readers with a guide for holiday baking success!  We hope that you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Crust Recipe and Tutorial

Pecan Pie Recipe and Tutorial

Pumpkin Pie Recipe and Tutorial

Apple Pie Recipe 

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Deep Dish Savory Quiche

Who doesn’t love eggs and bacon for breakfast? Now add in a soft, flaky pie crust and that combination becomes irresistible. For our Easter Brunch menu, Steve and I chose to serve a deep dish quiche containing some of our favorite ingredients. Quiche is great for a brunch, because it can be fully made ahead of time and reheated just before guests arrive. This frees you up to enjoy your morning while keeping your kitchen clean as all the dishes were done well before anyone comes over. For non-morning people like myself, this also gives you a few extra minutes to hit your snooze button.

This recipe can be adapted very easily and you can add or subtract different ingredients depending on what you love. Steve and I have made different variations of this before, but seem to always fall  back on the bacon, goat cheese, artichoke, caramelized onion combination that we have here. For our spring brunch we made two quiches, one with bacon and one without for a vegetarian option. Both were delicious and it was a tough call to decide which was tastier.Sinclair & Moore quiche 1Sinclair & Moore quiche 2Sinclair & Moore quiche 3

To start, fry up your bacon in a large pan or skillet. While the bacon is cooking, slice up your onions nice and thin with your sharpest knife. Once your bacon is done, remove it from the pan and allow to cool. Don’t clean the bacon pan at all as you’ll add the sliced onions into the bacon fat to cook. This is where I warn you that this is not a necessarily healthy or low calorie choice for breakfast, but it is delicious!

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I like to make quiche in a deep dish pan, because it gives a good ratio of filling to crust. Pans like this can be found at Williams-Sonoma, or super stores like Target will usually have them too.

While your filling is cooling, it’s time to roll out the quiche crust and line the pan with the pastry. Now, usually I take a strong stance in the all-butter pie crust camp (as something inside of me screams at the thought of shortening), but Crisco is simply needed for this particular recipe. My all-butter pie dough just doesn’t work for this quiche, and I’ve come to accept it. The pastry recipe makes a very soft and flaky crust that just works much better than other recipes I’ve shared.

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This recipe is much softer than butter crusts, and it rolls out much quicker too, so beware. It can be frustrating to have the entire dough crumble and fall apart at the touch of the rolling pin. That happened to me during this shoot. If that happens to you, just take your dough and squish it all back together again and roll it out one more time. It usually helps to add a bit more flour to it, too.

If your crust does fall apart or tears (like mine did), the pan is very forgiving and you can add scrap pieces to any holes in the dough like patchwork. Once it bakes, you won’t be able to see the parts that you had to ‘mend’.Sinclair & Moore quiche 7Sinclair & Moore quiche 8

After you’ve lined the quiche pan with the crust, place in the refrigerator or freezer to chill while you finish up the filling. Here’s when it all comes together: combine your eggs, cream, cheese and onion filling all together in a large bowl and mix it up well. Once all is combined, pour into your chilled shell and use a spatula to dunk the filling underneath the egg mixture so the top stays relatively smooth. This will also keep anything from browning too much on the top.

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Lastly, loosely cover the pan with foil and pop it in the 400-degree oven for an hour. This will give you plenty of time now to clean up your kitchen and take in the yummy smells as it bakes. If after an hour it looks undercooked, remove the foil and allow to bake 5-10 minutes longer. When the quiche is done, it should still be jiggly in the middle, and more firm around the outside perimeter.

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Give your quiche plenty of time to cool, then push it out of the pan from the bottom and voilà! It should easily slide out and showcase your beautiful crust’s fluted edges. The quiche is bound to be a big hit and makes for great leftovers, too. Enjoy!

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Photography: Matthew Land Studios 

Recipe design and calligraphy:  La Happy

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As Easy as Cherry Pie

Who doesn’t love a fresh, made-with-love homemade pie? Pie seems to make its appearances at the best times in life – cozy holidays, warm summer dinner parties and more recently at weddings. There are several songs about pies, children are entertained with pies thrown in people’s faces, and we cheer as they’re competitively gulped down in pie-eating contests. What it comes down to is pie makes us feel happy, entertained and very American.

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When it comes to the eating of pie, ice cream should most definitely be involved. And truth be told, I usually find myself dishing up a bigger scoop of ice cream than piece of pie into my bowl. But when it comes to the actual making of pie, I’ve found that most people I know don’t know how to make one, feel intimidated and are scared of the idea of homemade dough. This is why the phrase “as easy as pie” pertains to the eating of pie, not the making of pie.

But, I’m here to tell you that the making can be as easy as the eating. So let’s start with a cherry pie, because February is National Cherry Month and it’s an easy filling to make. Literally all you have to do is measure and stir the filling. You can do this.

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For a beginner pie dough maker, it’s a little overwhelming as there is so much information out there about the science of the dough, various techniques and the great debate of shortening vs. lard vs. butter. Personally, the thought of Crisco doesn’t sit well with me, so I am a big fan of the all-butter pastry. And in my experiences venturing outside of the all-butter camp, I’ve found that Crisco recipes tend to be more fragile and break easier which leads to frustrations (and no one wants that).

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The key to good pie dough is keeping the butter and water very cold. Also patience comes into play and has a big role, too. Here are a few of my personal tips I’ve picked up in my experiences making piecrust…

Don’t rush. Give yourself plenty of time to make the dough and let it chill. You can even make the dough the day before you assemble and bake your pie. Every time I try to quickly make a pie, I wind up with dough that falls apart and I have to remake it. Frustrating.

When adding the water to your dough, mix it in a little at a time. Sometimes you won’t need the full amount. If it feels very sticky, add some more flour. The dough should not stick to your hands.

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Use your hands to finish mixing and form your pastry. I use a pastry blender (pictured above) to begin incorporating the butter into the dry ingredients, but always end up using my hands once the water has been added.

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If your dough breaks or splits when rolling out or transferring to your pan, mend/squish together any tears that may have appeared. You can also mold it back into a disk and start over, if needed. Try not to do this more than once to avoid having your crust dry out.

Trim the overhang evenly around the circumference of the pie pan. This will keep the edges an equal thickness when crimping.

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This is the super easy part I mentioned – the stirring of the cherries and ingredients to make the filling. While it may be National Cherry Month, February is definitely not the best time of year for fresh cherries so I used jarred sour cherries. This is not to be confused with pre-made cherry pie filling. My philosophy is if you’re making crust from scratch, you’ve got to go as homemade as you possibly can throughout the whole pie, even if the fruit isn’t in season.

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For my cherry pie, I chose to make a lattice crust for the top. I find that diagrams and instructions for lattice tops look incredible confusing, as it’s a pretty simple concept of a weave pattern. Evenly cut strips of dough and weave them over the top of the cherry filling. Think: over, under, over, under, over, under and alternate the pattern. That’s all there is to it.

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Then trim the overhang of the strips and fold the bottom crust over the lattice pieces. We are in the homestretch now!

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I chose to crimp the edges into a classic zig-zag pattern by pinching the dough between my forefingers and thumbs. Sometimes in this step the dough may crack a bit, and if this happens just pinch and squish it back together. It’s not going to be perfect all the way around and that’s okay. I tend to obsess about any tiny tear in the crimped edges and in the end when it’s baked I can never really tell.

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With all the love, time and effort poured into making a homemade pie, you’ll want to share it with someone special. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and partake in National Cherry Month than with a gorgeous pie and big heap of vanilla ice cream!? Yum.

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Download and print our recipes for Lattice Top Cherry Pie and Perfect Pie Dough

Photo Credit: Matthew Land Studios

Recipe Layout and Design: La Happy

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