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Tiramisu Pie

Chocolate, Desserts, Holiday, Pie

Tiramisu Pie

Los Angeles! Just a heads up, tomorrow I’ll be in Echo Park at Shout & About signing books and handing out holiday cookies from 11am to 1pm. Stop by!

Now, for this tiramisu pie! I made this pie a few times to recipe test it, pretty normal stuff, but after I finally nailed it, I loved it SO much that I decided it was going to be my Thanksgiving pie.

It was really easy to make, which is why I made it, and right before I started to make it, I remembered that a friend of mine is gluten-free. Luckily I found out that you can totally make this pie with gluten-free ginger snaps and it’ll be just great.

I needed a tablespoon less butter but it worked! I was pumped to find that out.

The pie goes like this: chocolate cookie crust on the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan. Then it’s filled with an espresso cream custard that is SO good. At the end of making the espresso cream, I mixed in a few tablespoons of rum and it is BOMB. It tastes just like tiramisu. Then, the pie is filled and chilled. Right before serving, you pipe on some mascarpone cream and top it with a bunch of cocoa powder.

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Miso Caramel Apple Pie

Desserts, Holiday, Pie

Miso Caramel Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is only like three days away!!! LAWD!

I’ve made this pie SO many times. It took me a good amount of times to get the miso caramel exactly how I like it but I FINALLY nailed it.

This pie is so delicious. The miso only makes it a little weird but no so weird that people will really even notice. The miso adds a nice, subtle savory element to it that makes you want to just eat more and more and more.

Miso Caramel Apple Pie

Think about it like this: you put salt in caramel. So instead of salt, we’re adding miso. That’s it. It works really well together.

Miso Caramel Apple Pie

When it comes to the mix of apples, I threw in a few Granny Smith to add some tartness and it was really lovely. The vanilla helps too. A few weeks ago I splurged on some vanilla paste for the very first time–which might be crazy to some–and now I can’t believe I’ve lived without it for so long.

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Veggie Pot Pies + HauteLook X Le Creuset Giveaway!

Dinner, Pie, Vegetarian

Veggie Mini Pot Pies

Yesterday I drove up a super windy road to the prettiest Spanish-style house way up in the Hollywood Hills. There was a garden, gigantic pool, beautiful seating areas everywhere and a kitchen the size of my apartment. I was lucky enough to team up with HauteLook and Le Creuset to host a cooking demo for these tasty lil’ veggie mini pot pies.

The day started with me getting there to set everything up and put all of my ingredients into pretty little Le Creuset cocottes. There was lunch and refreshing mocktails from A Vintage Splendor. The demo was super casual, like talking to a bunch of friends. We talked pie crust (I used this one but added no sugar), what the low-down is on roux, why thyme is probably the most important herb in fall, and lots more!

Veggie Mini Pot Pies

Veggie Mini Pot Pies

Veggie Mini Pot Pies

There was also a super pretty and fun DIY with A Fabulous Fete where we made the most gorgeous gift boxes that I wish I could build for each and every one of you.

A bonus though is that I’m hosting an amazing giveaway with Le Creuset X HauteLook on my Instagram right now! Here’s what you can win from Le Creuset:

Set of 2 Mini Cocottes
Revolution Spatula Spoon
Pastry Brush
Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven

Veggie Mini Pot Pies

All you have to do to enter is:

1. Follow @hautelook on Instagram
2. Tag who you’d invite to your holiday party in my Instagram photo

AND! Don’t forget to shop the Le Creuset flash event on HauteLook now!

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Asian Pear Pie and Apple Pie 

Desserts, Holiday, Pie

Asian Pear Apple Pie

My favorite corgi on Instagram passed away on Monday. It’s sort of weird to admit this but I cried…like kinda cried myself to sleep. I don’t know what it was. Maybe it had to do with all the other sad stuff in the world, my sad family stuff that I never talk about or maybe it had to do with the fact that Loki the corgi was only five years old and that’s not that much older than Amelia.

I dunno what it is but I know that I squeezed her really hard that night and yesterday I gave her a cookie I shouldn’t have (the vet says she needs to lose 1 to 2 pounds).

Asian Pear Apple Pie
Asian Pear Apple Pie

I nearly took the rest of the week off from posting but then I remembered that’s silly and that I have this Asian pear pie with apple and so many other good things to share with you.

Last week I made another pie where I took little bits of apple and folded them around one another to make roses and it seriously took me like 3 hours but I didn’t really mind one bit because I just zoned out and thought about all sorts of stuff.

Asian Pear Apple Pie

I think I enjoy this process…building and assembling, building and assembling. I enjoy methodical, repetitive things, especially when they pertain to pie.

I’ve been wanting to make a basket weave-ish kind of pie topping. I think I did it with this. It’s actually MUCH simpler than it looks because you basically just cut the pie crusts in smaller strips and then place them side-by-side like you would one singular strip.

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Pie-Making Workshop!

Adventures, DIY, Pie

Summer Berry Pie

HIIII!!!! I’ve wanted to do this FOR so long. Today I’m so excited to tell you that I’m co-hosting a pie workshop with my friend and baker Nicole Rucker.

Here are the details:

Date/Time: Saturday, October 1st, 2016 from 11am to 3pm

Where: Los Angeles, CA (at Cofax Commissary, West Hollywood)

What you’re going to learn: During this class you’ll learn everything about making the perfect, fool-proof pie crust.

Then, you’ll assemble and make your very own apple pie. We’ll talk apples, you’ll have a choose-your-own-adventure filling experience.

And you’ll learn about some options when it comes to making pretty braids with your pie crusts, using cookie cutters, getting the perfect crimp.

While all the pies are in the oven, we’ll sit down and eat the cutest autumn-like lunch and hang out and be friends.

Strawberry Rhubarb Braided Pie

Take-aways: You’ll take home the chilled pie crust you made, your whole baked pie you assembled, a packet of recipes and a fun gift bag.

And all that knowledge you just learned.

Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie

To buy tickets, visit the EventBrite page.

Can’t wait to meet you all and bake some pies together!

xoxo,
Adrianna

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Summer Berry Pie

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Summer Berry Pie

Summer is riiiiight around the corner. As in, it’s officially kicking off in a few weeks. At the start of summer, I’m headed to Mexico for my best friend’s wedding. I cannot wait. Josh and I are actually staying a few days after the wedding to just live a little and have a bit of a vacation on our own (more on this soon!).

In anticipation of summah being so very close, I teamed up with ALDI to bring you this very summer-y berry pie.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love pie. And I love pie crust even more. I’ve been wanting to do a very tightly wound lattice crust for a long time, so when I was strolling through ALDI the other day and saw their array of beautiful berries, I knew instantly what I was going to bake up.

Summer Berry Pie

Summer Berry Pie

Summer Berry Pie

The berries were bright and fresh. I bought a few containers and immediately went home to start working on this pie.

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Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie

Desserts, Pie

Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie

Lately I’ve been lucky enough to have it together so I actually shoot my blog posts a week or so before they go up. This leads to me not being super duper stressed about things not working out, recipe wise. It also makes it so my photo editing and writing timeline is a lot more chill. But last week I had the hardest time getting rhubarb (s/o to Whole Foods for making it happen!) and late last week I was on panel after panel so I was totally out of the kitchen.

Leaving my house is such an event! So two days in a row had me for a lil’ bit of a loop. Yesterday was the day to bake this much awaited pie and getting the topping just right was sort of stressful. I was covered in flour from head to toe and my socks which are black were like grey. But the pie worked! And I love it so much!

Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie
Rhubarb Pear Slab Pie

Today is pi day! One of the best days of the year and the day the internet throws up so many pie recipes that by the end of the day you’re probably sick of pie.

This one is pretty simple. Just rhubarb and pears and brown sugar. The meyer lemon zest gives it nice, fresh flavor.

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Tips for Perfect Pie + Thanksgiving Pie Round-Up

Desserts, Pie

Rose Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze // www.acozykitchen.com

Thanksgiving is undoubtably the most popular pie holiday of the entire year.

And I happen to love, LOVE pie. I love eating pie, but I’m pretty sure I love making it even more.

Here are some tips that I find helpful:

Common Problem: Dough Shrinkage

Dilemma: Have you ever rolled out the most perfect pie crust, crimped the edges to only be super bummed out after it comes out of the oven that the whole thing shrunk??!?!

Solution: Shrinkage happens for two reasons.

The first is too much water in the dough. When you wrap up the dough in plastic wrap, it should never be sticky. If it’s sticky, roll the entire thing in a few tablespoons of flour and knead it one more time AND then wrap it.

The second possible problem is that it didn’t have enough time for the gluten to relax. Most pie crust recipes will tell you to rest it in the fridge for an hour. Well, if you only let it rest for an hour, most likely it will shrink. Ideally it’ll rest for an entire night in the fridge. This also breaks up some of the work and makes pie-making a bit easier.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie
Common Problem: Pumpkin (or any custard) Pie Cracking

Dilemma: You make a pumpkin pie (or cheesecake) and it looks perfect when it come out of the oven and then BOOM! A DAMN CRACK! Many people will tell you that you probably baked it too long and this could be true. But if there was no crack in the oven then you probably baked it just right, but it was the drastic temperature change when you took it our of the oven that did you in.

Solution: First of all, cracking isn’t the worst thing that could happen—it’s totally edible and delicious. To avoid it from happening, turn the oven off, prop the oven door open and allow the pie to cool slowly, rather than taking it from the very hot oven to often times chilly (it’s November after all!) kitchen counter. I usually let it cool for about 30 minutes to an hour this way and then take it out and place it on the counter. If you have kids or dogs, have them avoid the kitchen for that time.

Green Chile Chocolate Pudding Pie

Common Problem: Being Flustered

Dilemma: If you’ve never made pie, the first time may stress you out so much that you may never want to make it again. It requires a good amount of steps. There are multiple components. The idiom “easy as pie” could not be further from the truth. But it’s not hard.

Solution: Make the pie crust the day before. This will allow you to concentrate on just the pie crust, which if you’ve never made it before, can be a confusing. You’ll have to have a bit of focus but I swear you can do it!

Make the filling, stick it in the fridge and then roll out the pie crusts. Organization helps a whole lot of pie-making. AND if all else fails, Tweet me and I’ll try and help! Also, if the pie turns out to be not the prettiest, top it with a scoop of ice cream and no one will care!

Rose Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze // www.acozykitchen.com

Now, here are some of my favorite pies to make for Thanksgiving!

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1. Rose Apple Pie with Bourbon Glaze – Hands down the most popular pie made every Thanksgiving off of A Cozy Kitchen

2. Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie – Simple and classic: butterscotch and pumpkin chilling together in a gingersnap crust (if you hate making pie dough, this one is for you!)

3. Salted Caramel Apple Pie (with a heart crust) – Sweet and cute and delicious.

4. Classic Apple Pie – Simple but epic.

Thanksgiving Pies

1. Caramel Pear Pie with an Oat Crust – Different and decadent.

2. Black-Bottomed Pecan Pie – Chocolate and nutty goodness. This is on my to-make list this year.

3. Walnut and Agnostura Pie – Slightly weird but not too weird.

4. Peanut Butter Cream Pie – I can’t take credit for this. It’s from Joy’s book and it’s GOOD.

5. Pumpkin Pie, Brûléed – The only thing better than normal pumpkin pie is one with a crispy topping.

6. Classic Sweet Potato Pie – Like a crisp white t-shirt…but sweet.

Just for the record, I’m baking two pies: The Classic Apple Pie and the Black-Bottomed Pecan Pies!

YAY GO US!

And for the record, I like this pie dish and this post: 101 Pie Crust, can be helpful!

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Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

Desserts, Holiday, Pie

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

Hello, you pie-loving humans. I’m here with another pie. This one is slightly different.

A: Because you make it in a tart pan (I used a rectangle one but a circle one would do just fine or if you’re like this is annoying just use a regular 9-inch pie dish, you can do that, too!)
B: There aren’t a ton of spices in this. Like, barely at all.
C: Hello, butterscotch. It’s all about pumpkin and butterscotch and their sweet and caramel-y-like union.

This recipe starts with sweet butterscotch. A few years ago I was very confused as to what the difference was between butterscotch vs. caramel.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie

It’s this easy: butterscotch is made with brown sugar, where caramel is made with white sugar.

That’s it. I like my butterscotch not burnt or taken too far but just right.

If you hate making pie crust, this is super easy. It’s a gingersnap crust taken from the No-Bake Pumpkin Pie from The Year of Cozy. I steal from myself!

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Classic Sweet Potato Pie 

Desserts, Holiday, Pie

Classic Sweet Potato Pie (Dairy-Free!)

Fun news! I’m on Real Simple’s podcast, Adulthood Made Easy: Hosting Your First Holiday. Since I am a lover of talking my head off (and the holiday season), this was a ton of fun! It’s all about the biggest cooking holiday of the year–Thanksgiving!

I’m back in the US of A and I’m super stoked to be back cuddling with Amelia, eating chips and salsa and answering lots of emails. It’s the simple things you miss when you’re away. Nothing ever feels as good as home does.

But enough about me and my boring I miss home paragraph, let’s talk about something way more exciting: PIE.

Classic Sweet Potato Pie (Dairy-Free)

This pie is cool. I’m gonna be honest, up until like a month ago when I was prepping for Thanksgiving recipes, I’d never tried sweet potato pie. I know I know! I have no idea where I’ve been.

I think when I’m making my pie-eating decision, I go with apple or pumpkin pie, never sweet potato.

Classic Sweet Potato Pie (Dairy-Free!)

But that’s all gonna change! This pie is super simple and chill. No crazy spices, no crazy amount of sugar. If you need to make it dairy-free, by all means use the coconut milk. I loooved the coconut milk. If you don’t care, then use whole milk! It’s chill and versatile.

Classic Sweet Potato Pie (Dairy-Free!)

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