Dessert? Make mine pie!
When I was growing up, Mom usually indulged me with my favorite Sunday meal—fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and peas, and for dessert, apple pie. I was the oldest of three boys in a family of four kids, after all, and Mom made two pies because one wouldn’t last long. If one piece is great, two pieces are fantastic, right? Add some ice cream, please.
This was back in the days when many or most moms made crust from scratch and sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on the leftover dough and baked that, as well, for a tasty side treat.
In our house these days, pie is a rare treat. It’s not that my wife, Cheryl, doesn’t like to bake, but just that I’ve come to the point in life where calories and blood sugar levels are reasons to scale back on the desserts. It was pleasant to step into the house the other day, however, and have the aroma of freshly baked pie filling the kitchen.
Apple remains my favorite, with lemon meringue second and chocolate pudding third (add a generous dollop of Cool Whip). Filling out my top 10, in no particular order, are peach, blueberry, cherry, banana cream, pecan, raspberry and yes, mincemeat (what, exactly, is in that?). I love them all.
I realize that I’m putting pumpkin, cocoanut cream, strawberry and key lime in the second 10.
What’s your favorite?
What's that? No one bakes pie in your household? Rock County Christian School, 916 Bushnell St., Beloit, will host Apple Pie Day on Friday, Sept. 28. School families and friends will bake Dutch apple pies as a fundraiser for the school’s scholarship program. Pies cost $11 and can be purchased from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day or by calling (608) 365-7378.