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Wednesday
Mar112009

Humble Pies: How Many Have You Tried?

Marionberry pie, Irwin's Coffee and Bakery

There's some controversy on the subject of which day National Pie Day ought to be celebrated, either January 23 (as specified by the American Pie Council) or March 14 (as specified by the math geeks of the universe). We've got the perfect solution though: why not celebrate on both days? Certainly there's enough pie love to go around.
With March 14th coming around, we decided to forgo the usual apple, pumpkin or blueberry pie in favor of compiling a list of somewhat lesser-known pies; each is linked to a recipe or page explaining its history. Maybe you'll come across some old favorites or new discoveries. But mostly we're curious...how many have you tried? 
If you're so inclined, feel free to post about it on your site or leave a comment below--if you want to get really fancy, you can specify which ones you've tried by italicizing which ones you've eaten, and link back to this post so everyone can judge--er, see--your responses!
And of course, if you have any other "forgotten" pies that you think we should know about, do tell!

Acorn Pie
Avocado Pie
Bean Pie
Butter Tart Pie
Cactus Pie
Chess Pie

 

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Reader Comments (32)

WOW! I am not sure I have tried ANY of them! Shame on me! I will have to rectify that! I have wanted to try the grape pie, and ricotta pie is probably quite good!

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterC.L.

Hmm... There are definitely some on my list to try on here... but alas... not too many that I've tried.

http://mionebristow.blogspot.com/2009/03/pie.html

Ohh... Key Lime pie... should definitely be on the list. As should Boysenberry... ;o)

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterJ

I would love to know what Whortleberry pie is...sounds fascinating...and Buttertart pie sounds tantalizing. Never had any of 'em but definitely wanting to try!~

Okay, serious Pie Spy here...

I have eaten:
Bean Pie (savory, not bad)
Chess Pie (yummy)
Grasshopper Pie (mint ice cream, yum)
Green Tomato Pie (Sweet) (I made a pie out of tomatillos, which are like green tomatoes, does that count?

Gooseberry Pie (the very first pie I ever baked was Gooseberry Cobbler, with the gooseberries coming straight out of the family garden. I was 10.

Grape Pie (a delicious, refined pie, the one I ate had custard, too)

Marionberry Pie (ubiquitous, where I live)

Mincemeat Pie (not bad, but only popular, it seems, among people who like fruitcake)

Mock Apple Pie (Ritz crackers, anyone?)

Shoofly Pie (blech, too much molasses)

Watergate Pie (pistachio pudding and nuts: definitely old school comfort food)

We enjoy the pie element to our neighborhood Ribs & Pie Fest every Labor Day. Usually, the men make the ribs and the women bring pie made with some sort of fresh fruit. There are prizes. It's all very, very good.

Pie is my favorite baked treat, though I still think I eat more cookies (and ice cream).

Tamara: http://buzzfood.blogspot.com" REL="nofollow">BuzzFood

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterYokel (TKS)

Two additions for you:

Saskatoon Berry Pie
Apple Ketchup Pie (yes, it exists - I've made it!)

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterDana McCauley

I have baked Butter Tart, and tried Mock Apple, but I am so curious about Sweet Pickle Pie! Is that the perfect side for barbecued hot dogs?

Easter Pie! like rice pudding in a pie.

1/2 cup uncooked Arborio rice (cooked in)
4 cups of whole milk
7 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon extract (or the zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 pound ricotta cheese, drained (minimum of 2 hours or preferably overnight)

Bake in a buttery, flaky pie crust for 1 hour at 375.

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterTina

You forgot Buttermilk Pie. How about French Silk, or peanut butter pie?

I've eaten Avocado, Butter Tart, Chess, Grasshopper, Marionberry, Ricotta, and Shoofly. I'm not even a big pie fan. But I really like fresh peach pie. And my Mom's walnut pie - made with crushed graham crackers, walnuts, sugar and egg whites, served with lots of whipped cream.

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March 11 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

wow!your pie looks flaky and the filling hmm yummy!I only tried strawbery,apple and cranberry pie.The rest in your list never try.:)

March 11 | Unregistered CommenterSweetiepie

Only grasshopper, here! That's rather sad, really...

what about strawberry-rhubarb? too mainstream for this list? It is one of my favs....yum

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I haven't heard of half of those pies.
But shoofly and chess are fairly popular in TX.
I normally see chess as lemon chess.
I personally like grasshopper, chess, and shoofly.
I find mincemeat frightening. Thanks for sharing!

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterMarch 8th

I think that Bumblebee pie should also be on this list. There is an amazing place in NW Arkansas called the "wooden spoon" that makes the most amazing pie and bumblebee is their best!

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

mmm, i love pie!

clearly i have some eating to do...

March 12 | Unregistered Commenterveggievixen

For the love.

It was not four days ago that I was bemoaning my current penchant for berry pie. Then, I pull up your {adorable} website and am greeted with....PIE.

I'm in oogling heaven. Now if I can just get it in my belly...

{Thanks for such a GREAT--and great looking--post!}

oh how i love a good pie... slightly warm with melting ice cream on top. vanilla preferably.

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterAran

wow how many! I didn;
't know so many existed .

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterSnooky doodle

Delicious! I second buttermilk pie - my all time favorite! I'm used to chess pie being lemony here in Texas, too.

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Sue

Whoa! I have been seriously pie-deprived.

What a fun post! Thanks for including my ricotta pie too.

Looking at all these recipes and food images makes my mouth water.. They all look so delicious!

March 13 | Unregistered CommenterStina

Don't forget coconut cream pie!

March 13 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Tomato Pie :)

I think it's found in some older cookbooks...especially Southeastern American church cookbooks. Basically is a mixture of mayo over tomatoes and topped with a ton of cheddar cheese in a pie shell...looks a bit odd but delicious.

You're missing (maple)sugar pie!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_pie

March 13 | Unregistered Commenterbruleeblog

avocado pie will definitely be something I will have to try...with the right ingredients it would be such a healthy treat!

March 13 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

I'm so glad you posted all those funky pies. I love straaange looking recipes!

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