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Foodies Favorite: The Hoosier Mama Pie Book

May 08 2014 - 9:00 AM

If I ever need a quick cookie recipe or a fast frosting, Pinterest is my go-to. I like to try out recipes from new bloggers all the time. For something serious, like a pie, I like to know I can trust the source. Pies are a huge time investment. You need a quality crust recipe and filling instructions that are easy to follow, as there are often multiple layers.

I couldn’t be happier that I bought The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie. Not only is it a great book with tons of variety, but it’s also written by the creators of our local Chicago bakers from Hoosier Mama Pie. In the book, you’ll find classic recipes – think French silk, banana cream (pictured above) and buttermilk. There are also plenty of recipes that really change things up,  including a few memorable ones from the storefront location. I’m thinking the Fat Elvis (peanut butter banana pie with pretzel crust) and s’mores pie. My favorite part is that it’s organized by season, so you can see what fruit is ripe for spring, for example, and try out a new flavor of pie.

You won’t be getting short-changed with this dessert book, either. There are plenty of savory recipes. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I can’t wait to try out the leek, apple and cheddar quiche and the mushroom spinach pie.

We’re voting this book a Chicago Foodies favorite. It’s good for beginners with its step by step instructions (including pictures), and it also has intricate recipes for the seasoned baker. It wouldn’t make a bad last minute Mother’s Day gift either.