For the Love of Pie

June 5, 2009

Since we moved around a lot while I was growing up, and my family is all from the East Coast, it didn’t allow for much one-on-one time. I only got the chance once or twice a year to visit my Nana and Pop in Pennsylvania, and even though that was never enough time, they made our trips as special as possible.

One thing that my Nana always made sure that I had with each visit was homemade pie, and my favorite was her pretzel ice cream pie. I am defientely someone who loves both sweet and salty tastes together, so it was the perfect combination.

With two young children, I don’t get back to visit very often, so today I decided to recreate that famous pie and share it with my little ones. I made this pie gluten free, and use glutino pretzels and vanilla ice cream (this pie is perfect with soy, rice or coconute milk ice cream as well).

Since I was going to be in the kitchen anyway, I figured that it was the perfect time to finish the apron that I had been working on for a some time now. I love this Amy Butler fabric, and of course it is from Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing book (it is the Sunday-Dinner Hostess Apron).

I love a fun apron in the kitchen, and this is the perfect, easy project that I will cetainly be using again.

I am one of those people who could eat pie every day. As my friend Suzy can tell you, pie at breakfast is one of my favorites! (I ate peach and apricot pie both mornings that we camped last weekend). For me, there has been nothing better then being able to recreate the special pies that my grandmother was so generous to share with me. While I may not be able to see her as much as I would like, it is so nice to know that I can cut a piece of pie, pour a cup of tea, and relish so many wonderful childhood memories.

Pretzel Pie

1 1/2 c. crushed pretzels (we used Glutino)
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 lb. butter, melted

Mix all ingredients into a 10″ pie plate and bake for 8-10 minutes
Once pie crust is completely cooled, top with ice cream of choice and crushed pretzels, and return to freezer until 10 minutes before serving

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

SugarMama June 6, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Lady, your food posts are killing me here. Must. Have. Pie.

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Christina June 6, 2009 at 8:24 pm

This pie sounds so yummy! The apron is incredible, I love the colors and fabric that you chose.

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larissa June 7, 2009 at 1:30 am

the sweet/salty combination in the pie sounds soo good. Your apron is beautiful – I thought it was a skirt.

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Carol June 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I found your apron through Flickr. Gorgeous fabric, and sewing

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Between Hitching Posts June 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm

My grandmother (on both sides) were not much of cooks growing up. I have to say I missed out on the tasty treats full of memories. However, my husbands grandma was such a treasure. Growing up amish she certainly has a handful of special recipes that bring on the memories for him. I have been lucky enough to learn these recipes from her. It is so much fun to see how my hubby's eyes light up with fond memories as I present him with Grandma's cinnamon rolls.

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Lori June 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

love your apron – the fabric is wonderful :^)

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stitching under oaks June 9, 2009 at 2:29 am

I agree with SugarMama…I love pie and I love anything that has that sweet and salty thing going on! This sounds perfect! That apron is gorgeous too!

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