I ran off to Vermont a few weeks ago. I did not pass Go. I did not collect two hundred dollars. But unlike my favorite board game (ever), on the other end of the two plus hour drive, I found (pie) heaven.
I escaped to have a little family time, take long walks with the dog, and work on this pie. Every cookbook needs a pie and this cookbook is going to have a tart, red fruit pie that can stand in at every holiday affair as the oh-so-splendid canvas for sweet vanilla ice cream or just-shaken whipped cream that has a bit of sugar and vanilla extract.
My pie is less sweet because I think pie should taste like freshly-picked fruit, not sweetener. My pie has an all-butter crust because it just tastes better to me – though I know some of you are in the shortening camp and I’ll eat your pies too. And my pie is all about taking your time behind a cutting board, slicing up dough to design your own personal top crust that is all you, all the way.
While I can’t share the pie recipe yet, I can tell you that Vermont is most definitely for pie lovers. After just 24 hours in a strange summer rental, I found my place behind the big butcher block. I cut butter into flour to form dough, washed and chopped local fruit and made my pie shine bright with a little diamond cut out. The pie in these photos doesn’t look perfect but it’s delicious and it’s mine. In about year, maybe you’ll make my recipe yours and try your hand at your own not-so-perfect (but actually perfect) top crust too.
While you wait, there are several outstanding pie recipes on this blog so maybe you should try one of them. The stand-outs are: Blueberry Pie with Cornmeal Crust; Rustic Apple Custard Pies; Cranberry Hand Pies; and Blackberry Peach Pie. And I took a whole bunch of photos on my little escape and grabbed the best ones from my Instagram feed to share in all their non-so-perfect glory below.
One last thing: Eat Boutique now has its own Instagram feed where we share products from the shop and special sales. Just wanted you to know, you know! xox
Photos taken and styled by Maggie Battista.
Eat Boutique discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers and shares our version of #foodgiftlove. We share recipes, maker stories and city guides to eating boutique. We host tasting events and markets for food makers, cookbook authors and food fans. We craft seasonal, regional gift and tasting boxes and sell individual items that you can order in the Eat Boutique Shop. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest.
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is now focused on opening her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: Recipes That Revamped My Pantry & Made Me Love Me, At Last, will be published by Roost Books/Penguin Random House in 2019. Her first cookbook, Food Gift Love, features more than 100 food gift recipes to make, wrap, and share and is available wherever you find favorite cookbooks.