I've been making a "pie of the month" since January and for my April pie I chose to make
Mom's Vanilla Pie. I'm not sure why it's called this because it is more like a Maple Syrup Pie and
it resembles shoo-fly pie! Mom's Vanilla Pie was the farmer's absolute favourite pie that my mom
made - and she made a lot of pies!!
Her recipes were vague with measurements like "heaping" or "scant" and no methods were given. I followed her instructions as best I could and hoped for the best.
This is how she wrote down the recipe - I've added my tweaks in italic:
Makes 3 pies - I made half the recipe for one large pie
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Maple Syrup
2 Cups warm water
1 heaping Tbsp. corn starch
2 tsp. vanilla
Boil and cool - I lightly whisked the ingredients together and stirred it as it boiled and thickened.
The syrup thickened but looked a bit curdled. I added a Tbsp. of butter and the vanilla and then
let it cool slightly.
Pour the slightly cooled syrup into an unbaked pie shell and top with crumbs.
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 Cup Butter or Lard - I used butter
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients and spoon on top of the syrup filling
Bake at 375F for 25 min. - I started the oven off hotter for 5 minutes and then lowered the temp. to 375F - mine got a bit over baked and dark so I should have followed Mom's instructions closer on this!
This pie was always served with a nice splash of fresh maple syrup and we like it with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream too. Definitely a "sweet tooth" kind of dessert. The farmer approved - so I guess it was a success......
|Oh my, it's almost midnight and 1/2 the pie is gone! Oops.|
There you have it - my April Pie post!
Till next time ............... hoping that April showers will indeed bring May flowers - oh, how I could use a bouquet of fresh Spring flowers right now!!
BTW - I have the new Mennonite Girls Can Cook "Celebrations" book and am thoroughly enjoying it! It's like a fresh breath of Spring and Flowers.