This spicy apple galette with coffee glaze has a chai-spiced crust that’s rustic and fragrant. The apple filling is balanced with acidity, spice, and gentle sweetness. A smooth coffee glaze is literally the icing on top. Apple galettes are an easy and impressive-looking fall dessert I love to serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.…Read More
Pies & Tarts
The Nanny Project.
What is that?
It’s an idea I came up with over two years ago. An idea to showcase recipes belonging to the women we call Nanny, or Nana, or Grandma (or whichever name we may have for them).
It’s about tried and true recipes. Dishes that, the moment we take a taste, make us weak with nostalgia to be held by our grandmothers – smell their perfume one more time.
It’s about women of generations gone by. Women whose lives we may know very little about.
And about how recipes are threads that tie us to the past.
Since the last time I posted a grandmother’s recipe, I’ve pitched The Nanny Project as a cookbook idea to two different publishers, and both were excited by the notion. One wanted to sign a contract immediately after meeting, however, something big has come up that has pulled my focus (pun intended – more details to follow).
And so, for now, I’ll continue to post these tried and true, tested-on-generations, grandma’s recipes as I come across them.
The recipe for Rhea’s Sugar Pie comes to me from a somewhat lengthy family connection. Rhea Marinier was my dad’s wife Wanda’s, sister Ruby’s, husband Denis’ mother.
I don’t know much about Rhea other than she lived in Quebec and that Ruby said she was a great lady, funny and she loved life.
Sounds like my kind of woman.
Yesterday, when I made Rhea’s recipe, was the first time I’ve had Sugar Pie and if you’re wondering, yes it’s DAMN SWEET but it’s oh so good. And how on earth can you resist the name? I knew it had to be next on my roster of posts when I couldn’t stop singing this song –
Rhea’s Sugar Pie
single unbaked pie shell, homemade or store-bought
2 C brown sugar
1.5 Tbsp flour
1 can evaporated milk
5 Tbsp butter (75g)
0.5 tsp vanilla
– mix all and put in unbaked pie crust – bake 30-35 minutes
That’s it for directions so I’m going to take it one step further and supplement the original steps with the steps I found helpful.
– preheat oven to 350º
– in a large bowl, whisk brown sugar and flour to combine and break up lumps in brown sugar
– whisk in evaporated milk
– whisk in egg and vanilla
– melt butter and whisk in
– pour filling into pie crust and bake 30-35 minutes – pie is done when it puffs slightly and has a slight jiggle in the middle – remove from oven and cool
– optional – top slices with whipped cream and a little sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon or cocoaRead More
One bite of Cape Breton Butterscotch Pie and you won’t look back! Thick, luscious butterscotch pie filling is made with brown sugar and butter and dolloped into a pre-baked pie crust. Top yours with meringue if you like, however, we prefer whipped cream. This recipe makes one 9-inch pie or 36 2-inch pies.
This post was first published on October 20, 2015 and was last updated August 12, 2019.
Roasted Butternut Squash Pie Filling is better than pumpkin pie filling. There. I said it. I love this pie crust recipe by Ina Garten – it’s terrific. My pie crusts always look a little raggedy and I have long accepted I will never make a perfect-looking, beautifully braided pie crust. This butternut pie filling makes up for my lack of pie crust making skills. It’s creamy, sweet, and lightly spiced. It’s basically perfect and it it’s what’s on the inside that counts right?
This post was first published on November 16, 2014 and was last updated August 18, 2019.
I made this Prosciutto, Asparagus, Fontina Quiche With Honey-Roasted Tomatoes post in partnership with my friend Gabby Peyton. Gabby and I have both visited France and Italy so we thought baking a French and Italian-inspired quiche would be a delicious and fun way to spend a day together. I had always wanted to make quiche but never made one from scratch. My heavens it was tasty! Salty, creamy, buttery, and cheesy, it was everything I hoped for. Be sure you leave yourself an extra two hours to make the honey-roasted tomatoes. They are amazing!
This post first appeared on July 15, 2014 and was last updated on July 26, 2019.