The American Pie Council Presents Pies, Pies and More Pies In New Book Featuring 18 Years of Award-Winning Recipes

Since 1995, amateur, commercial, and professional bakers have competed in the American Pie Council (APC)/Crisco National Pie Championships to determine who makes the best pies in America.  America’s Best Pies: Nearly 200 Recipes You’ll Love (Skyhorse Publishing, October 2012, SRP $24.95) by the American Pie Council with Linda Hoskins is a collection of 200 delicious recipes that have won awards over the 18 years of the championship competition.  The book will be available for sale this October on www.piecouncil.org and through select national booksellers and online book retailers.

From the unusual like My Big Fat Italian Strawberry Basil Wedding Pie to classic Apple (America’s Number One flavor preference (Perishable News, 2012 Pie Survey), every recipe has been reviewed by judges and determined to be an award-winning pie.  The selections in America’s Best Pies are the best of the best from amateur and professional bakers from across the country.  Recipes include:

  • Silky, Rich & Smooth Chocolate Pie
  • Lemon Raspberry Twist
  • Island Breeze Pineapple-Blueberry Cream Pie
  • Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chunk Pie
  • Deep-Dish Deluxe Banana Split Pie
  • Oreo Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
  • Pumpkin
  • Californese Raisin and Nut Pie
  • Holiday Cranberry Mince Pie
  • White-Bottomed Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie
  • Vanilla Bean Brûlée Pie

America’s Best Pies showcases an abundance of color pie photographs, many of which are the actual pies entered in the competition.  Packed with clear and concise recipes, the book is for expert and future expert pie makers alike.  Whether it’s apple, custard, strawberry or raisin, there’s a pie for every taste bud.

The APC/Crisco National Pie Championships is a four-day event held annually in Central Florida drawing the nation’s top commercial, professional, amateur and junior pie bakers.  Bakers win prizes, but compete for bragging rights. Next year’s competition is scheduled for April 26-28, 2013 at the Caribe Royal Orlando.  For more information, visit www.piecouncil.org.

The American Pie Council® is the only organization committed to maintaining America’s pie heritage, passing on the tradition of pie-making and promoting America’s love affair with pie. The APC offers personal, professional, and commercial memberships and leads the nation in celebrating National Pie Day every January 23.  For more information, please visit www.piecouncil.org

About the Author

Linda Hoskins has served as the executive director of the American Pie Council since 2000.  Along with a strong board of directors, Linda has been responsible for organizing all aspects of the pie industry for the National Pie Championships, the Great American Pie Festival, and the Pie Industry Seminar. Linda has been a judge for the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and has been named to Baking Management’s Influential 20 in both 2009 and 2011.  Linda and her husband, Richard, have two children and three grandchildren and reside in Lake Forest, Illinois.

America’s Best Pies
Nearly 200 Recipes You’ll Love
By American Pie Council
With Linda Hoskins
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
Available at select retailers nationwide and through www.piecouncil.org
On Sale: October 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62087-165-2
Price: $24.95

Thanksgiving Desserts: Apple Pie-Eyed Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust –
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup chilled lard, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
5 tablespoons (or more) ice water

apple pie pictureFilling –
2/3 cup Thompson seedless raisins
1 cup Finger Lakes Distilling Maplejack Liqueur
9 NYS Cortland apples, peeled, cored & sliced thin
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter

Directions:
Place raisins in a shallow, non metallic container and cover with Maplejack liqueur. Cover and let sit for at least 1 day but preferrably 3 days. Uncover occasionally to stir and add more liqueur as needed so that the raisins are always completely immersed. When you are ready to make the pie, drain the raisins, reserving the liqueur.

Crust – Mix flour, sugar and salt in food processor. Add butter and lard, blend with pulse button until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Add 5 tablespoons ice water and mix with fork until dough begins to clump together, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dry. Gather dough together. Divide dough in half; flatten each half into disk. Wrap each disk in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.

Mix sugar & cinnamon together in a small bowl. Line bottom of pie dish with one crust, making sure it overhangs the pie dish enough to crimp together with the top crust. Arrange apple slices in the crust making sure to cover the entire bottom without any gaps, then continue until the crust is half full. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar around the entire top of the apples. Sprinkle half of the raisins on top of apples evenly. Repeat for a second layer to the top of the crust. Dot butter around the top of the apples. then top with second crust. Crimp crust edges together & pinch in a wave pattern. Tear off thin strips of aluminum foil and fold over the crimped crust. Place pie on a baking tray and position rack in center of the oven. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 375 and bake a further 35 – 40 minutes or until apples are soft and crust is golden. Cool for 45 minutes and serve warm with vanilla ice cream with remaining maplejack liqueur drizzled over ice cream.

About: “Apple-pie Eyed” apple pie – recipe developed by Finger Lakes resident, Michelle Charles, and used with permission.