Sugar Cookie Pie

It’s no secret that I love old recipes and old cookbooks.  I particularly have a fondness for Amish recipes because for the most part they use simple ingredients, traditional preparation techniques, and above all else are delicious.  My wonderful husband won a set of three “The Best of the Amish Cook” cookbooks for me and they arrived last week.  Since then I have been pouring over the recipes and lovely newspaper columns from the last 20 years.

I would have to say that some of the most intriguing and appetizing recipes are the pie recipes.  I love pie.  I love strawberry pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie… I could go on and on.

This week I decided to try the “Vanilla Pie” recipe because I happened to have all the ingredients on hand.  It’s not the most health conscious recipe but it lends itself very well to fresh fruit toppings particular slightly tart berries like blueberries and raspberries.  And after all its dessert and I will admit that healthy is not terribly important for me when considering dessert recipes!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tbsp. flour
1/4 c. dark corn syrup
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 egg, beaten
1 c. water
1 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 pie shell, unbaked
Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, corn syrup, vanilla, and egg in 2 quart saucepan. Slowly stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Let cool.Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and butter. Mix until crumbly.Pour cooled mixture into pie shell, top with crumbs. Bake in moderate oven 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

I have to confess I did make extra crumb topping, about half of the original amount, and added it when the pie was about half way cooked because I really, really like crumb topping.  It crumb topping tastes like a fabulous sugar cookie, so it was decided that henceforth in our family we would call it “Sugar Cookie Pie”.  I think it’s new name suits it quite well.

There are so many gems in these cookbooks but I think best of all are the wonderful and witty glimpses into the life of the Amish mother who writes the weekly column.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted August 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    That sounds such a wonderful insight into the Amish way of life.

    What size pie does this make?

    Thanks, Jane x

  2. babish
    Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    It taste even better for a “healthy” breakfast the next morning…It did have fruit on it!!

  3. Posted August 17, 2010 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    It looks sinfully good!

  4. Posted August 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    How strange! I was just poring over the Amazon chapters of the Amish Cook’s Baking Book, and thinking it looked great. I wish I had known of this newspaper column years ago! I’m thinking I need to visit some of the Amish who live nearby (hooray for Lancaster county!) and trade recipes! And just so you know, the recipe isn’t so bad for you…only 218 calories per slice. I like to use this tool to figure out the calories of the foods I prepare: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

    Thanks for sharing!

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