I’m fresh off a pie-baking frenzy, something I’d highly recommend if you find yourself with some time on your hands. Pie is one of the most beloved desserts there is, and if you have the chance to try your hand at these award-winning pies like I did, you’ll understand just how true it is!
Each of these three pies won 1st-place at the Pillsbury Pie Crust Baking Championships – an annual competition that happens at state fairs around the country. I started with Charlotte Rymph’s recipe for Toasted Coconut-Pecan Pie. Now this is the twist on pecan pie we’ve all been waiting for! It’s got the classic taste that pecan pie is known for but the unique addition of coconut flakes makes it even more delectable. You’ll be amazed how well these flavors work together.
Toasted Coconut-Pecan Pie by Charlotte Rymph of Monterey, Ind. 1st Place, 2013 Indiana State Fair
Next I made the Salted Turtle-Cream Cheese Pie by winner Lisa Silmser at the Minnesota State Fair. Can I just say WOW? This recipe was so inventive and so delicious. With two incredible layers of lovely chocolate pecan brittle and light, creamy caramel cream cheese, I was in pie heaven. One note on the recipe – Silmser calls for making little candy-filled, star-shaped “purses.” I found it worked better to leave the stars unfilled, but you should experiment to see what works best for you.
Salted Turtle Cream Cheese Pie by Lisa Silmser of Champlin, Minn. 1st Place, 2013 Minnesota State Fair
Lastly, I tried the Chocolate Ganache-Peanut Butter Pie by Washington’s BriAnne Waite. It tasted just like a giant peanut butter cup. It was delightful and a welcome reminder of my candy-loving childhood days. The peanut butter filling is smooth and creamy, and the ganache topping just took it over the edge to perfection. You’ll love it.
Chocolate Ganache-Peanut Butter Pie by BriAnne Waite of Shelton, Wash. 1st Place, 2013 Washington State Fair