I am sure it is no coincidence that Great American Pie month is also my birth month – February.  I would rather have a piece of pie any day of the week over any other dessert for my birthday or for that matter any time.  My all-time favorite kind of pie is my Grandma Verna’s butterscotch pie. I can honestly say I have never had any other butterscotch pie. I just know no one else’s will compare. Growing up Grandma would make pies every holiday. She was an excellent cook.  And every holiday she would say, this pie didn’t turn out…the meringue is beading. The family would all joke with her and say, “Please keep trying to get your pies right. We are more than happy to be your pie testers.”  Honestly, I loved the way the pie looked with the beads and they were beyond delicious!   As I was writing this blog, I looked up what causes beading. It can come from sugar or moisture. It can happen if the meringue is refrigerated while still warm, or if it was cooked for too long or at too high a heat.

EAS pie 1

My Grandma is no longer with us to make butterscotch pies. So, I make them occasionally on holidays. This year at Christmas my butterscotch pies looked great as you can see from the photo. However, when I served the pie the meringue had beaded and shrunk. I found out I hadn’t spread the meringue all the way to the crust. They still tasted like Grandma’s; which made Christmas more special for me. And as always with the leftover pie, I enjoyed it for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

Throughout the year, I share the love of rhubarb pie with a friend at work. When we need a pick-me-up, we indulge in rhubarb pie from Shapiro’s. It has just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. Oh, so delicious.  And it goes great with a cup of tea. Just writing about it makes me want to get a piece today.  I drive by Shapiro’s on the way to and from work. And I just found out I can place an online order for pick-up. This could be dangerous for my waistline

Here are some ways to celebrate Great American Pie Month:

  1. Eat pie for breakfast – quiche is a savory pie whose filling is based on an egg-based custard. Or enjoy your favorite “dessert” pie.
  2. Go the nontraditional route – There are so many variations of pies to bake. If the idea of another apple pie is unappealing, try key lime, lemon meringue, or even butterscotch pie.

5 Great American Pie Month Facts that will blow your mind:

  1. Pie sales top $700 million every year.
  2. Apple pie is America’s favorite, with one out of every five choosing it over all others.
  3. Pie was banned in England by Oliver Cromwell for 16 years because it was too delicious.
  4. Shoo-fly pie actually lures flies to the kitchen rather than keep them away.
  5. The famous Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake.

I would love to hear your celebratory ways to indulge in Great American Pie Month. Send them to @Eszentes.  I am grateful February only has 28 days as I plan to make a butterscotch pie, plus enjoy rhubarb pie from Shapiro’s!