Week 1: Sweet Victory Pie

Welcome to my first-ever blog post!

My name is Jamie and I like baking pies. I also like every single thing that Sara Bareilles does in this world, including her musical, Waitress. So, after recently picking up Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress Pie Book, I decided to bake my way through each recipe in hopes that Sara might see this and become BFF with me (in a completely non-creepy, slightly fan-girl way) and my other Sara-obsessed friends (who have committed to eating all of my creations). So, get ready for about 40 weeks of pie!

First up in the Waitress Pie Book is Sweet Victory Pie.

Back in February, I was playing kickball on a work team when I completely tore the ligament in my right thumb. Yes, playing kickball. If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me “aren’t you supposed to use your feet for that?” I’d have, like, probably 22 nickels. Wealthy lady. Anyway, I wound up having to get surgery to reattach the ligament to my bone and so my right hand was fairly useless to me for about two months.

We actually had a Pi Day contest at work my first day back post-surgery. Since I didn’t have the use of my right hand, I had to enlist the help of my roommate to mix and roll out the dough for my raspberry custard pie. I basically begged another friend to help get me and my pie safely to work, which was no small feat on the day after a snowstorm in NYC. What can I say? I was in it to win it! I’m happy to report that my pie placed 2nd overall and won an award for Best Presentation. I don’t mess around.

Now, after what feels like hundreds of trips to the occupational therapist, I have pinched, squeezed, and bent my way to progress. Being able to make this pie without any help was a sweet, sweet victory for me. Although my thumb may not yet be in full working order, I’m proud of what I was able to create and am so excited to start this pie escapade!

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What’s Inside: Cherries! And a bunch of other stuff. You’ll have to buy the book if you want to find out.

“Pro” Tips:
1) Don’t attempt this pie until you have ordered a cherry pitter from Amazon. Unless you want to sit in front of the television for two hours watching episodes of OITNB as your fingernails slowly turn an unflattering shade of purple.
2) If you plan to travel with this pie, wrap it as tightly as you possibly can in lots of plastic wrap and a plastic bag for good measure. The insides can get quite juicy, leaving you with a bit of a sloshy mess if you take any mode of transportation other than a hovercraft.
3) This was my first attempt at lattice-work. Make sure you get the dough rolled out thin enough before slicing into strips. And definitely use a pizza cutter for straight lines.

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What Baking Can Do: Make my co-workers super happy! This pie was a big hit. The taste more than made up for the messy presentation (turns out it’s pretty difficult to cut slices of a liquid-y pie). I would totally make this pie again…with a cherry pitter.

 

 

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