Summer Baking Delights: The Great American Pie

31 Jul

Cooking pie with your sweetie pie is more than pie in the sky, especially if it’s with the apple of your eye! My poetic musing simply reflects the inspiration behind this blog post — a Sunday afternoon of baking with my son!

Mama, shush! Don’t move — don’t even breath! If we’re real quiet we can hear the corn grow — it’s a warm, hot summer night!

After falling asleep to such adorable words, uttered in earnest by my cuddling 7-year-old, waking up to a day with family and baking a rhubarb pie was the kind of stuff that all-American summer dreams are made of.

The down-home comfort was only deepened as I visited my mom’s ladder shelf to pull out my two favorite cookbooks of hers — as you can see they are deeply loved and well-used books, vintage now at this point in their life span.

And, most likely between the pages, the books possess enough collective dashes of flour and spices to bake their own cakes!

Between the McCall’s Cook Book and American Family Cookbook, as well as an online search, I combined my favorite elements from a couple recipes and came up with me own — delish!

I invite you to make your own memories with this recipe, too!

Robin’s Strawberry & Rhubarb Pie

1 ½ c. Strawberries
4 c. Rhubarb
1 teas. grated orange peel

1 c. sugar
½ c. flour
¼ teas. salt
½ teas. nutmeg

1. Pre-heat oven to 400F
2. Blend the dry ingredients
3. Mix the fruit together
4. Stir dry mixture into fruit
5. Pour fruit filling into pie crust
6. Top fruit filling with 2 Tbl. butter
7. Cover with lattice or vented pie shell
8. Cover top pie shell with egg white & sanding sugar
9. Bake for 50- to 55-minutes

In honor of such great memories, I headed over to eBay to find what cool things a “vintage” + “pie” search might turn up, and here are the my most favorite finds! I hope you will make some of these all-too cute items yours just in time to serve-up your cooling summer pie!

Oak Wicker Picnic Basket with Pie Tray: $24.99

Vintage Oak Picnic Basket

Vintage Pie Cookbook: $12.95 (4 available)

Vintage Pie Cookbook

Vintage Pie Saver Carrier: $69

Vintage Pie Saver Carrier

Vintage Pie Safe: $19.99

Vintage Pie Safe

Strawberry Pie Dish: $29.99

Vintage Strawberry Pie Dish

Pedestal Pie Plate: $16.49

Pedestal Pie Stand

Six-Side Pie Pans: $9.99
Vintage Six-Side Pie Pans


2 Responses to “Summer Baking Delights: The Great American Pie”

  1. Dawn August 1, 2011 at 7:36 AM #

    Robin, I am getting hungry just looking at those pics…your son is so adorable and photogenic! I’ve never attempted a strawberry-rhubarb pie, but am now giving it serious thought (of course, I’d have to make my crust gluten-free) Enjoy the height of this glorious summer season with good food and friends and family. I LOVE your mom’s cookbooks. I have a few of my mom’s, too, which I treasure: The big red-and-white-checked _Better Homes and Gardens NEW Cookbook_, _The Vegetarian Epicure_ and The Art of Sicilan Cooking_. Yum-yum!

    Since we be chit-chattin’ ’bout food y’all, thought I’d mention that today is Lammas, the Bread-Loaf fesitival, the celebration of “First Fruits” or “First Havest” om the old agrarian/Celtic-Pagan wheel of the year. Happy Lammas to your and yours, with Blessings of Abundance and Good Harvest!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic August 4, 2011 at 2:22 PM #

      Dawn, Happy Lammas to you, too! Thanks for sharing the details on such a beautiful holiday with us …

      Yes, my mom’s cook books are amazing — just filled with good old fashioned cooking wisdom!! And, i totally know two of your three favorites (Better Homes & Gardens, and The Vegeterian Epicure). And, do let me know how the pie turns out if you do decide to go for your first strawberry-rhubarb! (And, thank you — my child is a special person! But don’t all mothers say that??!)


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