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Remember how I said that the eggnog pie recipe I found took a long time to bake up and made too much filling for the pie?  Well, I did some tweaking, and came up with something I think is even more delicious.  Here it is:

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cups eggnog

3 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 cup melted butter

Mix together.  Roll out your crust and put in a 9-inch pie pan, then pour in the filling.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Try it out and tell me what you think!

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Holiday Recap

I know it’s been a month since Christmas, but it’s taken me a bit to recover from the holidays.  There was a LOT of pie going on then.  I made pies-in-jars for a bunch of our relatives, including J’s sister, dad, mom, and stepsisters, and also for our neighbor/daycare provider.  I tried to make a mix of pies for everyone, including pecan, eggnog, pumpkin, and some fruit-and-cream pies.  Then I found some little inexpensive coolers online, and packed them up for everyone.  I even made labels for all of them with cooking instructions.

One of the best things about making pie is that people like it, and they give you lots of positive feedback about it.  All of the family members who have tried my pies have told me how delicious they are.  J’s dad even told me that he would like to order a gross of them.  I’ve told everyone I’ve given them to that if they bring me back the jars, I’ll replace them with more pies.

For Christmas, J’s sister gave me a book of pie recipes, called Mrs. Rowe’s Little Book of Southern Pies.  It has some really charming pie recipes, old school down-home ones and also elegant-looking ones.  It also has advice on technique, and several good-looking crust recipes.  The only pie I’ve had time to try so far is the Caramel Apple Nut pie.  I made it for J’s cousin Rachel and her two teenage kids, who came over to babysit for our son a couple of weekends ago.  They all said they loved it.  The apples came out firmer than in a traditional pie, which they said they liked about it.

In other pie news, I’m planning to host a pie-making workshop as a fundraiser for the March for Babies.  Those of you who don’t know me personally might not know that my son was a preemie, and that the March of Dimes does amazing work around healthy pregnancies and neonatal care.  Their main fundraising event is the March for Babies, and this is the second year that I’ll be organizing a family team.  I’m calling my pie event “Pies for Preemies,” and will be asking for a $10 donation from those who attend.  Those of you who know me and are interested in learning how to make pie, drop me a line and I’ll put you on the guest list!

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