Posts in the category: Pies

No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Toasted Meringue

No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie with Toasted Meringue Recipe // @nicoledula

I’ve had this pie bookmarked from Bon Appétit since I first laid heart-eyes on it. It’s a rich chocolate pudding pie in a chocolate cookie crust with a torched meringue topping. Can you even? Marc was out of town for work the week of his birthday, so I schemed to make this for his return. He loves chocolate pudding and his birthday was just the excuse I needed to get out the blow torch. By complete stroke of luck, it also happens to be Pi Day and here I have one of the prettiest pies to come out of my… Continue reading

Sour Cherry + Yellow Plum Galette

I make at least one galette every summer with the prettiest summer fruit I can find. This time I found sour cherries and little yellow plums. I use my favorite pâte brisée and I always make a double batch. An extra pie crust in the freezer is a beautiful thing. In an effort to not overwork the dough, I left some cracks in the dough and I had a major leak of all the wonderful juices. The galette still tasted delicious, but it’s tastier when the juices bubble up and get thick among the fruit. And cleaning up burnt fruit… Continue reading

Blueberry Nectarine Galette

Blueberry Nectarine Galette Recipe // @nicoledula

I’ve decided that galettes are my favorite food. They’re pretty no-fuss to make, adaptable to the seasons and always the most beautiful things to ever come out of my oven. How could they not be? The fruit bubbles up and glistens as it cools. The free-form crust of the galette ensures there’s no two alike, but each one is rustic and charming. I love that. They don’t last long in our home and they are the sole reason I keep a spare pie crust in my freezer. You know, for galette emergencies. I found some beautiful nectarines at the farmers… Continue reading

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie with Chevron Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

This pie was a little miracle that happened while we were visiting the west side of Michigan recently. My sister-in-law and I made plans to walk to the farmers market and do a little browsing and buying without anything particular in mind. The Holland farmers market has a great selection of produce and flowers, so it doesn’t even make sense to have much of a plan. The peonies were clearly the star of the market and Bethany chose a bouquet of deep fuchsia peonies to take home. Aren’t these succulents great? They were planted in cement containers and I just… Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie with a Lattice Double Crust

Are you ready for some serious photos of apple pie? My sister-in-law Meg is a major pie-lover and wanted me to show her how to make a pie. One Saturday she came over for a pie-a-thon while the boys did something boyish. We ended up with three apple pies, one for Meg, one for me and one for friends that had kindly given us apples from their apple tree. Our Saturday started with gray skies and a mist of rain. We stopped at the farmers market with the hoods on our coats up, looking for Michigan honey crisp apples and… Continue reading

Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies

Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies Recipe // Dula Notes

Cherries are a pretty big deal in Michigan. Traverse City has a huge cherry festival every year and yet, I only had access to sweet cherries my whole life. As a life-long Michigan girl, I owed it to myself and all of Michigan (uh…) to find some sour cherries. The search began two summers ago and I quickly found out it wasn’t going to be an easy task. Who could I give my Michigan credentials to and find the secret stash of tart cherries? Seriously. Last year, Meg and I went strawberry picking at an orchard nearby and I discovered that they… Continue reading

Peach Rhubarb Galette

Peach Rhubarb Galette Recipe // Dula Notes

You guys! I have so much to tell you about this galette! I never planned to blog about it, but I took a few phone photos because galettes are among the prettiest things to see in the world. It was so tasty that I need to urge you to make it, too. It was my Dad’s birthday on Saturday and he spent 3 hours of it driving to come see me. I quickly realized I needed to have a birthday dessert ready for him. I mean, last year I made him this Banana Coconut Cream Pie and I was under a bit… Continue reading

Kabocha Squash Pie

Kabocha Squash Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

This was my first time making “pumpkin” pie and as you can see, it isn’t even pumpkin. I grew up disliking pumpkin pie for a couple of reasons. My Mom never made it because she disliked it. Maybe the more significant reason is that I had only tried a bite or two of store-bought pumpkin pies at random events or gatherings and those bites were nothing special. I just put pumpkin pie in my dislike column. Marc and I first started dating in October, several years ago now,  and it wasn’t long into the relationship before my future mother-in-law was… Continue reading

Blueberry Refrigerator Pie

Blueberry Refrigerator Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

We’re at that crossroads where summer is still everywhere at the market, but the signs of fall are unmistakable. You may be craving pumpkin, soup, roasts or spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that seem to get more use in fall and winter. Today, I have a refrigerator pie with the last of my Michigan blueberries. If you’re a bit disappointed, wrap yourself in your fuzziest blanket or make yourself a cup of tea and let’s talk pie. Ashley English created a fantastic cookbook called, A Year of Pies, that arranges a collection of beautiful sweet and savory pies by season. The cookbook… Continue reading