Pies I baked and never blogged

I just ran a marathon. It was amazing, horrible, fun, so hard and by far the most challenging physical thing I’ve done in my life. I can’t wait for the next one (in February.) I have a ton that I want to say about the experience, but I’m tired and weirdly sort of emotional about the whole thing so I think I’d better wait until tomorrow.

In the meantime, please enjoy these pies I baked and never blogged. Work was bananas the last couple month – busy to the point where I honestly didn’t have time to think about this blog. Luckily, I did have time to bake.(It’s my favorite de-stresser activity and I was plenty stressed out so there were pies.)

First off, a pie that I neglected to photograph. I went through a vegan attempt earlier this year – not going so well at the moment – and so I wanted to make vegan pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. You might remember these beautiful babies from October during my bout with pneumonia. Well I turned them into homemade puree via this recipe from No Meat Athlete and then into this pie, also via NMA.

I have to say it was… kind bad. I definitely did something wrong because it was really dark and weird-looking and I also think the cashew butter was just too much. I plan on making pumpkin pie again this winter (my Papa loves it so I’m trying to figure out a way to make it low sugar or sugar-free for him) but I’ll probably use the traditional ingredients. I just couldn’t get the right creaminess. I made it for Thanksgiving and only two slices got eaten. That’s not normal for my pie and super not normal for Oliver and his brother. So – bad pie.

Luckily, earlier in the month for my friend Ren’s annual “friend thanksgiving” I made this apple pie and I was really pleased with it:

I definitely ate the leftovers with my hands the following Monday at work because I'm real classy.

I used my typical extra flaky crust recipe and for the insides used three variety of apples (just seasonal local ones), pumpkin pie spice (just a pinch -weird but good), a bit of cinnamon and some sugar. I really liked the mix of apple flavors and spices. I highly recommend it, but I’ll have to bake and more carefully blog another because I can’t remember all the steps now.

Good pie, bad blogger.

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