New York City is an interesting place. For many reasons but I think one of the biggest ones is because it’s probably one of the few places you can “know” someone without actually really knowing someone.
Confused? Let me explain. I have the perfect example.
Exhibit A) Allison Kave the extremely talented pie maker, author of First Prize Pies, the woman whos recipe I’m sharing with you today, and co-owner of soon to open dessert and craft cocktail bar Butter & Scotch in Brooklyn.
Exhibit B) Me.
Allison and I never officially met. We were both at the Pie Party last year but there were so many people there it was hard to say hello to everyone. We were both at the opening of her mom’s shop Roni-Sue’s Chocolate but you know kind of a big family night. Lastly Allison went to high school with one of my dearest friends and co-workers. Oh and we are both Long Island turned Brooklyn gals. Small world huh? So you can understand why I feel like I know her but I don’t actually.
So once I heard that her book First Prize Pies was coming out, I knew I needed to get a copy of it! I love pie but I’m not the best pie maker in the world. Pastry crust and I don’t exactly have the best relationship and what better time to get some expert help than on pi(e) day?
First off, if you don’t have a copy of the book, run don’t walk to get it (or click my affiliate link above for to buy it). I haven’t fallen for a cookbook this hard in a long time. This is a book for the novice baker to the most expert pie maker. There is something for everyone in here.
Allison starts with your basics – she sets up your pie making kitchen with definitions on everything to expect throughout the book. Next up step by step photos on how to roll your pie crust and make a lattice crust. Two of the most import elements in pie. From there we move on to other types of crusts to reference back at throughout the book.
Now I thought the photos of the pie dough was my favorite until I reached the actual recipes. We are clearly kindred spirits, Allison is baking by season and by month. Want to bake a pie in June with strawberries? There are recipes for that. Apple recipes in October? You bet. However it is just plain old apple pie, these recipes are inventive and thought provoking. You might take a step back at first and then say ‘yes, yes this is going to be awesome.’
I was a little torn on what pie I wanted to try first so I let the decision go to Braden. I gave him three options from March and April and as you can clearly see the Avocado Cream Pie was his choice. Of course at the time, I didn’t realize hey it’s the perfect pie to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day too. Naturally green!
Neither of us knew what to expect from an avocado pie but my oh my it was incredible! Almost a bit like key lime but you still get that sweet, creamy avocado taste. Trust me on this one, you want to make this pie. Plus every other one in First Prize Pies.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of First Prize Pies. No additional compensation was provided and all opinions stated are my own. There are affiliate links contained within this post, which means if you click on them and order through Amazon a small percent helps me with blog related costs.