Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Musings on life and pie

My life and pie go hand in hand.  Maybe it is my Western Michigan roots,
or my Aunt Robin who made me a blueberry pie every year for my birthday,
but for as long as I can remember I have had a long standing love affair with pie. 
Be it apple, peach, cherry or my daughter's favorite strawberry rhubarb,
there is not a fruit pie which I don't like to eat or make.

I remember back to when I was first married almost 16 years ago,
receiving a pie cookbook. Acquiring that book marked a turning point for me,
from a pie eater to a pie baker. 
I devoured it, the way some do with a Julia Child's cookbook,
making recipe after recipe and even now with it's binding broken and
the pages falling out, it is still one of my nearest and dearest friends for
I cut my pie making teeth on it.

When we moved to our home, we planted fruit trees so that I could make pies and jams
from our own yard.  Who knew that within the next fifteen years
we would plant over 50 plus fruit trees, a rambling potager, a plethora of raised beds,
12 laying hens and a coop to boot.  Turning our home and half acre property
into an organic urban farm. Inspired by my Midwestern roots and Grasse in the
South of France we have built our life around cooking and cultivating our food.
One could say that my love of pie
was the seed of this "new" life we now live:
A simple, sustainable, organic farm life,
in the middle of the city.

With all this rain and cold winter weather, I find myself looking forward to the promise of spring
and of all those pies, tarts and jams we will make from our own abundance. 
Here is my favorite recipe using our own Desert Gold peaches.


Boho Farm Peach Pie
6 cups of Ripe Desert Gold peaches, peeled and sliced
1/3 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup to 1cup sugar--depends on how sweet the peaches are that year
2 tablespoons of cold butter, cut into small pieces
Juice of a 1/2 of lemon

Two 9 inch lard pie crusts chilled

preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Combined the peaches, flour, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and mix with your hands gently. 
After all ingredient are mixed evenly, pour into the pie shell and top will the pieces of butter.
Then lattice the top crust.
  Bake for 50 minutes until center is bubbling.



  1. The pie look and sounds delicious. The cutie pie at the end of the post is too adorable!

  2. Yesterday I made a blackberry pie for my Mother In Law's birthday. She prefers pie over cake. My husband's favorite pie is peach! So thank you. I have a recipe I use, but it's always fun to try new ones. And I have a bunch of lard in the freezer from the last pig we purchased and I haven't used any of it. I'm going to try this lard crust.

    So, I want to know how you have time to care for all of those trees and gardens. AND also, the wild berries that you know if they are blackberries or black raspberries? I never know. I'm somewhat new in the fruit growing area. But we picked wild "berries" on our property for the last four years. They are so good and require nothing from us!

    Cindy Bee

  3. Ug. Every time I read one of your posts I have to scratch what I have already planned for my day and go off on a Boho tangent. I'm sitting here craving pie and coffee and wondering what kind I'll make. I've got a ton of blackberries on hand and I've never made a blackberry pie. Hmmm...I wish you could just make me a pie instead. Love you. E.

  4. For some reason I only make pies in the summer, not sure why maybe because that's when all the fresh fruit shows up. The husband loves fruit tarts and I think I'll have to make one for the holidays. Thanks for the idea Caroline!

  5. My husband is a pie lover...I have been planning a surprise pie for his birthday on the 24th! I am going back and forth between pecan and my preferred apple....he loves both!

    Are your peaches cling peaches or freestone?


  6. Baby boys with sticky faces are so much sweeter than even a Boho pie! lol Thanks for sharing.

  7. I wish I could make a beautiful pie as yours. My crusts taste good but just look awful LOL
    Your little guy is just adorable with pie all over his face.

  8. pie making is such a daunting task in my mind. Oh maybe I'll venture off and bake looks to delicious to pass up!?!?

    OH and I thought youd be interested in my "cashmere-soft" throw giveaway!!!


  9. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday.
    Cheers, -susan


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