Sunday, December 6, 2009

Playing Catchup!! October's Winner, November's Roundup and December's Theme

Hi all! This holiday season seems to be shaping up to be a crazy busy one! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying a season of joy and happiness.

My apologies again for not posting the theme and roundup sooner, but other than life just being busy I don't have a lot of explanation for it. So, without further ado here are a few items to take care of.

MASQUERADE PIE WINNER: Congratulations to Catalina at Having Fun in the Kitchen! You will be the hostess for January's theme. Please email your theme choice and description to us before the end of December. Sorry for the delay in the official announcement!

NOVEMBER THEME ROUNDUP - Pumpkin with a Twist Theme! Voting is now open until December 9th.



My Baking Heart



December's Theme! Hosted by June at Sweet Therapie

I'm betting that December is a hectic month in many of YWPWT kitchens,
so I've tried to offer lots of freedom with this one.

The challenge: Create a pie with true holiday spirit - literally.
Whether it be mulled wine, eggnog, bucks fizz or advocaat snowballs...
even office party punch will do! Whatever your country or creed,
whatever your celebrated customs might be, pick a 'poison' for your
pie that brings the holiday season to life for you.

And for any virtuous teetotallers out there (you have my admiration),
feel free to reinterpret this one as you like using any ingredients,
flavours or decorations that bring the holiday spirit out in you. For
example, you might deck your pie with boughs of holly, spice it up
with a gingerbread crust, or whip up a creamy vigin eggnog tart.

Have fun and remember - drink/bake responsibly.
Happy Holidays!


Monday, November 9, 2009

October Roundup & November Theme

So sorry for the delay in posting the roundup for October's Masquerade Pie theme! To find out what their mystery was, please follow the links! Voting will be open til Nov. 12th. Good luck!

I thought I would go ahead and announce the November theme as well (jump to the bottom for the next theme). Entries for November's theme should be emailed by the last day of November. Happy Thanksgiving!

Chaya from Sweet & Savory Says it All

NOVEMBER'S THEME - Pumpkin Pie with a Twist from Judy at Judy's Gross Eats:

I decided on pumpkin pie because of November and Thanksgiving and all.

But not just the usual pumpkin pie. Not the one on the Libbey's can or Grandma's or your traditional pie. I'm looking for pumpkin pie with a twist, something creative and different that would become your new tradition.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Changes in Themes, Changes in Rules - PLEASE READ - IMPORTANT!

First off, congratulations to June from Sweet Therapie who is the winner this month with her Berry Blossom pie! You will be the host for December, so please start thinking of what you would like for your theme and just email us the details by Nov. 1st.

A quick reminder for Judy of Judy's Gross Eats - your pie theme is up for November, so please email that in to us by mid-October if possible. Thanks!

As for a few changes - you probably noticed we are several days late in posting - well, we've been thinking - and have decided to try to make the deadlines easier for all of us to remember. From now on, here (and in the sidebar) will be to send in your photo, link and entry by the last day of the month. That way, the roundup can be posted within a couple of days after that. It usually takes a couple days to get it together, so if the roundup isn't posted, and it is the 1st or even 2nd of the month, email it on in to me and I'll try to get you added!

I'm going to shoot for posting the roundup by the 4th of the month at the latest, winner and new theme to be announced around the 7th. We think that will give everyone a chance to have a few more days to create their pies and hopefully an easier to remember deadline date.

If you have any questions or anything, please let us know! Thanks to all of you who participate regularly and keep us going! Though Susan and I haven't been able to participate in a while, we are thoroughly thrilled and astounded with your creativity and genius each month and love checking it out!

Thanks again and again!

NOW, on to the theme for October! It is a fun and very interesting theme that I think will be challenging, so I think we will all appreciate having until the very end of October to send in your

Hosting this month are Mary at alpineberry and Jeanette at Jeanette's Mommy Musings. This dynamic duo bring us the challenge of the Masquerade Pie - what could be more perfect for the month of Halloween! Here is how they describe the challenge:

"Masquerade Pie" - Make a pie that has a secret.

You can conceal your pie's secret identity (with a robe of dark
chocolate, maybe?) or disguise your pie as one thing when it's really
something else (like a mock apple pie deceptively made with Ritz
crackers instead of apples). You can use a mysterious, unusual or
surprising ingredient in your pie or if you're more inclined to step
out from behind the mask, you can reveal a secret recipe or technique.

Thanks and take care!
-Mary ( and Jeannette

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Vacation Pies Round Up!

Wow! Another Great Round Up! I am constantly amazed by all of the creativity in this group…you have no idea! I hope everyone enjoyed making their pies this round, and I can’t wait to see who you choose as your winner. Remember, only those in the Round Up are eligible to vote, so pick your 3 faves today & tomorrow, and we’ll announce a winner on Friday!  Good Luck!




image Andrew’s First Concert Pie by Carrie

image White Peach Pie by Larie

image Creamy Chocolate Pie byChaya

image Strawberry White Nectarine Cheesecakes by Nicole

image Cinnamon & White Chocolate Mini Pie by Kate of Grin & Bake It

image Oatmeal Pie by Kayla (she’s a first timer here!)

image Strawberry Cream Tart by Jenn of This Little Piggy’s Life

image Baked Alaska Pie by Judy of Judy’s Gross Eats

image Fresh Fig Tart by Mary the Food Librarian

image Berry Blossom Pie by June of Sweet Therapie

image Roasted Tomato, Basil & Goat Cheese Tart by Madam Chow

image Macaroni & Cheese Pie by Adria of Wok Through the Fire

image Vacation Plum Tart by Jane of Many Trades


image Grape Pie-Two Ways by GirliChef

image S’mores Ice Cream Pie by Sara of Cupcake Muffin

image Cannoli Pie by Suz at You Can't Eat What

image Buckeye Pie by Michelle at Something New is Cooking

Again…WOW! Great going, Tarts! Now, Vote!

---Susan aka DoughMessTic

Thursday, August 13, 2009

August Winner & New Theme!

Thanks everyone for coming up with such yummy, nut munching pies! It was a complete droolfest. Officially, Jacque of Daisy Lane Cakes took top honors again, but since she chose the nutty theme to statr with, she passed the honors on to the 2nd Place Pie...which happened to be a 5 way tie! So to be fair, a winner was chosen by - and that winner was JUDY of Judy's Gross Eats! So be thinking there, Judy, and get us your theme!

For our September Pie Round Up, Jenn of Piccante Dolce was the Theme-Picker-Outter---and here's what she has to say...

"As we get into the last month of summer and the last month of many (although not for me) of summer vacations, it seemed only fitting to do a vacation themed pie. This pie should be inspired by a vacation you have taken or hope to take. Whether it's reminiscent of your favorite Caribbean Vacation full of mango and pineapple or a hearty apple pie from a leaf peeping trip in the Fall or a pie that simply reminds you of the people you spent a vacation with, be creative and share your favorite vacation stories and photos along with it!"

Sounds Great Jenn!

So, get those Pie Thinking Caps on and meet us back here on September 8th. Make sure you email your links and pic by midnight on the 7th so that we can get the Round Up done on the 8th, with voting on the 9th & 10th. No excuses this month (even from me) as Labor Day Requires A Pie and we all know how to make one! Happy Baking!

Susan - aka DoughMessTic

Saturday, August 8, 2009

A Nutty Roundup!

What an inspired group of gorgeous nut pies and tarts you all came up with this month!

On to the voting - if you made a pie, vote for your three favorites between now and Monday at 10:00 AM (the time is a bit arbitrary to give some time since I'm just a little bit behind on posting the roundup today).

Thanks to all you amazing tarts for your hard work and gorgeous creations this month!

Love ya!
Holly @ PheMOMenon

Cranberry Almond Tartlettes with Pistachio Crust from Jacque at Daisy Lane Cakes

Chocolate Hazelnut Pie from Jeanette at Jeanette's Mommy Musings

Gruyere, Scallion and Walnut Tart from Judy at Judy's Gross Eats

Mini Maple Walnut Phyllo Tarts from Girlichef

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie from Jessica at My Baking Heart

Sorgham Pie with Pecans, Walnuts, Hazelnuts and Almonds from Alisa at Jane of Many Trades (sorry, no link, Alisa is having trouble with her internet, so she will post when she can)

Orange Chocolate Walnut Tartlette from Jen at Piccante Dolce

Paradise Pie from LilSis

Tipsy Truffle Nut Tart from June at Sweet TheraPie

Take 5 Candy Bar Pie from Kate at Grin and Bake It

Pineapple, Macadamia, Coconut Pie from Adria at Wok Through the Fire

Cherry Tart with Almond Streusel from Mary at alpineberry

Elvis FlufferNutter Pie from Amy at Sing for Your Supper

Mini Apple Pecan Pie from Nic at Bakeologie

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

July Winners & Our Nutty New Theme!

Sorry Tarts for the delay...I bet you all are having as crazy of a summer as I am! Does it seem to you that summer isn't nearl as long as t used to be? I mean, it's the middle of July already!

Congratulaions to ALL of you who paricipated in the Taste of Summer Pie Challenge - they all lookd AMAZING. But you chose your winners - and look who you chose!

Jeannette’s Lemonade Stand Pie and Mary at alpineberry’s Blueberry Hand Pies! Ladies, great job! Please get together over the next few weeks and come up with your choice of challenges for us...we're anxious to see what you think up!

Now...look what Jacque at Daisy Lane Cakes chose for our August challenge!

Nuts about Pie!!

Let’s get creative with nature’s protein and nutrient powerhouse, the humble nut. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, pistachios… whatever you chose, let’s use nuts as a prominent feature in next month’s pie. Whether it’s a nut-based shell that perfectly complements the filling, or a nut-studded filling, I can’t wait to see what all you creative bakers come up with.

Don’t forget about coconut, which is a nut too, right?

And for those with nut allergies, feel free to use substitutions… or skip the nuts and get artistic with peanut shaped crust… or whatever. Be creative! Whatever you do, have fun and we’ll see you next month!
Let's all post by August 7th, and voting will run from August 8-9th. Don't forget to send a thumbnail and permalink to your post to PiesWithThat at gmail dot com to be added to the Round Up. Anyone out there not on the Sidebar who wants to be? Please email! Can't wait to see these pies!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Taste of Summer Pie Roundup

Summertime and the livin' is easy...

Thanks soooo much to everyone for such amazing participation this round! This was an awesome theme (which I am so sad I missed, but just couldn't get my act together this month).

Anyway, here are all you superstars who did have your acts together quite nicely! Please vote for your three favorites if you participated this month. We will tally the votes by the end of tomorrow (the 10th) and announce the winner and the next theme.

Happy Summer!



Chocolate Cream Pie by Madam Chow of Madam Chow’s Kitchen

Sweet Cherry Apple Pie from Jen at Piccante Dolce

Frozen Mango Coconut Key Lime Pie from Libby at The Allergic Kid

Sweet Cherry Pie from Irene at Confessions of a Tart

Donut Peach Galette by Mary, The Food Librarian

Fresh Fruit Tart by Jacque at Daisy Lane Cakes

Watermelon Ice Cream Pie by Debb Marie at Let Them Eat Cake… and All Things Baked!

Neopolitan Chipwich Ice Cream Pie by Suz at You Can’t Eat What?

Chocolate Raspberry Marzipan Pie by Karen (aka Baking Soda) at Bake My Day!

Nutty Buddy® Mini Pies by Rebecca at Ezra Poundcake

Simple Peach Pie by Caroline at Daily Blue Plate Special

Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart by Kelly at Baking with the Boys

Lime-Cream Boysenberry Pie by Judy at Judy’s Gross Eats

Strawberry –Banana Rhubarb Pie from Sarah of What Smells So Good?

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake by Kate at Grin and Bake It

Peach-Thai Basil Tart with an Almond and Black Sugar Crust by Alisa at Jane of Many Trades

Blueberry Hand Pies by Mary at AlpineBerry

Summer Key Lime Pie by Anne Strawberry

Boozy Summer Strawberry Tart by Amy of Sing For Your Supper

Key Lime Pie by Jayma of Two Scientists Experimenting in the Kitchen

Individual Asparagus Manchego Tart by Sara at Cupcake Muffin

Lemonade Stand Pie by Jeanette at Jeanette Mommy Musings

Coconut-Rum Key Lime Pie by Jessica at My Baking Heart