Pie Recipes of the Champions

Thanksgiving’s over but I haven’t lost my newfound interest in pie. I even watched a National Pie Cook-Off “Challenge” episode last night while I was on the treadmill. It was actually more interesting to me than the cake challenges because making a good pie is something I (we) baking enthusiasts can aspire to, whereas making those 3-dimensional realistic cakes requires artistic giftedness. To make a good pie, you just need an interest in baking, a good solid recipe and lots of practice. Or so it would seem. Pie bakers might tell you it also requires love and dedication, and who can argue with that?

So hats off to all the pie champions out there!

This morning, still thinking about the pies from last night, I found a great recipe source – The National Pie Council Website. Here’s a link directly to the list of 2009 Pie Contest Winners, some of which have links to the recipes. Dawn’s incredible apple pie is among them, of course. And there are lots of others that might be fun to make for the holidays.

I’ll see if I can round up a few more winners from years past. These were all in one place, but there’s a smattering of Championship recipes around the Internet.

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  1. says

    I, too, have a new interest in pies. Neither of my coconut pies that I made for Thanksgiving turned out well (they were my first ever) so I am determined to get it right. Both recipes were from Emeril. I looked at your coconut pie recipe in your archives just now and I see that it had a tad more cornstarch than both of my recipes did. I am definitely going to try my hand at pie making again. I am looking for the ultimate coconut cream pie with intense coconut flavor in the custard part. I think I am going to cross some recipes and come up with my own.

  2. gloria says

    I noticed Bev Johnson from Minnesota won for her Butterscotch Pecan Apple Pie. I’ve seen her name on State Fair winning entries. Thank you for this post, I enjoyed reading some of the recipe links.

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