Saturday, November 14, 2009
BEST PIE IN THE WORLD - AND CUPCAKES
After thinking about doing this for awhile (why the delay???) we found our way up to a little pie shop in a continguous city (Dewitt); it took all of ten minutes to get there. This little shop is called "Sweetie-licious Pie Pantry" and it is the cutest thing on earth, very retro and charming.
I read about the owner a couple of years ago in FAITH magazine. Sad thing is I don't quite remember the story, except that her faith helped her work her way out of a sad situation, and into this life she loves. After they did the article, I was prompted again to visit the shop, when I read that she had won the first place three years' running in the Crisco National Pie Championships! And she recently won First Place in the Food Network Pie Challenge.
Frankly, I believe I make a good pie, and I learned from my mom who makes a good pie - so we went up there expecting a good pie, but reserving wild-eyed praise. (My mother still left saying something along the lines of, "But they (the judges) have never tasted your Buttermilk Pie!") Yet, we were wowed. I had the prize-winner pie - the Very Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie. The two "cherries" in the title refer to fresh cherries and dried cherries, and I have to say those dried cherries in there were magnificent. Also - the crust was spectacular, if I do say so myself.
TOTAL WEIRD ASIDE: His cupcakes were more adorable than the ten that I made to take to Zhen's class for his birthday yesterday, which the dog ate while I went out to pick the kids up from skating. But mine were cute, too and - yes; the dog ate TEN of those cupcakes...and it took me a while to believe it because she made NO MESS whatsoever. No smear of frosting, no crumbs (I couldn't eat one without crumbs)! Of course, the difference between the dog and me is that she ate hers with paper on! And half of them had foil cupcake holders (or whatever you call them)..
Anyway, no bakery compliments for me - I had to go to the store and buy Russian candy to take to his class for a birthday treat because I didn't have time to make more cupcakes. And the dog never got sick! That might be the strangest thing of all!!!