Gluten-Free Coconut Ginger Pineapple Pie

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Pies are kind of my thing, hence my business being named P3: Polifroni PIES and Pizzas. They are my favorite thing to make.

When I started working and researching to make a gluten-free pie cookbook last Spring, I found a recipe for pineapple pie.

I had never made a pineapple pie. Or really saw one. Or really heard of one.

It’s been in the back of my mind ever since to try.

And Saturday, my mother-in-law planned a little cook-out and I thought what better time to try the pie then now!

I had some unsweetened shredded coconut in the cabinet, which I thought would be a great addition to the tropical fruit.

I also thought that ginger added to the pie filling would be a nice subtle addition.

I also don’t know where my pie pan is (I usually make mini pies for my business), so I decided to make a deep dish pie, using a spring-pan (I have lots of those pans since I made 9 cheesecakes last year for our wedding reception). Plus that morning I saw a deep-dish pie on my Pinterest. I really want some mini spring pans to try mini deep-dishes!

And as for decoration, I couldn’t flute a border since I wasn’t using a standard pie pan. I decided to try and mimic the outside texture of a pineapple for a border. I didn’t know how it would bake with such an open top, so I decided to add some lettering. I once saw one tagged with a ‘humble’ label and I thought that would be a nice addition.

Verdict: delicious.

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Gluten-Free Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

20170714_133253Happy Wednesday All! Monday I posted a recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream. Now I am sharing the rest of the stuff. I chose to sandwich the ice cream between two mini pies. Something that has been on my list for about 2 years now. I had to find the right time. Really I think I had to wait for the opportunity to use an actual ice cream maker.

The biggest challenge, actually, was deciding what flavor to make, because I had soooooooooooooo many ideas:

  • Raspberry pies with Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Blueberry with a Lemon Curd Swirl Ice Cream
  • Rhubarb with Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Strawberry with White Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Strawberry with Banana Ice Cream
  • Almond Butter/Chocolate with Banana Ice Cream, rolled in Candied Bacon
  • Cinnamon Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Matcha with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Peach with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Cherry pies with Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Key Lime with Vanilla Ice Cream, Rolled in Graham Cracker Crumbles
  • Lemon with Vanilla Ice Cream & a Toasted Meringue siding
  • Jelly Filled with Almond Butter (or Cashew Butter) Ice Cream
  • German Chocolate Pies with Caramel +Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Espresso pies with Salted Caramel Ice Cream
  • Pineapple pies with Mango Ice Cream, rolled in Toasted Coconut
  • Apple with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

……………………….and I could keep going.

See how my brain works? Sometimes I suffer with too much creativity and too many ideas. Which is not a bad thing. I am very thankful and blessed to have so much creativity.

When I have to make a choice of what to make it can be a tiny bit overwhelming picking which idea to run with.

So I went into the store not anticipating that I was even going to attempt this recipe. Blackberry were on sale. WINNER. I selected them and ran with it as the pie inspiration. Chocolate seemed to be the natural pairing to me. Granted I did contemplate a Honey Lavender Ice Cream (maybe later). Continue reading “Gluten-Free Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches”

Strawberry Pie Bites

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I saw little bites like this, probably about a year ago. I have been waiting for the perfect moment to try them. I think part of what held me back was uncertainty. I wasn’t sure if my dough would hold up. Sometimes it is softer, so I wasn’t sure if the shape would hold.

I put it on my market menu, holding myself then for actually making them.

I was determined. So I started brainstorming on how to remedy my problem. I cut down the amount of butter. And refrigerated the dough long enough. And this did the trick. I was able to shape them perfectly. I placed them in the freezer to keep the shape. Filled each little well with strawberry filling. And stuck them back in the freezer. I have learned with making gluten-free pies, freezing is my friend. I freeze to keep shape. Plus this helps me stay organized. I prep my pies during the week, working on them a little here and a little there. Then on Friday’s all I have to do is bake them fresh. This means I no longer spend all day prepping and baking. I feel less rushed. And I am able to give greater focus and energy to what I’m making. Plus I get to give each pie the attention it needs each time I work on them. I walk away feeling like I have truly done my best.

My vote is that I loved these little bites, if I did them again I would probably make them a tiny bit smaller. But I like the proportion of filling to salty, flaky crust. It’s my kind of thing. Plus one little bite, makes you feel treated without feeling guilty.

Strawberry Pie Bites

  • 1 patch of Paleo Pie Dough
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

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Cherry Cheesecake Pie

imag2412Cherries are my favorite food…..EVER. Cheesecake is my dessert weakness. My grandmother made me cherry cheesecake for my birthday every year instead of cake (another fact about me is a hate cake, which is ironic because I used to be really into cake decorating there for a while). I am a pie girl. My company is a pie and pizza based bakery. Pies are my thing. So…………. A cherry cheesecake pie is a perfect fit. Oh my gosh the idea of it, itself made me super geeked to try it. I wanted to bake it Monday when I get ingredients, but I had to wait until I was prepping for my market. The agony of waiting killed and I may have rushed cooking it a smidge, like maybe I should have cooled the cheesecake longer before putting the cherry on. It would have been prettier, but it did not have an effect on taste.

These pies were PERFECT. And with Valentine’s Day approaching next week, this could be a perfect little treat for you and someone you love, and fit your gluten-free lifestyle. Cut this recipe in half and make personal mini pies if you want. This one here, is one of four that my half batch made.

Stay tuned because I’ll have more to come on the V-Day dessert front. Think chocolate raspberry pies baked in mason jars (the cuteness levels are off the charts) and chocolate pavlova cakes…….plus more.

Cherry Cheesecake Pie

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My Top 20 Favorite All-Time Recipes

Yesterday I shared 10 of my favorite all-time recipes I have posted (click the link to check it). I have posted so many ->170<- so I couldn’t just pick 10! I have selected 29 of my favorites, plus one of my brand new favorites.

Today I will share with you 10 MORE of my favorites! I hope you enjoy and of course stayed tune later this week for even more.

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S’Mores Pie

This recipe actually fueled my fire to start my own business. I had had an awakening hike in Colorado, revealing my calling to have my own cooking business. A month later, I brought this pie to Thanksgiving. Everyone raved about it, “why are you training those kettlebells, you should have your own bakery?” This was the encouragement I needed. A nod to go for it. So I started posting recipes. Then I got into our local farmer’s market. I have been gradually building it ever since.

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We ate a lot of potatoes growing up, but I haven’t eaten them in years. I do enjoy playing around with alternatives. I had never eaten or heard of a rutabaga before I started really experimenting and playing around with new foods and recipes. And to this day rutabaga make my favorite fries! Sometimes I’ll use my crinkle cutter and make them look legit.

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GF Hot Chocolate Pie

15622123_591421544401807_2452935557378638982_nI’ve been trying lately to post more savory recipes and things that I actually eat, but sometimes you’ve got to treat yourself. And although I made this for a market, and I don’t typically share recipes that I sell, I decided to make an exception since I won’t be making them for another year.

It is winter after all, and hot chocolate cravings are real. On cold, icy, rainy or snowy days I want something hot to drink (usually I am a hot tea or coffee girl. But sometimes you feel a little nostalgic. You want to feel like that child version of yourself. The one who loved winter. Especially snow days. And who would try to be out there sledding even with the tiniest bit of snow. Who loved a good snow ball fight or to build snowmen or forts. Who enjoyed the thrill flying down a hill (usually slightly out of control) at top speed, seeing how far you can go. Laughing and smiling effortlessly. Worn out and rosy-cheeked by the time you were done, you were begging your parents (or grandparents) for some hot chocolate.

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French Silk Pie

14666071_10101462467650373_3730586706093272640_nPies are my thing. I love to make them. I worked at a pie company. I have changed my company to focus mostly on gluten-free pies and tarts. I have not made a French silk. I have made loads (hundreds) of chocolate cream pies, but not a French Silk.

Someone commented on one of my market pie photos that they needed a gluten-free French Silk recipes, finally I have had an opening in my schedule to do some work on my own stuff and to give this a shot.

Needless to say, I am always grateful for suggestions, especially when it is something I’ve never done and it can help someone else!

French Silk Pie
Crusts (Your Favorite Recipe, sorry no post on mine since I use and sell it)

Filling:

  • 2 oz. melted Enjoy Life Chocolate
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup ghee, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 local, pasture-raised eggs

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.

Roll out crust with a rolling pin. Cut out with a flower cookie cutter. Press into a greased mini muffin pan. Bake for 7 minutes. If they begin to puff, stick a fork in them. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

For the filling melt the chocolate. Allow to cool. Pulse coconut sugar in a processor until it is super, duper fine. Cream this with the butter in a stand-up mixer. Pour in the cooled chocolate. Scrape the sides. Add vanilla and mix on low. Add in one of the eggs. Mix on high for 5 minutes. Do the same with the second egg. Spoon into crusts and allow at least 2 hours to set-up.

Whip the coconut cream on high. Once it has begun to thicken add the vanilla and honey (or maple). Keep whipping until stiff peaks form. Pipe this onto the mini pies. Garnish with chopped chocolate.img_20161021_172115