Victory ala Mode: Recipes from the First Annual South Side Pie Challenge
Bourbon Cherry Pie by Sooj Youn and Domique PerrasBourbon Cherry Pie won an Honorable Mention in the Fruit Pie Category
Joe's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie by John AldapeJohn Aldape, judge, sweet potato/pumpkin category. John is the general manager of Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab, and their official pie taster.
Two Brothers Chocolate Moose-Goose PieThis dessert was whipped up by Gabriel and Nolan Issa (ages 8 and 10).
Cinnamon Apple Pie with Whole Wheat butter Crust by Peggy SandersAny variety of baking apple will work for pie; adjust the amount of sugar to accommodate the sweetness or tartness of the apples, and be generous with cinnamon!" I like to roll my crust thin to minimize the amount of crust
Chocolate Chip ExtremeChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Crust with a Chocolate Filling This pie was created by the Peach Room Pre-School class at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School.
Autumn Falling Leaves Pumpkin Pie by Sofia KlibadzeAutumn Falling Leaves won First Place in the Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Pie Category
Yum Chocolate Pie by Andrew HowardYum to Second Prize in the Creme Pie Category. My sister made this for me a few years back, and I was blown away by how good it tasted and how little time it took her to make it. It works equally well with either a graham cracker crust or a flourcrust.
DePaul's DeLightful, DeLicious, & DeLovely by Brian Barker, Skylar Garland and Victoria Van Kirk PridePecan Pie…… Too predictable, surprise your guest’s pallet this holiday season with our DeLightful, DeLicious, & DeLovely Hazelnet Chocolate Bourbon Pie 'DeLovely' took Third Place in the Nut Pie Category
Shawn Greene's Curry Pumpkin PieThis pie, also known as "Cucurbita Curry in a Hurry" won Second Place in the Pumpkin/Sweet Potato Pie Category
Made-with-a-Pumpkin Pumpkin Pie by Susan CartonHonorable Mention in the Pumking/Sweet Potato Pie Category. A light touch with the crust, a heavy hand with the pumpkin makes for a delicious dessert. The pie crust is straight out of Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volume I The filling is adapted from joyofbaking.com
Pandas' Favorite Pie by Kaylan & Finn Agarwala creamy, dreamy Oreo cream pie (first pie to be completely gone at the 2012 South Side Pie Challenge - so perhaps the people's favorite...?)
Mississippi Mud Pie by Deborah and Nora MolaskyMississippi Mud won Third Prize in the Creme Pie Category. Deborah says "My mom found this recipe in the Chicago Tribune in 1981."
Apple Suprise Pie by Clair SmithClair's caramel and apple pie took Second Prize in the Fruit Pie Category.
Not Your Average Apple Pie by Jessica HenningBased off of Katie Aylsworth’s Zucchini Crisp My grandparents have a wonderful garden that produces a bounty of large zucchinis each year. These zucchinis always make it back from Michigan with me and have been the source of many delicious baked goods. This recipe is based off of a zucchini crisp my grandmother, Katie Aylsworth, created! A creative way to repurpose zucchinis! Happy Baking!
Harriet A Butterscotch Pie by Sharon BrinkmanHarriet won First Prize in the Creme Pie Category. Adapted from the November 2002 Better Homes and Gardens
Black and Blue Mango Pie by Chris AndrewsChris makes this pie every year to mark the end of Spring Quarter -- and to feed a crew of hungry physiology TAs-- in the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago. From Great Pies & Tarts by Carol Walter, Clarkson Potter Publishers
Peach Pie with Pecan Crumble by Adrienne BlumthalAdrienne Blumenthal, judge, nut category. Adrienne completed pastry training and is the owner of Pie Box.
Parent's Pie, A Double Crust Peach Pie by Bethanie SmithThis is the recipe that was passed on from my maternal grandmother to my dad (her son-in-law). My grandmother's children have never learned how to bake- because my grandmother does not measure her ingredients- she just "eye balls" it and it is very difficult to get the recipes just right, so they are happy to allow her to bake all of the goodies! The following recipe is the best version that my dad has come up with while watching and assisting my grandmother in the kitchen.
Miss Sheila Clay I Love You Day Sweet Potato PieMiss Clay's pie took Third Place in the Pumkin/Sweet Potato Category. Please try to pick beautiful sweet potatoes not yams. Because sweet potatoes look real smooth, pretty with a few indentations of dots on them, and plump. In the palms of your lovely hands they will make you smile. Our sweet potatoes were eaten in the South by Slaves and reminded them of yams that they also ate from Africa on their journey. The African-American incorporated the sweet potato that is a part of our history. It is my healthy sweet potatoes that I enjoy and love on my journey.
Fifty-two bakers brought us their best, and eight judges carefully considered them. We organizers were thrilled with the response we got to our call for bakers. The day of the Pie Challenge was a wonderful community gathering at a local grade school. Hundreds of folks came out to eat pie, helping us raise money for a good cause: $2000 for the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Programs. Twenty-two of our entrants submitted their recipes for our e-book, which was prepared by Susan Carton.
We hope you enjoy perusing this collection and find some new favorites for your own family gatherings.
Julie Vassilatos and Kate Agarwal, South Side Pie Challenge co-organizers
Susan Carton, South Side Pie Challenge cookbook coordinator