Berry Lemon Party Pot Pies with Vanilla Chantilly Cream

These darling little pot pies are perfect for any party. Easy to make and so easy to love! ~Amy

Berry Party Pot Pies with Vanilla Chantilly Cream

4 lbs mixed berries, frozen or fresh
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
Fine zest from 1 large
Pinch of salt

1 recipe double crust pie dough
1 egg + 1 tbsp water, mixed
Sugar crystals

16-18 foil creme brûlée ramekins*
Fluted cutters

Heat oven to 400 degrees

Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Set aside

In a large bowl, place berries. Sprinkle sugar over the top. Add cornstarch, zest and salt. Mix well. Place about 2/3 cup of berries into foil tins.

Roll out dough evenly. Cut pie tops with 3 inch fluted circle cutter. Cut hole in the center with 1/2 inch fluted circle cutter. Place on top of berries, pressing gently around the edges to seal. Brush with egg mixture and sprinkle generously with sugar. Place on baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, and berries are thick and bubbly. About 40 minutes.

Remove from baking tray while still warm and cool on cooling rack.

Serve with Vanilla Chantilly Cream or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Chantilly Cream:

1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Whip ingredients to soft peaks. Use immediately.

Recipes by Amy Richardson


Cranberry Vanilla Iced Slab Pie

Cranberries are so tart, you just need sugar, lots of sugar. So good, this classic slab pie will sweeten up your holiday table! ~Amy

Cranberry Vanilla Iced Slab Pie

1 Double crust pastry

7 cups cranberries, rinsed and sorted
2 3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces

Half and half
Crystal sugar

9×13 tart pan, 1/2 size baking sheet or jelly roll pan.

Heat 375 degrees

Roll crust into a rectangle to fit pan size, leaving a little extra for over hang.

In a large bowl. Toss together cranberries, sugar cornstarch, orange juice, vanilla and salt. Pour into prepared crust. Dot with butter.
Roll remaining crust into rectangle. Place on top of tart. Trim and seal edges. Brush with half and half and sprinkle with crystal sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
Remove from oven and cool slightly. Sprinkle with orange zest if desired and drizzle with glaze.

Vanilla Icing:

Vanilla icing:

1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Orange zest, optional

Beat butter, 1 cup of the sugar, and milk until smooth. Add vanilla, beat again. Add remaining sugar and beat until light. Warm slightly to drizzle.

Makes 10-12 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Bourbon Vanilla Sugar Cream Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

Sugar Cream Pie is a rich custard pie, made from simple ingredients. It dates back to the early 1800’s and is also known as Indiana Sugar Cream and Hoosier Pie. I have added bourbon vanilla and topped each piece with Maple Whipped Cream for a tasty twist on this old fashioned forgotten pie!~Amy

Bourbon Vanilla Sugar Cream Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

1 single 8 inch pastry crust

1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half and half
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp Nielsen Massey Bourbon Vanilla
2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 tsp salt

Place large baking sheet in oven.
Heat oven to 425 degrees.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together cream, half and half, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt, until smooth. Pour into prepared crust top with butter pieces, and carefully place on hot baking sheet.
Cook for 10 minutes on 425 degrees.
Lower oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 55 minutes.
Cover edges if necessary. Center will still be soft, but will firm as it cools.

Serve at room temperature, or chilled. With Maple Whipped Cream.

Recipe adapted by Amy Richardson

Maple Whipped Cream:

1 cup whipping cream
1/4 maple syrup

Place ingredients into medium sized bowl, with an electric mix on high, beat until soft peaks

Makes 2- 2 1/4 cups

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Old Fashionted Black Bottom Toasted Oatmeal Slab Pie!

This old fashioned pie dates back to the Civil War. With pecans a rarity they substituted oats. I add a little chocolate to make it a black bottom pie. It tastes like a warm, gooey, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookie. So good! Give it a try, I don’t think you will be disappointed! ~Amy

Old Fashioned Black Bottom Toasted Oatmeal Slab Pie

1 recipe single pie crust,

1/2 cup semi or bitter sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, toasted
3 eggs
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup corn syrup
4 tbsp butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp coarse salt

Line 9inch pie plate or tart pan with pie crust.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spread oats evenly into baking sheet. Toast for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.

Sprinkle chocolate evenly over the bottom crust. Place in refrigerator.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together, eggs, brown sugar, maple and corn syrups, melted butter, vinegar, vanilla and salt.

Stir in oats and pour evenly into crust.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm with vanilla whipped or ice cream.

Makes 9 servings

Recipe by Amy Richardson

End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!

You’re pie party is just a few steps away! The perfect end of summer party for everyone!~Amy

End of Summer Fruit Stand Pie Party!

Party menu:

Homemade Pie Preserves:
Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena*
Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry, and Rhubarb*
Fresh Blackberry, Blueberry, and Basil*
Bourbon Vanilla Custard*

Fresh Fruit:
Sliced Peaches, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries

Sugared Pastry Toppers, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble, recipe follows

Brown Sugar Whipped Cream*

Sugared Puff Pastry Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I package purchased puff pastry
Egg + 1 tbsp water beaten
Crystal sugar

Cut each sheet into 9 Squares. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Sugared Pie Crust Toppers:
Heat oven to 400 degrees
I recipe pie dough, homemade or purchased
2-3 tbsp milk or cream
Crystal sugar

Cut into desired shapes. Place on parchment lined sheet, brush with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden brown 12-14 minutes. Cool.

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Butter Crumble:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup oatmeal
3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium sized bowl stir together flour, sugars, salt and oatmeal. Cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture is crumbly and the butter is pea sized. Spread evenly onto parchment. Bake until golden brown. Or refrigerate until ready to use.

Entertaining Station:

Belham Living Winfield Potting Table

Coral Coast Halstead Outdoor Wood Potting Bench

*Recipes and can be found on my blog at

Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena Pie filling!

A taste of summer year round?! With an abundance of fresh fruit, why not turn them into homemade pie fillings! Perfect pies in matter of minutes! ~Amy

Fresh Peach and Lemon Verbena Pie Filling:

6 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 lemon verbena leaves, snipped or zest of 1 lemon
Dash of salt

In a large bowl toss peaches with lemon juice and snipped leaves or zest. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and salt.

Pour over fruit and stir until well blended.

Cooked method:
Pour into medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbly and thickened. Pour into a sterilized 1 quart jar, clean rim, seal with lid and water process.

Freezer method:
Pour mixed contents into a one gallon freezer bag. And place flat to freeze.
When ready to use defrost and place into prepared crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour or until crust is lightly brown and filling is bubbly.

Makes 1 Quart

Recipe by Amy Richardson

Mini Apple Pot Pies with Cinnamon Whipped Cream


Make your kids table the place to be! These sweet little apple pot pies, made especially for the tiny tots, are sure to please!~Amy

Mini Apple Pot Pies with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

5-6 apples, peeled cored and sliced
3/4-1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dash of salt
2 tbsp butter

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 egg + 1 tbsp water, beaten together

Heat oven to 400 degrees

Place 9 small baking ramekins on a parchment lined baking sheet. Set aside.

In a large saucepan , whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt. Add apples and toss well to coat. Cook over medium heat until apples are softened and mixture is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Divide evenly into ramekins.

Lightly roll dough to even it out, cut into 9 squares. Place on top of filled ramekins and press lightly to seal. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with additional sugar.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool to touch. Serve with whipped cream.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Whip together all ingredients until soft peaks.

Recipes by Amy Richardson