Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie

WHEN YOU DIE, IF YOU GET A CHOICE BETWEEN GOING TO REGULAR HEAVEN OR PIE HEAVEN, CHOOSE PIE HEAVEN.  IT MIGHT BE A TRICK, BUT IF IT’S NOT, MMMMMMMM, BOY.”  Jack Handy

Cranberry Cherry Ricotta Pie | From My Sweet Heart

You are going to pie heaven.  This week!

The Theme Weavers are a group of creative, culinary whizzes.  Every month a theme is chosen and we celebrate it all week long.

This month’s theme is PIE!  And what a selection we have this week.  Somebody pinch me!

I’m going to help kick off the week with my American holiday version of an Italian ricotta pieSweet cherry preserves mingle with cranberries and layer a sweet pastry crust which is then filled with light and luscious amaretto and orange scented ricotta!

And if that’s not enough, we have 18 other selections.  Do you want me to pinch you, too??? [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Slab Pie

“FOOD IS NOT ABOUT IMPRESSING PEOPLE.  IT’S ABOUT MAKING THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE.”  Ina Garten

Chocolate Strawberry Slab Pie | From My Sweet Heart

It’s always great when a fussy dessert turns out really well.  But I am even happier when I am able to casually throw a few ingredients together and the result is just as satisfying.  This month, Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking and the fabulous leader of The Chocolate Party challenged us to pair chocolate with strawberries!  It’s such a winning combination in my book.  Strawberries always remind me of spring and summer, and strawberry picking at my favorite farm.  And so I wanted to make a rustic dessert, and one that tastes like home. [Read more...]

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie

PIE IS A SYMBOL OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN MOM AND HER WAY WITH DESSERTS.”  Pascale le Draoulec

Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Well if this mom has a way with desserts, her kids would never know.  They don’t eat them much!  I don’t know what to say other than I can’t believe they’re mine.  But my kids just aren’t sweet eaters.  Birthday cakes?  Unless it’s plain vanilla, no icing, with a slight sprinkling of powdered sugar…..maybe.  Ice cream?  Now we’re talking!  So when the “fabulous 14”, the fun loving, creative and talented women who brought you Crêpe Week, Beer Week and Soup Week decided on Sweets Week, my head went straight to this recipe. 

It has been a really fun week of Sweets for Your Sweetie Pies.  The true sweetie pies in my life are my boys (now young men).  So I decided on this incredible Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie.  Every luscious layer of this ice cream pie blends together to have you feeling like you are enjoying your favorite smoothiePureed strawberries, bananas and blueberries are combined with vanilla frozen yogurt and stacked on a sweet granola pie crust.  Your spoon may not be fast enough and you’ll be wishing you had a straw!  And I’ve put together a Pie Package for one lucky winner. . . . . [Read more...]

Chocolate Coconut Pie

IT ISN’T THE FLAVOR OF COCONUT THAT TROUBLES ME, BUT THE TEXTURE.  I FEEL AS IF I’M CHEWING ON A SWEETENED CUTICLE.”  Steve Almond

Chocolate Coconut Pie | From My Sweet Heart

This quote really puts a grin on my face because I know that coconut is one of those flavors that people either love or hate.  For me, I LOVE coconut!  And so I was really happy to learn that it was the featured ingredient at The Chocolate Party!  A huge thanks to Roxana, from Roxana’s Home Baking, for organizing this group of wonderful cooks and bakers who are happy to pair a special ingredient with chocolate once a month.  The thing I love most about coconut is . . . . . [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie

“PROMISE YOURSELF TO WAKE UP EVERY MORNING WITH A THANKFUL HEART, AS THOUGH EACH DAY WAS THANKSGIVING DAY.”  kiggundu wilson

Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie | From My Sweet Heart

My apologies to my baking buddies, from the yet un-named, but little baking group that could, for being late in publishing this post.  This month, we decided to make life a bit easy for ourselves around this hectic time, and simply post a favorite side dish or baked good that typically graces our Thanksgiving tables.  I have to give GREAT credit to all those who blog dinner recipes!  I had two ideas to share.  One was of a sweet potato casserole.  But I have to tell you….trying to get that onto my Thanksgiving dinner table while everyone is sitting around starving, and then saying….“wait….I have to snap a picture first!”…..was a bit tricky.  So to avoid a massive food fight, I opted for dessert instead.  (We baking bloggers definitely have it easier!).  I decided that when everyone fell into their food comas, I would photograph this pie.  Suspiciously, though, there was already a slice cut from it!!!  But I couldn’t be upset.  I’m a big advocate of  ‘eat dessert first’!  And it was THAT good.  I couldn’t decide between making a pumpkin cheesecake or a pumpkin pie.  So I combined both into this luscious pumpkin cheesecake pie!  A perfect ending to a lovely day. . . . . [Read more...]

Lotta Lemon Pie

“IT IS PROBABLE THAT THE LEMON IS THE MOST VALUABLE OF ALL FRUIT FOR PRESERVING HEALTH.”  Maud Grieve: A Modern Herbal (1931)

Lotta Lemon Pie | From My Sweet Heart

Ahhhh Maud….I hope you are right!  Then there’s all the more reason we should all eat this sweet, creamy, tangy pie …and often!  It’s not that there’s a crazy amount of lemon in this pie that makes it so good.  But it’s what’s going on in the layers that makes it incredible.  The most concentration of tangy lemon flavor is in the crust.  The lemon cream is light and sweet.  And then the whipped cream on top is only kissed with the zest of the lemon.  So each bite has you puckering, savoring, licking your lips and digging in for more!  The secret to the tart, lemony crust is…… [Read more...]