Christmas traditions! I love to keep the old while making new ones. Growing up as a child and into adulthood my family without fail gathered together in a beautiful farming community, at my grandparents home to celebrate Christmas Eve. Part of the celebration always included the most delectable pies made by my dear Grandma, Iola.
Pie makers aren’t born, it takes practice-- and practice is what Grandma got at Cafe 91 found along the old Highway 91 in Spanish Fork, Utah. During the mid 1940’s she was famous for having pies ready for lunch or dinner depending on when her shift fell. Retired men from surrounding towns would gather for a cup of coffee and a 35 cent piece of Iola’s flaky pie. She made apple, cherry, peach, lemon meringue, pumpkin and cream pies- oh, they were something else, banana and coconut.
Grandma has left us now, but her tradition lives on. She has daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters and at least one great grandson that can make pies that would win blue ribbons at the state fair and put on more pounds than we care to think about right now. My extended family can count on a few pies being made this holiday season from the desendants of Grandma Iola.
If a pie is in your future, you might want to try this fabulous pastry crust. It has proven it’s value to me over the years. Sometimes it’s nice to have a variation in pies, so think about a crumbly top pie with a twist of cinnamon and nutmeg in the topping. It’s especially nice for beginners to pie making because you don’t have to worry about how the top is going to look.
Wishing you happy baking and many wonderful
What are your Christmas Eve traditions?