Weird Pies for Dessert!

Weird Pies for Dessert!

What is a weird pie? Depending on where you live you may consider a bean pie a weird pie. Beans as a pie filling? Yet, it is one of my all time favorite pies but then I live in Brooklyn, NYC where beans pies are popular and have been around for more than 40 years! To me a funeral pie is weird and a vinegar pie. (see list of pies below).

The subject of weird pies came up quite innocently. I was sitting around with a friend named Amy, and perhaps because happy holidays (with pies) was approaching, she asked me if I ever had a chess pie. No, I haven't. I've heard of it though. She said her grandmother made the best; it seems the weird ingredient is cornmeal. She suggested I write an article and list some weird pies.

We can begin with:

Bean Pie* - This is now my second favorite pie (sweet potato is still #1, see photo below). Beans are actually quite sweet. In fact all over S. Korea red beans are used as filling in desserts. In bean pies the most commonly used beans are navy beans. Other ingredients are eggs, evaporated milk, butter, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Years ago I baked a bean pie but it was a bit too light and fluffy for me. I prefer the ones from the local bakeries which are denser, never too sweet and made as small mini-pies. (More info below)

Chess Pie - Popular in Southern states, the key ingredient is cornmeal. And it seems to be in each recipe - only about a tablespoon of cornmeal. The other ingredients are butter, white sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, evaporated milk and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Corn meal is used instead of flour. It is closely related to vinegar pie (next on the list) and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Some people think the name came from the fact that pies were at one time stored in a 'chest' which sounds similar to 'chess.'

Vinegar Pie - Vinegar pie? Brown vinegar is made from apples, and generally green tart Granny Smith Apples are used to make an apple pie. This may not be too far a stretch as far as taste, and vinegar we all know has excellent (even amazing) healing properties. This pie calls for a bit more vinegar than the Chess Pie but is otherwise similar.This is one of my cousin Bryan's favorite pies to make for guests. They oooh and aaah and eat it all.

Funeral Pie - (AKA raisin pie) I'll eat a raisin pie but not a funeral pie. They are one and the same of course (but there is so much in a name). This is a tradition in Amish homes and is often served at funerals - thus the name. The use of raisins came about because raisins are an ingredient that can be readily available year round - unlike fresh fruits.

Ritz Cracker/Mock Apple Pie - I have seen the recipe on boxes of Ritz Crackers; the idea has always appalled me. Supposedly, this pie was created during the 19th century when apples were not readily available. But some websites say it was created during WWII when apples were again not available. It is exactly what it sounds like - a recipe that calls for 36 crackers, a lot of sugar, cream of tartar, 1 lemon, lemon juice, butter and ground cinnamon. As a pie eater I would try it (once) but I don't advocate mock anything. Why not call it a cracker filled pie? Can't imagine this even pretending to have nutritional value.

Finger Pie - No fingers baked here. The name came about because it was stirred with the finger to keep the bottom crust from breaking. It is also known as Sugar Cream Pie. The pie crust is filled with layers of creamed butter, brown sugar, a sprinkling of flour and filled with vanilla flavored cream, then baked. It is way too much sugar for me but many pies are really nothing more than using ingredients on hand which may be fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, cream, etc. and dumping it all in a crust.

Peanut Butter Pie - The recipes for this no-bake pie seem to always call for about as much cream cheese as peanut butter, a lot of powdered sugar, and whipped cream or milk. The crust is generally graham cracker. Quite frankly, I don't think I could enjoy this kind of pie without thinking of my arteries clogging instantly and perhaps even passing out.

Shoofly Pie - According to the Amish Country News, there is no other single dessert so identified with the Amish Country as is the Shoofly Pie. The name came about because while the pie was cooling, the sweet ingredients attracted flies and the cook had to 'shoo' the 'flies' away, hence the name 'shoofly.' When we visited the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, we had to try the shoofly pie (and everything else). It can best be described as a coffee cake with a gooey molasses bottom. It was served warm with a large dollop of fresh whipped cream. The pie bottom can be thick or barely visible and is therefore referred to as wet-bottom, or dry-bottom.

Sweet Potato Pie (see photo below) - Most people think of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Probably because you have pumpkins laying around from Hallowe'en, but in my family the number one traditional holiday pie is this pie - a must. Yet some people find the filling weird. This is considered a classic Southern soul food pie. The other ingredients are similar to those of the pumpkin pie. My favorite pie. Mmmmmm.

Moon Pie - Maybe this isn't really a pie, but it seems to be familiar to anyone who has had a childhood. They are round chocolate covered graham cracker type things with a marshmallow filling - about the size of a hockey puck. In some parts of the US they are known as Scooter Pies. It is said they were invented in 1917 in Chattanooga. And I have to say the best in the world are found in Korean supermarkets - made in Korea. The milk chocolate ones are good, but the best are the pure dark chocolate (without all the chemicals, artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oils commonly found in the American brands). Those dark chocolate ones from Korea are called Choco Pies; you can eat them by the thousands.

*Bean pies have been around at least since the 1960s here in NYC. They are most often associated with the Nation Of Islam. The objective was to eat nutrionally even if it was dessert. Bean pies were also used as a means of fundraising.

One good thing about bean pies is that they have not been destroyed by corporate conglomerates; you can go into many bakeries in Brooklyn and buy fresh ones, and always be satisfied - they are usually mini-sized and just enough. Even the companies that make the bean pies have remained small and true to the belief in quality ingredients.

It is also hard to find mass-produced sweet potato pies in the supermarket but surprisingly - many Chinese takeout restaurants sell mini-pies, which is the pie pictured below.

Other weird fillings are: Coffee Cream, Eggnog, Oatmeal Pecan, Caramel, Brown Sugar, Sugar Cream, Cranberry Cream, Cookies 'n' Cream. There seems to be a movement away from fresh fruits; perhaps it is a matter of using what is on hand which seems to be a lot of sugar and cream.

Enjoy your pie(s)!

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moonlake 7 years ago from America

Enjoyed your pie list. My family loves oatmeal pie.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

How interesting moonlake - an oatmeal pie. I've had hot oatmeal, and oatmeal cookies, and oatmeal bread, candy with oatmeal, granola with oats, etc. but surprsingly...never a pie. As a true pie lover, I will try any pie!

And I think I should make it a goal in life to sample every dessert pie on earth.

I'll put oatmeal on the list. Thanks!


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Princessa 7 years ago from France

This hub made me hungry thinking about pumpkin pies and sweet potatoes topped with marshmellows... yummy. But a Peanut Butter Pie? sounds so rich and decadent that despite "health warnings" I feel I need to try.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi Princessa - I think I can do the peanut butter pie with a drizzle of chocolate and some vanilla icecream - then it will really be good - or bad - or goodbad.

I ate that sweet potato pie in the picture - it was good. Wish I could share with you.


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Interesting Hub! Thanks! :)


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for writing justmesuzanne!


abelle 7 years ago

yummy! interesting to learn about funeral pie


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm not too sure about a raisin pie aka funeral pie but I would try it anyway. Probably with a lot of vanilla icecream!

Thanks for writing abelle!


Betty P Nash 7 years ago

Carolyn,This looks so good.I am making 3 for Christmas.


CG 7 years ago

Thanks Betty! There is nothing like a sweet potato pie!


Vicky 7 years ago

It looks very delicious! I will try it!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you dear Vicky for writing.

I think you will enjoy the pies! I love pie!

Ms. Green


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Nicole Winter 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

BkCreative: Chess pie is one of my all time favorite pies. Thanks for taking the time to write this, it was very interesting. Thumb's up, from me!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks NW - I've never had chess pie but my friend from TN says it is the best. So I think it's time for me to rent a car and take a cross country trip for the sole purpose of sampling pies - geographically speaking!


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mandybeau 7 years ago

Far Out I ve never lived, We eat pretty well in New zealand very cosmopolitan, but a cracker Pie or a Moon pie I just can't imagine the state the person was in when they thought of these lol.

I tried a new Pumpkin pie the other day love those but not big on pastry except filo. I use it for everything and make my own.

Very interesting hubs

mandy


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi Mandy - we are just becoming familiar with filo over here as a pastry dough. I get baklava at the Mediterranean restaurants and that's made with filo - nice and flaky. I don't think anyone eats more pies than we Americans. Had some sweet potato pie last night. Mmmmmm.

Glad you stopped by!


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Christa Dovel 7 years ago from The Rocky Mountains, North America

I love shoo-fly pie and corn meal pie (similar to the Chess pie). We also enjoy a dry fruit pie, made with dried apples, raisins and a bit of brown sugar.

I am looking for a pork pie recipe; one that can be left on a shelf for long periods of time, as told about in the James Harriott books. They seem to have been a staple in the Dales up through WW II.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi Christa Dovel - it seems you only have to read about pie to want it. I was staying in today to write - but now I am on my way out to get a tiny sweet potato pie.

Thanks for stopping by!


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marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

Bean pie? wow! all of these were very interesting!! =))


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Some of them I love, but a few I had never heard of. Would be willing to try though.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Isn't it great - one country, so many pies? Bean pies are excellent marisuewrites. I'd love to try the chess pie, RGraf.

Thanks for writing. I'm going to visit you!


7 years ago

Great list. I think my favorite unusual pie to date is the fresh grape pie. The first time I made one was on a lark, to use up some grapes from my backyard vines. Now I think of them as pievines. Naples (NY) has an annual festival that I gather is the last word in grape pie. Check it out!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi C,

Thanks for the addition to the list. I've never heard of a grape pie - but will look for it and check out the annual festival in Naples. And will eat it, of course!


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

What a delightful hub with so many varied tastes! And yes, I love that mock apple/cracker pie, but mine has a custardy bit on the bottom! I've also had vinegar pie a time or two and it is remindful of lemon - not as good tho, for nothing beats lemon or coconut creme pie! I have a couple of bean pie recipe on hub too, delighted to find all yours! Thanks for sharing these!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi frogyfish! So glad you liked the pie hub! I'm sure there are so many more pies to try - I love pie.

Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with delectable pies. Mmmmmm!


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

A yum hub! My great-grandmother made amazing pie's! She had a special butter crust recipe to die for! Some of what you have shared I have not heard of, yet sound good. Being in the Uk now, I am surrounded by a whole new world of the concept of pie! Thanks!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi Jodi Hoeksel,

Yes, pies in the UK are different - I think they are more savoury (with a 'u') and I ate them all when I was there. Mmmmmm!

I grew up on great pies too - and the crust is soooo important - wow!

Thanks for writing!


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vlkinpa 7 years ago from South central Pennsylvania

My husband talks about his mother's Green Tomato pie. He didn't like it! Being from PA Dutch country, I love wet bottom Shoofly pie and I adore Peanut Butter pie. The heck with the arteries.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi vlkinpa - I'm going to have to find and try that peanut butter pie - it sounds great! Thanks for writing!


quran 7 years ago

hmmm nice.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks quran!


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Hey I really loved your weird pie hub, it's very enlightening. thanks. creativeone59


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks creativeone59!

I am a pie lover so I enjoyed your recipe for sweet potato pie. One day I will try some of the others but I do like real food in my pie, like apples, sweet potatoes, beans, peaches, pumpkin, etc.


William R. McCracken 6 years ago

This hub is great! Just sent the url to my significant other saying I'll be happy to be her sousse chef on sweet potato pie. Good excuse to plant some this spring.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I really think you'll enjoy the sweet potato pie William R. McCracken. Sooooo good! And made fresh with your own sweet potatoes - wow! Can't beat it.

Thanks for commenting!


Joey 6 years ago

I like to eat weird pie


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm glad you do Joey - thanks for commenting!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Interesting hub! I love the moon pies & peanut butter pies...


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm with you on the moon pies Michael Shane - love them with dark chocolate. Haven't tried the peanut butter pie but I am game. Thanks for writing!


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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

I'm a New Yorker too and bean pies have been a big, big long time favorite. Delightful! And with my southern roots, sweet potato pie was even more preferred than apple pies. I'm a big pie eater. Thanks for these pies. I'd like to try them all.

Rated way up and more. Many thanks!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you TheListLady. I'm with you there about the bean pies and the sweet potatoe pies - two favorites.

Thanks for the up rating. And more!


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Urban Farm Girl 6 years ago from El Cerrito, California

Bean pie sounds great. After all, beans are used in all kinds of Asian dessert. Maybe I can put together an azuki bean pie. You just gave me some ideas to try. I am a Californian but I love sweet potato pie and all kinds of fresh fruit pies!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Bean pie is excellent Urban Farm Girl. And good point you made about it being used in Asian desserts. When I lived in S.Korea, beans were used exclusively for sweetening - and it worked! Delish!

Hope you try the adzuki bean pie and then share that with us.

Thanks for writing!


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PaperNotes 5 years ago

Though weird they may seem, I think I would love to taste all these pies that you've mentioned. Thanks!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome! That would be so much fun PaperNotes and something I would like to do right now! All of them and a cup of tea.


chonett 5 years ago

I enjoyed your article. Thanks


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome chonett-thanks for writing!


ilikerandomjuices 5 years ago

:0 pickle pie


ilikerandomjuices 5 years ago

:0 pickle pie


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Pickle pie? I'd love to try it - thanks ilikerandomjuices!


Jessica 5 years ago

To make Peanut Butter pie a little 'healthier' you can try this (it's a hit in my household):

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Peanut-Butter-Pie-_ve...

The calories are still there and the fat from the pb but at least you have some nutritional value. :)


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Great!Thanks for the recipe Jessica!


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Silja Paulus 5 years ago from Bristol, United Kingdom

This list clearly shows that I still have lots to discover. Informative, thanks!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm glad you put it that way Silja Paulus - lots to discover. This makes it all so much fun. Thanks for commenting!


Maria 4 years ago

My aunt used to make a seven up pie when I was a kid. The filling was a transparent sort of cream filling (not as slick as jello it had a certain consistency) with a deffo 7 up taste. Usually topped with whip cream and served cold or barely room temp


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Oh wow Maria - this is totally new to me - and I am a lover of pies. I'll have to look into it. And that whipped cream sounds great. It's great when you have company over and you can offer a unique dessert.

Thanks a lot!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Such an interesting overview of weird pies. You've tempted me to give some a try!


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BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm so glad you liked the overview RTalloni. Thanks for writing.


Supercreate 4 years ago

Try apple pie with green chili's! That's a good one! :D


creative 4 years ago

I know this is about pie but, truffles would make wonderful turkeys for thanksgiving you could make them brown and make big and little ones then take a cookie and put colorful frosting on it and then you have a cute turkey


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Supercreate - that combination just sounds soooo good. Thanks a million!

Creative - creativity is always welcome. Would love a cute turkey!


Pie Princess 3 years ago

That apple pie with jalepeno peppers is excellent ! I even won pie contest with it !!! Has anyone tried a "slipped coconut custard pie " ? You bake the crust and custard in separate(same size) pie pans and carefully "slip" the cooled custard into the baked shell- it's very impressive when you have company !


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Wow Pie Princess and I do love love love coconut. Thanks for letting us all know about that award-winning pie with jalapeno peppers. Life is good!

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