National Pie Week

I am a fan of the dessert known as "pie." I grew up in a family where baking is not only an enjoyable pastime, but an essential part of life. We bake to entertain, celebrate and comfort. Whatever the occasion, pie is usually found present at the dining room table.

Thursday is National Pie Day, but I chose to celebrate National Pie Week this year. I started yesterday with traditional, "American" apple pie. I love the creative possibilities of pastry dough.

Homemade Apple Pie
Forgot to photograph the pie before we started celebrating. I love the creative possibilities in pastry dough

Today I will be making mini blueberry pies, I'm thinking raspberry pie for tomorrow; I've begun looking for new pie variations to fill the rest of the week. What are some of your favorite pie variations and why are pies important (or just an enjoyable presence) for you and your celebrations?

Happy Eating!