You guys! I went to a Pie Party! Can you believe there's a party just to celebrate pies? Yes. It's a real thing. OK, let me back up and tell you about it.
The Pie Party Potluck is a foodie event (food blogger and food professionals) where the "entrance fee" is to bring a pie that you made! Both savory and sweet pies are welcome. I first met one of the organizers, Jackie Gordon, at a food blogger conference, Techmunch 2014. At that time, I found out about the Pie Party and I immediately wanted to join in! Jackie organizes this event along with her dear friend Ken and it is graciously hosted by the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) at their brand new facility in NYC!
Upon hearing that the Pie Party (#PiePartyICE) was being held this October, I quickly signed up to participate! I then had to determine what pie to make. This was probably the most difficult part! As this was my first Pie Party (even though this is actually the 4th Pie Party that has been held), I wanted to go for familiar flavors, which immediately pushed me into s'mores territory. Because who doesn't love s'mores!
I ended up modifying an existing S'mores Pie recipe to make it slightly less sweet (8 bars of chocolate? Really?) and also by sprinkling a little salt on top because I could. Let me warn you...this pie is S.W.E.E.T. As in, I took a sliver (because there were a gazillion more pies to taste!) and that was enough for me. I'm not sure how someone can eat an entire regular slice, but if you can, then good for you. Watch out for that diabetic coma! I'm placing the recipe below, and then I'll follow up with some pictures of the Pie Party event. You don't want to miss that!!! Keep scrolling...
PS - If you're interested in seeing the pies that graced the event, here is a list of the Parade of Pies!
very slightly adapted from Tasty Kitchen
- 1 stick butter, softened (1/2 cup butter)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 7 ounces weight container of marshmallow creme or Fluff
- 7 whole (1.55 ounce bars) Hershey's chocolate bars, unwrapped
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- sprinkling sea salt (optional)
- cooking spray
1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use cooking spray to prepare a 9" pie pan.
2) Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fully combined. Stir in the egg and vanilla.
3) Fold in the flour, graham cracker crumbs, and baking powder.
4) Portion the dough into two sections. Press one half of the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan. The dough may not go all the way to the top of the pan and that's fine.
5) Spoon the marshmallow creme over the bottom of the crust.
6) Break the chocolate into squares and place in concentric circles on top of the marshmallow creme. (Really you can place the bars any way you like but I think this looks the prettiest!)
7) Scatter the mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate squares.
8) Retrieve the rest of the dough. Flatten sections of the dough and place them on top of the mini marshmallows. The marshmallows and chocolate will still be visible!
9) Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the pie. Sprinkle salt over the pie at this point, if using it.
10) Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
11) Allow to cool completely before cutting, or it will be super messy!
OK, as promised, here are some photos from the #PieParty!
A shot of the Sweet pie table!
Thank you Tromba for your excellent tequila and tequila cocktails!
I took a pic with my pie before it was devoured!
Wustof was there showing us their amazing knife collections!
More Sweet pie photos! Do you spot a certain S'mores pie in there?
Holy cow! I love the DUB pies. I tried the mince pie (ground beef). They completely remind me of Jamaican patties that I used to get as a kid in the Bahamas. So tasty! They also have chicken and vegetarian pie versions, by the way.
Exactly how many photos can you take of sweet pies? Well, here's one more. It's the last one. I promise!
When you put food bloggers in a room with all the savory pies.
Reyka kept me from being parched throughout the afternoon!
One final, parting shot of the S'mores pie. Epic!