Sister Pie: The Recipes and Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski

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  • Cranberry crumble pie

    • cespitler on November 29, 2018

      This was a huge hit at the Holiday Party where it was served alongside honey ice cream. It is nicely tart and has a great texture. The all-butter crust from the same book turned out great, too! This is a make-again recipe!

  • Salted maple pie

    • nadiam1000 on July 01, 2019

      First recipe I made from this book. Delicious and less sweet than one would expect with maple syrup and brown sugar; the salt helps offset the sweetness perfectly. Like a pecan pie without the pecans (which actually might work well here) I have made the Salted Honey Pie from Four and Twenty Blackbirds and this is similar. the crust is very flaky (again, similar to the crust in FATB). I used bourbon barrel aged maple syrup which added to the depth of flavor. I was out of brown sugar so I made my own by combining the 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 T molasses. I ended up with extra filling - used a standard 9" pyrex plate and my pre-baked crust slumped a bit (my ceramic pie weights do not fill the shell completely - will be buying a couple pounds of dried beans to use next time!) I baked the extra filling alongside the pie in custard cups for about 25 minutes.

  • Toasted marshmallow butterscotch pie

    • darcie_b on September 04, 2019

      A bit fiddly but not over the top difficult. The flavors all complement each other and the texture was terrific.

  • Brandy pecan pie

    • meggan on December 10, 2019

      A little too sweet for my business but super pecany.

  • Blue-barb blossom pie

    • meggan on June 02, 2020

      I had no edible flowers and I subbed arrowroot for tapioca starch to fine result. I wasn't in love the crumble and, even though I followed directions, the blind baking did as it always does which is shlump into the pan and look terrible (but taste fine).

  • Caper miso dressing

    • meggan on January 16, 2019

      I might cut back the garlic a little. I used two big cloves and they were a little much (and I love garlic).

  • Two-way cauliflower and barley salad

    • meggan on January 14, 2019

      I do not like tahini so I used the caper miso vinaigrette from the same book. The recipe is good but that dressing might be a little garlicky for this recipe. My bad.

  • Rhubarb blondies

    • bching on May 21, 2020

      Tasty although very sweet. The recipe calls for 4 kinds of sugar! As Anya Sf notes, it took about 35 minutes to feel set. (The recipe says 20-25). I wouldn't make this again.

    • anya_sf on September 14, 2019

      I used a bit more rhubarb and would do so again, as the tartness balances the super-sweet blondie dough and white chocolate. I substituted pecans for almonds. My rhubarb was frozen, which may have affected the baking time. The blondies only seemed "just set" after 35 minutes, although the top was still quite soft, but a toothpick came out clean, so I removed them from the oven. After cooling, the center was still too gooey for my taste, but the edge pieces were perfect (drier than I'd prefer in a regular blondie). My family loved these. Storage note: after 2 days at room temperature, they were getting quite soft from the fruit.

    • dprostrollo on July 28, 2019

      These were phenomenal. Award winning recipe... easy to put together, fantastic taste.

    • Jviney on June 25, 2019

      Tart and sweet and crunchy and delicious.

  • Sunflower spelt scones

    • Lepa on May 12, 2020

      This dough was unusually easy to work with and the scones turned out well. I would sprinkle the tops with salt a bit more liberally next time. They were great with soup.

  • Buckwheat, carrot, parsnip, and leek salad

    • Lepa on March 14, 2020

      This salad is so delicious and satisfying. It was spicier than I had anticipated, with the garlicky dressing and arugula. We loved the spiciness but I wanted to flag it because our kids didn't. This makes a huge salad.

  • Chocolate coconut pie

    • lou_weez on January 01, 2019

      OMG!!! Where do I start? Even though the recipe doesn't suggest it, I made my pastry in the food processor, which made it super easy and quick. I'm not sure what the addition of apple cider vinegar did but I ended up with a crust that was sturdy enough to withstand my haphazard hacking, yet flaky and tender to the bite. The filling and ganache topping was beyond delicious and I didn't even bother serving it with cream or ice cream. This was pie heaven.

  • Eggplant, summer squash, and lentil salad

    • lou_weez on February 05, 2019

      As I wanted an easy weeknight meal I used canned lentils and also threw in a tin of chickpeas to add bulk. The dressing is divine and this dish was greedily gobbled up by the whole family.

  • Jasmine crème fraîche scones

    • verorenee on November 14, 2018

      I subbed in greek yogurt for the creme fraiche with success. I also blitzed the jasmine tea leaves with the sugar as I was using loose leaf tea and giant leaves aren't fun to eat in pastries. Will reduce sugar next time, as it was quite a bit sweeter than the average scone.

  • Apple cheddar rye hand pies

    • verorenee on October 07, 2018

      450f seems much too high for these little hand pies, or the suggested time frame is much too long. My oven runs hot so I put it down to 425 and they had completely burned by 25 minutes.

  • Egg-on-top sweet potato and cheddar galettes

    • leighwhit25 on October 26, 2019

      The crust rolled out beautifully but I didn’t love these galettes. They came together well, the cook times were spot on, but the sum did not exceed the parts. Also the crust-flavor and amount of-was overwhelming. I’ve made many better galettes.

  • Buckwheat chocolate chip cookies

    • anya_sf on June 05, 2019

      I made half batch and got 12 cookies. Baking time was still 17 minutes, although it was hard to tell when they were done due to the dark color, so I may have overbaked them slightly. I had to microwave the coconut oil to soften it for mixing. The dough was one of the least appetizing I've ever seen - like wet, dirty sand. The cookies baked up crispy on the edges and soft/chewy in the middle, but with a sandy texture. The salt was a nice touch. My family enjoyed them, but I would have liked more chocolate chips. I'd make them again, although probably just as a good gluten-free option.

  • Fennel seed snickerdoodles

    • anya_sf on June 24, 2019

      My cookies were a bit smaller, so half a batch yielded 24 cookies. Baking time was still 14 minutes. I baked half of them after just 4 hours of refrigeration and the rest after 2 days; both batches were good, with negligible differences. These cookies have a really unique flavor which we loved, but may not appeal to everyone. The texture was nice and chewy.

    • Jviney on June 14, 2019

      Mixed reviews on these. I made them for book club - two liked them, one didn’t finish hers, said it was too weird. The sugar crunch is delicious.

  • Golden oatie cookies

    • anya_sf on June 05, 2019

      I made a half batch and got 14 cookies, which baked in 15 minutes. The dough was supposed to chill overnight, but we couldn't wait, so we baked a few of the cookies after 6 hours of chilling and the rest the next day. Both batches tasted the same to us. The cookies were pretty standard (good) oatmeal raisin cookies: crispy on the edges and soft/chewy in the middle. The twist was the sprinkling of sea salt on top, which honestly I could skip.

  • Double-and-by-double-I-mean-triple-chocolate cookies

    • anya_sf on February 08, 2020

      I made smaller cookies and got 16 from half a recipe. Baking time was 14 minutes. They didn't take too long to make and my son rated them 10/10.

  • Malted lime pie

    • anya_sf on June 28, 2019

      Blind-baking instructions worked perfectly in a metal pie pan, although the crimped edges did not retain their shape. Note that there is only enough filling for a shallow pan (mine was deep). The graham dust really did taste like graham crackers, even though I used whole wheat flour. It started to burn at the edges after 18 minutes, so watch it closely. There was way more dust than needed for the pie. The filling tasted like extra-zesty key lime pie filling. I'm not sure what the malted milk added, and surprisingly the cardamom did not come through. My family really enjoyed this pie, However, the crust, although flaky, was tough to cut through - not sure why - perhaps because this one was refrigerated overnight? In the future, I'll stick with a graham cracker crust, but would make this filling again.

  • Strawberry pistachio crumble pie

    • anya_sf on June 05, 2019

      The crust method was a bit awkward - specifically, cutting each piece of butter in half after they're in the bowl. Next time I'll just cut the pieces smaller prior to putting them in the bowl. I needed about 1/4 cup extra water.The crust turned out well - tender and flaky, with no soggy bottom. I only have glass pie plates, so I chilled the crust in the fridge prior to blind baking at 425, which took about 40 minutes. I skipped the egg wash on the rim - not sure what that's for, other than browning, which wasn't a problem with nearly 2 hours of baking time. The pie was not overly sweet. In hindsight, I should have added a couple of extra tablespoons of sugar to my supermarket berries, which seemed to lose sweetness upon baking. It was great with ice cream though. The crumble was delicious.

  • Blackberry peach coffee cake, for Jane

    • anya_sf on June 23, 2019

      I made half the recipe in an 8"x8" pan, cutting the cream cheese into 9 pieces. I used extra fruit (probably 1.5x the amount) to fully cover the top. Due to the fruit, streusel, and cream cheese, it was difficult to tell when the cake was done; I baked it 45 minutes and it seemed perfect. The cake was delicious - a perfect breakfast treat, since it's full of fruit and whole grains and isn't too sweet. Next time I would cut the cream cheese into smaller cubes to get some in every bite.

  • Lemon poppy buns

    • anya_sf on June 29, 2019

      I shaped the buns the night before following the directions, except the instructions say to "remove the pan from the fridge about 1 hour before you want to serve the buns", but actually you'll need to remove them 2-2.5 hours prior to serving to allow time for proofing, baking, and cooling. 2/3 of the glaze was plenty to generously top the buns. These buns are huge! A decadent breakfast treat.

  • Blueberry plum balsamic pie

    • Kinhawaii on September 20, 2019

      Really loved the added balsamic vinegar. This was my first attempt at a lattice pie & their instructions really helped. Used some blackberries too since I was a little short on the blueberries, and green & dinosaur pluots instead of plums. I am partial to crumble top pies but would make this again- hopefully my lattice skills will improve. Liked their pastry recipe too.

  • Buttermilk pumpkin streusel pie

    • Kinhawaii on November 26, 2019

      I really loved the streusel part. The pumpkin part was nice but I think I prefer creamier pumpkin pies - this was more for those who like less dairy. My oven usually takes longer when I try to bake at 325 degrees F, so ended up turning both parts to 350 when they looked uncooked at the maximum time. It would have been nice to have a final temperature noted for the pie because my pumpkin filling hardly changed in appearance - just puffed a tiny bit. I hope & don’t think I overcooked it but cooked it until it reached 180 degrees after looking at a Cook’s Illustrated finished temperature for a chess pie. I think I would like this best warm or at room temperature with some ice cream.

  • Brown butter plum crumble pie

    • Kinhawaii on September 12, 2019

      Really liked this & will definitely make again. Used a mix of plums & pluots & only 2/3 of the crumble. I was worried that it might be too plain but I now think the crust & crumble just serve to highlight the plums. Sorry- I often forget to take a photo until there is 1 piece left-so not the most photogenic- it looks slumped in the middle but really the 7 cups of cut plums formed a slight mound & slumps just a little once cut. Juicy but no puddles of liquid. I don't have much fruit pie experience - but this was doable.

  • Sweet potato, black bean, and feta hand pies

    • pattyatbryce on September 03, 2019

      Wow! This was great. Added a pinch of cayanne and a bit of extra cheese (oaxaca). Also blended it in food processor because of personal preference. So amazing and adaptable.

  • All-butter hand pie dough

    • pattyatbryce on September 03, 2019

      So easy!!! I'm not a baker and this was very forgiving and came out great.

  • Ginger peach biscuit pie

    • dprostrollo on July 28, 2019

      Not wowed by this one. Cheated and used a ready-made shortcrust, which was a mistake. But even taking that into consideration, I didn’t love the peach filling. Maybe I used too much tapioca because it wasn’t a great texture. And the biscuit topping was a little bland.

  • Peanut butter paprika cookies

    • dprostrollo on July 28, 2019

      These were lovely. Used sweet paprika because it’s what I had, could bump the paprika flavour a little bit but happy to leave as-is

    • Jviney on June 04, 2019

      I was skeptical - they’re delicious!

  • Fresh mint and lime shortbread

    • Jviney on June 03, 2019

      I like these; my husband doesn’t. They are not terribly sweet and the lime flavour perhaps overpowers the mint a bit. This is the first cookie recipe I’ve made from this book and I would try others before making this again...but points for being inventive with the recipe flavours.

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  • ISBN 10 0399579761
  • ISBN 13 9780399579769
  • Published Oct 02 2018
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Lorena Jones Books

Publishers Text

A bursting-with-personality cookbook from Sister Pie, the boutique bakery that's making Detroit more delicious every day.

At Sister Pie, Lisa Ludwinski and her band of sister bakers are helping remake Detroit one slice at a time from a little corner pie shop in a former beauty salon on the city's west side. The granddaughter of two Detroit natives, Ludwinski spends her days singing, dancing, and serving up a brand of pie love that has charmed critics and drawn the curious from far and wide. No one leaves without a slice--those who don't have money in their pockets can simply cash in a prepaid slice from the "pie it forward" clothesline strung across the window. With 75 of her most-loved recipes for sweet and savory pies--such as Toasted Marshmallow-Butterscotch Pie and Sour Cherry-Bourbon Pie--and breakfast goodies, cookies, and bakeshop salads, the Sister Pie cookbook pays homage to Motor City ingenuity and all-American spirit. Illustrated throughout with 75 drool-worthy photos and Ludwinski's charming line illustrations, and infused with her plucky, punny style, bakers and bakery lovers won't be able to resist this book.