As many of you know, I love to give away pies. One of my favorite things to do is make a pie and leave it in a safe place for a friend or neighbor to find. I call it a Pie-By. On a recent walk with Gretapie, I noticed that the “For Rent” sign was down in front of a house on our usual route. Local lore is that the house, one I have always admired, was built by a ship captain. I can certainly see why the location would have been picked. The house is perched high on the edge of the bluff above the marina with a beautiful view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island, and Mt Baker. On a clear day the view is incredible.
As I paused, the new caretaker for the house (a/k/a renter) pulled up. I introduced myself and Greta came over to give a little hello sniff and tail wag. Soon we were chatting away about where was home before this and what was the draw to my little town that is the gateway to Olympic National Park. I made a mental note to bring a welcome pie when the time was right.
Tomorrow’s the Day
Well, tomorrow is the day! I’ll be dropping off a sweetheart of a sour cherry pie, with a handful of native blackberries for good measure in the filling, as a welcome to the neighborhood Valentine Day Pie-By. There will also be a card in the basket with instructions of where to return the empty pie plate. And, you know what happens when the empties come back? They get filled back up again with another pie!
What I Did
I cut five 3/4″ strips and placed them on top of the filing. Then I cut the remaining dough into narrow strips and divided them into threes.
I braided the strips.
Wove a lattice.
Finished off the edges and put a heart on top.
Hap-Pie Valentine Day Everyone!