Happy Pie Day! So of course I am celebrating with my favorite dessert: pie. I've been exploring how to make a ginger pie for about a week now and what better day to try it out than a day dedicated to pi or pie. I recently fallen in love with ginger. I love baking with fresh ginger. Ginger typically has a potent, spicy, tangy taste but when paired with some sugar, the taste is irresistible (at least for me!). So, the second that my roommate reminded me today was pie day, I got started on this new creation.
I was surprised when I started looking for ginger pie recipes and couldn't find any. I'm certain that I have seen ginger pie before but Google offered little results except for a fellow blogger who offered me a place to start. I read the recipe and made a few adjustments.
Ginger pie is a custard like a pie, I found the base to be similar to a chess pie. Thinking about what would complement the ginger, I decided to add pecans to the pie dough. I then proceeded with the pie filling. The filling consisted of sugar (lots of it), butter, eggs, flour, fresh ginger, and lemon zest. I added a few extra spices that I knew would bring out the ginger flavor. I sprinkled the top of the pie with some sugar and baked.
As Told by Ginger
Well, as appetizing as I find ginger to be, it's not for everyone. Not everyone can handle finding a fresh bit of ginger in their custard pie. The fresh ginger pieces surprise you when it seems you're eating an ordinary custard pie but that's what I love about it; the unexpected crunch and spice. But isn't that just like life- one minute you're going about you're daily routine and the next minute something or someone comes up and offers you a little spice to your life? I should probably start baking more ginger pie.