You’ll Regret It If You Don’t Make This

 - by Wholly Wholesome

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Peach season is waaayyy too short. Are we right? So, jump on our recipe for Peach Pie Fries and you’ll take a bite into one of summer’s tastiest gems.

We’re taking advantage of this year’s ripest peaches and turning them into a dip-able delicacy – the Wholly Wholesome way!

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Peach Pie Fries
Ingredients

Pie Fries

Peach Pie Filling

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped (roughly 4-5 large peaches)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F; line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and grease lightly.
  2. Slice dough into strips about 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long.
  3. Arrange fries onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Prepare the peach pie filling. In a large saucepan, stir together the water, lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch. Cook over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, roughly 5 minutes. Once it bubbles, cook for another 2-3 minutes, constantly stirring.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then the peaches. Cool to room temperature and enjoy!

When Craft Beer Meets Handcrafted Dessert

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These warm summer nights have us craving an ice cold IPA and a rustic dessert. And as the sun goes down on National IPA Day, we’ll have a drink in one hand and a fork in the other.

Our Peachy Keen IPA Beer Pie will blow everything you thought you knew about summer sweets out of the water. What’s more? This recipe is made even simpler with the help of our Traditional Organic Pie Dough.

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Peachy Keen IPA Beer Pie
Ingredients

  • 1 package Wholly Wholesome Traditional Organic Pie Dough
  • 6 cups (6-8 large peaches) yellow peaches, sliced (peeled if desired)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup Glutenberg India Pale Ale
  • Egg wash (1 egg + 1 Tbsp. water, beaten)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add the peaches to a large bowl. Sprinkle with brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, flour, cornstarch and salt. Use your hands to stir the peaches until they are fully coated with the dry ingredients and all of the dry ingredients have been moistened.
  3. Pour the beer over the peaches, and gently stir to combine.
  4. Place four oven-safe bowls (1 cup size) on a baking sheet. Divide the filling evenly among the bowls.
  5. Roll the pie dough out on a lightly floured surface, cut into four squares. Cover each bowl with a square of pie dough. Brush with egg wash.
  6. Bake at 400° F for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

When Cheesecake Gets a Savory Makeover

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Who said cheesecake was reserved for those with a sweet tooth? For cheese lovers who prefer savory flavors, we’ve got the perfect fix.

Our newest recipe mashes the best of the BLT sandwich and the cheesecake together to make a one-of-a-kind dish that you’ll be tempted to reach for at every meal. Tip: Use our Spelt Organic Pie Shell for a toasted flavor like no other.

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Still craving something sweet? Check out our easiest cheesecake recipe ever.

Wholly Savory BLT Cheesecake
Ingredients
1 9″ Wholly Wholesome Pie Shell (Traditional, Whole Wheat or Spelt)
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1-1/2 cups crumbled cooked bacon
1 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry and chopped
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese
2 green onions, sliced
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
4 eggs, lightly beaten
Toppings: diced cherry tomatoes and additional crumbled cooked bacon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and cream until smooth. Fold in the bacon, tomatoes, Gruyere cheese, onions and pepper. Add eggs and heavy cream; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake 45-55 minutes or until center is just set and top appears dull.
  4. Cool cheesecake on a wire rack 10 minutes. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Serve cheesecake with diced cherry tomatoes and crumbled cooked bacon.

Think Inside the Box

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Sometimes boxed is the way to go. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed kitchen klutz or you’re low on ingredients, make the most of what you’ve got!

Our Cake in a Pie is a clever way to put some life back into the traditional boxed cake mix. Who knew a recipe with such few ingredients could taste so decadent? Rely on our Traditional Organic Pie Shell and your go-to cake mix for a dessert that all of your friends will be talking about.

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Hey, don’t feel guilty. We all know the most important ingredient in a recipe is the heart you put into it! And this one has plenty of it.

Cake in a Pie
Ingredients
Wholly Wholesome Traditional Organic Pie Shell
Boxed cake mix of your choice
Store bought cream cheese frosting of your choice
Eggs (as required by boxed cake mix)
Vegetable oil (as required by boxed cake mix)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Leave Wholly Wholesome Traditional Organic Pie Shell out to thaw while you prepare the cake batter.
  3. Prepare the cake batter per the instructions on the box. Add dark chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
  4. Gently poke a few small holes in the bottom of the pie crust, being careful not to poke through the tin.
  5. Pour half of the cake batter into the pie crust.
  6. Place the pie on a cookie sheet and place in the oven.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes at 350°F. After 35 minutes, turn oven down to 325°F and continue baking for another 12-15 minutes or until cake is finished.
  8. Cool completely, then frost the pie. Enjoy!

3 Secrets to a Restaurant-Quality Ice Cream Pie

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Ice cream pie. Is it ice cream? Is it a pie? This National Ice Cream Month, we say it’s a pie!

Built with our Graham Cracker Pie Crust and using a few tricks we’ve been hanging onto since the beginning of the year, we’re celebrating with the only dessert you’ll need all summer!

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Secret #1:
Use a pre-prepared graham cracker crust. Why? Our Graham Cracker Pie Crust is perfectly sweetened, the graham cracker is perfectly crumbled and it’s perfectly simple! Don’t worry about your pie getting soggy and get started on the fun part: layering your ice cream!

Secret #2:
Whip your ice cream in a mixer for about two minutes or until it is spreadable, yet still chilled. Remember, you’ll need lots of freezer space so that each new ice cream layer can set before you add the next!

Secret #3:
Cookies. Plain and simple. A layer of crumbled cookies in between every couple of ice cream layers makes for a crunchy surprise that no one will see coming.

Get our recipe: Wholly Wonderful Ice Cream Pie

Turning Up the Heat

 - by Wholly Wholesome

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It should come as no surprise that we’ve got one big sweet tooth. Just look at our recipe collection of killer sweet treats! But even sugar fiends need a break sometimes.

So, we’re adding a little spice!

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Surprise and delight your friends with our Pecan Pie topped with Spicy Praline Bacon … Just be sure to warn them. We’re expecting a heat wave!

Pecan Pie topped with Spicy Praline Bacon
IngredientsWholly Wholesome Pie Shells

Spicy Praline Bacon:

  • 1 lb. thick-cut organic bacon
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Combine sugar and syrup in a fry pan over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Melt butter into mixture. Set aside to cool (if you’re in a rush, put the pan on a bed of ice in the sink). Preheat oven to 400°F. Once cooled, add eggs, salt and vanilla.
  2. Fill pie shell with broken pecans. Pour syrup mixture over pecans until it’s just below the rim. Place on a piece of foil on top of a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 50 minutes or center of the pie is set.
  3. While the pie is baking, prepare the bacon. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne. Stir until well mixed. Arrange bacon in a single layer on a broiling pan or a rack set in a jelly roll pan {line inside of the broiler pan or the jelly roll pan with aluminum foil}. Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle bacon slices with brown sugar mixture and then with pecans.
  4. Return pan to oven and continue baking until bacon is crisp, about 5 to 10 more minutes. Once both the pie and the bacon are done cooking, top the pie with a generous amount of prepared Spicy Praline Bacon and enjoy!

When the Kitchen Klutzes of America Become the Kitchen Heroes

 - by Wholly Wholesome

Is it possible to totally love food … yet totally not love the kitchen work? Sure! And we’ve got your fix.

Take a read through our top seven baking hacks every kitchen klutz needs to know. Who’s to say you won’t someday be a kitchen hero? Wholly Wholesome to the rescue!

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Hack #1:
Egg shell in your baking mix? Quick! Grab that pesky little thing by wetting your finger with water and placing it next to the shell. No one needs to know! With three eggs in our Key Lime Pie, you’ll want to hang onto this trick.

Hack #2:
No food coloring? Try transforming your white frosting with powdered jello mixture. Bright idea!

Hack #3:
Rock hard brown sugar is no fun. Microwave it in a bowl covered with a wet paper towel for 20 seconds. Voila!

Hack #4:
To keep your brown sugar soft? Store it with a slice of bread! Trust us, when the craving for Gluten Free Pecan Cinnamon Rolls hits, you’ll want that brown sugar fresh and ready to go.

Hack #5:
Make almost any recipe gluten free with homemade oat flour. Simply pulse whole oats in your food processer until they make a fine powder. Check out all of our best gluten free recipes.

Hack #6
Cut back on dairy by replacing your butter with pureed avocado. Smooth!

Hack #7
Have a banana bread recipe you’re dying to make? Ripen your bananas quicker than ever by putting them on a baking sheet in the oven at 300 degrees for 40 minutes!

3 Creative Must-Try Crusts + 1 Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie can turn a workday into a vacation, a drizzly morning into a bright, sunny afternoon and a tart veggie into a magical masterpiece fit for the beautiful summer fruit we call the strawberry.

Can you tell we’re ready for June’s rhubarb harvest?

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It’s time to embrace this summertime pie with three amazingly simple and stunningly beautiful pie crusts. Then, check out our Wholly tasty take on Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!

#1 Go for elegance. Use our Traditional Organic Pie Dough to cut make a pie that’s brimming with love, like the Savoring Spoon’s recipe here!

#2 Go rustic. Keep it simple by leaving the top of your pie exposed to feature all of that beautiful filling. Something like our Whole Wheat Organic Pie Dough would look gorgeous casually folded over the edge of your pie, just enough to contain its contents!

#3 Go braided. You’ll impress any dessert-lover with a braided crust. Bon Appetit shows us how!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Ingredients

  • 1 Wholly Wholesome Traditional Organic Pie Shell
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 pound rhubarb rib, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, or sliced frozen rhubarb
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
  • Topping:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat egg. Beat in the sugar, flour and vanilla until well blended. Gently stir in rhubarb and strawberries. Pour into pastry shell.
  2. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and oats; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit.
  3. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°; bake for 35 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
  4. Cool on a wire rack, then dig in!

Say “oui oui” to Quiche Lorraine Day

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On the 20th, Quiche Lorraine Day will have all of us saying “oui oui!” With a recipe like ours for Gluten Free Country Quiche Lorraine, you can take a mini vacation to France with each bite.

See you there, mon cherie!

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Gluten Free Country Quiche Lorraine never tasted so … French! Take a photo of your quiche masterpiece and share it with us on Facebook to help us celebrate Quiche Lorraine Day!

Gluten Free Country Quiche Lorraine
Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Pre-prepare both Wholly Gluten Free Pie Crusts according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon. Heat a large frying pan on medium heat. Arrange strips of bacon in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Slowly cook the bacon, turning the strips over occasionally until they are nicely browned and the fat has rendered out.
  3. Lay the cooked strips of bacon on a paper towel to absorb the excess fat. Chop the cooked bacon into small, crumbled pieces.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add the nutmeg, salt, black pepper and chives. Add the milk and cream and whisk vigorously to incorporate.
  5. Arrange the bacon and cheese in the bottom of each pie crust. Pour egg mixture gently into both pie crusts and gently stir so that chives and bacon are suspended throughout the pie.
  6. Bake in pre-heated oven for 30-40 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes by gently shaking the quiche. It should be just slightly firm. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy at room temperature.

As American as National Apple Pie Day

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On May 13th, we’ll celebrate National Apple Pie Day! Why? It’s an American classic, and summer just isn’t summer without it!

Whether you need a little pie making practice before Memorial Day or just can’t wait to dig into a plate of the good stuff, there are five essential tips to keep in mind. Hear ‘em from the pros.

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Look like an Iron Chef with these tips, from the foodies at Wholly Wholesome to you!

  1. Start with a quality crust. A beautiful apple pie starts with an exceptional crust. Dessert is such fun to eat, but our goal is to make it fun to bake too! Let our Wholly Wholesome Pie Shell do the hard work. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell anyone it’s not homemade!)
  1. Tart apples for the win. The tarter the apple, the more likely it is that it’ll hold its shape when you toss your pie in the oven. Another bonus? A tart apple won’t oxidize and turn brown! We recommend cooking with Granny Smith and Royal Gala.
  1. Easy does it on the seasoning. Listen, we’re perfecting “apple” pie here. Not “cinnamon and nutmeg” pie! Go easy on the seasoning and let the natural sweetness from the apples shine through.
  1. Par-cook for a pretty pie. Because we tend to eat with our eyes first, presentation is just as important as taste. Par-cook your sliced apples by pouring boiling water over them and letting them sit for about 10 minutes. This will help them to keep their shape, and your pie will be photo shoot ready!

    Talk about perfectly seasoned! Check out our take on the traditional apple pie.

  1. Rest up. We know, we know. It can be hard to wait to make that first slice into your perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned apple pie. Trust us. It’ll be worth it! Serving it at room temperature will make each bite glazed and juicy.

Need a recipe to kick your craving for apple pie? Try Mimi’s Apple Pie, a family recipe shared straight from Grandma Mimi herself.