Team Dettweiler Family 4th from New Franken, WI (2017 Week 9: Pie)


Team Dettweiler Family 4th


New Franken, WI

Baking Challenge

Cherry Pie

Give your pie a clever name – and tell us about your crust and filling.

Family 4th Great American Pies. As you can see from the pictures there are many crusts and fillings in this entry, both sweet and savory with a couple cherry ones included. The resulting filling flavors included raised dough stuffed pizza, asparagus, red pepper and egg; grilled cheese, egg and sausage; and the lentil carrot and campfire stew with mashed potatoes in the savory options. For dessert we also had frozen strawberry, peach, rhubarb strawberry custard, honey, strawberry rhubarb cream meringue, and cranberry/blueberry. You could say we went rogue on this challenge by spinning off from the Great Wisconsin Baking Challenge and, although inspired by the WPT Pie Week challenge, were setting our own parameters for one of our July 4th weekend of family reunion picnics. The rules were: that the pies had to be made from scratch and that each person who wanted to would make one; that they don’t have to turn out perfect; that they could be sweet or savory, as long as it was a pie with at least one crust; and finally, that they could be plain and simple, or artistically embellished, it was all up to us. The thought was that we would take photos and share them as a Pie Week challenge submission, or not. And, well, we are!

Was your pie underbaked, overbaked or just right? What was your favorite part of the process?

We can assure you that all the pies were eventually baked (note the raw peach pie) and all were baked just right! Our favorite part of the process was in the coming together with the submissions and the taking of family pictures of the Sweet pie bakers and the Savory pie bakers standing behind the displays. Of course the most favorite part of the picnic was in eating them all! We never ate so much pie in one sitting! And pie leftovers for days after. Perfect!

How did you add a Wisconsin touch to your flavors or decoration?

We can say that all the pies were made here in Wisconsin by residents or former residents to this great state. The cherries in the Cherry Pies were grown in the backyard of the family childhood home in Green Bay, the same tree our mother picked cherries for her pies from in the past. Some of the rhubarb was grown in that same backyard and the rest from a Milwaukee yard. Some of the strawberries came from Troy Farm and Community Gardens in Madison, WI. The local honey was from Kallas Honey Farm near Milwaukee. Others ingredients originated from either Michigan or Minnesota, our good Wisconsin neighbors. The center piece pie was decorated to honor the holiday – Fireworks!

How did you do?

Pleasantly satisfied.