Stack Pie | Two Years Blogging

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Stack Pie RecipeIt seems as though the hands on the clock went round especially fast these past twelve months.  Wasn’t it just yesterday I was posting about my one year Blog-iversary?  I felt like such a new-by, and compared to so many seasoned bloggers, I still am.  Yet, another year later, I continue to experience such joy and fulfillment sharing my love of baking with all of you.  This baking journal began as nothing more than a hobby, but it has turned out to be more rewarding than I could have imagined.  Every comment I receive from each of you propels me forward, carrying me back to the kitchen with the hope of creating a recipe that in turn inspires you in some way.  With each new ‘Like’, Sally Field comes to mind as she accepts her Oscar for Norma Ray.  “They like me.  They really like me.”   So thank you for your loyalty and kindness.  It couldn’t be more appreciated.
Stack PieAs I turn my attention to the coming year.  I have tons of ideas and stacks of recipes I can’t wait to share with you.  I invite you to join me on this culinary journey.  It won’t be nearly as fun without you.

And with that, I bring you a recipe I have been wanting to make for literally years.  Why, oh why, did I wait so long?  Buried deep in my ‘pie folder’ of clipped recipes, resides a torn page from a magazine I can no longer recall.  What I can remember is how my eyes grew as large as Kumquats when I surveyed the image of three lemon curd pies stacked one on top of the other.  I turned giddy with excitement at the concept.  We think nothing of layering cakes, but PIE?  Brilliant!
Stack PieWith the arrival of my second blogging anniversary I decided it was high time to resurrect that patient and enduring clipping from my files and see just exactly what stack pie was all about.  Enter Google search.  Imagine my delight when I read that stack pies probably originated in my home state of Kentucky.  Surrounding folklore and legend there is much written about this baking triumph.  Articles I read about stack pie are filled with theories trying to explain why they gained localized popularity during the 1930s and 40s.  It is thought that perhaps they were engineered as a space saving technique developed to transport numerous pies to church socials and community gatherings.  Other stories point to its celebratory nature.  As guests would arrive at weddings and other special occasions, they came bearing pies, stacking them one by one, offering thin slices as dessert.  The true origin could be nothing more than the innovativeness of a baker who in a moment of brilliance hit upon what in my opinion is the best thing that ever happened to pie.  As a blogger and recipe developer, I find that to be just as logical of an explanation as any other.  Isn’t that what so many of us are striving for in the world of food today.  Take something great, and make it even better.  Can you say Cronut!
Stack PieNow, as I round second, heading towards third, I ask you to celebrate with me another year of blogging under my belt.  From this Kentucky Girl  I bring you my version of stack pie.  I believe you will be just as enamored with it as I was when first I laid eyes on that magazine photo all those many years ago.
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28 thoughts on “Stack Pie | Two Years Blogging

  1. Happy 2nd Blog-iversary, Mary! Your staging and photography are exquisite and the are recipes delicious. We love you, Mary. We really love you!!

    • Clara, what better way to begin my week than with such a lovely comment from you. I so appreciate the compliments, and the love you sent warms my heart beyond words.

  2. My oh my, what a dessert of beauty! Creams and crusts -my favorite!!! Happy blogaversary. I have loved every post. Your photos are amazing, and the recipes are fabulous. Thanks to you, I have baked more and become better at it! Keep on baking!

    • Thanks Sher for being there for me and supporting me in this adventure. More accurately, thanks for INSISTING I start a blog. It has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. XX

  3. No way! How have I never heard of stacked pies before?! GENIUS! It looks incredible. And just as you had filed away that magazine clipping, I shall be filing (bookmarking) yours so I can try this too someday.

    P.S. Happy Blog Anniversary! Wishing you all the best and looking forward to spending lots more of my time here 🙂

    • Nazia, now that I’ve attempted the first one, I think I will be re-visiting Stack Pie often. Thank you for following along with Sifting Focus. Your comments are always appreciated!

  4. Oh my goodness! I’ve never seen anything like it before in all the million of recipes I’ve come across over the years. This must of tasted delish! Happy 2nd Birthday to my favorite blogger and sister!

  5. Brilliant indeed and beautifully photographed. I wrote a book called Savory Pies I only wish I had thought of some sort of stacked savory version. It would have been a great cover! Thanks for the inspiration and good blogging and happy anniversary. GREG

    • Such a compliment coming from a photographer. Thank you, and thanks for the good wishes.

  6. First – H A P P Y H A P P Y 2 N D B L O G – I V E R S A R Y Mary ! You bring beauty and joy and happy tummies to so many…thank you so much.

    So, about this Pie…

    …this crazy, funny-looking, Dr.Seuss inspired stacking of PIES had me thinking that you’d accidentally inhaled too much powdered sugar…but, I was wrong!

    One bite and I now know that NOTHING compares to this pie stacking thing and I will now have to turn my nose up at any sad, lonely, single layer pie.

    Stacking means 3 distinct flavors! The chewy Coconut and pure Banana and creamy Chocolate combination is dreamy-delicious. And you make the best pie crust! And the giant plop of whipped cream….I’m writing and salivating….

    Dr. Seuss could write the perfect book on this whimsical Pie delight you made.

    I can only say that it is as FUN for the eyes as it is for the mouth!


    • Thank you Michele for the lovely comment and for all the support you have shown me since day one of this endeavor. It so very appreciated. XX

  7. Quietly, i watched you debate, take photography classes, launch, grow and

    blossom year one into year two.

    My pride in you in only exceeded by my admiration of you and your love of

    what you do.

    Doctors who treat patients with dry mouth should prescribe that they subscribe

    to your blog and read every posting and look carefully at your photography so

    that their salivary gland start to work just like mine do as i look at your pictures,

    but they go into overdrive when i taste your creations.

  8. This was literally one of the best things I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying from you! everyone absolutely loved it. the combination of each of the three pies were exponentially better than the three individually!

  9. Well, well, well! A Stack Pie! Why have I not heard of this skyscraper dessert?
    I am head over heels with delight! A very happy second anniversary! My only wish is to have a giant slice of that pie!

  10. First of, Happy 2nd Blogiversary!! I`m really glad I have found your blog. I always enjoy reading your writing. Do not even get my started on your photography. All your photos are gorgeous! Sometimes, I gawked at them, without blinking, really! 🙂

    Secondly, this!! I am in love with this idea! I want to pin this a thousand times, if I could. I really can`t wait to see what else you come up with, Mary!

    • Such a SWEET comment Lynna. I so appreciate your kind words and ‘follow’ship.

    • Thank you Laura! I must say it was satisfying to get lost in all those creamy layers – not to mention all that crust, crust, and more crust.

  11. Mary,

    From one visual extravaganza to the next you continue to amaze. I have had the great pleasure of not only enjoying many of your incredible desserts but also witnessing the total passion you have for every detail of the process. From the beginning steps of preparing your ingredients, the final photographed piece of art, to the ultimate tasting experience, your heart is in everything you do.

    Each post has a story and that for me is an added bonus of getting to know you as the author and baker extraordinaire.

  12. Bake on Mary! Like others, I’ve never heard of stacked pies…brilliant! Wish I knew if my Gramma, rest her little baking soul, ever heard of them since she was from the south.
    Time may lapse in between visits on SF but whenever I pop on I’m always so impressed and in awe of your talent and passion.

    • Thanks Tracy. This pie was lots of fun to make and even more fun to eat. I too wish I could ask my grandmas about stack pie. I have a feeling they probably had heard of it since it seems it has serious roots in KY soil.

  13. Congrats Aunt Mary! I have enjoyed helping you out throughout the two years! This dessert, as always, looks amazing!