Eight years ago there was a lot of excitement in my little circle of friends. One of our own, Paula Haney, was opening a pie shop in Chicago's Ukranian Village. Hoosier Mama Pie Company (HMPC) was born on Pi(e) Day and by the time I got there at 11 am the line was still down the block and they were already out of certain flavors of pie. To say they were a hit would be an understatement. The shop was tiny but the love and flavors were big. (You can see a picture of the dining area here.)
HMPC specializes in hand-made, artisanal pies that only use locally sourced and in-season ingredients. They have become a local favorite and a national destination gaining praise from Bon Appetit, the Food Network, and Food & Wine as one of the top pie shops in the country.
Since they opened in 2009 they have served countless pies (at least I don't want to count them), opened a second location in Evanston, and released a cookbook for people who can't make it into Chicago.
The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie reveals Paula's secrets of buttery crusts, fruity fillings, creams and custards, chess pies, over-the-top pies, and even the stout and hearty savory pie. The practically oriented, easy-going, and accessible style of this book will help bakers both new and old make the perfect pie for every occasion. I purchased the book as a gift for my sister who likes to bake and holiday meals have never been better.
To celebrate pie day I made a quick card using Lawn Fawn stamps. I hope you enjoy the card and can find yourself a piece of pie today.