If you ever find yourself near Adrian, Texas, specifically on Route 66 you owe it to yourself to stop by the Midpoint Cafe for a slice of “Ugly Crust” Pie. These pies are
lovingly made by pie maker Joann Harwell who uses her grandmother’s recipe and was originally displeased with their appearance.  However, there was nothing ugly about the
slices my husband and I gobbled up while we were there.  The crust was flaky, golden brown and held fillings that were downright delicious!  Joann has this pie making thing down to a science and after all beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In addition to grabbing some great food in this adorable, historic dinner you will also find a gift shop at the Midpoint Cafe where you can purchase the Ugly Crust Cookbook.  This small but mighty collection of pie recipes includes the ugly crust recipe as well the easiest recipe for meringue I have ever used. If you enjoy making and eating pie you really should have this book in your collection.

Learn more about the Mid Point Cafe and Ugly Crust Pies


How do you make an apple pie better?  Fry it of course!  Although in no way a traditional pie this is a really fun and easy way to make apple pie. **Warning** not a low calorie dessert…

Fried Apple Pie Recipe



Welcome to Pie Anxiety!

February 6, 2011

Do you tremble at the thought of making a pie from scratch? Do rolling pins and floured surfaces send a chill down your spine?  Are you on the frequent buyer program at Marie Calendars?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may suffer from Pie Anxiety. But don’t worry, with a little help you can conquer your fears and become the pie maker that you have always wanted to be.

Whoever coined the term “Easy as Pie” was obviously not a pie maker.  Most likely he or she was a pie eater, that part is definitely easy!  The fact remains that pie making can be challenging and a little daunting for fledgling bakers.  This blog is dedicated to revealing the secrets behind flaky crusts and perfect fillings.  Soon,  I will be posting some of my favorite recipes and a few tips to get you started.  I welcome comments from expert pie makers as I can always learn something new.

Thanks for visiting Pie Anxiety.


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Wendy Solberg, Award Winning Pie Maker & Founder of Pie Anxiety