When you buy items from the Amazon links below, we get a small percentage of the sale. That helps us fund the site. And we like you a lot.

  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
    The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
    by Deb Perelman
  • Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients
    Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients
    by Matt Lewis, Renato Poliafito
  • Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion
    Savory Sweet Life: 100 Simply Delicious Recipes for Every Family Occasion
    by Alice Currah
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier
    The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier
    by Ree Drummond
  • Bouchon Bakery
    Bouchon Bakery
    by Thomas Keller, Sebastien Rouxel

« Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream, Caramel, and Deep Dark Fudge (via Evil Shenanigans) | Pie Month | Main | Malted Crisp Tart (via Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito) | Pie Month »

Apple Green-Chili Pie With Cheddar Crust and Walnut Streusel | Walnut Giveaway from California Walnuts | Pie Month

Part 3 in our Month of Pie series. Pie Month is a celebration of things we love. Because life is hard, and there should always be more pie. Have a look at the other entries. Really. 
Pie #1 - Lemon Cream Icebox Pie
Pie #2 - Malted Crisp Tart
Pie #4 -  Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Chocolate Cream Pie, Caramel & Deep Dark Fudge

There’s a giveaway at the end of this post. Walnuts, people.

Pie isn’t always easy. But it’s always worth the challenge. And sometimes, one time, you make your first successful crust.

When we started thinking about the Month of Pie, back in November, I put a call out on Twitter for people to share their favorite pies. So many great suggestions came rolling in, but one stood out as a challenge. Did we dare make this pie? 

Sean Timberlake, who runs Hedonia and Punk Domestics, responded that there was one pie he liked a lot. It’s from Chile Pies and Ice Cream in San Francisco. Apples, roasted green chilies, walnut streusel topping, and a cheddar cheese crust. It sounded like a mashup of the Southwest and our favorite cinnamon crumb apple pie

So this weekend, I decided I was up for the challenge of something different. With a quick search, I found the recipe for the pie Sean liked, from the November 16, 2010 edition of the New York Times as the lead in a profile of innovative pies and their makers. Which means at almost the same time Sean mentioned it to me, the Times was printing it. Clearly, this makes Sean a trendsetter of record. And Sean clued me into the secret topping, not in the NY Times recipe, which is the chili honey. The chili honey is a stunner. Like liquid red hot candy.

This pie is a beauty. A breeze to make. The crust was a complete success. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a pie crust that was worth eating and held together. And the cheddar in there really stands out (I used Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar which added a tangy depth of flavor). I no longer fear the crust.

The streusel topping? Brilliant. Steal this topping. The perfect texture for the softness of the chilies and apples. The walnuts come through strong, with the sweet crunch from the brown sugar and the butter.

So, what about the chilies? Honestly, they’re a challenge. This is going to be right in some reader’s crave spot, and for others it will miss completely. I love this pie. Karen respected it. That’s OK. Part of this Month of Pie is to move beyond our tried and true, and chilies in our apple pie stretched us toward new flavors and forced us to think about pie differently.

Apparently, 2011 is the year of the Pie, according to a story on NPR that came out right as we started our Month of Pie. With such focus, the traditional pies, the classics, will remain. But a month of pie, let alone a year, demands new approaches, new considerations. And this is always good, not matter the results. 


Walnut giveaway
We were lucky enough to receive a five pound box of walnuts from California Walnuts. We love these folks. They supported us during our weird, funny, and sad online-only conference, BlogHer Food Pity Party. #BHF10PP for those in the know. (Side note...we’re running #BHF11PP. Stay tuned for the wallowing). 

California Walnuts sent us gift of walnuts from their latest crop, and we told them we were going to share the love with our readers. So here’s your chance to win a ton (OK, five pounds) of beautiful walnut halves, all thanks to California Walnuts.

Sorry, the winner was already chosen. But feel free to tell us your favorite pie in the comments below. We love the inspiration.

Here are the rules:
  • Leave a comment below telling us your favorite pie for your first entry.
  • This contest is open to people (and animals, I guess, if they have internet access) in the US AND Canada. Love you, Canada.
  • All comments (and extra entries listed below) must be entered by 12:00 pm Eastern on Friday, January 14.
  • We will announce the winner, chosen by, at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, so come back and see if you won.

For extra entries
Listen, you don’t have to do any of these if you don’t want. Just do them if you feel like it.
  • Go “Like” California Walnuts on Facebook if you’re on FB. Come back and let us know that you “Liked” them. (or tell us that you’re already their fan on FB).
  • If you use Twitter, tweet something nice about @CaWalnuts & @thepeche (put us both in the same tweet, please).
  • Go “Like” The Peche on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you’ve already received an extra entry.
We're not receiving any compensation for this giveaway. We just like California Walnuts.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (40)

Chili honey huh?
That in itself is worth a try! If I can use a line from the Pity Party, this pie is so sad, it's gotta be good!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertastesbetterwithfriends

I got so excited to quite the pity party, I forgot to tell you my favorite kind of pie. Call me old fashioned, but pecan pie all the way.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertastesbetterwithfriends

I love French Silk pie. Raw eggs be damned...the end result is a silky smooth chocolate mousse filling combined with a graham/pecan crust. Literally To. Die. For.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara | VinoLuciStyle

My current favorite is my cranberry walnut pie (actually more of a tart) so I do so need those walnuts to make more! Already a friend on Facebook of both California Walnuts & thepeche from the fabulous PityParty fun.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdovesandfigs

I can't say I've made too many pies... actually, I made my first one last year and it came out great. I did a brown butter apple pie that just blew my mind.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Thought For Food

My dog, Remy, loves pie almost as much as I do. He says he is thoroughly smitten by this ingenious creation. Woof!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I "like" CA Walnuts on Facebook

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Thought For Food

This is one heck of an interesting pie and the secon picture kills me, I want to dip my finger in that juice! YUM!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSouffle Bombay (Colleen)

That pie looks delicious! My favourite though would have to be blueberry

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCorrine

"Liquid red hot candy." I like this pie already.

Though my favorite is still probably peanut butter pie.

After years and years of consideration, I still think pumpkin is my favorite pie. That might be a loser cop-out pie because you can make it by dumping a can of mush into a frozen pie crust, but I'm fond of losers.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I'm not entering the giveaway, just want to say how wonderful this pie looks. I think I'd be like Karen. Not a big fan of the chili being part of the recipe but kudos to you for baking up such a lovely dessert. Superb photo yet again!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I would definitely try this pie!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Though Apple Pie tops the list, Banana Cream Pie captured my heart when I first move to the States.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKen│hungryrabbit

My favorite pie is a toss-up between Kentucky Bourbon Pie and coconut cream pie. Mmmmm.

Peche, you just keep getting nicer and nicer!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkarmaperdiem

Uh, duh, Chris. Old Fashioned Cream Pie from Das Essenhaus!

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

A whole month of pie! My butt got bigger just thinking about it. 5 pounds of walnuts sure would make me feel better about it. :)
My favorite pie is Chess Pie. Mmmmm...

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJodieMo

I tweeted about your nuts too. :)

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJodieMo

My favorite pie is apple pie.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScorpio Woman

I like California Walnuts on Facebook (I'm France Perron)

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScorpio Woman

Since it's winter, the favorite is pumpkin pie. But once the weather turns, I flip to key lime. Second is almost always a classic cherry like my grandma used to make from the cherries grown in our backyard ...

Now I'm hungry again.

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark E. Johnson

I'm already a fan of ThePeche on facebook :)

January 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScorpio Woman

I think I'd be with Mrs. DeWinter on this one - respect for the pie, but I don't think I could love those chilis messing with my pie. When I first saw the title of this post I was actually expecting a savory pie - like some sort of a cheesy crust filled with chili - like with beans and all that! Maybe you should invent that next.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbreadandputter

Whenever I think of pie images of my mama's Banana Coconut Cream Pie come to mind with toasted almonds on top and her flaky pie crust. Incredible! Missing home terribly now and have a craving for this pie.

January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPretend Chef

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>