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Can we get serious about pie, please?


Is there anything better than a delicious slice of pie? This beloved dessert is perfect for all seasons, and with a huge range of options from sugary sweet to tart, there really is a perfect type of pie for everyone. If you’re searching for fun activities to do with your elderly loved ones, baking a pie is a great way to spend quality time together.You just might discover your new favorite dessert! 

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite types of pies. Whether you want to bake a pie from scratch or you prefer easy-to-bake pies, we know you’ll find at least one that you and your family can enjoy together.

Apple Pie is still king

We’ve all heard the expression “as American as apple pie”, and for good reason. Warm apple pie is the perfect dessert for nearly every occasion, from family get-togethers to birthdays to just because., There’s no denying that apple pie is one of the most classic desserts. 

You have several options when it comes to baking an apple pie. You can opt to make it from scratch, including the pie crust, which is more involved and time-consuming, but arguably the more rewarding option. Baking an apple pie from scratch is the perfect activity for a rainy day, and it’s one that the whole family can enjoy together. If you don’t yet feel confident in your baking abilities, you can always buy a pie crust.

Strawberry Pie – Here’s the ultimate Recipe from our Chefs at UMC Bristol Glen

Our personal favorite is a strawberry pie. Here’s our five-star recipe:

  • Fill baked pie shell (you can use store bought and bake as directed on package) with fresh strawberries washed, hulled, well drained.
  • Crush and cook 1 c. fresh strawberries with 1 c. water. 
  • Strain and measure 1 c. of this juice. Then pour over 1 c. of sugar mixed well with 3 tbsp cornstarch (level) and ¼ teaspoon salt. 
  • Cook unit mixture is thick and clear. Stir for a few seconds and let it come to a boil.
  • Add 1 tbsp butter and 2 or 3 drops of red coloring (if desired) . Let it cool slightly. 
  • Pour by spoonful over the fruit in the shell while being careful to coat it all.
  • Allow time to cool, and garnish with whipped cream and whole perfect berries with hulls on.

Blueberry Pie is underrated

Blueberry pie isn’t very common, but don’t let that stop you from trying it out! This underrated pie is easy to make because you don’t need to peel or cut up any fruit, you can simply use the blueberries as-is. For those who are looking for a slightly tart pie instead of something super sugary, blueberry pie is ideal and  tastes great served warm or cold. 

We’re nuts about Pecan Pie

This Thanksgiving classic makes an appearance at thousands of dinner tables across the country each November, but if you’re a pecan lover then you know this pie is actually great year round! People love this pie for its great texture, simple ingredients, and how easy it is to make. Not to mention, pecans are full of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. 

Sweet Cherry Pie

Have you ever had a piece of cherry pie? While apple pie and pecan pie are much more common, cherry pie is just as delicious as the more popular pie options. You’ll most often find cherry pie during summertime when cherries are in season, however it’s a delicious dessert for all seasons. Just like with the other pies, you can opt to make your own crust from scratch or use a pre-made crust and go from there. With summer quickly approaching, this is a great dessert recipe to master. 

Our chefs at UMC Bristol Glen know pie!

Strawberry pie is our favorite here at Bristol Glen, but we love all types of pie at UMC. Pie is always a fan favorite with our assisted living, long-term care and respite care patients! While our chefs have a few trusted pie recipes they use regularly, they are always happy to try a new recipe. For more information, or if you have any questions on dining options at UMC, please contact our team  today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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