When I moved to the Mid-West I left my ocean behind. I had to find a new view to contemplate and draw ideas from.
The sky in the Mid-West is endless. It changes everyday and sometimes by the minute. Storms fascinate me here and the fear I had of lightning has subsided. Although, I do fear tornadoes, and fortunately have not seen one and only spent time in the basement once in five years.
My youngest son, Kirk, suggested this pie to me. I love to come up with new recipes inspired by family and friends. I’ll post the recipe further down.
Speaking of inspiration ……. I live in a mid west city that is just that. The culinary aroma of Kansas City, MO is wonderful. I’ve never seen so many different styles and types of food in one small area – maybe New York. And because of the diversity here I believe it inspires even more diversity. You can think I’m weird, I’m OK with that. What I’m saying is that this area seems to send off a “vibe” of creativity that can boggle the mind. I, myself, have come up with flavor combinations that I never would have tried in my last town.
Some of my inspiration here in KC has come from the likes of Christopher Elbow and his phenomenal flavor combinations in his chocolates. Yes, i said chocolates! Best I ever had! Blanc Burgers and Bottles inspire me with their combinations in their burgers! And then there is Soda Vie – unbelievable flavors of homemade soda – particularly the Fennel flavor I had at a wedding. It’s endless here I think. I have had my senses awakened the last three years and there is no turning back.
So about the pie my son inspired. I call it Kirk’s KiBerry Pie.
The crust I got from The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond who apparently got it from Sylvia.
In a large bowl, with a pastry cutter, gradually work the Crisco into the flour for about 3 or 4 minutes until it resembles a coarse meal. In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork and then pour it into the flour/shortening mixture. Add 5 tablespoons of cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir together gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
Separate the dough into thirds. Form 3 evenly sized balls of dough and place each dough into a large Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten each ball of dough (about ½ inch thick) to make rolling easier later. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer until you need them. (If you will be using it immediately it’s still a good idea to put in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes to chill.)
When you are ready to use the dough to make a crust, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes. On a floured surface roll the dough, starting at the center and working your way out. (Sprinkle some flour over top of the dough if it’s a bit too moist.) If the dough is sticking to the countertop use a metal spatula and carefully scrape it up and flip it over and continue rolling until it’s about ½ inch larger in diameter than your pie pan.
With a spatula, lift the dough carefully from the surface of the counter into the pie pan. Gently press the dough against the corner of the pan. Go around the pie pan pinching and tucking the dough to make a clean edge.
Now, you want to bake this in the pan before adding the filling.
While crust is cooling combine:
1 package of softened cream cheese (8oz)
vanilla (about 1 tsp)
Granulated sugar (I did it to taste – sorry)
Heavy cream (Sorry again – I gradually added the cream til good consistency)
Combine til smooth and thick.
Put 1 layer of sliced kiwis and strawberries on bottom of cooled crust.
Pour filling over and top with more fruit.
Refrigerate and enjoy when completely cold.
I am sorry for not having detailed measurements but i literally “threw it together” as my son spoke of this delectable combo. I hope it works for you or better yet that you can improve it and win a contest and go to Jamaica or somewhere pie related.
I am a very creative person – meaning my mind is always creating – whether my hands carry it out or not is another story. But boy, is my mind busy. I love to bake and as I’ve mentioned in previous posts I love the whole concept of PIE. It just puts a smile on most people’s face when you say the word PIE or the sentence, “I’ll bring a pie”.