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Pies to compete in the Iowa state fair

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Pie

Absolutely scrumptious pie! Surprise your family and make Pumpkin Goat Cheese Pie for dinner. Crust Graham Cracker Crust, 1 tsp each cinnamon and ground ginger (for added spice). Filling 8 ounces goat cheese, 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, 11⁄2 cups sugar, 11⁄4 cups canned pumpkin purée (one 15-ounce can …

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Pulled-Pork Hand Pies

This is another great savory pie variation. Pulled-Pork Hand Pies are a delicious treat to serve at a party. They are also the best solution to use leftover meat. Marinade 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1⁄4 cup lemon juice, 1 tsp crushed rosemary, 1 tsp whole coriander seeds, 1⁄2 tsp whole …

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Veggie Pot Pie

Veggie Pot Pie is something special because, for a change, you fill  your belly with something savory instead of sweet. All that buttery crust overflowing with thick, warm gravy. All those colors of mushy, miniature vegetables. This pie is quite healthy, hearty, and hospitable, so that it should be recognized as the …

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Mississippi Mud Pie

Given that the Mighty (and muddy) Mississippi flows along the eastern border of Iowa, Mississippi Mud Pie is a no-brainer representative for the Iowa state fair. The versions of this pie can be wildly different, but, in general, you just throw in anything chocolate. Try making it with fudge-covered mocha ice …

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Peach Pie with Lard Crust

This Peach Pie with Lard Crust is one of the best contests at the Iowa State Fair. After the judges are done deliberating over it, it’s shared with the audience. The lard crust is delicious, and pay attention how cinnamon is balanced with the peaches. This is a classic grandma pie, and when you …

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Fresh Apricot Pie

Apricots are popular all over the world. They are used to make a variety of amazingly delicious desserts. Fresh Apricot Pie is by all means one of the most irresistible treats. When apricots are in season, make sure you try this great recipe. CRUST Basic Pie Dough for a double-crust pie FILLING …

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Black Raspberry Pie

Black Raspberry Pie is one of the absolute show-stealing pies. It’s delicious because of great  ingredients; and if you add your good heart and happy soul, the pie will taste even better. CRUST Ingredients: 2 cups flour, pinch of salt, 2⁄3 cup lard, 2⁄3 cup ice water (use as little as possible). FILLING …

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Butterscotch Pie

You can never go wrong with butter and brown sugar. The creamy texture and caramel taste make everything seem right in the world. This may be the reason why butterscotch pie is so popular among pie-makers and at various pie fairs. CRUST Blind-Baked Crust FILLING Ingredients: 11⁄2 cups brown sugar, firmly …

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Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Pie

This Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Pie is an absolute winner. It was at the top at the Iowa State Fair as well as at the National Pie Championships. The recipe is somewhat simplified. You just have to try it. CRUST Basic Pie Dough for a single-crust pie FILLING Ingredients: 2 teabags black chai spice …

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