Acorn squash has been a favorite of mine since I was little and my mother baked it with sugar and cinnamon. This particular pie was something I improvised. We love pumpkin pie, but had fresh squash in excess. So I came up with this new variation! It's good to take to potlucks, to pie or cake walks at school, or to serve as a different dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas. —Mary Kelly, Hopland, California
"My husband and I are both diabetic. We really appreciate desserts such as this creamy custard pie," says Eva Wright of Grant, Alabama. Coconut extract in the filling and a toasted coconut topping flavor the tasty low-sugar creation.
In Grandmother's day, rhubarb was considered a "spring tonic". Although it's technically a vegetable, it is usually served as a fruit. At our house, we used the first rhubarb of the season to make this pie, and later in summer, we'd make a delicious drink with it, cooked, blended and mixed with strawberry punch.
These pies were a spring special at a restaurant where I used to work. Whoever was the cook that day had to bake them first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon, as soon as strawberries were ready. —Caroline Park, Pritchard, British Columbia
Just a single bite of this traditional treat takes me back to the days when Mom would fix this pie for Dad, Grandfather and me. Mom also regularly prepared pies for large gatherings. This dessert was often requested.
-Barbara Hyatt, Folsom, California
This recipe came from the best cook in West Virginia—my mother! I just added a little to her ingredients.
I'm a widow, and my grown children live in another state. So mostly I make my custard pie for church and club functions. It's the most different pie of all the ones in my collection.