After a blackberry-picking trip, my husband and I decided to include a few in a apple pie we were making. It was the best we'd ever tasted! We live near the mountains with our two children. Ingredients for fruit pies grow all around us.
I've made this pie many times for friends, relatives, guests, church suppers and bazaars, and I'm always getting requests for the recipe. I've lived on farms all my life—we used to have a potato farm on Long Island, and now my son farms his own land and manages mine here in Delaware, growing soybeans and wheat. —Elizabeth Brown, Clayton, Delaware
My husband and I are grain and dairy farmers...and big fans of strawberries. The fruit I pick often ends up in this pie. The combination of the cool creamy berry filling and the delightfully different meringue crust guarantees you'll hear, "Pass the pie, please", all around the table.
If you love brownies and fudge, why not combine the two? Mix up a pan of these exquisite brownies for any holiday or special gatherings...or just when you want to treat yourself to the ultimate chocolate dessert.
-Judy Olson, Whitecourt, Alberta
This pretty four-layer cake is easy to make with an instant pudding filling and 7-minute frosting. "It tastes like coconut cream pie, so it's like getting the best of two desserts in one," writes Pamela Shank of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
TIP: Prepare the remaining pudding according to package directions for a quick and easy dessert.
Meet the Cook: This pie is a nice light and refreshing finish to a summer picnic or patio supper. I like that it can be made ahead.
Married for 35 years, I've always enjoyed cooking. We have two grown sons and three small granddaughters.
-Judith Wilke, Dousman, Wisconsin
Sometimes, for a lighter take, we make the lime topping for this fast-fixing summer treat with a reduced-fat whipped topping. It tastes just as great. Pretzels add a nice crunch. —Elizabeth Hayes, Brazil, Indiana