Harbinger Ambrosia Pie



A spice chess pie with a chocolate cookie crust inspired by Petty Magic, by Camille DeAngelis.

Do you ever look back on the first time you met someone important to you and sort of smile knowingly at your past self? It’s so adorably sweet that memory-me has no idea how her life is about to change now that this person has arrived. She’s usually too busy checkin’ out their butt. Similarly, I look back at the Hanna who almost didn’t buy Petty Magic (because she wasn’t sure if she could justify another book purchase) and chucklescoff. In a few short weeks she will devour this book in one sitting, on an airplane, pausing in the darkened cabin somewhere over the Atlantic while everyone else is sleeping to clutch this book to her chest and thank the universe for sending it to her.

The Tiny Tim Tart



A vegan and gluten free tart with apples, pears, and cranberries inspired by A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Happy holidays, all! I hope that no matter where you are or what you’re celebrating this season – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Saturnalia – that you are joyous, healthy, and surrounded by loved ones.

If you’re like me, balancing the holidays with work and family and travel can be a little stressful, but it doesn’t have to turn you into a Scrooge. Relax, unwind, and bake away the stress with this easy tart, fit for the whole family. And I mean, everyone.

Pumpkin Pasties



Pumpkin spice hand pies inspired by the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

It’s almost Halloween; goblins, ghouls, and ghosts are abroad in the muggle world. If you’re like me then you’ve done your apple picking, your pumpkin hunting, and your woodland hiking. But at the end of a long day of jumping in leaf piles, you need something a little sweet to go with that cup of hot apple cider. I wanted to get this recipe out before that particular flavor of witchy October magic passes, while there’s still time to curl up with a pumpkin beer before we start mulling cider and delving into winter holiday territory. So here it is! This one goes out to anyone who spent their preteens waiting for their Hogwarts letter.

Hempstock Apple Pie



An apple pie with raisins and crushed walnuts and seasoned with molasses, inspired by The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

New York is a dirty, frustrating, loud place to live. However, every once in a blue moon amazing things happen in this crazy town. For example, you could be riding the E train downtown (a train you very rarely take and never in that direction) only one stop, and you may happen to get on the same train, into the same car, with your favorite author of all time. Talk about cosmic. And that is how I met Neil Gaiman.

How do you tell someone that you find their work so inspiring that it makes you want to bake pie? Since our whole conversation is one big, happy blur I can’t rightly remember how I brought them up, but the subjects of my intense admiration and literary pies did arise. Mr. Gaiman recommended that I take a look at The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which already has a pie in it. What luck! What fortuitous happenstance! I immediately went out and bought a copy (which just came out in paperback in June).