Orange Creamsicle Pie & Nutty Pistachio Graham Cracker Crust
You may be wondering who this smiley, orange and blue guy is and why he’s muscling in on my photo of this Orange Creamsicle Pie. He’s Otto the Orange, mascot to Syracuse University. Why is he on the blog today? Well, for one…I live in Syracuse, NY…aka “Orange Country”, and because SU is my alma mater, AND because tonight the SU Orangemen’s basketball team play tonight against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Orange fans will be avidly watching to see if SU will win, making a new record for opening the season at an undefeated 20-0!
Amidst the snow and cold, I am hoping this bright and sunny Orange Creamsicle Pie will bring us some luck. As an added bonus, I used my brand-new-never-owned-one-in-my-life-until-now food processor to make the pistachio graham cracker crust. The pain of hand-shelling those pesky pistachos was totally worth the 10 seconds of blitzing the crap out of them in the food processor. Seriously.
Let’s Go Orange!!
Orange Creamsicle Pie by Ken HaedrichPistachio Graham Cracker Crust
¾ cup chopped pistachios
2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
Orange Creamsicle Filling
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2 cups sweetened condensed milk (about one and a half 14 oz. cans)
Technically For Your Pies Only turned a year old yesterday, but I was so in the depths of enjoying my last hours in Houston before traveling home that we’ll celebrate it today!
My very first post was on January 3rd…2011, the year of the pie. I started this adventure to give myself a creative outlet, a place to put my passion down in writing, something to give me purpose in my time of unemployment. My friends and family were the most incredible supporters, giving me advice or excitement when I needed it. Many of them asked if I was going to open a pie shop in 2011, but I knew I needed time to explore and experiment. And what an adventure!
Some 2011, first year highlights:
Celebrating my very first National Pie Day (which is coming up again this month!)