Pies and More Pies

Vanessa is looking forward to eating pie!

I like to let each kid pick a flavor of pie that they want to help make, that makes for a lot of pies!  Warning:  This will make a big mess in the kitchen, and possibly down the hall!  We have the standard pumpkin, and some various cream pies.  After that, it could be anything!  We have a couple of recipes that they can choose from but sometimes they like to get more creative.  This year, Sabrina, 9, made a Banana Split Pie, made with pineapple sherbet, cream cheese and whipped cream topped with all the fixin’s and maraschino cherries on top!.  It should be interesting.  Sounds like a belly-ache.  She is great in the kitchen though, I measured the ingredients but she pretty much made the pie crust herself, rolled it out and everything. I think it’s good for them to take part in the preparation and get some experience with recipes and measuring.  I love seeing how proud they are when we are serving pie, making sure everyone knows which one is ‘theirs’.  Some of the other flavors so far:  Orange Dream Cheesecake, Mocha Chip, Brownie Nut Pie, German Chocolate, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake, Sweet Potato-Pecan Pie,  and White Chocolate Blueberry Silk Pie (Joe LOVES blueberries!).  We also made Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll and Chocolate-Butterscotch Fudge.

My favorite is  the German Chocolate Pie, made with German’s Sweet Chocolate.  I look forward to it every year, it’s the only time I make it, it’s so rich and delicious!  Val has a recipe for a blender  no-bake cheesecake that is light enough to eat after the heavy meal.  (Alina always likes to wait  a while before breaking out the pie, but she is out-numbered by quite a bit.  No worries, we will have plenty of leftovers!)

The trick is finding room in the refrigerator.  Last year it was cold enough we set some out on the porch, in coolers to keep cold but the dog got to some of them!  Those kids were not happy! But the dog was!  His favorite seemed to be the Orange Dream Pie.


Here is the recipe:

German Chocolate Pie

1 4 oz package Bakers German Sweet Chocolate

1/2 cup butter

1 12 oz can evaporated milk

1-1/2 cup sugar

3 Tbls cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 deep dish 10 inch unbaked pie crust

1-1/3 cup flaked coconut

1/2 c chopped pecans

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring constantly.  Gradually add evaporated milk.  Combine dry ingredients. Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Beat in chocolate mixture.   Pour into pie crust.  Sprinkle with coconut and pecans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Cool for at least 4 hours (the waiting is the hardest part!)

Best served with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


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One Response to Pies and More Pies

  1. Hi Darger Family, I recently visited America, and caught the episode of Dr Phil where you were all interviewed. I was so impressed by your interviews I ordered your book. I must say I wasn’t that familiar with polygamy, as it is not common in Australia. Your attitutes towards family, marriage, life, children, your strength, determination and your faith are nothing short of amazing. I think Joe is an amazing disciplined visionary man, and well supported by three strong wonderful women I would be happy to know as friends. Reading your book came at a time I needed to have a bit of faith myself, and it was such an inspiration to read and helped me find a bit of faith and patience when my husband died. Previously in the media I had only seen brief but still bad, publicity for almost cult like polygamy families before, but your family is a breath of fresh air, and has some wonderful core values, yet has moved with the times and is quite modern too. I think it is wonderful you risked coming out, to show the world that they have not seen a good example of your faith in the media, mostly for fear of retribution. I think you are all amazing people, and I wish you the very best of luck in getting the laws changed. We will soon live in a time that recognises gay marriages and all sorts of families, and it is so wrong when you have loving, planned, well supported marriages and families, that you get less recognition than people with a wife who keep a mistress on the side. I must admit, at first I was curious to your sleeping arrangements etc. but the more I watched and read, the more I realised that you have the most private, respectful and loving marriages anyone could hope to wish for, and you certainly came out of the Dr Phil interview with your heads held high. The ladies interviewed so confidently, and with such pride and grace, they really inspired me to read the book. I have told many of my friends about the interview and the book, and a few have said ‘I don’t know if I could do it…’ and I am proceeding to lend them the book so they can see how much more there is to your lives, than sharing a husband. I think your decision to live under one roof is wonderful, and can only imagine how richer your lives became as you all got more sisters, and extra mums for your children. You must have one of the most loving homes imaginable. I cannot imagine the fear you must feel at having your children taken away or being arrested, and I hope soon that you will get the laws changed so that you get the respect that you deserve. I am very grateful I turned the tv on that day…I have learnt a lot from seeing your interview and reading your book. I would love to hear from any of you if you had five minutes spare in your already chaotic day! Best of luck, I think you have worked so hard to achieve something so wonderful for the future of your family and so many others. xxx

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