I grew up eating pies.
Apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, banana cream pie, lemon meringue pie, custard pie and — my favorite — chocolate cream pie. You name it, we had it in our house.
There’s something magical about pies. These 8-inch pans can be filled with just about anything, from sweet strawberries to dark chocolate to chicken-and-vegetables.
But if you think about it, pies aren’t huge in Hawaii, at least not the way they are on the Mainland. The saying, “As American as apple pie,” doesn’t really count here. And here’s why.
• We don’t have the kind of fruits — cherries, blueberries, apples — that are often used in pies here.
• We like our pies sweet — super sweet. So, for example, we tend to prefer the sweetsweetsweet pumpkin crunch dessert over a slice of pumpkin pie.
• We have a potluck mentality. We like BIG desserts — desserts we can share. Unless you buy one of those humongous pies from Costco, pies are too small to share.
• Pies aren’t part of our cultural vernacular. There aren’t really pies in Asian cultures — with the exception of custard pies (Chinese), which local folks love.
At least that’s my assessment.
So starting today, I’m on a mission now to find the best pies in Hawaii. And I’ll post my findings here (of course).
So if you have suggestions for the best pies — apple, custard, anything — let me know. Post it here or on my Facebook page, tweet me, or shoot me an email! I’m all ears!