Cooking inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. I have found dinner ideas on walks, rocking babies in the middle of the night, and while eavesdropping on other people’s conversations in line at the gas station, but I have often found moments of great insight in children’s books.
We pass many hours in our house reading books and it turns out a common theme is food. One of our favorites is an adorable book by Lisa Wheeler about a big ‘ol bear with a hankerin’ for pie called Ugly Pie.
I honestly don’t know why it is called Ugly Pie, I guess the idea is that it has sour apples, wrinkly walnuts and raisins and bittersweet molasses. Whatever the reason that is one smart bear because molasses in your pie is goooooooooooood.
So, just in case you missed what I said. This pie not only has apples but also toasty walnuts and golden raisins and molasses.
Plus an oaty streusel topping that gets crispy and crunchy in the oven.
Which basically equals deliciousness. If you are like me and are already thinking about what you will be making for Thanksgiving, I highly suggest you put this on the menu. Take the bear’s advice people, Ugly Pie is good.