This is the original recipe book featuring desserts from my favorite restaurant on the Lake Superior North Shore at Two Harbors, Minnesota, Betty’s Pies.
I have an unofficial list of the best places to get pie along the North Country National Scenic Trail, and Betty’s Pies tops the list. This is not a small country café or diner, which most of the rest are. This is now a decent-sized restaurant that serves a full line of sandwiches and desserts. We always go there at least once or twice on any trip to the Duluth area. You should too!
This recipe book begins with a history of the Christiansen (Betty Lessard’s maiden name) family. Since 1928 they ran a fish trucking business from Duluth to Grand Marais, and a fishing boat. In 1953, as an outgrowth of that a smoked fish snack shack was opened on the route where people could buy cured fish. Betty took over the stand in 1955, “for two weeks, ” to see how well she liked it. Twenty-eight years later she was still there, and the fish stand had morphed into Betty’s Café and then Betty’s Pies. The restaurant was sold in 1984, but still operates under the same name, using her recipes.
I really shouldn’t have spent the money on this book. Like we need more pies at our age?! But I couldn’t resist, since pie is my favorite dessert in the whole world.
First in the recipes are 6 different types of crust.
Next are given the recipes for the original five offerings by Betty: apple, apple-blueberry, cherry, pumpkin and pecan.
This is followed by a whole section of fruit and berry pies. Berry Bumble is not to be missed- a mixture of four kinds of northern berries.
Then there is a long section of “special pies.” Examples are: chocolate peanut, mile high, mint chocolate layer, raisin buttermilk, snow pie with raspberry sauce, lemon angel... and 16 more!
If you like cream pies, there are five of them: banana, coconut, French cherry or blueberry, strawberry banana, and toffee.
Next there are five kinds of cheesecake
Moving to other desserts there are 21 cookie and bar recipes, including ting-a-lings, drommer Swedish, potato chip, and a family coconut cookie recipe.
Last there is a section with 21 bread and quick bread recipes.
In that last section I have discovered what I unofficially call my recipe find of 2009, and that is the chocolate-zucchini bread. This is a quick bread that tastes so much like cake that we have to slice it up and freeze the slices so that we don’t eat it all up too quickly. In fact, even with changes I made to make it more heart healthy, this is an amazing bread!
As you can tell, this is not a health food recipe book. But into every life some dessert must fall, right?
I’m sure I won’t live long enough to try all the recipes, but I’m sure going to work on a sampling from each section!