Southern Baked Pie Company.

Amanda Wilbanks never imagined she'd be spending her days baking some of the South's best pies. I got the chance to meet Amanda over coffee about two years ago when she wanted to bring some of our aprons into her gorgeous new pie shop a few miles down the road from me.

Amanda started Southern Baked Pie Company after a buttermilk pie stole her heart, and her tastebuds. In the kitchen with her mother in law, she watched as she made the pie from scratch, right down to the crust. The aroma that filled her home was sweet, unmistakably nostalgic, and captivating. The rest is history.

Her connection to pies is one that ultimately goes back to a love of the kitchen and the preservation of the technique and patience it takes to make homemade baked goods from scratch. 

Amanda baked hundreds of pies out of her house with one tiny oven until she realized it was time to expand to Southern Baked Pie Company's first shop in Gainesville, Georgia. After three years in the Gainesville location, the company opened additional locations in Buckhead and Alpharetta. Her pies are well-known in Georgia, but are reaching far beyond. The caramel pecan pie even won the 2016 Taste of Georgia award! They're not all sweet though; one of the best-sellers is her unbelievably savory chicken pot pie (I can attest, it’s a family favorite over here). 

These signature recipes come from both sides of Amanda's family, dating back decades. Now, the recipes have been given new life and a legacy that's carried out by Amanda, Southern Baked Pie Company and their team of bakers. 

I sat down with Amanda and we talked over how to make a gorgeous, old-fashioned pie crust using timeless techniques. She uses an all-butter pastry dough because of both the taste and texture of a 100% butter crust. 

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When I make pie dough, I tend to get flour absolutely everywhere. Amanda had this problem too, until her mother-in-law showed her the mess-reducing trick of rolling her dough between two pieces of parchment, eliminating the need for flour. Once rolled out, she double checks the size of the dough by placing the upside down pie pan on top, making sure there's about an inch extra for pleating the crust. 

Amanda showed me what she calls "The Fold-Under" -- a crust technique that requires folding under the edge of the crust and pressing it back down onto the pan to form a thicker outer edge. On that outer edge, she and her bakers pleat the crust beautifully, using a simple finger method. It tastes as good as it looks!

We then went on to the ultimate challenge: a gorgeous lattice crust. Amanda showed me how simple it can be to achieve the classic look of a woven crust, even in my own kitchen. We cut half-inch strips out of a piece of rolled pie dough and proceeded to weave the pieces together loosely. A woven crust works best for a fruit pie, so it's best to weave loosely so that you can see how colorful the filling looks underneath. Amanda's pie crust tactics play on those feelings of nostalgia and the image of a perfectly pleated and woven pie on a picnic blanket or in Grandma's kitchen. 

Born from a small oven and inspired by sweet smells and even sweeter memories, Southern Baked Pie Company brings a little bit of homemade, hand-pleated goodness to Georgians (and they even ship nationwide!)

At this moment, Amanda is probably out on the road sharing her brand new cookbook, Southern Baked: Celebrating Life With Pie - just in time for holiday baking to begin. And she’s offered up a beautiful signed copy and a delicious pie for one lucky winner too so be sure to enter below for your chance to win.

SOUTHERN BAKED COOKBOOK + PIE GIVEAWAY :

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How To : Polish Your Silver.

I love the classic vintage look of tarnished silver, but sometimes it is nice to polish these pieces off and see some of the details they have to offer. In just a few simple steps you can have perfectly polished silver. This is great for bringing an old piece back to life or for pieces you find at a thrift store or garage sale. 

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While gathering up your silver, go ahead and get a pot of water boiling. Once you have your silver together, start by finding an aluminum pan to place your silver into. Once you have your pieces are arranged in a single layer sprinkle baking soda over them and into the pan. Next pour the boiling water into the pan and let this sit for a few minutes. 

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Since the silver is going to be very hot, use a pair on tongs to remove from the pan and set them on a heat safe surface. Next you will want to take an old rag and add some silver polish to it. Begin to rub the silver and pay close attention to the grooves and details of the pieces. 

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Using a separate clean rag, begin to buff the pieces and clean off any remaining polish. Complete this process 2-3 times a year if you want your silver to maintain a clean and shiny look. 

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For a more detailed explanation check out this how to video above. Let me know how this worked for you and share some pictures of your treasured silver pieces with me! 


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Recipes From The Herb Garden.

This summer Heirloomed teamed up with The Home Depot to show you how to plant and tend to a farmhouse garden. Now I want to give you a delicious recipe so you can utilize these amazing herbs you grew. I used the basil from my garden to create a delicious Basil Pesto recipe.

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Fresh Basil Pesto / heirloomed

Check out our Farmhouse Garden post to learn how to grow your own basil and check out the full recipe our here at The Home Depot Blog. Let me know what recipes you like to use your basil in.


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

Food Gifts : DIY Pizza Kit.

With this gracious season of gifting, one of my all-time favorite things to give to friends are food gifts. I've shared a few over the years, but today I'm sharing one of my favorites simply because it's so beautiful. 

I teamed up with the folks at Red Gold Tomatoes to make this homemade Pizza Sauce as the hero of the kit, and I love including a little recipe card in the gift so my friends can make it on their own too.

homemade DIY pizza kit with homemade pizza sauce / food gifts / heirloomed

I love that Red Gold is a generational family-run operation and has been for over 75 years. And, their whole peeled tomatoes were just awarded "best canned tomato" by Epicurious.  

For the Pizza Kit I included a bunch of fresh ingredients like herbs, garlic, mozzarella cheese + infused olive oil, as well as some pretty kitchen items like our linen tea towel + a big wooden spoon. I also included fresh pizza dough so they can literally make a pizza on-the-spot and enjoy it. This also makes a great gift for a family with a new baby.

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homemade pizza sauce recipe / heirloomed

HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE

INGREDIENTS:

  •  1 (28-ounce) can Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves finely minced garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Open can of Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes and pour into a large bowl. Mash and break apart tomatoes, leaving them in chunky pieces and set aside. Combine olive oil, onion powder, oregano and basil in saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 3 minutes until combined. Add minced garlic cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Next, add the tomatoes + liquid to the saucepan. Add sugar and salt, reducing heat to low, and simmer for approximately 30 minutes. Stir, then taste and season as necessary. Continue to simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Use the sauce for pizzas immediately or allow to come to room temperature before bottling. Enjoy!

 

I'd love to know what other food gifts you're making this holiday season!

This post was sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes, however all thoughts + opinions are my own.



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

December is finally here (and so is my Mom) so that officially means holiday music non-stop on my radio, visits to Santa, decorating every square inch of the house and of course, Christmas Cookies.

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I'm so thrilled to share a very special new hand-illustrated Holiday Tea Towel that you use have for the season. So, we're taking the first "12 days of Christmas" to celebrate 12 of our family's favorite classic Christmas cookie recipes.

Each cookie is featured on the tea towel and guess what? My mom is the one who illustrated it so it's all the more special to me. Not coincidentally she's the one that taught me to bake each of these cookies so this has truly been one of the most special, full-circle projects I've gotten the chance to work on to date.

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    Stay tuned over the next two weeks or so as I share these classic recipes and a whole lot more about all the holiday traditions that I love. The nostalgia of the holiday season, from decor you use year after year, traditions that have been passed down and the recipes that just make the season what it is - it's what heirloomed is all about. And seeing the season through the eyes of my kiddos is all the more special.

    I'd love for you to share some of your favorite decor, traditions + recipes too with hashtag #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY all season.

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    heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creatingtraditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linenapronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com