Thursday, February 3, 2011
Last Sunday Lawman and I met up with Blondie for some Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie. Our first of the New Year. We shared three slices between us, but it wasn't until I went to upload the pictures that I realized our pie flight was more of a pie ABCs: Apple Bourbon, Black Bottom Oatmeal and Cranberry Sage...
First up the Apple Bourbon. The Apple Bourbon was actually one the first pies I tried from Four & Twenty Blackbirds back in the summer. Oh, summer. This rendition of the Apple Bourbon pie, however, had an oatmeal crumble crust. Dutch Apple pie (aka apple pie with crumb topping) was my absolute favorite pie as a child. The crumb topping here does not disappoint. Like all the Four & Twenty pies I've had the spicing to sweetness ratio was just right.
Next up, Black Bottom Oatmeal. This is a pie I saw on their Facebook wall (and part of the inspiration for the visit). Co-owner, Emily Elsen described this pie as a poor man's "pecan pie"--similar filling topped with oats instead of pecans with a layer of chocolate ganache. A poor man should be so lucky! As someone who can't have nuts and has always looked longingly at pecan pie, this is such a treat. The dark chocolate ganache balances perfectly with the sweet filling and the crunchy toasted rolled oat topping pulls it all together. I'll be watching their Facebook wall for the next time this one makes an appearance.
Lastly, the Cranberry Sage. that I first tried (and loved) back in December. Nice to see that this is sticking around for a little more of the winter. ReadyMade magazine which ranks up there with pie among my favorite things has the recipe for the Cranberry Sage pie which ran with their nice piece on the Elsen sisters.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
439 Third Ave. at 8th St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215