Ashley English’s Year of Pies Giveaway


If you’re smart, you saw yesterday’s post on how to make pie as a hint of what was to come today.

If you’re dumb, you didn’t see yesterday’s post as a hint of what was to come today.  And you wear mittens all year long. Probably.

Indeed, yesterday’s post featuring one of the many pie recipes in Ashley English’s latest cookbook, A Year of Pies was just a taste of what was on its way.

Today, I have for you not one, not two, not three, but FOUR copies of this cookbook to give away courtesy of my best friend Ashley.



A- Year Of Pies 5



O.K. Ashley isn’t really my best friend.  I’ve never even met Ashley.

But I do believe if we were ever to meet, Ashley and I would (at the most) become best friends.  (At the least) we would refrain from pushing each other into oncoming traffic and probably wouldn’t pull each other’s hair.  We might even share mittens.

After a quick browse of the book I have determined that it does indeed include all 4 of the “True Pies“, as well as a several other non-true pies.  56 others to be exact.  Getting into the fact that the book includes variations on the True Pies probably should’t be discussed.  Like the fact that there’s a Chai Apple pie recipe.  Information like that could be detrimental to the fella’s father’s delicate pie sensibilities.

A few of my favourite pie titles from this book?


Pie Selections


Want to win a copy so you can make Galumpkis Pie?

Just tell me your favourite type of Pie!

This here contest is open until Sunday, December 2nd at midnight. The 4 winners will be announced next Thursday, December 6th.

Winners are going to be selected randomly.

This contest is now closed.

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  1. jamie lynn says:

    my favorite would always be the classic apple. i’ve never made one but i bet there’s a helluva recipe for one in that book! :) thanks to you and ashley for this giveaway!!

  2. Laura Watt says:

    Anything with rhubarb is good in my books!

  3. Corinne says:

    Pumpkin!! With real whipped cream! Yum!!

  4. Denise says:

    I love blueberry pie and cherry pie, and would alos like to learn how to make a meat pie!

  5. Em Johnston says:

    Huz says “dessert pie” is his fav. I think I heart apple pie the most. Classic and borderline boring, I’m sure, but eh… Whatevs.

  6. candace says:

    Raspberry pie, no question.

  7. Jenn says:

    French silk pie with lots of whipped cream…. Always for breakfast.

    • Kim says:

      OH MY !! French silk pie is THE BEST. Worked at a restaurant paying for college. We would damage those things on purpose just to share among the waitstaff …ah memories.

  8. claudine says:

    Apple pie is my favorite. Actually, I love all pies sweet or savory. It is a problem.

  9. Jodi says:

    I wanna win!!! I wanna win!! I wanna win!!!

    My most favouritest of all favourite pies is Strawberry Rhubarb (the rhubarb grown myself)

    Second is a wonderful tie between pumpkin, apple caramel, blueberry and cherry. Oh and Pecan – cant forget Pecan.

    I would like to try Lemon meringue, key lime, an sweet potato.

    So please for the love of all that is Holy and any god you believe in – LET ME WIN!!!

    That is all.

  10. Lynne says:

    Strawberry rhubarb, closely followed by cherry, closely followed by lemon meringue, closely followed by pecan, closely followed by apple – hmm there seems to be more than just one favourite ….

  11. Kelly says:

    Rhubarb Pie. Yummy!

  12. joan wyatt says:

    Definitely Faery’s Merengue pie, made with my 5 YO daughter. Any sweet smooth filling with merengue on top. We love it!

  13. Mmmm – pie!
    My first thought was Pumpkin, but then I remembered I haven’t had Flapper pie in ages so I’m going to go with that. Is Flapper pie in Ashley’s book?

    • Karen says:

      Um …. a what? Are you from America or Romania or something? ~ karen

      • Tsk Tsk – Flapper Pie is Canadian. From the prairies in fact.

        • Karen says:

          Ah! Well. The prairies. That’s practically Romania. ~ karen

        • Karen says:

          AND DON’T START SENDING ME HATE EMAILS FROM THE PRAIRIES! It’s a joke. A Little Pie on the Prairie joke. ~ karen

          • SK Farm Girl says:

            Good recovery! I was about to totally unleash on you! Bet you don’t know what Vi-Co is or what a bunnyhug is . . .

            • Karen says:

              Well Miss. Smarty pants, I *absolutely* know what a bunny hug is. The fella worked in Saskatchewan for half a year a little while ago and it’s one of the first things he told me about. NO idea what a Vi-Co is. He might, but I don’t have a clue. ~ karen!

            • SK Farm Girl says:

              As smart as he is, I’m pretty sure even the fella doesn’t know what Vi-co is! Just cuz I like ya, and cuz I’m always willing to “one up” anyone’s fella, I’ll let you in on Vi-co! Vi-co was, wait for it . . . chocolate milk!!! It was made by Dairy Producers and sold in Saskatchewan. In the mid 90’s, Dairy Producers was bought out and the name Vi-co was dropped – saddest day in SK history. Except for those 10 gazillion times the Roughriders lost a game in the last 15 or so seconds, or worse yet no time left on the clock!!!

          • Deb J. says:

            It’s okay Karen. I grew up on the prairies. They are practically like Romania. Especially from here in Ontario:)

  14. I love all pie. All of them. I already love the 60 in Ashley’s book even though I haven’t made them yet. That’s how much I love pie. I need to win this book….

  15. Jean says:

    Definitely Lemon Meringue Pie. No, make that Pumpkin Pie. On second thought, Banana Cream Pie. Oh what the heck, every pie!

  16. Kirsten says:

    Blackberry pie, made with fresh blackberries picked from my friend’s vines!

  17. Laura says:

    I’m old fashioned… An apple pie with cinnamon and a dollop of vanilla ice cream cannot be beaten, in my humble opinion. Though I can’t really think of a time when I’ve met a pie I didn’t like…

  18. kat m says:

    I adore chess pie!!! However on a past trip to Quebec, I discovered maple sugar pie. I could eat that every day! Now as I know you have family/peeps who lurve the syrup so much, that they guzzle it down right quick, I suspect that if you have a bottle of that in your house, it never manages to make it to the pie stage!!

    • Karen says:

      kat m – I have a few bottles of syrup that I made this spring from the tree in our backyard. It is hidden. I will bring it out on Christmas morning and he can do what he likes with it then. ~ karen

  19. Amber Lew says:

    My mother’s custard pie. Fantastic.

  20. Bri says:

    Any fruit pie is good in my book. And bourbon pecan, pumpkin, lemon and a whole host of others are welcome on my plate. In other words, I’m an equal opportunity pie lover.

  21. Raymonde says:

    Since I won last week, (happy, happy, joy, joy, joy!) I’m going to let someone else win one of these books.
    Let me just say that I love “tourtière” which is a delicious Québec meat pie. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without it! I could also go on and on about the huge seafood pies from the Magdalen islands, or the tasty “cipaille”, another big venison pie from the Lac St-Jean region. And don’t get me started on sweet dessert pies!!!

    • Karen says:

      Raymonde – The fella got sick off cipaille at our cottage in Quebec a few years ago. Don’t think he’ll be eating that again for a decade or so. Email me your tourtière recipe and I’ll give it a shot! (my only complaint about it that it’s usually so dry! I like a little sauce in my pies) ~ karen

  22. Elif says:

    Strawberry rhubarb!

  23. Rachel says:

    French silk!

  24. Jenny says:


  25. Rose says:

    Turkey pie. I just made it last night for my son’s birthday. It’s what he asks for every year.

  26. Chris says:

    I am going to have to toss a coin on my favourite. It is either rhubarb or apple. My all time favourite was the apple pie my grandma made.It had the flakiest buttery crust that I have only come close in making and she even managed to make a crunchy sugary bottom crust. She never followed a recipe so I am still trying to replicate it. This is why cookbooks are so important.

  27. Robyn Orr says:

    Chocolate Pecan Pie! I am not even a huge chocolate person but this pie is less sickeningly sweet than pecan pie and has the most amazing mouth feel.

  28. Katie says:

    I like cream pies more than fruit pies. My top 2 favorite pies are Key lime and coconut cream. OMM NOM NOM!

  29. Kate says:

    Blackberry. Oh my, yes.

  30. sherry says:


  31. Faith says:

    My favorite pie is a “harvest” pie. A spin on apple pie with cranberries and walnuts (currants if you’re feeling crazy) tossed in the spiced apple mixture. All topped with a delicious crumbly struesel mixture which begs for a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I’ve also served it with homemade candied ginger ice cream, yum!!

  32. Natalie says:

    FAVORITE pie, eh? I guess I’d have to say apple. Though I do love custard, so flapper pie looks pretty damn good.

  33. Natika33 says:

    It would probably be better if I didn’t win this book, but I’ll tell you my favourite pie(s) anyway. Apple first, pecan second and blueberry third, but really I pretty much like all pies!

    I agree that tourtiere can be a bit dry. Apparently, if you make it with enough fatty meats like duck or pork it is more juicy, but my mother always uses less for health reasons. Hence, we eat our tourtiere with sauce (HP or Heinz 57) or sometimes even just ketchup.

    I’d love to play with the recipe one day and see if I could make a juicier tourtiere. I trust that if you ever make one, Karen, it will be perfect!

  34. MaryB says:

    Lemon pie!

  35. Rita says:

    My favorite pie is sweet potato pie with butter pecan ice cream. Sometimes my favorite pie is that Tarte Tatin.

  36. jezz says:

    My favorite pies are crumb pies, and shoofly pie is a big favorite.

  37. Jessica C says:

    I love pumpkin pie, but that may just be because it is the only one I can consistently make well. I too have always wanted to make a meat pie…well at least since I saw Sweeney Todd.

  38. Amie Mason says:

    I’m a lover of a chicken and leek pie. But the sweet tooth in me loves a cherry pie with vanilla mascapone. Yum!

  39. erica says:

    Rhubarb. Yum!

  40. Donna T says:

    Apple pie made with Jonathan apples, warm, not hot, with a little vanilla ice cream on top. Heavenly!

  41. Cindy Marlow says:

    My favorite is and always has been sour cream lemon. This was a Marie Callendar’s special but I’ve since found them elsewhere. Just because this is my favorite doesn’t mean that I’m not open to exploring other pies. I mean I don’t feel like I’m cheating or anything. Pie, like children, can be written out of the will anytime on a whim. This might be the result of finding another favorite should I find myself in possession of Ashley’s stupendous book.

  42. Cathy Bernard says:

    One? I have to pick one ??? I would have to say peach comes a very close second to bumble berry made with a variety of berries my 3.5 yr old daughter picks.

  43. Sharon says:

    Pecan or apple pie would be my first pick!

  44. Shannon says:

    Anything with berries more than pleases my palate, but I’d have to go with strawberry if I had to pick just one. Must be that childhood influence of growing up across the street from a huge strawberry patch in So California! Eating them til my belly ached…mmm, mmm. And, of course, I paid for every one of them…ahem.

  45. Mary says:

    Although it’s not a true pie,,,my favourite pie is peach pie! I’d love to see if Galumpkis Pie could sway me

  46. Wendy says:

    RAISIN!!! Warmed up with ice cream!!!!! MMMMM, Now I will have to go the Blackfoot Diner to get some. I can’t make pie, maybe the pie book would help me.

  47. Becca C. says:

    Blueberry. Hands down that is the best pie ever and I’ve never gotten sick of it. :)

  48. Belinda Philp says:

    mince and cheese, yep, I know, it’s not sweet, and it’s got meat in it, and cheese. (Here’s hoping you’re able to send a pie book to NZ!)

  49. Sylvia says:

    Strawberry-rhubarb. Yep. Or Cherry, that’s the one, cherry. Or Chess, yes I think Chess. Wait, then there’s Pecan or since I live in the South pEcan. Oh I don’t know they are all good! Pick me pick me!

  50. Jamie says:

    My favorite would have to be Cranberry-Apple. Sweet and tart!

  51. Becs pantry says:

    Oh, I love love love making chicken, bacon and mushroom pie with a white sauce. Come to think of it, I’ve not made this for ages! To the kitchen!

  52. SK Farm Girl says:

    Well . . . when I’m with a particular old school friend it’s Banana Cream; or at local fall suppers it’s pumpkin pie with REAL whipped cream; or at my auntie’s it’s whatever she’s just pulled out of the oven; or at a small-town sports day it’s whatever berry is in season; or at a curling bonspiel it’s lemon merangue! Damn my Decision Defecit Disorder!!!

  53. karen anderson says:

    Strawberry rhubarb–and I clearly need this book since mine was unedible at Thanksgiving!!

  54. Rhonda "SmartyPants" says:

    Pie? Favorite? Favorite pie? Uh, mince meat w/real beef inside, quiche, chicken pot pie, pumpkin, rhubarb, rhubarb-strawberry, strawberry, chocolate cream, lemon meringue, banana split cream, coconut cream, toasted coconut cream, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, banana cream, apple sour cream, apple crumb crust, apple, pecan, walnut bourbon, key lime, sour cream/cream cheese w/canned cherries, cherry, marionberry . . . sorry, I’m at an impasse, let me get back to you, please?

  55. Jackie says:

    My favorite type of pie is apple pie. Delicious!

  56. Athena R says:

    I love too many pies to have a favorite, but one of my favorites is called Fat Pie…it’s a fluffy delicious concoction of whipped cream, pecans, crushed pineapples, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk in a graham cracker crust.

  57. Laurel says:

    There are oh so many pies I love…Oh I couldn’t tell if I could enter to win living in New Zealand or not? I’m American living in NZ and there is a huge shortage of really nice sweet pies…I always seem to go for the ones I miss the most, and my most loved…Missippi Mud Pie. *swoon* Although I can only ever make it when i get my hands on some jell-o stovetop pudding mix, which is rarely. :( (I’ve tried to make my own pudding…it’s just not the same..heh)

  58. Erika says:

    Pie with feta cheese and zucchini. And for dessert: Lemon menringue pie!!

  59. Beth says:

    I love pie!!! Apple is definitely my favorite, and my mom makes the best :) She makes her crust from scratch, but I usually cheat.

  60. Rebecca says:

    Pumpkin is my fav…but none of that canned stuff! REAL pumpkin filling, topped with whipped cream. Yummmmm! :)

  61. marsha says:

    I love peanut butter pie. Actually, I love most pies but I think peanut butter is the best. Coconut cream pies aren’t bad either. Maybe I don’t have a favorite – just enjoy any and all!

  62. Kim Merry says:

    I would have to say that pecan is my all time favorite…. but frankly I have never met a pie I didn’t like!!!!
    My mother in law makes a “Gerryberry” pie that is really good. I asked her once what a “Gerryberry” was, her answer- “You know… the berries that I pick at Gerry’s house” LOL!

  63. Anna says:

    Pecan. What could be better than a sugar pie with nuts in it? When no one else in the house likes it, that’s what. All MINE.

  64. farquist says:

    Strawberry Rhubarb (from my garden) and whipping cream (not from my garden)

  65. Kathy W says:

    Yum, banana cream pie…my fav

  66. Patteta says:

    Love, love, love little hand-held, golden-crusted peach pies but Key Lime pie is a real close second. For some reason I prefer food I can eat out-of-hand, while I walk around doing nothing. Don’t know why…

  67. Lara says:

    Blueberry! My husband is the pie baker in this family. But he only makes apple (his fave) and only one time per year. I suspect that if there was a pie recipe book in the house — um, like this one — we’d get more pie variety more often! Yum!

  68. Cynthia E says:

    Classic apple pie is the bomb, but I have to admit that cherry pie is also a contender for favorite.

  69. Bonnie says:

    Chai apple pie will certainly be my new favorite, since apple pie is my current favorite, and I adore chai.
    In any event, thank you both.

  70. Laura Bee says:

    My nana’s elderberry pie might be my favourite.
    We had store-bought apple last night for hubby’s birthday. I was looking at cakes, but your post gave me pie on the brain. The pie was disappointing I need this book so store bought pie will never come into this house again.

  71. Erica Filpi says:

    I grew up n a household where everything was generic, pumpkin, apple, banana…… This book has me excited about more flavorful pies. (And I want to try the meat pies). I don’t have a favorite, but I DO have a dislike… Keylime pie, yuck.

  72. Sarah says:

    My mother’s homemade apple pie. Little nutmeg. No toppings. Served ice cold, from the fridge a day later. This will always be my favourite! Now I want pie!

  73. Jeannette says:

    Blueberry pie is my favorite!

  74. Elizabeth says:

    Gooseberry pie, as made by my mother. Delicious!

  75. ev says:

    Peach Pie! Cobbler is good too, but peach pie is the thing. I like savory pies a lot–chicken pot pie is wonderful–has to have top & bottom crust though. Sure would like to have that pie book! Thanks Karen.

  76. Michelle says:

    I made yesterday’s pie with whiskey and it was great but top fav of all would have to be wild saskatoon berry by grandma.
    (I also forgot to put the sugar into yesterday’s pie and it was still really good)

  77. Anita says:

    Pecan Pie! yummy!!!

  78. Noodle says:

    Turkey pie is a thing? that sounds awesome! I’m a big fan of meat pies in general. My favorite at the moment is the “SMOG” (steak, mushroom, onion, and gruyere) that they make at the local pie shop.

  79. sophie says:

    key-lime, pumpkin, pecan, blueberry, raspberry, how could I ever pick just one!

  80. Anna Lee says:

    Shepherd’s Pie! (ha ha ha) –
    I am a pretty big fan of pie as long as it has a good crust. And since I recently came into possession of my great-grandfather’s famous pie crust recipe (he was a Fred Harvey House baker in Colorado and New Mexico)… I’m in luck.
    Today my favorite pie is macadamia nut pie – a recipe of my grandmother’s. She passed away last year and I made it in her honor and absence at this year’s Thanksgiving.

  81. Kathy says:

    Gino’s East Pizza Pie in Chicago!!!! Good for breakfast, lunch and supper….who needs dessert?!

  82. Marta says:

    Warm blueberry pie (blueberries from Northern Ontario) with vanilla ice cream. Om nom nom…

  83. Brenda says:

    Warm blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

  84. Suanne Jefferies says:

    How the heck can you pick ONE favorite kind of pie? That’s like choosing a favorite hair from your head!
    Hmmmmmm….I guess rhubarb, or black raspberry, or maybe banana cream or pecan, no wait, chocolate cream…SEE? Impossible!

  85. LuAnn says:

    Raisin pie!!
    With cream. Or without.
    With ice cream. Or without.

  86. John C says:

    My favourite pie is any pie while on PEI. Whenever we vacation on PEI, it’s pie every night! “keep your fork Duke, there’s pie!”

  87. valerie says:

    coconut cream pie is my most favorite!

  88. APPLE PIE ALL THE WAY. Well, any pie that SOMEONE ELSE makes for me. Everything always tastes better when someone else makes it. xx

  89. Beckie says:

    I just learned something new (about myself)

    I can’t pick a favorite pie! I love too many of them to name one as my Very Favorite

    I don’t want to hurt the feelings of the other pies by choosing just one =)

    what with apple pie and pumpkin pie and blueberry pie and Fruits of the Forest pie and chicken pot pie and coconut custard pie and seafood pot pie…and turkey pot pie…and peach pie…

    but I will say, anything stuck between layers of flaky, buttery crust is heaven on a plate!

    thanks for the chance =)

  90. pooks says:

    MEAT PIE!!!!

    Okay, Cornish pasties. Eaten in Cornwall.

    On the coastal path with a wide view of the sea and rocky cliffs and green, green sweeps of patchwork fields separated by hedgerows.

    With cows.

    Which provide meat.

    For MEAT PIES!

  91. Judith says:

    Ohhh, PECAN. Always, always pecan.

  92. Melanie says:

    My favorite pie is definitely Pecan. My aunt passed away two years ago and it was always her tradition to bring her famous homemade pecan pie to Thanksgiving dinner. Now her daughter has carried on the tradition and it holds a special place in all of our hearts. Plus, it tastes amazing. Nutty and just the right amount of sweetness without being disgusting.

  93. Elizabeth says:

    It’s a dead heat between the ever classic apple and lemon pudding pie, meringue me not!

  94. Pauline says:


  95. Delores says:

    Key Lime Pie made with fresh key limes!

  96. Carol-Anne says:

    If I really had to choose a favourite… Lemon Meringue.

    Good luck everyone!

  97. Susie says:

    Pecan or coconut cream top my list, I even have some lard in the freezer to make the crusts with. Lard makes the very best crusts.

  98. Tara says:

    Coconut Cream pie…no wait, Blueberry…or um banana cream…

  99. Leah says:

    I love the smells and flavors of fall…like apple pie and pumpkin pie. Scrumptious!

  100. Vanessa says:

    My absolute favorite pie is my mom’s blueberry pie. My grandparents used to have acres of blueberry bushes, and my mom’s pie, made from just-picked blueberries from Nana’s farm, simply CANNOT be beat.

    That said, I have never been known to turn away a slice of any variety. I am the neighborhood champion of pie crusts, but I’d love to win this book and expand my filling repertoire!

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