Superhero Stuff: Stack Pie, Thor, and Pretty Flowers

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Life | 43 comments

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I’ve got a legendary post for you today. Mythological.

Superhero/Norse god, Thor, has arrived in Virginia.

AND I’m talking pie. Stack pies.

But first some background information. Thor is currently on a world tour, traveling all over North America and overseas, via author Debra Kristi. Be sure to check out the awesome adventures.

Now for Thor fun and pie.

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 I took Thor to see the plant life at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

 Thor at Japanese garden_opt

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After the gardens it was time to go home and make legendary hero food.

STACK (or stacked) pie. All you really need to know is that it’s pie and then more pie, and so on.

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But, I did a little bit of research and learned that a stack pie has it’s roots in both the southern United States and Pennsylvania Dutch country.

If you like pie, then stacking them seems commonsense, but mostly it was done as an easy way to transport pies to gatherings, like a party or a barn raising.


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Sometimes the pies are brought stacked. Sometimes they are stacked upon receipt.

 Each pie is as simple or elaborate as you want to make it. 

 Since this was an experiment for me, I made mini pies–one apple, the other a cranberry nut pie. 

Thor approved (I did not do extensive research on his likes and dislikes, but there is something called the apples of Idunn that may or may not be significant to his immortality).

 You can stack 2 or more pies. Make sure you have a sturdy pie dough. My crust protested the weight.

Also, I learned that frosting or caramel sauce can be used as “glue” between pies.

 I like the apple/cran combo, but other yummy combos could include lemon and blueberry, pecan and fudge, or peanut butter and chocolate.


What do you know about Thor and/or stack pies? What pie flavors would you combine?

Happy Monday!

Coleen xo


My cranberry nut pie recipe. This filling is for a regular pie crust, not deep dish. 

Cranberry nut pie
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 egg, beaten
½ cup sugar
½ cup flour
1/3 butter, melted
1 9” pie crust, unbaked
1.) Preheat oven to 325
2.) Layer cranberries on bottom of crust, sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts.
3.) Add other sugar to beaten egg, blend. Stir in flour and butter. Pour over cranberries and walnuts.
4.) Bake 45 minutes.

And if you’re gluten free like me, you can substitute your favorite GF crust and then use 1/2 cup of GF Bisquick in place of the regular flour. 

Also, I sometimes add fresh lemon zest to filling. :)


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  1. Thor is a different man, er, action figure bit in your company, Coleen. Using stack pie as a bribe to get him to calm down was genius. I can’t believe you convinced him to enjoy the botanical gardens without attacking a single rose or butterfly.

    Your cranberry-walnut pie sounds luscious. Cranberries spell autumn to me, and I’m so ready for it.

    Your photo of the butterfly is stunning.
    Pat O’Dea Rosen recently posted..A Cat’s Eye-View of Road TripsMy Profile

    • I realized I know very little about Thor, which may have actually helped. My ignorance probably astounded him and so he went along with my ideas. :) Thanks, Pat!

  2. It’s a good job Thor has done a lot of exercise travelling around. What a nice treat! I have never heard of stacked pies before and they look so yummy. I’m going to pull my finger out and get pie making yum!

  3. I’m not familiar with the action figure Thor. And, never heard of stack pies. Since I love pie over cake. And, I love cranberry pies. Your recipe looks wonderful. Now, I’m hungry.

    • I wasn’t all that familiar with him either, Patricia. :) Only what I’d read via Debra Kristi’s posts. But food is a good equalizer. Especially pie. If you enjoy cranberries, this recipe is pretty good–my husband’s favorite. I like that it retains a tartness along with the sweet.

  4. Fun post, Coleen! Definitely have to try the cranberry pie, and I think Thor needs to come to my house!
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    • Let Debra know! I’m sure Thor would love to visit you. :) Thanks, Jennifer.

  5. That looks soooo yummy! Now I seriously need to work out with Thor. Just looking at it I think I gained a couple of pounds. :D You have me wishing I was handy in the kitchen. ;)
    Debra Kristi recently posted..It Starts with YouMy Profile

    • Thanks for including me in Thor’s World Tour, Debra. It was tons of fun. :)

  6. I am so glad to see Thor is still on tour. I hope he behaved himself. He can be quite a “handful.”

    • No kidding. And the brooding/scowl face kept me on my toes. Thanks, Susie. :)

  7. Oh my yum! Those stacked pies look so delicious. Now I really, really, really want pie! And Thor. Yes, more Thor in my life wouldn’t be such a bad thing. He’s had such fun adventures on his world tour. I love the pictures from the botanical garden, those flowers are so pretty!

    I’m going to give your cran nut pie a go, I’ll let you know how it turns out. A baker, I am not. :)
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    • Yes, let me know how it goes! I consider myself an unorthodox baker, I don’t treat baking as a science and am known for throwing pinches and handfuls vs. teaspoons and cups. :)

  8. Mmmm, pie…. those look scrumptious! Thor will need to do some extra working out with his hammer to maintain his superhero figure after visiting your house!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..When Other Priorities Sneak InMy Profile

    • Thanks, Jennette. Pie requires a few extra laps around the block, but it’s always worth it!

  9. Your pies look delectable! I have never heard of stacked pies, but what a great idea. We do it for cake (I’m thinking layer cakes) so why not pies? I think chocolate would go well with just about anything, but I’d try it with coconut immediately.

    How does Thor keep his figure with all that pie around?

    • I’m thinking that hammer must be pretty heavy. I guess it’s a workout in itself?? :)

  10. Thor looks like he behaved himself while he was with you, though hitching a ride in the pocket of an overworked botanical gardens employee…for shame, Thor, for shame.

    Those pies look delicious! Are the crusts in the photos gluten free? If so, what dough or recipe did you use? I’m looking ahead to Thanksgiving because I WILL have pie. :)
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    • So the crusts in the photos are not gluten free, but the fillings are GF. I didn’t feel like making a trip out to Whole Foods for my fave crust, but I did want to know if my cran nut pie could translate GF. The Bisquick worked great for the filling. And my favorite crust (so far) is frozen pie shells made by Whole Foods. I think they taste better than regular pie crust–or maybe it’s just been awhile since I’ve had real crust. LOL Thanks, Kristy!

      • I sure wish there were Whole Food stores in my area. There are some over by Detroit, but I do not like driving in that part of the state, so I’ll just have to experiment at home. Pamela’s bread mix (of all things) seems very promising, and I need to try that sometime soon. Definitely going to need to come up with something for Thanksgiving. :)

        I may have to try your cran-nut pie. I love cranberries, and I love nuts. :)

        • I have not tried Pamela’s bread mix. I’m going to put that on my list. :)

  11. I think I gained ten pounds just looking a the pic, Coleen. LOL. Loved the cranberry and nut pie. Yummy. Lemon and blueberry would’ve been my first pick, but a lime curd and red raspberry might be interesting to try. Or even perhaps a custard and dulce de leche for a richer palate. Oh, I could go on all day, but I fear a fridge raid coming on and that’s usually followed by hours of binging where I will slip into a food coma accompanied by a lot of shame and diet plans.

    • Okay, lime and red raspberry sounds SO YUMMY to me. I’m going to have to look for recipes! And I hear you about the fridge raids and shame. Been there. LOL

  12. Great to hear about Thor again, Coleen. When he stopped at my house on his world tour, he didn’t mention that he could cook. :)

    The stacked pies look delicious. So what you’re saying is they’re stacked, then eaten that way? So a person gets double the pleasure…and serving? That’s my kind of pie!

    • From the moment I heard about the stack pie, I was intrigued. What’s better than pie, but more pie? THanks, Sheila!

  13. It’s amazing that he can remain so stoic amid such moving natural beauty. I am grateful for the research you put into this piece and I am confident that it will inspire Joss Whedon to either write a pie-related scene into The Avengers 3 or do something on that Agents of Shield TV show.
    Chris Edgar recently posted..Sample Scene from Steve’s QuestMy Profile

    • You are much better at giving Thor the benefit of the doubt. Where you see stoic, I found myself seeing an annoyed expression. I like your take. :) Thanks, Chris!

  14. Ooooh, I adore that you gave me the GF alternative! Gorgeous pie and a pretty hot looking Thor. :-)
    Jenny Hansen recently posted..Rap Your Way To The Classics! (Samples Included)My Profile

    • If you’re in need of GF dessert recipes, you can always try me, Jenny!! :)

  15. Yes Coleen, ignorance is bliss. I think you handled the situation with Thor like a pro. The pie idea was genius. And it looks delicious also. Do you ship these stacked pies by chance Coleen? :)

    • Shipping pies sounds like a lot of work. I’d rather eat them. :) Of course, I am happy to share recipes! THank you, Karen.

  16. Hulk Smash!

    Oops – wrong superhero!

    That Thor gets around, takes some amazing pictures, and sure knows how to bake an amazing pie!

    I’m all about berries and apple in my pies. Love them all.
    Phil recently posted..Orgasmic Sex Pastries – Sprinkles Cupcakes NYC!My Profile

    • It’s that hammer, easy to get confused with a Hulk smash. :)

  17. Wow. If Thor is the god of pie, then you are the goddess!! I’m not much of a pastry cook, so I’ll have to admire these from afar – the pies look absolutely delicious. Love your pics of Thor on locale, too. Much fun! :)

    • Oh. That was me, by the way. Trigger happy, as usual… :)

      • Thank you, Alarna. I don’t follow directions enough to qualify as a pastry chef, but I DO like the general order/meditative part of baking!

  18. I don’t know anything about about Thor, and I’ve never heard of stacked pies before. But what a great idea. This might be just the thing to please the whole crowd at Thanksgiving.
    Ruth Schiffmann recently posted..Multitasking FailsMy Profile

    • Yeah, I think bringing out a stack of pies would have to be not only a crowd pleaser, but a bit of a showstopper.:)

  19. Thor, there was a Thor in this post? I was completely distracted by the pie(s). That cranberry nut pie sounds like it sets off riots in your kitchen. I can only imagine what it smells like baking in the oven and cooling on the counter. Yum! Stacked sounds even better. Peach and tart cherry – especially fresh summer peaches and cherries from Northern Michigan served with vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm

    • Peach and cherry sounds YUM! And with ice cream? No wonder Thor has that scowl on his face, how can he compete??

  20. I had no idea pie stacking was legal, let alone encouraged. What an excellent outlet for those times when your top pie crust looks mangled!

    • You’re right, stacking them hides the imperfections! My pie crust always manage to look mangled. I messed up a store bought one last week simply by grabbing the edge the wrong way while pulling it out of the oven.


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