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Peace Through Pie

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today, we celebrate the legacy of a man who changed the course of history in the South. Many of you have the day off work, and it can sometimes be difficult to find a way to celebrate Martin Luther King on his day. Thanks to Peace Through Pie, there’s an edible solution this year. A grassroots movement, Peace Through Pie is rekindling the pie social as a vehicle for social change. They suggest you bake a pie and serve it today  as a symbol of inclusiveness and a way to get people together around a table, where every voice will be respected.

Based in Austin, Texas, Peace Through Pie got its start in 1995, when artist Luanne Stovall baked a buttermilk pie to celebrate MLK Day. She wrote “I Have A Dream” on top in red icing, and she invited her friends and family to share a piece. Last year, 1,000 people took part in Peace Through Pie in Austin, and the movement also spread to Boston. This year, Peace Through Pie is rolling out across the country, and everyone is invited to take part. Inspired by Peace Through Pie’s Texas roots, we pulled out an old copy of “The Dallas Junior League Cookbook” from 1976. Their recipe for Caramel Pie (below the video) sounds like it could solve many of the world’s problems, so we challenge all our readers to do a little baking and share a piece with a friend or neighbor today.

Caramel Pie
Taken from the 1976 “Dallas Junior League Cookbook” and belonging to Mrs. Dabney White, member in 1948

1 heaping tsp. flour (more if needed)
1 cup sweet milk
2 eggs, separated (reserve whites for meringue)
1 cup sugar
1 heaping T butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 pie crust
4 T. sugar
Few drops of vanilla

Mix flour and milk with well-beaten yolks. Melt sugar in saucepan, stirring constantly. To this, add milk, eggs and flour mixture. Keep stirring to dissolve each ingredient. Cook until very thick, then add butter and vanilla. Bake pie crust separately. Pour custard into crust. Beat egg whites very fine; add sugar and vanilla. Spread over pie. Bake very slowly 30-40 minutes at 250-300 degrees.


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