For anyone who’s afraid to make a pie, meet Scottsdale resident Kelly Sallaway. She baked her pie last week in her 1967 Sunray electric range with no features except an on and off dial. But as Kelly likes to say, “it’s not the wand, it’s the wizard,” and she won First Place and Grand Prize for her double crusted peach pie. Her entry, with a secret “spirited” ingredient in the crust, beat out dozens of cream, nut, and fruit pies in the Pie It Forward contest sponsored by Palo Verde Outreach benefiting veterans via Fischer House and Honor Flight. An Arizona native, Kelly’s baking inspiration comes in part from her grandfather, who settled in Arizona in the 1930’s as a pastry chef, and who cooked for movie stars and presidents in the Hollywood Dude Ranch heyday at the San Marcos in Chandler. Kelly has graciously given up her prize-winning recipe so that we can pie it forward ourselves! It is absolutely peachy and here it is, her own words!
My momma’s best-on-the-planet Rum Cake was always the most requested dessert for Mother’s day, and, yes, we made her bake it (before you get mad, please know that you can’t pull an Italian mom out of the kitchen, ever, even on Mother’s Day).
But this year, we decided to let her off the hook and make something she’d never had before. For some reason, the beautiful Boston Cream Pie with two layers of cake, pastry cream, and chocolate glaze dripping over the top and down the sides, was never included in any of our special occasion menus. We’re making up for that now! Happy Mother’s Day, beautiful moms!