Pie 45 Idaho’s Huckleberry Cheese Pie
When I first started my pie journey, I thought, ‘50 pies, that’s easy’😆😅I think it would be hard enough if I was mass producing 50 apple pies that all looked the same. But, trying to make 50 pies, some with very similar ingredients, have their own distinct look, that has been tough. How do you make five versions of pecan pie not look identical? I will spend days thinking about a pies ‘look’ before I even begin working on it. This has been the hardest part of the journey, but it has also challenged me creatively, I’m much more comfortable now with decorating a pie than I was when this all started. I definitely felt stretched this week working on Idaho’s Huckleberry Pie. The recipe is only slightly different from Montana’s pie. Because there’s a bit of a huckleberry rivalry between the two states I really wanted them to each have their own unique style. So I’m off to Idaho to find inspiration and discover what makes the Gem State so precious.
Idaho, sometimes referred to as Iowa, one of those ‘I’ states, is most well know for the potato, the Idaho Potato. Although they produce a 1/4 of the nations potato crop, they offer so much more than just the humble spud. From skiing to white water rafting, Idaho is a place of adventure along with country and small town charm. The good folks of Idaho don’t mind if you just think of them as the ‘potato state’, that just means more of their most treasured gem, the huckleberry, AKA ‘purple gold’, all for them. Huckleberries grow wild in the open acres of the Idaho wilderness. The deep purple berry is a treat for people, bears, deer, and birds alike. Idahoan’s have been described as ‘obsessed,’ with the berry. In 2000 they declared huckleberries their official state fruit. Huckleberries are a rarity, only found in a few states in the Pacific Northwest, they can’t be cultivated, despite much research and attempts. So, come Huckleberry Season, in July and August, Idahoans take to the trails, scale mountain sides, filling buckets and freezers full to last them until the next season. Hands and mouth stained blue are a sign the berry hunt is on. They will add the berries to just about —->