This is the signature flavor at Detroit bakery Sister Pie, and it’s a true standout. Inspired by both Christina Tosi’s lauded Crack Pie from Momofuku Milk Bar and Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ Salty Honey Pie (because those were the bakeries where Lisa Ludwinski honed her own formidable skills), it’s similar to a chess pie but so much better. The creamy, caramelly filling is made from robust dark amber maple syrup, heavy cream, eggs, light brown sugar, and a touch of cornmeal, and it’s topped off with sparkling flakes of sea salt for a perfect sweet-salty synergy. Try Sister Pie’s Toasted Coconut Sweet Potato Pie recipe too.
Note: The cookbook has great, detailed instructions for making, rolling out, crimping, and blind baking Sister Pie’s signature All-Butter Pie Dough, but if you don’t have the book on hand, you can also use our Easy Pie Dough recipe. After letting the crust chill in the fridge for at least a couple hours, if not overnight, roll it out, transfer it to your pie plate, crimp the edges, and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes (this ensures the butter bits are cold and helps it reach its flakiest full potential). Then, you’ll be ready to blind bake the crust per the recipe instructions.
This classic pie plate is made from high resistance ceramic, which means it can go straight from the freezer to your oven. It also makes your pies look even prettier.See It ›
To fill and bake the pie:
Reprinted with permission from Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski, copyright © 2018. Published by Lorena Jones Books, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Images copyright © by E.E. Berger