Why Desperation Pies Are Making a Comeback!
Vinegar pie, buttermilk pie, mock apple pie—where the filling, rather than being composed of seasonal fruit, is made of mashed up and seasoned crackers—are known as “desperation”, or “make-do,” pies. They’ve been part of the American culinary tradition since the beginning of the country, when resourceful farming families put together dessert with whatever they had on hand. And now, desperation pies are rising in popularity. Read this article with Culinary Arts students then have them work in teams of two to three students to develop a recipe for a new “desperation” pie. A rich part of culinary history.