By Kevin Williams
Reader Dee C. in Wooster, Ohio was kind enough to share a scene from her Thanksgiving table. But, first, I'd be remiss without a word about Wooster.
Wooster is a unique place, the county seat of Wayne County, Ohio, on the edge of Amish Country. I was a featured author at the Buckeye Book Fair held every November on the campus of Wooster College. That was six years ago this month and the evening before the book fair brought a heavy band of lake effect snow, so that was kind of neat. But not long before that a tornado had hit the Wooster campus, and you could see mangled structures from that. So it was a surreal scene walking into the event on a snowy morning with very summery tornado damage as a backdrop.
The population of Wooster is about 25,000 and it, in my mind, is a "gateway town." Because once you are to Wooster you feel like you've arrived in the more urban, industrial areas of NE Ohio. Go south of Wooster and you head deep into Ohio's rural Amish country. Wooster (pronounced Wuhster) is a neat little town if you ever have a chance to go.
Okay, from neat little towns to neat little pies.....Dee (man, my family's Thanksgiving spread was awesome, but it didn't include this pie, if Wooster were closer to me, Dee would have had an unexpected supper guest!) made Vanilla Crumb Pie part of her menu on Thanksgiving Day. This pie is one of my absolute favorites and Dee's version of it turned out gorgeous. So I know you're all stuffed still and so am I, but you might want to consider this pie as part of your Christmas gathering menu. Thank you Dee for sharing these beautiful photos!
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ¼ corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- CRUMB TOPPING:
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup butter
- In a saucepan, bring filling ingredients to a boil. let cool slightly
- Combine crumb ingredients
- Pour cooled sauce in an unbaked pie crust.Add crumbs on top
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden brown