Cook from the Book: Sister Pie


I have fully committed to mastering pie making this year. Ok, maybe not mastering, but definitely up-ing my skill level. Pie, of any flavor- is by far my favorite treat. I am so excited about Lisa Ludwinski’s book Sister Pie named after her Detroit pie shop. The first recipe I made from this book was the delicata squash, caramelized onion, goat cheese, and sage hand pies. They came out so. damn. good! I’m including the recipe below. Let me know what you think!

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Sister Pie's Caramelized Onion, Delicata Squash and Sage Hand Pies


  • 1 1/2 c delicata squash seeded and cubed
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 1/3 c minced fresh sage
  • 4 oz goat cheese crumbled
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • All-Butter Hand Pie Dough from Sister Pie
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp flakey sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Toss the squash with salt, olive oil, and freshly ground pepper and bake for 40-50mins until soft and caramelized. Remover them from the oven and let cool.

  2. While the squash is roasting add the sliced onions to a saute pan and slowly begin to caramelize, this will take some time, at least the full 50 minutes that the squash is in the oven. Stir every few minutes to ensure the onions do not scorch on the bottom of the pan. When they are soft, golden brown and sweet, let them cool in a bowl in the refrigerator.  

  3. To make the filling: toss the cooled squash and onions with crumbled goat cheese and sage. Taste the filling and add more salt or pepper if needed. 

  4. Roll out the hand pie dough to approximately 1/4-inch thick and use a cookie cutter to cut 4-inch rounds. Line the pastry rounds on a sheet tray between parchment and let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 

To Assemble

  1. Preheat the oven to 450. Remove the pre-cut rounds from the refrigerator, lay out half of them on a lightly floured surface. Brush each round with the beaten egg then place a spoonful of filling in the center of each round. Place the remaining pie crusts rounds on top and press the edges with your fingers to seal. Next crimp the edges further with a fork.

  2. Brush each of the assembled hand pies with the beaten egg and top with poppy seeds and a pinch of sea salt. Bake for 24mins, let cool and enjoy! 

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