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Our Great Valentine Gift ~ 4 Days Early and Appalachian Stack Pie!

I am thrilled to say that I have been a Grandma and Bill a Grandpa since 4:25 a.m. Thursday, February 10th!  This is our first grandchild and we are looking forward to many years of loving and spoiling him. 

Our younger son Matt, and his wife, Kathy, are the proud parents of Matthew, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces and is 19 inches long.  He’s tiny, adorable and perfect. 

Mom and baby, and Dad also, are doing great and I know Matt and Kathy will be wonderful loving parents.  The world is already a better place now that Matthew has arrived!

He is the absolute best Valentine’s Day gift ever!  And speaking of Valentine’s Day, I have a great recipe for a Valentine’s Day treat!

Maybe you’ve heard of or even enjoyed Appalachian stack cake.  It’s usually filled with dried apples and lots of spices.  With wedding cakes being so expensive, the legend goes that stack cake was a community-baked wedding cake.  The dough for the cake was rolled into 9-inch very thin layers and baked in cast-iron skillets.  Each family attending an Appalachian wedding baked one of the 6-12 cake layers and carried it to the wedding.  The bride’s family was in charge of cooking the apple filling and assembling all the layers into the finished cake.  It is a practical wedding cake that supposedly took 3 hours or more to make.

A modernized version of it was in the Chicago Tribune the other day.  It’s made with pie crust dough, resulting in 3-inch miniature Appalachian stack pies, instead of stack cakes.  Practical, delicious and easier to make!

The filling takes about 30-60 minutes to cook, so it could be made the night before you want to serve the dessert.  The rest is easy as it uses one roll-and-bake pie crust from the refrigerated section of the market.  Cut a dozen 3-inch pastry circles; it’s enough for 4 sweet pie stacks that look pretty also!  Serve them immediately after stacking them or the crisp pastry rounds will get soggy and your stack will topple.

Appalachian Spiced Apple Stack Pie

Pie circles:

1 roll-and-bake ready-made pie crust
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon


1 package (6-ounces) dried apples
2½ cups water
1 cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Pinch each: sea salt and ground nutmeg
½ cup cream, whipped, optional


For pie circles: 
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Roll out crust and cut into 12 three-inch circles.
Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
Prick each circle several times with a fork.
Mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and sprinkle a little on each pastry circle.
Bake until golden, about 5 minutes.
Remove sheet to cooling rack.

For apple filling:
Place dried apples in microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of the water and ½ cup of the apple juice concentrate.
Cover bowl and microwave 10 minutes.
Pour apple mixture into a saucepan, cook over medium heat, gradually adding remaining 1½ cups of the water and ½ cup of the apple juice concentrate as liquids reduce.
Cook until apples are soft and the liquid has reduced, about 40 minutes.
Add the spices and salt; cook stirring often, until liquid has reduced to a small amount of syrup, 10 minutes.
Remove spiced apples from heat.

Place a round of pastry on each of 4 plates.
Spoon some of the apple filling onto each round.
Top each with another round of pastry.
Spoon on more apple filling.
Top with third pastry round.
Spoon a small dollop of whipped cream on top.

These little pies are perfect ~ however you stack ‘em!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Welcome to the world and our family, darling baby Matthew!


  1. Congrats dear Pam is perfect!!!Really nice baby dear and you are really happy, blessings!! gloria

  2. Congratulations Pam - he's a lucky mite to have such wonderful greadparents to spoil him!!!

  3. Congratulations, Pam! He is gorgeous! I am so happy for all of you! And little Matthew is blessed to have you as his grandmother!

    Love the recipe and the history of this delicious dessert.

  4. Congratulations, he is beautiful!! These mini pies look great, to, can't wait to try them!!

  5. I know you'll enjoy your little gift from God, Pam. Love these little pies... so cute!

  6. What a perfect Valentine's Day gift for you all. Matthew is gorgeous.

    I'd be eating sweets to celebrate too. That apple dessert looks delicious.

  7. Congratulation my dear granma Pam!!!!!

  8. He is a cutie PIE, a PUMPKIN and a PEACH. Hugs and kisses.

  9. You all got the bestest present ever this year!
    Your stacked pie looks delish!

  10. Congratulations to the proud grandparents! Matthew looks so adorable. He truly is the best gift you could receive. Happy Valentine's Day

  11. Congratulations Pam! What an absolutely beautiful little boy. So precious! And your mini stack cakes look scrumptious! Happy Valentine's Day!

  12. How special...what a great Valetine's Day treat! He is so cute! Congrats grandma!

  13. Beautiful News!! You must be proud!

  14. Congratulations Grandma, what a wonderful gift. You will have many happy years I am sure spoiling him :) Diane

  15. Congrats Pam A star has been born he's gorgeous!

  16. Congratulations! What a blessing! He is so cute!

    I love this recipe. Not only does it look delicious, it is actually really impressive looking. Thanks for sharing it:)

  17. I love this simple little dessert....I think you have gotten the best Valentine's Day gift anyone could ask for.

  18. Congratulations Pam! A grandchild is the best Valentines Day present you could possibly get! :) The little pies are cute, but not nearly as cute as your grandbaby!

  19. YAY!!!!Congratulations Pam!!...What a wonderful Valentine's Day gift=Matthew is a precious boy and I wish him a lifetime of great health and much love...Kisses to M/M too!...Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!

  20. Congratulations on your first grand baby! He's precious and adorable and I know you're going to spoil him.

    Love this apple pie recipe! Looks wonderful! Happy V- Day!

  21. Pam, Congratulations!! Grandparenting is great...somebody else does all the heavy lifting and the grandparents collect much of the joy! As for that Appalachian Spiced Apple Stacked Pies/Snacks...they look really terrific. Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  22. Hey, Congrats! Baby is so adorable & wish I could have the baby in my arms. Reminds me of my son when he was young :)

    Happy belated Valentine's Day & enjoy! Do check out what I'd prepared for my V-day Dinner @ Flirting With Food On Valentine’s Day

  23. Congratulations to your whole family! You are now officially "promoted" to the rank of Grandma! Matthew is adorable! The Apple Stack Pie looks yummy. Happy Valentine's Day!

  24. Congrats to you Pam for being the new grandma to baby Matthew:D He's so lovely!

  25. Gloria, thank you! We are very happy!!!

    Brownieville Girl, yes and we are so lucky to have him!

    Linda, thanks so much! We are all definitely blessed.

    egbkid, thank you! The pies are good too!

    Karen, thank you! He is absolutely a little gift from God that we adore.

    Donnie, thanks! Matthew is the best gift ever!

    Zia Elle, thank you! I loved being a grandma from the first minute!

    The Fajdich Times, thanks! We think he's adorable also!

    Jose manuel, gracias! Estamos muy contentos!

    Susan, you said it all perfectly! Thank you and hugs to you!

    Corgidogmama, you're so right, he is the bestest. Today is his first outing since being home, a doctor visit.

    Anna's Table, thanks! Without a doubt, he's the best present ever!

    Fresh Local and Best, thank you! We think so too!

    Brenda, thanks! We are thrilled for sure and I'm glad you like the dessert.

  26. Congrats! He is just adorable!
    And the recipe looks great too!

  27. He looks beautiful and cute with his still-puffy eyes! I can feel your bliss and excitement by just looking at your photos... Congratulations!!!

  28. Lyndsey, thank you! He is special!

    Mr. Bill, thanks! I am very proud!

    Carol, thank you. He's a handsome tiny guy for sure.

    Diane, thanks! Spoil him, we will!

    SavoringTime in the Kitchen, thanks so much!

    Claudia, thank you! He's a star for sure!

    Raina, thanks about the baby and dessert also! They're both great!

    MaryBeth, I think you're right! It is the best!!!!

    scrambledhenfruit, thanks and I agree! No pie is as cute as my grandbaby!

    Jacqueline, thanks so much for all your good wishes! M&M have not met him yet; that will be a surprise for them. Hugs to you and yours!

    Marguerite, thank you! Yes, I'm sure he will be plenty spoiled by us and I'm so looking forward to it. Hope you had a great V-Day!

    David, thanks! Yes, that's what I'm hearing from friends; the great things about being a grandparent. Love and spoil, get the joy!

    Blackswan, thanks! I'd like to have him here in my arms right now also. He's so sweet!

    kitchen flavours, thank you! This is the best promotion I've ever had!!! Here's hoping you had a nice Valentine's Day!

    Jeannie, thanks! I'm so happy to be a grandma at last!

    Clements Family, thanks! We think he's adorable also. Glad you like the mini-pies!

    Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, thank you! It is pure bliss for sure!!!

  29. Congrats on becoming grandparents! Matthew is just gorgeous! Enjoy, spoil, and love him! Little boys are wonderful!

    Oh, the recipe's great . . . LOL!!!

  30. Congrats on the new family addition. I think our 8th was likely the last.

  31. Oh, what a precious little guy! An extra special Valentine this year.

  32. Many Congratulations!

    He is so beautiful, you must be trilled!


  33. Congratulations! He is so beautiful!

  34. Congratulations to Mat & Kat and also to grandma, Pam! Oh wow, what a precious moment to all of you. This is sure a lucky little fellow. He has all the love he wants. And the sweet treat looks as gorgoues as the little guy. Have a joyful & great day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  35. A huge congrats on your new baby grandson. How gorgeous he is! I can only imagine how spoiled and loved he will be in the years to come. Enjoy!

  36. What a perfectly gorgeous little grandson!

  37. Congratulations!! What an adorable little boy!

  38. OK, the dessert is beautiful and looks and sounds delicious BUT that baby STEALS THE SHOW HERE! Those photos are just perfect - so awesome - the whole thing! Congratulations!

  39. Congratulations to all on the arrival of sweet little Matthew! What a precious gift he is!

    Thank you for stopping in at Cranberry Morning. Hope to see you again. :-)

  40. Congratulations! MY WIFE and I met on February 10th, so I know it's a fine, fine day for momentous things.

  41. Pam, he is absolutely adorable! Beautiful pictures! You are gonna have so much fun!! Congrats to the family! Looking forward to seeing more! xoxox

  42. What a sweet little guy. You must all be thrilled to have him with you. I'm so glad that everyone is doing well. You now have even more reason to celebrate Valentine's Day. I love your pie stacks but the baby took the cake :-) have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  43. Congratulations on your little Valentine--he is so precious.


  44. What a beautiful little gift...could there be anything better than a new baby? I'm so happy for your family! Thank you for sharing yourself with me tonight. Your words and recipes always bring me joy.

  45. Congrats to you and your family! How gorgeous and peaceful he looks.

    As for your apple pie stack..I'm really drooling! We love apple baked goods...

  46. Congratulations! To the parents of such a beautiful boy and to the proud grandparents.

  47. Pam: He just looks good enough to eat!! After all, this is a food blog!!! Congratulations to all on having this precious baby in your lives.

    I saw this recipe in the Chicago Tribune and cut it out--hoping my husband might tackle it?? Or me? It looks good enough to eat too.

    I say let the spoiling begin.


  48. Congrats on your precious addition what a marvelous blessing, its wonderful to see new life and the joy it brings to the world... god bless you all!

  49. Congratulations, Pam!! Nothing better than Grandbabies!!

  50. What a beautiful, beautiful gift ~ congratulations.


  51. He is beautiful, congratulations. What a cause to celebrate, quite the blessing!

  52. Hi Pam-Congratulations on the birth of your precious first grandchild. He is an absolutely beautiful, and perfect baby. I am so thrilled for all of you. This is such a joyous and blessed event!
    The photos are amazing, and it's such an honor to share your happiness!
    Love the little mini apple pies, so cute, and yummy!

  53. Congrats the baby is soooo beautiful!!! for sure you are proud!

  54. Congrats to all - what a wonderful gift! The photos of him on the blue blankie are priceless!


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