Eat Plum-Raspberry Pie for Breakfast or Dessert, Because Why Not?
Today: Ditch your go-to breakfast and bake yourself a pie instead.
In her fantastic book, An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler makes a passing reference to “the perfect solitary sybaritic breakfast of pasta eaten directly out of a cold bowl, in bewilderment and utter presence.”
How someone can so casually make such an evocative statement is beyond me, but I do know that feeling of bewilderment and utter presence. I don’t get it from eating pasta for breakfast — my pasta leftovers always find their way elsewhere — but it is very much the feeling I get when eating leftover pie, cold, directly from the pie tin, armed with just a fork and no agenda. If others are awake, you may have to use a plate. And share. But if you are the first person to rise (which you should make a habit of being if there is pie to be had), then the solitary eating of leftover pie from the pie plate is your right, and your duty.
More: In case you want more pies to eat for breakfast, here are 9.
I don’t know how the love of leftover pie for breakfast became such a thing. But pie makes for spectacular leftovers, so perhaps pie for breakfast has always been a thing. Perhaps the Pilgrims first celebrated Thanksgiving so there would be leftover pie for breakfast. The Founding Fathers may, unbeknownst to the history books, have declared independence at the height of summer fruit season for lattice-topped reasons. Perhaps the circumference of a circle was first calculated in order to give us an excuse to dedicate a day in March to pi(e), thereby yielding leftovers. Perhaps, perhaps.
The thing about pie for breakfast is that it manages to feel both indulgent — because it is — and wholesome, in a sort of “in my mind I am a hardworking farmhand who shovels hay bales 12 hours a day and therefore has every right to eat butter and fruit for breakfast” way.
Nearly any pie is good for breakfast, but fruit pie is great. And if you are into lopsided reasoning, you can reason that a fruit pie is not so far off from toast with jam and lots and lots of butter. I put so much butter on my toast, I may as well be eating pie (under my stewardship and butter knife, an English muffin tastes suspiciously like a croissant).
More: Get Christina Tosi’s English Muffin recipe, then turn them into croissants.
Leftover pie should not be an everyday breakfast, to be sure, but neither should fresh pie be an everyday dessert. And when you do have a leftover piece of pie to steal for breakfast, you may as well glory in it. I like to eat mine in the company of an egg or a small bowl of yogurt, just to flesh out my breakfast a bit.