Vail Seasonal: Local duo bakes pumpkin ‘Pies 4 Pets’
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –She’s a pint-sized Vail Valley pie chef and her apron is covered in puppies. Adeline Reichert, a kindergartner at Eagle County Charter Academy, loves this time of year. Especially since her favorite dessert is pumpkin pie. She and special pal Lorie LaBrant, a real estate broker at Vail Beaver Creek Luxury Properties, have enjoyed baking together since Adeline was big enough to lick the spoon.
The two also found they share a love for animals. Lorie introduced her buddy to the Eagle County Animal Shelter. The young animal lover was very moved and wanted to make a contribution to all the pets who did not have homes. It was November 2008 and Pies 4 Pets was born. The idea was to make and sell pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and donate the proceeds to the shelter.
As the plan developed, the two found their friends were enthusiastic and did order pies. Lorie and Adeline got busy – buying supplies, making sure they had a kitchen to use, dedicating a day for baking, packaging and delivering the pies.
“I thought she would lose interest,” Lorie said. “But she is a true chef at heart. She was an amazing helper, right through the last delivery.”
A year later, Adeline can’t wait to do it all again. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this little girl sees Pies 4 Pets as the way to provide food, treats and toys for animals awaiting adoption. Lorie couldn’t be more proud.
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“I think it is so important to get kids into the mindset of giving back, and helping others, and how much fun the process can be,” Lorie said.
When asked about her recipe, Lorie said “it’s a secret recipe and it’s organic!”
If you would like to help support the cause, Adeline and Lorie are currently taking orders for the Thanksgiving pies. Each pie is $10 and 100 percent of sales goes to the Eagle County Animal Shelter. Lorie and Adeline donate the cost of the ingredients and packaging as well as their time to bake the pies.
Pie orders will be taken via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) through Sunday. Arrangements for pickup or delivery will be made as the orders are confirmed. Order a Pie 4 Pets and enjoy making a contribution to a great cause.
If it’s not Thanksgiving at your house without the aroma of baking, try some pumpkin pecan bread. Adeline’s pie recipe is a secret, so Bill Fitzgerald, Avondale’s pastry chef, shares this holiday treat.
Pumpkin Pecan Bread
5 1/2 ounces Butter
2 1/3 cups sugar
1 16 ounce can pumpkin puree
2/3 cups Water
2 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two loaf pans. Combine the two flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a bowl and toss to mix. In another bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat together. Mix in eggs one by one. Mix in pumpkin, then water. Add the dry ingredients and mix together. Pour batter into the two prepared pans. Mix sugar, cinnamon and pecans in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the batter in pans. Bake 45-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.
Yield: 2 loaves.
Sue Barham is the marketing director for Larkspur Restaurant and Restaurant Avondale. Larkspur, at the base of Vail Mountain, has been serving American Classics with a fresh interpretation since 1999. Avondale opened in September 2008 in the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa and features a West Coast inspired, market driven menu.