You will probably be tempted to pick up a grape pie. Being quite a “grape addict” myself, I literally drool at the thought of one of these tasty pastries! And, it just so happens a dear friend of mine (whom I think of as a sister!) makes some of the best grape pies in Naples!
If you have attended the Grape Festival in past years, you might have noticed the large yellow sign parked near the Naples High School. The sign directs you to Cindy’s Grape Pies. If you follow that sign, you will end up here…..
Yup, this is where Cindy lives with her husband, Jon, and their sweet little “furkid”, Jack. They live in the brown house with the beautiful lush garden of flowers surrounding the house. And, as you walk up to the front door, you will be greeted here at the double Dutch door…
Chances are, Cindy won’t answer the door, as she is chief pie-maker and will be very busy making even more pies! But I am pretty sure if you look over the Dutch door, you will see her at her craft, as her workstation is in line with the door!
If you are anything like me, making a pie involves a great deal of work. There is the decision to make the pie….then, one must hunt for a recipe for the pastry. Of course, yet another recipe must be secured for the filling. Then, all the ingredients must be gathered together and so on and so on. By the time I am finished with my one *meager* pie, an entire day has passed and I feel so successful as my family gingerly downs the labor of my hands!
And then, there is Cindy…………..
Yes, this is what she would consider a small amount of dough! And, do you see the size of the bowl of grape filling?
I cannot believe the ease with which Cindy rolls out the crust! She just flops a piece of dough down, rolls it out, and flips it into an awaiting tin! And, the most amazing thing about Cindy is that she can talk and visit as she works!
I met Cindy about nine years ago at church. She is one most delightful individuals I have ever met! Always a smile on her face, and a friendly word, it is so much fun to visit with Cindy!
Such a dear and humble piemaker!
Goodness, I think I am going into pie withdrawal just looking at these photos!
Cindy makes large grape pies, small grape pies, grape tarts, grape bread, grape coffee cake, and grape-filled cookies. (if grape pie is too much grape for you, try the cookies….they are delicious!!!)
And, where you find Cindy, you will certainly see her sidekick, Jack!