Friday, December 06, 2013

President Obama Has Three Favorite Kinds Of Pie, Reveals White House Pastry Chef

The President shares his pie with a young friend
Two of the President's favorite pies feature double crusts...
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama, America's most famous pie lover, has not one but three favorite flavors of pie, according to White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses.

The President "is on the record as loving Huckleberry, Banana Cream, and Apple Pie," Yosses told Obama Foodorama during the holiday decor preview.

White House Apple Pie on a holiday buffet
All three pies were on the menu for the President's White House Thanksgiving feast this year, which featured a whopping nine different kinds of pie.  The Huckleberry Pie and Apple Pie will be served on the buffets during the President and Mrs. Obama's many holiday receptions this year, Yosses said.

Yosses' recipe for White House Huckleberry Pie is bursting with two pounds of berries, has a hint of vanilla and cinnamon, and is sweetened with honey from the beehive on the White House grounds.   

Yosses' recipe for White House Apple Pie uses both butter and lard for an extra-flaky crust, as well as two pounds of fruit and honey as the sweetener.  In 2011, it was served as the desert for the President's State Dinner for then-President Hu Jintao of China.

Both pies feature double crusts.  The President nicknamed Yosses "The Crustmaster" in 2009, thanks to his perfect, flaky pie crusts.  And his boss would be happy just eating the crust, Yosses said during a Thanksgiving-themed White House Google+ Hangout.

"Really, my impression is if you just served the crust, he'd be okay," Yosses said.

Pie is served at all of the First Family's celebrations, the White House chefs have previously said, including for President Obama's birthday on August 4th.  First Lady Michelle Obama is also a fan of Yosses' pies, and in an interview once billed them as "dangerously good."

POTUS orders 3 flavors of pie at Bingham's Restaurant
The President loves pie outside the White House, too...
The President doesn't just love White House pie:  He's visited bakeries around the US to purchase pie, as well as eaten it during restaurant visits.  His most recent pie run was on August 23rd, when he visited Bingham's Restaurant in Kingsley, Pennsylvania, and left with a Coconut Cream Pie, a Cherry Pie, and a Pecan Pie. 

In the photo at the top of this post, the President was sharing his strawberry pie with a new young friend during a campaign trail stop at Kozy Corners restaurant in Oak Harbor, Ohio, in July of 2012. 

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*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; pie photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama; Bingham's photo by AP/Pool