for the love of pie: katie & nathan williams

Welcome to my new guest series!


FOR THE LOVE OF PIE — a series that celebrates the simple things.

An old family recipe,
a new addition to your recipe box
or a well-loved classic.
Stories about some of my very favourite people
baking up some of their very favourite pies, tarts, tatins and flans.

Once a week we’ll be writing about pie,
talking about ice cream
and baking with the intent of sharing.
And it’s going to be good.





First up, Nathan & Katie!

I can’t remember exactly when we met,
but I remember liking them straight away.
I liked their aesthetic
and the small snippets of their life
they shared on hearblack.
I liked their honestly
and how in love them seemed.


So when in April of last year
they asked me to be a part
of the premier issue of Kinfolk,
it took me less than a minute to think it through.
I knew I’d join in straight away.

Now in their 3rd volume,
Kinfolk continues to amaze me —
it’s an ongoing collaboration that I’m proud to be a part of.

Find out a little more and the recipe below.
xo, n

ps: the images in this post were shot by the talented parker fitzgerald. he has a way of capturing moments that’s difficult to describe — SO beautiful. thanks parker!
pps: and thanks to mathew and emma for the pretty new sidebar & buttons.



Katie & Nathan Williams 

The Oregon Coast

What kind of pie? Why?
Classic Apple Pie. It’s not too sweet, so we get away with an evening treat and a guilt-free breakfast the morning after.

Best served with?
Creamy vanilla ice cream in the evening, lightly-sweetened whipped cream for breakfast, or just copious amounts of ice cream either way.



Classic Apple Pie (or Tart) from David Tanis, A Platter of Figs

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for sprinkling
½ pound (2 sticks) cold butter, in thin slices
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten, plus enough water to make ½ cup
8 medium crisp apples, about 3 pounds
1 cup sugar for the glaze, plus extra for sprinkling on apples
1 cup water

Put the flour, butter, and salt in a bowl. With your fingers, work the butter into the flour until it looks mealy, with some large flecks of butter remaining. Pour the egg-ice water mixture into the bowl and quickly knead the dough for only a minute or two, until it comes together. It will be soft, a little sticky, and, though gathered together, a little rough looking.

Sprinkle the dough with a little flour and pat into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.

Divide the pastry in half (there will be enough for 2 tarts; you can freeze one half for later). Roll out the pastry to a rectangle, approximately 11 by 16 inches.

Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and let it relax, then trim the edges to fit the pan with a little going slightly up the sides. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Peel the apples and cut into quarters. Remove the cores and use to make glaze as follows: Combing the 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water with the cores. Stir at first to dissolve sugar, then simmer to a thick syrup. Strain and reserve. (Or use honey or a good apricot jam, thinned, for a glaze.) Slice the apples as thin as possible. Arrange the apple slices over the pastry, overlapping them like cards in solitaire. At this point the tart can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up for up to 8 hours.

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Sprinkle the sugar generously over the apples and bake until they are beautifully browned and the pastry is crisp, about 45 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Just before serving, reheat the glaze. Slide the tart from the pan onto a cutting board. Paint the apples with the warmed glaze. Slice and serve.



posted on May 25, 2012 by Nikole


  1. erin says:

    what a knack pie has for creating moments like these ones. my favorite pie memory: baking marion berry pie the day before my sister’s wedding. 8 bakers, 18 pies.

  2. Anabela says:

    Oh wow, these pictures are incredible! Congrats on the new feature!

  3. Amber says:

    I love the idea of the Kinfolk thing. Think I should move to the US soonest :0)

  4. nadia says:

    beautiful post, the photographs are so lovely. what a beautiful curated home Nathan & Katie full of texture and light. there is somethings about oregon with it’s woods and tall ever greens. How wonderful to be able to bake a pie in the company of those we love.

    Nikole how inspiring this series is right out of the gate.

  5. Hannah says:

    So glad that katie & nathan were your first feature, and that rightly so was classic apple pie! love seeing these snippets of them baking and enjoying the pie in their beautiful home! apple pie is one of my favorites, that and strawberry rhubarb!

  6. Jessica says:

    Such a lovely new feature, I can’t wait to see more! Enjoy the weekend Nikole!

  7. Julie says:

    Stunning images! (And they did their job because I’m craving some apple pie right now.) This is going to be a great feature, Nikole! So excited to see more.

  8. I love this new serie! Pies are SUCH a great topic! Lovely pictures. Lovely couple. Lovely magazine that Kinfolk is!
    And, oh, I’ve seen your new “HG” logo at the top of your blog (gorgeous as everything you create) but I just wanted to mention you that in French we say “Fait main au Canada” rather than “main au Canada” (it sounds a bit weird… and make me think about “Thing” of Addam’s Family ;))

    • Nikole says:

      Thanks! And thanks for the note on French, my French is terrible! I think we have it both ways actually, I’ll switch it out for the other! ;)

  9. I recently became acquainted with your blog and it’s such a pleasure! I’ll be back for the love of all thing pie … and beyond. (Also, those wire hanging baskets are really something special!)

  10. emily says:

    what a lovely feature! I am all about baking more to share more! That kitchen! That deck! I am so in love with their home! So many exclamation marks!

  11. kara says:

    i love this nikole. what a beautiful kitchen. thanks for sharing…i didnt know they had a blog besides kinfolk
    hope you are well xx

  12. First one! Stunning. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

  13. Y says:

    Oh, gorgeous! I’m going to love this series.

  14. furry 2000 says:


  15. Beautiful, rustic .. warm and heartfelt. I love words and pictures that tell a story! Thanks for sharing :-)

  16. sara kristen says:

    such a lovely new feature, and what a beautiful start! apple pie is such a classic, and of course, Nathan & Katie are ever-inspiring. i love the glimpse into their cozy, beautifully curated home. it’s perfection.

    congrats Nikole. this is all kinds of lovely, like just about everything you touch.

    warmest wishes for a wonderful weekend.

  17. Julia says:

    Beautiful pictures that show the emotional and social side of a classic dish like apple pie! And a great idea for an guest series. I’m curious who will be your next guest…

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  21. This is a lovely new series, Nikole! And I so enjoy seeing Nathan and Katie’s home and these gorgeous photos!

  22. Sasha says:

    brilliant! such a simple yet inspiring idea for a guest series. we all have our most beloved recipe for baked goods and i love the idea of sharing them. can’t wait for more!

  23. I adore this post! So beautiful!
    Vol 1 & Vol 3 came in to my mailbox yesterday, what a happy day!

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    They seem to be a great couple! I love the photo on the balcony :)

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