Blackbird Pie

Black Bird Pie

Serves 6 – 8


  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 c. milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 baked and cooled pie shell or a cookie crumb crust
  • 1 recipe of Homemade Whipped Cream, page 128
  • 1 recipe of Gingerbread People, page 38


Make the recipe of Gingerbread People, but cut in the shapes of birds and bake according to the directions. These can be made ahead of time.

Make or purchase the pie shell.


In a saucepan whisk together sugar, flour and salt.  Add 1 cup of milk and mix until smooth.  Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring briskly. Continue until smooth and thick – about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.  With fork, beat eggs with remaining milk; gradually stir into hot mixture, then put back over heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly and boil until mixture thickens a bit, about 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Stir in butter, chocolate chips and vanilla.  Stir until chocolate is melted.  Pour into pie shell. Chill for at least 2 hours before cutting.

Make the recipe of Homemade Whipped Cream, or use a commercial whipped topping.

Immediately before serving, decorate the top of the pie with the gingerbread birds. The Gingerbread Birds begin to soften in the pie filling so they cannot remain as decorations for long. As you serve the pie and enjoy the nursery rhyme, you might want to remove any un-served birds to save for later.

Book Reviews

Babette Donaldson tells this story with a beauty and sparseness that mimics the rituals of the ceremony and Jerianne Van Dijk illustrates the scenes with an impressionistic style, drawing the reader into the folds of Emma Lea's kimono and into the tea house with purity, tranquility, and harmony. ~ ~ ~ Ginger Manley
Oh, I do love these books. They are perfect for an afternoon read with a cuddly grandchild. Lots of information and the art work is enchanting. ~ ~ ~ Judy Wright
This is a wonderful story of a little girl's dream with the magic lamp. To my delight, it combines fantasy with family values and reality. My granddaughter loves it. ~ ~ ~ Marianne Kummell
This book takes a look at tranquility, purity, harmony, and respect taught through the experiences of the Chanoyu tea ceremony. I know that this book will be infused into the study my students do of the Japanese culture. Once again the author and illustrator together have created a beautiful keepsake book for children. ~ ~ ~ J. Gilmour
Both the watercolors and the well thought out story are beautifully done. I liked the fact that Emma Lea's best friend is a boy. I appreciated that logical explanations were given to the little girl for the wishes being "granted" and how she realizes the teapot not actually being "magic" didn't make it any less "special". ~ ~ ~ K. Lio
This story brings to life family traditions and the value of giving 'real' and meaningful gifts from the heart. It also shows the importance of family in creating great moments in a child's life. I read this to my 5 year old niece, and both she and her mother were captivated by the story. ~ ~ ~ Carol Scuderi
I read Emma Lea's Tea Party and was immediately moved to send it to my niece Emma. She is 4 years old. She absolutely loves the book and thinks it is about her. Such a beautiful tale with illustrations to match. A little girl can weave fantasies about this book. I can hardly wait until the next Emma Lea book! ~ ~ ~ Penny Hastings
I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!
This is a very special book about family traditions, bonding and growing up. The story of Emma Lea is delightful. If you like Fancy Nancy, you will love Emma Lea. ~ ~ ~ Jill Vanderwood

Author, Babette Donaldson

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