Listen to Austin 360 Radio

13-year-old Salado pie baker steals my heart

Addie Broyles

One more little plug for the food section today.

Right after the holidays, I met a reader at a party who mentioned in passing that she had a 13-year-old granddaughter who was a pro at making pies and made something like $1,000 every Christmas selling them to customers.

She wasn’t trying to sell me on a story, but I knew I wanted to meet this young woman, who also quilts, cans and makes fudge when she’s not playing volleyball or running track.

With grandma’s help, I got ahold of Loriann Turk’s mom and we scheduled a time when I could come up to Salado to chat with Loriann about how and why she started a pie business when she was only 10 years old.

Most junior high students are terrible interviews, but Turk was so excited to talk about all of her DIY projects. She showed off quilts and photos that she was entering into the Bell County Youth Fair — she ended up turning in more than 30 projects in all — and served me a slice of her chocolate pecan pie (above), a recipe so secret that only she, her mom and one other family member know.

In today’s paper, you can find my piece on Loriann, who says she is happy to take orders from customers in Austin. (You can connect with her on her Facebook page:

I love telling stories of unassuming home cooks like Loriann in our In Your Kitchen series, so if you know someone who you think would be a good fit, let me know at