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Baking Bites’ Pie Week 2013

Pie Week 2013

I bake pies all year round, but the fall really is pie season as far as I’m concerned. Cooler weather is ideal for making pie crusts, so you don’t have to fight the heat and worry about your butter melting as you work the dough. And it is wonderful to fill the kitchen with heat from the oven and the house with the scent of ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Pie Weight Disc

pieweightdisc

Pie weights are a type of tool that bakers use to hold down pie crusts while they are blind baking, to ensure that they keep their shape as those flaky layers form in the dough. Pie weights can range from a bunch of ceramic beads to a pile of dried rice or beans (the least expensive pie weight out there), but the hardest part of ... Read More »

Fox Run Pie Saver

Fox Run Pie Saver

Leftover pie is not the easiest dessert to store. Cakes can be tucked away in a cake carrier and cookies can be stacked in a small storage box or ziploc bag. Pies require a lot of space, either in the freezer or on the countertop, and can be quite messy if they start to lose their shape once you’ve served a slice or two. Now, ... Read More »

What kind of pie plate is the best?

Pie plate stack

Pie plates are usually made of one of three materials: metal, ceramic or glass. Metal pie pans range from thin, disposable aluminum pans that might come with a store-bought graham cracker crust to heavy duty steel pans. Glass pie pans, which includes Pyrex brand plates, and ceramic pans are typically thicker and heavier than metal pans. There are so many pie plates to choose from, ... Read More »

Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

A chess pie is a classic southern recipe. The basic pie has a simple filling of eggs, sugar, butter and flour or cornmeal, and it is often flavored with a little lemon or vanilla. The origin of the name is a bit muddled, and the most cited story is that “chess” is derived from “cheese” because this pie has a texture similar to cheesecake – ... Read More »

What is a pie crust shield?

Pie Shield

A pie crust shield is a baking tool that covers the outer edge of a pie to keep it from over-browning or burning while the pie bakes. You can make one yourself by gently folding a piece of aluminum foil over the outside edge of a pie plate, but the advantage of the pre-made shield is that you never have to fuss with a hot ... Read More »

Emile Henri Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish, reviewed

Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish

Emile Henri is a French brand that has been known for their ceramic bakeware since the 1850s. Their products usually have a distinct look and come in array of bright colors, thanks to the shiny glazes that they use to finish their pieces. Their Artisan Ruffle Pie Dish, which is available at Williams Sonoma, caught my eye recently and I decided that I had to ... Read More »

Maple Pumpkin Pie

Maple Pumpkin Pie Slice

I often pair pumpkin with maple when I’m making slightly savory dishes. For instance, I’ll drizzle some pumpkin with maple syrup when I am roasting it to highlight the natural sweetness of the squash, and I’ll add a splash to pumpkin soup for the same reason. The combination works well in sweet applications, of course, and provides a nice change of pace from some other ... Read More »

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