Pies are an integral part of the holiday tradition in fall and winter. Many, like pumpkin, only really require one bottom crust, but as good as they are it is hard to beat a perfectly made double crust fruit pie, like a classic apple. I know that I am not the only one who puts a few pies into the holiday baking schedule, and since that schedule can be a busy one, it’s nice to have a few tools to help things along. This Apples & Leaves Pie Top Cutter from Nordicware is just one of these tools. It is basically a big cookie cutter that lets your make a gorgeous design on your pie crust in seconds. It’s reversible, giving you an apple pattern on one side and a leaf pattern on the other. You’ll still have to crimp the edges of the crust yourself, but it really helps to make a pie get a bakery-quality look to it with virtually no effort (and no heartbreak from trying to hand-cut designs, as I have in the past).
This week, I’m giving away one of these Apples & Leaves Pie Top Cutters along with a copy of my book, The Baking Bites Cookbook! There are a couple of pie recipes in the book, as well as a very good pie crust recipe, so it’s a good place to start your pie baking if you don’t end up starting with one of the recipes already on my site.
To win, just leave a comment on this post telling me what you favorite type of pie is on this post by Friday, November 20th. There are no penalties for picking a pie that doesn’t need a double crust. If you want to increase your odds of winning, Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and you’ll get an extra entry! Leave a comment to let me know you Tweeted, or make sure to include @bakingbites so I see it! No matter how you enter, the winner will be selected randomly from all the entries. Donâ€™t forget to include your e-mail on the form where you leave a comment (not in the comment itself) so I can contact you if youâ€™re the winner!
The last giveaway I held, for the Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Pan and another copy of my book, was won by Amy at Baking and Mistaking. I neglected to make the announcement on the site sooner (although I sent off the prizes). Congrats!
Update: This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone for participating – I’m inspired to bake some more pies! The winner will be announced shortly!
ChelseaNovember 20, 2009
Any Pie on my plate is my favorite at that moment! Homemade cinnamon apple pie is on the top of my list!
JennNovember 20, 2009
Awesome giveaway! I am constantly trying to cut out shapes by hand, which I don’t do very well….my favorite pie is my dad’s maple pecan pie 🙂
MargaretNovember 20, 2009
OH!! I have been looking at these in the catalog. Want one for my apple pie. Or maybe my pear pie. Either one works for my favorite.
DeborahNovember 20, 2009
Banana cream would have to be my favorite. Although Coconut Cream runs a close second.