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Apples & Leaves Pie Top Cutter and a Giveaway!

Apples & Leaves Pie Top Cutter

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. Don’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 you’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!

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  • Ginger
    November 17, 2009

    Mmm….I can only pick ONE as my favorite? All the others will get mad if I don’t pick them. Chocolate walnut! No, wait….triple berry. No, wait! Crunchy caramel apple! Okay, yeah, that’s it. Crunchy caramel apple, a recipe I got out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine a million years ago! It always gets rave reviews. (But there are no complaints about the others, either!)

  • dymphna
    November 17, 2009

    i love millionaire pie that’s my favorite…mmmm
    and lemon
    and cherry
    and apple
    and pecan
    and….ha ha

  • Jessica J.
    November 18, 2009

    I do believe I’ll have to go with peach…

  • Vivian
    November 18, 2009

    pumpkin pecan pie!

  • ulimonster
    November 18, 2009

    if i see a rhubarb pie or crumble I am sold, can’t resist it. so I guess that would have to be my favourite followed closely by blueberry pie… mmm…. I wonder if the supermarket will have blueberries (i know they won’t have rhubarb) this late in the season…

  • Linds
    November 18, 2009

    My favourite is steak and kidney pie but only if it’s home made. My favourite sweet pie is probably apple or lemon meringue.

  • pumpkinpie
    November 18, 2009

    I love raspberry pie, with lattice crust. But leaf cut-outs work for me too…

  • Stacy
    November 18, 2009

    Peach pie! Yum. My mom freezes peaches in the summer and rations them out through the winter. Delish!
    (also tweeted)

  • karl worley
    November 18, 2009

    Apple pie with Northern Spy apples! MMMMM

  • Hilary
    November 18, 2009

    Black Raspberry! It’s hard to find but delicious when done right.

  • Gwyn
    November 18, 2009

    I love pumpkin pie. It is my favorite and always very hard to find unless around the holidays.

  • Stephanie
    November 18, 2009

    My favorite type of pie has to be a smores pie made from a brownie chocolate layer with a graham cracker crust and a marshmallow top! I also love the perfect caramel apple pie. Those pie toppers are so cute!!! I would love to be able to use them for the holidays!

  • Anita Turner
    November 18, 2009

    I have a great recipe for banana cream pie with an oreo cookie crust, but my favorite has to be cranberry-apple pie (with top crust). I use fresh cranberries. This filling also makes a nice rustic tart if you are in a hurry. That pie top cutter is so nice – thanks for the giveaway!

  • Anneta B
    November 18, 2009

    Although I love making pies, I think my favorite comfort food pie is pumpkin. There is just something satisfying in its fragrance and taste that makes me feel like home wherever I am when I eat it.

  • Leslie
    November 18, 2009

    My favourite pie, while not a traditional holiday pie, is my mom’s “impossible coconut pie”. It’s rich and full of flavour….best of all, it reminds me of mom’s home cooking!

  • Carlene
    November 18, 2009

    I just made the King Arthur Crusty Apple pie. It was delicious but it would have looked prettier with a cut-out top crust…I just made some slits. What a nice give-away. If I am not doing a two crust pie, my favorite is a summery pina colada pie, or lemon meringue.

  • Sarah K
    November 18, 2009

    My favorite pie is homemade coconut cream pie! Mmmmmmmmmmmm….my mom is making it for Thanksgiving!

  • Annie
    November 18, 2009

    My favorite single crust pie is Key Lime Pie… favorite double is definitely apple!

  • AmyLynn
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  • Lina
    November 18, 2009

    You mean I can only choose one as my official favorite? I’ll say pumpkin pie followed closely by apple pie and coconut cream pie. Not that I’d turn down any pie, mind you.

  • Brooke
    November 18, 2009

    My favs are the moment, key lime, Choc cream, pumpkin and Choc peacan!

    November 18, 2009

    My all time favourite pie is Peach Custard pie! My grandmother makes it the best. We have a family recipe that we’ve been using for years and it is to die for!

  • Katy M
    November 18, 2009

    Chocolate-pecan pie! Then yam pie, then apple pie, then…

  • Kitchen Rookie
    November 18, 2009

    my favorite pie was one i made for Thanksgiving last year: Pear Raspberry with a lattice top. It was absolutely delicious.

  • james
    November 18, 2009

    I’m Russian and there was a special pie we used to eat during the holiday season but for the life of me I can’t remember the name! I did find this great recipe for russian tea cake though if anyone is interested. /www.life123.com/food/baking/baking-tips/russian-teacake-recipe.shtml

  • Miss Eyebright
    November 18, 2009

    I think I like cherry pie best. At least, that’s what I like best right now! 🙂

  • Hello Kimm
    November 18, 2009

    Strawberry Rhubarb is amazing.

  • laci
    November 18, 2009

    i LOVE about a hundred kinds of pie, but at the end of the day, i think i’d choose coconut cream over anything else. yum.

  • Anna M
    November 18, 2009

    Apple a la mode!

  • Robin
    November 18, 2009

    I’ll have to say chocolate silk pie.
    But pumpkin is great also and even sometimes apple, warmed with a piece of american cheese on top.

  • Melissa B
    November 18, 2009

    It’s a tie between apple and cherry pie. I just can’t decide!!

  • Shelley
    November 18, 2009

    My absolute favourite is pumpkin! But next up would be apple.

  • ***ANDREA***
    November 18, 2009

    I love pumpkin this time of year. I do really like French Silk also…hard to decide they are all so yummy!

  • ronnie
    November 18, 2009

    Does tarte tatin count? It’s basically a pie!

  • Arwen
    November 18, 2009

    Pumpkin pie. Yummmm

  • Heather
    November 18, 2009

    Orange pecan pie is my favorite this season

  • Diane
    November 18, 2009

    Caramel Apple Pie.

  • Stefanie
    November 18, 2009

    Blackberry pie!

  • Risa
    November 18, 2009

    S’mores pie…drool!

  • Naomi
    November 18, 2009

    My favorite pie is a chocolate cream pie!

  • Tiffany S.
    November 18, 2009

    My favorite pie is banana cream! Yum!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Margaret H
    November 18, 2009

    LOVE apple pie. I’m baking one with my brother for Thanksgiving – can’t wait!

  • michelle in colorado
    November 18, 2009

    Peach with a crumb topping.

  • Raizi Schwartz
    November 18, 2009

    I actually just made a new kind of pie and it is my new favorite! Cherry Custard Pie (and it even has a double crust)!

  • Cathie
    November 18, 2009

    Key lime!

  • Meghan
    November 18, 2009

    Either pecan or apple sour cream. At the moment, I think it’s pecan, but that may be more seasonal than anything else.

  • Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)
    November 18, 2009

    Pecan pie for the win!!

  • pubQueen
    November 18, 2009

    It’s always been banana cream 🙂

  • Sophia
    November 18, 2009

    Pecan! Although I love making (and eating!) apple pies. Yum!

  • Amanda
    November 18, 2009

    Mine is a tie between cherry and blackberry…yumm! 🙂