Pies

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie, The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Photography by Mark Weinberg.

Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you’ll ever want or need.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you’ll ever need to know for making perfect pies.

The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savoury, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.

Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it’s almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you. (more…)

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie, excerpted from Pie Academy © by Ken Haedrich, photography © by Emulsion Studio.

Excerpted from Pie Academy © by Ken Haedrich, photography © by Emulsion Studio.

Trusted cookbook author and pie expert Ken Haedrich delivers the only pie cookbook you’ll ever need: Pie Academy. Novice and experienced bakers will discover the secrets to baking a pie from scratch, with recipes, crust savvy, tips and tutorials, advice about tools and ingredients, and more.

Foolproof step-by-step photos give you the confidence you need to choose and prepare the best crust for different types of fillings. Learn how to make pie dough using butter, lard, or both; how to work with all-purpose, whole-wheat, or gluten-free flour; how to roll out dough; which pie pan to use; and how to add flawless finishing details like fluting and lattice tops.

Next are 255 recipes for every kind and style of pie, from classic apple pie and pumpkin pie to summer berryfruit, nut, custard, chiffon, and cream pies, freezer pies, slab pies, hand pies, turnovers, and much more.

This beast of a collection, with gorgeous colour photos throughout, weighs in at nearly four pounds and serves up forty years of pie wisdom in a single, satisfying package.

Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies from Scratch is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

The Incredible Lemon Pie

The Incredible Lemon Pie

The Incredible Lemon Pie, Big Mamma Cucina Popolare

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare puts a clever contemporary spin on tradition featuring more than 120 delicious, easy-to-prepare, imaginative recipes.

Created in collaboration with one of the most exciting and successful Italian restaurant groups in the world, the dishes in this vibrant and accessible book include true classics such as Risotto alla Milanese and Tiramisù, while others reflect the most creative Italian food today, with such intriguingly named dishes as Burrata Flower Power and Double Choco Love

The one thing that unites them all is that everything enjoys a fresh and modern twist—making this the perfect collection of recipes for a new generation of food lovers and Italophiles.

Big Mamma Cucina Popolare: Contemporary Italian Recipes is available at Amazon.com an Indigo.ca. (more…)

Chocolate Fudge and Sea Salt Pie

Chocolate Fudge and Sea Salt Pie, Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today, Photography by Felicia Perry Trujillo

Chocolate Fudge and Sea Salt Pie, Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today, Photography by Felicia Perry Trujillo

For years, Matthew Register, the owner and pitmaster of Southern Smoke Barbecue, has been obsessed with the history of southern recipes. Armed with a massive collection of cookbooks from the 1900s and overflowing boxes of recipe cards from his grandmother, he hits the kitchen. Over weeks, sometimes months, he forges updated versions of timeworn classics. Locals and tourists alike flock to his restaurant in Garland, North Carolina (population 700), to try these unique dishes.

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Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Pie, Tasting Table Cooking with Friends, Photography by Todd Coleman.

Tasting Table’s Cooking with Friends updates the classic menu cookbook for a new generation of heroic hosts and dinner party emcees.

No need to wake up at dawn and martyr yourself in the kitchen all day: These menus are designed to be made with a few gracious friends who arrive early enough to be your sous chefs. Sure, you still have to manage the invitations, order groceries, and hide that hamper in a closet, but crowdsourced cooking (and clean up, if you’re lucky) makes entertaining easier so you can do it more often. (more…)

Key Lime Pie

Key lime Pie

Key lime Pie, Raw Food, Photography by Brigitte Sporrer

A raw food diet consists of vegan dishes made without using canned, refined, or chemically processed food, or heating anything above 118°F (48°C). This means that ingredients retain key nutrients that can be otherwise lost during the cooking process. It’s also a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and, by its nature, is low in trans fats, saturated fats, and preservatives. (more…)

CookBook Review: The Pie Project

I love this book! Two women, one mission: to share their ultimate collection of decadent sweet pies in all their bubbling, fruity, caramelized, and buttery glory.

The Pie Project is a collection of 60 delicious sweet pie recipes. Pies are very forgiving desserts for bakers: spillages are, really just an opportunity for more caramelisation and a mis-shapen pie just adds to the rustic feel! Readers are encouraged to use imperfect fruit, play around with lattice, design their own pastry top and bake the pies in whatever they have handy (some are cooked in skillets, or even enamel bowls). (more…)