The following post was partically excerpted from my book, Your Perfect Pie.
To many, pies seem daunting. There are so many places for the pie maker to screw up. But this is just a facade — once you know your time limitations, your personal skill level and a few tips and tricks, pies can be quite simple and easy to make.
Most recipes treat pies like a single entity, like you can’t use a different crust or topping. However, this is simply not the case. Pies are modular and provide pie makers with a variety of options to express their individuality and creativity. This book will walk you through my modular approach to pie making and provide you with some recipes to try out your newfound tool for pie-making creativity!
The Four Basic Steps of My Pie Philosophy
There are four basic questions you need to ask yourself before setting out to make your unique and perfect pie. They are:
1. What kind of pie do you want to make?
Will it be a sweet dessert pie? A savory main dish pie? Another type of pie? For which meal and purpose will you use this pie? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snack?
2. What kind of filling do you want?
Will it require baking? Or will it be a no-bake type of filling? Will you serve it warm, chilled or frozen? Do you have time to prepare it? Or do you need to pull it together quickly?
3. What kind of crust do you want?
The answer to question #1 will help determine your answer to this question. Some crusts lend themselves better to desserts than savory dishes and visa versa. Also, you’ll want to keep in mind how the flavor of your crust (or lack thereof) will affect the overall flavor of the pie.
4. How will you top and garnish your pie?
Again, the answers to the previous questions will narrow down your options at this point. For example, you’re probably not going to want to top your beef pie with gingersnap streusel. And, of course, there is nothing that says you have to top or garnish your pie at all!
Create Your Own Unique Pie!
Does pie making daunt you? Are you wary of deviating from any pie-recipe you find, for fear that you’ll ruin the flavor of the resulting pie?
It doesn’t have to be that way!
Pie-Palooza 2017 is brought to you by Your Perfect Pie, a cookbook that breaks down pies into easily made component parts so you can unleash your pie-making creativity. Available on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Grab your copy today and start creating your perfect pie!