Have you dreamed of making the perfect pie?
Your Dream Is About to Come True
Introducing Your Perfect Pie
A Different Take on Making Pies
Dear Perfect Pie Seeker,
Creating your signature perfect pie is four simple decisions away:
- Decide what kind of pie you’d like to make: dessert, main dish or side dish.
- Decide what type of filling you want: warm, chilled or frozen.
- Decide on your crust: baked or crumb.
- Decide how you’d like to garnish or top your pie: cream, crumble, lattice or second crust.
Each decision you make helps you make the next decision for making your perfect pie.
Pies are modular and provide pie makers with a variety of options to express their individuality and creativity. Your Perfect Pie will walk you through my modular approach to baking pie and provide you with some recipes to try out your new-found tool for pie-making creativity!
To get you started, I’ve included a variety of recipes for each part of the pie so you can mix and match to create your perfect homemade pie. For example:
- Breakfast Sausage Pie filling (page 14)
- Almond Cherry Pie (page 27)
- Super Pecan Pie (page 32)
- Pumpkin Apple Pie (page 36)
- Strawberry Daiquiri Pie (page 44)
- Oil Pastry (page 55)
- Oatmeal Nut Pie Crust (page 57)
- Hazelnut Pie Crust (page 58)
Toppings and Garnishes:
- Rum Sour Cream Topping (page 60)
- Almond Glaze (page 62)
- Gingersnap Streusel (page 63)
And these are just a small sample of the recipes included in Your Perfect Pie. You can find the full Table of Contents below.
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Your Perfect Pie was a labor of love, and I’ve poured all my creativity and experimentation into it. You needn’t go through all the work of finding pie recipes on the Internet, testing them and re-testing them until they meet your needs. I’ve already done the work for you.
Also, I didn’t just slap Your Perfect Pie together from recipes I found on the web. I made these pies myself — some of them several times. And I “recruited” friends, family, and even co-workers as my taste testers to help me perfect these pie recipes.
Many of the individual recipes suggest what other recipes in the book make a good combination, so you’re not in this all by yourself.
Happy Perfect Pie Making!
Founder, Carma’s Cookery
Table of Contents
Introduction: All About Pies
- What Makes a Pie a Pie?
My Pie Philosophy
- The Four Basic Steps
Step One: What kind of pie do you want to make?
- Baked Pies
- Non-Baked Pies
- Frozen Pies
- Savory Pies
Step One Decision Tree
Step Two: Choose your filling
- Savory Fillings
- Sweet Fillings
Savory Fillings: Main Course
- Breakfast Sausage Pie
- Spinach Quiche
- Chicken Pesto Alfredo Pie
- Easy Beef Pie
Savory Fillings: Side Dish
- Sweet Corn Pie
- Onion Cheese Tart
Sweet Fillings: Baked
- Upside Down Dark Berry Pie
- Almond Cherry Pie
- Egg-y Custard Pie
- Simple Coconut Custard Pie
- Non-Dairy Pumpkin Custard Pie
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Super Pecan Pie
- Chocolate Coconut Pie
- Banana Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Apple Pie
- Ricotta and Fig Pie
- Pumpkin Pear Tart
- Coconut-Pecan Pie
Sweet Fillings: Refrigerated
- Chocolate Almond Cheese Pie
- Deep Dish Banana Cream Pie
- Strawberry Daiquiri Pie
Sweet Fillings: Frozen
- Quick & Easy Frozen Coconut Cream Pie
- Snow & Gravel Ice Cream Pie
Sweet Fillings: No Crust Options
- Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Cheese Pie
- Crustless Coconut Pie
Step Three: Choose your crust
- A Few Tips for Pastry Dough Making
- A Bit of Advice
- Oil Pastry
- Crumb Crust
- Oatmeal Nut Pie Crust
- Hazelnut Pie Crust
Step Four: Choose your topping and garnish
- Rum Sour Cream Topping
- White Chocolate Whipped Topping
- Almond Glaze
- Gingersnap Streusel
- Pecan Topping
Your Perfect Pie
Makes a Perfect Gift!
There are several ways you can gift Your Perfect Pie as a gift to the baker or foodie on your list:
1. Order a copy to have it sent to the person on your list.
Using the Lulu or Amazon button to above or below, you can order a copy of the book to be sent to the person on your list.
2. Order a copy, wrap it up yourself and give it as a gift.
Using the Lulu or Amazon buttons above or below, you can order a copy to be sent to you so you can gift wrap it yourself.
3. Order a copy and give it as part of a larger gift basket.
You can find a nice basket at your local dollar store or hobby store. Then, in addition to the book, add some of the suggested items below:
- Wooden spoons
- Measuring cups
- A pyrex or ceramic pie plate
- Ready-to-serve cookie-crumb crusts
- Pie crust mix
- Dry ingredients from one of the recipes with a note indicating which page they are from
- Pie crust shield
- Pie weights
- Pie gate
- Pie server
Or any of a variety of other pie accessories!
If you would like this gift basket to include an autographed copy of Your Perfect Pie, please contact me for pricing.
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About the Author
I began my love of cooking before the age of 5. I baked my first cookie when I was three and a half years old. It was a giant sugar cookie with M&Ms on it. I still remember the sugary, bready taste.
I’ve been baking and cooking most of my life. Now that my grandmother’s gone — she was a sublime cook — I feel like when I’m in the kitchen, I’m channeling her energy.
O.K. I admit it. Sometimes I’m something of a lazy cook — I don’t like to put too much work into making a spectacular meal — but then, sometimes I’m not. For example, I have made Naan from scratch — but never again. My arms ached for days! However, I will put the extra work into making a Büche de Noel, because it is so worth it.I’m also a tinkerer — it is a rare recipe that leaves my kitchen prepared exactly as instructed. I can’t help myself. I leave out ingredients I don’t like (bell pepper and eggplant top the list) and often feel that recipes just don’t call for enough garlic, so I add a clove or four.
I have a passion for food that tastes good. I just can’t stomach a mediocre cookie, when a darn good one is so easy to make. Life is just too short for mediocre food.