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Gift Guide: The Pie Maker

There is nothing better than a fresh pie out of the oven. I am lucky enough to have a father-in-law who makes pies on the regular and you can bet I turn up each and every time for a slice. I love baking as well, but being knee deep in small children, I don’t have a lot of time for it at the moment. A little-known fact about me: I have a degree in Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, London. Although there may not be a lot of pies in French patisserie, I do sincerely love to bake and am not discriminatory about where my pastries come from… French, American, Turkish, English, Italian, Greek, Argentinan, Belgium. I love them all just the same. Pie, however, is for sure a top pick in my book. Whether you’re looking for baking gift ideas, or specifically gifting to someone who loves to make pies, this gift guide is bound to satisfy.

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1. Snowflake Pie Crust Cutter: Home-baked pies are sure to cause a flurry of excitement when they’re crowned with a snowflake-patterned top crust. The effect is simple to create with our crust cutter, which produces a professional-quality decorative crust in just a few easy steps.

2. Dough Scraper: An essential tool for the professional pastry, this dough scraper features a sturdy wood handle and a durable stainless steel for easy scraping, lifting, and cleaning.

3. Aplat Culinary Tote: I bought one of these for my father-in-law (the pie maker) and he uses it all the time. He regularly makes pies for his book club and I got this for him to easily transport them back and forth. Simply slide a plate or bowl through the center opening to keep items horizontal and upright. Perfect for potlucks, picnics, and everyday shopping.

4. Farmhouse Pottery Pie Dish: This scallop-rimmed pie plate will create a beautifully wavy edge on all pie creations, sure to impress. The plate is extra deep (which means more of the good stuff) and hand-thrown in Vermont.

5. Wood Cake Stand: I received this wood cake stand as a wedding gift and we use it all the time. Of course, a pie looks fabulous on it, but we also use it for many other entertaining purposes as well

6. Pie Crust Shield: This one-piece adjustable pie shield prevents pie crust from burning. (How fantastic is that!)

7. Art of the Pie Cookbook: Reviewed as one of 2016’s best cookbooks with raves from NPR, Oprah.com, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine, The Washington Post, and more. Wallstreet Journal called it “The new baking bible.” Kate McDermott, who learned to make pie from her Iowa grandmother, has taught the time-honored craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Here she shares her secrets to great crusts (including gluten-free options), fabulous fillings, and to living a good life.

8. Round Cooling Rack: With its raised feet and undulating wires, this circular rack elevates oven-fresh cakes, pies, and breads for uniform cooling and crisp bottoms.

9. Handmade French Taper Rolling Pin: Simple, functional design. Each rolling pin is handmade in Vermont and comes in four wood options.

10. Goa Cake Server: There is just so much pretty happening in this cake (pie) server that I want a dozen of them (which just leaves me with more reason to eat more pie).

11. PieBox Wood Pie CarrierSafely transport your pie anywhere you go, this reusable raw pine box will definitely come in handy. 

12. Set of Pastry BrushesNatural boar bristles hold the moist liquid properly and smoothly spread it on the pastry surfaces.

13. Pastry Prep Board: This American-made hardwood board has one side for rolling dough that’s marked with circles in commonly used pie diameters (8″, 9″ and 10″) and one sized for a smaller tart. It has has a recipe for pie pastry, measurement equivalents and a 14″ ruler for cutting lattice strips on it. A very useful piece indeed.

14. Pastry Blender: Sturdy and functional, this classic pastry blender is made from 18/10 stainless steel and equipped with curved wires that quickly incorporate cold pieces of butter into flour and other dry ingredients – the key to a light, flaky texture.

15.  The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: This book popular and well-reviewed book of uncommon pie recipes may not be your mother’s cookbook, but it’s sure to be one that every baker from novice to pro will turn to again and again.

16. Le Creuset Stoneware Pie Bird Funnel: The pie bird may be old-fashioned, but this time-honored baker’s tool has turned out countless delicious pies over the course of centuries. The hollow pie bird vents steam from the filling as it cooks, preventing the contents from boiling over. Arches on the bottom redirect excess moisture to keep the bottom crust from becoming soggy. The top crust will be held in place, and your oven will be free of spills.

17. Native Organic Apron: Honoring a deep commitment to sustainable practices, Native Organic uses organic cotton and natural indigo dyes. The fabrics are woven on water-powered looms, and made from certified organic cotton grown in North America — the perfect pairing for your local and organic meals. Made in Los Angeles.

18. Ceramic Pie Weights: Mrs. Anderson’s Ceramic Pie Weights prevent empty pie shells from shrinking, bubbling and buckling during the baking process. Baking empty pie shells, or blind baking, couldn’t be easier!

19. Vintage Pie Cutters: Die-cast aluminum pie crust cutters feature polished wooden handles in 3 timeless, fall shapes – pumpkin, leaf, and turkey. So cute and a great holiday hostess gift as well.

What other pie-related items to you have or have you gifted?

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