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The Perfect Pie Handbook

The Perfect Pie Handbook

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The Perfect Pie
Go tow w w. pr e pa r e dpa ntr y. c om for more baking guides!
A Handbook for Pie Lovers
Includes Favorite Recipes
The Prepared Pantry
Go tow w w. pr e pa r e dpa ntr y. c om for more baking guides!
Contents
\u201cI'm not sure my mother really understands just what her cooking means to me. It
represents everything warm and good and cozy.\u201d
Carmen Jackson Crofton
Washington Post, 1999

\u2022The Wonderful World of Pies
\u2022Types of Pies and Their Construction
\u2022Building the Perfect Crust
\u2022The Perfect Pie: A Troubleshooting Guide
\u2022Selecting the Right Pie Pan
\u2022Customizing Pie Recipes
\u2022Favorite Recipes

oPink Lemonade Pies
oCherry Cheesecake Pie
oMaster Recipe: Cream Pie
oBanana Cream Pie
oChocolate Cream Pie
oDouble-Decker Cherry Cream Pie
oCoconut Cream Pie
oDeluxe Dutch Apple Pie
oRaspberry Peach Pie with Streusel Topping

\u2022Favorite Recipes: Near Pies for the Busy Baker

oPumpkin Pie Squares
oApple Pie Cake
oPeach Mock Pie with Cranberries and Mango
oCranapple Crumble Mock Pie

Unless stated otherwise, this material is the property of The Prepared Pantry and provided as a courtesy for
private use only. It may not be used for commercial purposes or published without the written consent of
the owners. It may be copied and shared with others for their private use only. By receiving and retaining
this material either from The Prepared Pantry or from an intermediate party, the recipient agrees to use this
only for private and not for commercial purposes.

All rights reserved, Copyright 2004, The Prepared Pantry, unless noted otherwise.
Go tow w w. pr e pa r e dpa ntr y. c om for more baking guides!
The Wonderful World of Pies

We love pies. We love fruit pies, nut pies, cream pies, pies with pastry crusts, and pies with
crumb crusts. There is a pie for every taste, for every mood, for every occasion. Early American
pioneers made a pie for every meal. When they ran out of fruit, they used pumpkin, corn, or nuts.
When they ran out of these, they used whatever else was on hand\u2014such ingredients as
applesauce, molasses, vinegar, and crackers. Today, we have an amazing array of pies to
choose from . . . and the opportunity to experiment beyond the normal.

Pies don\u2019t need to be hard. And if you\u2019ve never made a pie, there\u2019s no reason to hesitate. Pies
tend to be forgiving and even a less than perfect pie, is still very good. If you don\u2019t feel that you\u2019re
ready to tackle a pastry crust, start with a crumb crust or one of the near-pies, Pumpkin Pie
Squares, a mock pie, or a crumble. But, we\u2019ll help you build a great pastry crust and troubleshoot
those that don\u2019t come out perfect.

This handbook is divided into two sections: pie construction and recipes. We\u2019ll start out by talking about the different types of pies and the requirements for success for each. Then we\u2019ll tackle the crusts, since that is where most folks hesitate. We\u2019ll then help you customize your pie to make it uniquely yours and fit your tastes. Finally, we\u2019ll give you a troubleshooting guide in question and answer form for easy reference.

The recipe section is not meant to be comprehensive\u2014you can get hundreds of recipes from cookbooks or on line. Rather, it\u2019s meant to be just a sampler of pies that we\u2019ve enjoyed with a broad enough range to incite your desire to explore. We\u2019ve included some near pies, pies that don\u2019t require the traditional crusts and therefore quicker and\u2014to most folks\u2014easier to make.

Good luck, enjoy your pies, and happy baking.
Dennis and Merri Ann Weaver and Company
Your friends at . . .
The Prepared Pantry

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