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January 2014 - Where did pie pastry originate?  Do you need tips for making a great crust?  How about pie activities for various levels of bakers?  Great recipes this month too!  Join the Home Baking Association as we salute the pie!

The Home Baking Association
Easy-As-Pie Baking Activity

Easy as Pie
….a Book and Bake Activity for Pre-K to Third Grade!  This lesson can be adapted for a one or two day activity.  Includes Pie Geography, Pie Trivia, Kitchen Science Experiment and recipes!!! Download activity here
Caramel Apple Pie

America's favorite lattice-topped pie, from Home Baking Association member Land O'Lakes Check out the recipe here!

What About Main Dish Pies?

Not every pie has to be sweet and served after dinner! Have you ever considered main dish pies like this savory Turkey Pot Pie recipe from House Autry? The crust is made with buttermilk biscuit mix! Try this great recipe and let us know what you think. Recipe & Instructions

DIY Pie Crust: Yes or No?

Who can resist the enthusiastic new DIY generation’s question “should I buy pie crust ready-to-bake (R2B) or do-it-myself (DIY)?” 

DIY = locally made, fresh (not shipped, frozen, refrigerated)

There are many benefits to doing it yourself. DIY bakers can bake whole grain (or not); multi-grain; using zero-trans fats and real butter. DIY bakers can control the level of saltiness (a frequent complaint) using unsalted butter or less salt. 

Dollars and Cents:
DIY= $0.90s for two gourmet crusts…
R2B= $2.50 to $3.50 for two regular crusts

One of the most cost-conservative options worth mention would be Jiffy™ Pie Crust mix. more info
  • R2B comes in its own aluminum pan!
  • DIY = glass pie plate bakes best
  • DIY not perfect? Join the club, patch the cracks and enjoy it! You’ll get it soon! 
There are certainly many perks to doing it yourself. My next DIY pie crust? Cornmeal pie crust over chili! spied in King Arthur Flour's The Baking Sheet 
2014 Educator Award Contest

Do you teach baking in a classroom or community program?  Start planning your entry and be eligible to win $1,000 and a trip to the 2014 Home Baking Association Annual Meeting at the rustic Skamania Lodge in Washington state.   

Entry deadline is March 31, 2014!
Click here
Step by Step Decorative Pie Crust Tips Creatively decorating the edge of a pie or using pastry cut-outs on the top of the pie are really very easy and can make your pie a blue ribbon winner! No matter whether you make a two-crust apple pie or a single-crust pumpkin or lemon meringue pie, you can use your imagination for creating decorative pie crusts once you master some of the basic techniques. 

Read more here

Enter 2014 contest!  Entry deadline March 28, 2014.  Enter Here

The 2014 APC National Pie Championships will take place at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL. Amateur pie makers, professional bakers/chefs and commercial pie companies from around the country and Canada have been competing at the NPC since 1995.

Baker's Glossary

The Home Baking Association offers one of the best baking glossaries in the industry. Check out your knowledge of baking terms here

 A sweet or savory dish made with one or two crusts and filling (pudding, fruit, meat or vegetables).
Additional Pastry Resources!
A Baker’s Dozen Labs and Baker’s Dozen – Lessons for Better Baking both include additional pastry resources. Check it out here
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