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In honour of National Pie Day 2012, we'd like to salute all the grannies and windowsills out there that have always kept our stomachs full. We talked to head baker Rachel Fehr of Tartine Bread and Pies in Vancouver, on the common mistakes people make when it comes to pie.
"When making crust, some people use too much cold fat, others overwork dough or under-bake the pie. I'd say frozen fruit is a good option -- better than canned fruits for fillings," says Fehr. This season, the most popular pies include the classic apple, strawberry rhubarb and for her location, raspberry sour cream.
Here are some pie recipes to try:
This apple pie is an homage to Carl Sagan, so relish it while you gaze out into the cosmos and think about how amazing it all is, and how amazing apple pie all is. This is probably the first pie you'll want to master and luckily it's also one of the easiest. Check out the recipe here.
This cherry ice cream pie is a simple summertime sweet treat! If you use frozen cherries, the pie will have a fun purple hue. Check out the recipe here.
Just because fall is over, doesn't mean we can't enjoy pumpkin pie. This recipe is complete with tasty caramelized walnuts for an added kick of flavour. Check out the recipe here.
Grape pie? Yes this is for real. Try something a bit different this week by adding a concord pie to your dessert list. Check out the recipe here.
Rhubarb and strawberries go hand in hand, and what better way to honor the combination than in this classic summer pie. The lattice top looks fancy but the technique is super-easy to master.
We tested this healthy Key lime pie quite a few times and no one got tired of it. We lightened the filling with nonfat condensed milk blended with tangy low-fat plain yogurt and continued the makeover with a topping of lovely golden meringue rather than whipped heavy cream.
Recipe courtesy of T.G.I. Pie Day and Kate McDermott, creator, founder and pie guru behind Art of the Pie. Check out the recipe here.
Try a summer pie -- in winter. While this pie is baking, take the rolled-out dough scraps, sprinkle them with cinnamon-sugar or fold a little jam inside, and bake until browned. Check out the recipe here.
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Now before you get your sugar rush, remember to save some room for savoury pies as well.
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There are times when life gets really busy and finding a moment to prepare dinner seems nearly impossible. It is during these hectic times that the savoury pie, tart and quiche come to the rescue. Not only are these recipes simply delicious, but they are mostly a breeze to put together. On their own they make a great brunch or lunch dish, but when paired with a hearty winter salad or a nice comforting bowl of soup they are transformed into a perfect weeknight dinner. Read the recipes here.