Pie Style: Stunning Designs and Flavorful Fillings You Can Make at Home

Helen Nugent. Page Street, $22.99 (192p) ISBN 978-1-64567-077-3
Nugent, founder of the recipe blog Pie-Eyed Girl, debuts with a showcase of visually stunning creations that are sure to wow on the table—and on Instagram. Pie art takes form in such chapters as “Field and Forest Inspirations” (recipes include the “Chocolate Cream Tart with Pinecones and Needles,” topped with condensed milk and almond “cones,” and a “Harvest Time Concord Grape Pie” featuring rolled balls of dough as “grapes”) and “Braid, Twist and Weave Patterns,” which takes the standard cherry pie up a few notches with two-tone braided butter and chocolate twists, and embellishes a “Latticed Chicken Curry Pot Pie” with strips decorated by lace impression. But Nugent’s not all about appearances; “Dough Primer” and “Essential Pie Skills” sections provide home bakers an essential foundation before venturing into the “Next-Level Pies” chapter with the likes of a savory “Salmon Wellington,” featuring a mouthwatering spinach-leek filling, with dill sauce to be served alongside the pastry-wrapped fish, crusty head and tail included. There’s also an elaborate “Apple-Cranberry Winter Wreath” pie that wraps crust scraps tightly around an abundance of the vibrant berries. Forget humble pie: Nugent accomplishes her goal of making spectacular desserts achievable for home bakers ready to crank out some brag-worthy quarantine pies. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 08/19/2020
Release date: 09/22/2020
Genre: Lifestyle
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