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Enjoy 25 edible works of art with this step-by-step guide to creating the perfect pie. Everyone knows that serving a pie for dessert makes guests happy. And serving one with a beautifully designed crust that makes guests swoon is even better. Pies are easy to make as stunningly attractive as the most decorative cakes using some basic techniques and the appropriate care when Enjoy 25 edible works of art with this step-by-step guide to creating the perfect pie. Everyone knows that serving a pie for dessert makes guests happy. And serving one with a beautifully designed crust that makes guests swoon is even better. Pies are easy to make as stunningly attractive as the most decorative cakes using some basic techniques and the appropriate care when working with pie dough. The recipes and techniques presented in this book give any home baker the tools they need to create breathtaking works of pie art. From preparation of the dough to the last moments of baking, all methods are clearly presented using step-by-step photographs. A flat surface, rolling pin, sharp knife, different size and shaped cookie cutters make embellishing an ordinary pie crust easy. The 25 designs, arranged by three levels of difficulty, range from graphic art styles to seasonal-inspired florals. Beautifully decorated pies are a hit on social media, and until now there has not been a book on how to create these stunning works of edible art. Karin Pfeiff-Boschek is a master pie designer and explains in detail her textile-based methods used to reproduce her most popular top crust works of art.  


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Enjoy 25 edible works of art with this step-by-step guide to creating the perfect pie. Everyone knows that serving a pie for dessert makes guests happy. And serving one with a beautifully designed crust that makes guests swoon is even better. Pies are easy to make as stunningly attractive as the most decorative cakes using some basic techniques and the appropriate care when Enjoy 25 edible works of art with this step-by-step guide to creating the perfect pie. Everyone knows that serving a pie for dessert makes guests happy. And serving one with a beautifully designed crust that makes guests swoon is even better. Pies are easy to make as stunningly attractive as the most decorative cakes using some basic techniques and the appropriate care when working with pie dough. The recipes and techniques presented in this book give any home baker the tools they need to create breathtaking works of pie art. From preparation of the dough to the last moments of baking, all methods are clearly presented using step-by-step photographs. A flat surface, rolling pin, sharp knife, different size and shaped cookie cutters make embellishing an ordinary pie crust easy. The 25 designs, arranged by three levels of difficulty, range from graphic art styles to seasonal-inspired florals. Beautifully decorated pies are a hit on social media, and until now there has not been a book on how to create these stunning works of edible art. Karin Pfeiff-Boschek is a master pie designer and explains in detail her textile-based methods used to reproduce her most popular top crust works of art.  

30 review for Elegant Pie: Transform Your Favorite Pies into Works of Art

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Bright

    I' have never really thought of myself as a pie baker ... but pandemics force you to look for different ways to entertain yourself so decorating pies has currently snagged my interest. Amazingly creative ideas in this book -- I had never thought about making pastry in different colors before (not sure I will ever do this but certainly an interesting concept). So making fancy pie crusts is now on my list of things to do more frequently. My first fancy attempt was making leaves to edge a peach pie I' have never really thought of myself as a pie baker ... but pandemics force you to look for different ways to entertain yourself so decorating pies has currently snagged my interest. Amazingly creative ideas in this book -- I had never thought about making pastry in different colors before (not sure I will ever do this but certainly an interesting concept). So making fancy pie crusts is now on my list of things to do more frequently. My first fancy attempt was making leaves to edge a peach pie -- turned out great and am daydreaming on other things to do and different themes (and of course ordering different pastry cutters from Amazon). I would have liked to see more ideas about decorating savory pies which is why I gave it a three star rating instead of a 4 star review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Sorsby

    Full disclosure: I bought this book because I'd been following the author on Instagram. I knew her work was stunning to look at, and I wanted to have photos safe in book form, rather than as ephemera saved on the internet. I have no idea how they taste (yet); I'm essentially treating this as a coffee-table book. (It was also an excuse to buy something from Harvard Bookstore, to help during the pandemic.) Full disclosure: I bought this book because I'd been following the author on Instagram. I knew her work was stunning to look at, and I wanted to have photos safe in book form, rather than as ephemera saved on the internet. I have no idea how they taste (yet); I'm essentially treating this as a coffee-table book. (It was also an excuse to buy something from Harvard Bookstore, to help during the pandemic.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ligaya

    Beautiful book showcasing lovely crust decorations! I'm obsessed over the Great British Bake Off and this book will only fuel the addiction. I haven't tried anything from this book but have started collecting cookie cutters and other tools. The author's writing is clear, the book is very well organized, and the photos are perfect! There are just a few recipes for fillings, but, clearly, the emphasis here is on the decorated crusts. Beautiful book showcasing lovely crust decorations! I'm obsessed over the Great British Bake Off and this book will only fuel the addiction. I haven't tried anything from this book but have started collecting cookie cutters and other tools. The author's writing is clear, the book is very well organized, and the photos are perfect! There are just a few recipes for fillings, but, clearly, the emphasis here is on the decorated crusts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre

    Very clear step by step explanation on how to make incredibly beautiful pies. Good description on the different tools and ingredients necessary. Use this book to build and decorate your pie, but I would use something else for inspiration on the filling of your pie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Baker's eye candy, arranged in beginner, intermediate, and advanced projects. Recipes included for six pie crusts, including naturally colored ones, and five pie fillings. I just didn't find myself particularly enamoured with any of them. Baker's eye candy, arranged in beginner, intermediate, and advanced projects. Recipes included for six pie crusts, including naturally colored ones, and five pie fillings. I just didn't find myself particularly enamoured with any of them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Very thorough explanations and step-by-step instructions complete with color photos. Includes pie and dough recipes that she has tested. Impressive designs from simple to elaborate that make you want to display them on the walls. Some reminiscent of zentangles.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andi Butler

    Clear direction and separated into projects by skill level, these really are edible sculptures and works of art. Some are truly so beautifully detailed. Learned a few tricks and some solutions to challenges that I have when pie making, an informative little book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Creative, stunning, original and fresh, this book is not just leaves and flowers on a pie. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    It's everything I hoped. Simple steps and lots of opportunity to explore food as art in a favourite food medium - pie. It's everything I hoped. Simple steps and lots of opportunity to explore food as art in a favourite food medium - pie.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Beautiful pies explained step-by-step. I've incorporated some of her crust making tips into my own baking with great success. Beautiful pies explained step-by-step. I've incorporated some of her crust making tips into my own baking with great success.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Beautiful ideas for decorating pie and she breaks it down well to show you how.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Just great. Now I need to make pies. But I will aspire to make them elegant AND scary so that I don't seem totally domesticated. Just great. Now I need to make pies. But I will aspire to make them elegant AND scary so that I don't seem totally domesticated.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Signe

    Gave this as a Christmas gift to an award winning pie maker. Response was: Best Christmas present ever! Valuable book even to the experienced baker.

  14. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    This is a beautiful book full of beautiful pies! The book is divided into three sections for the beginner, advanced, and intermediate piemaker. There is also a pie crust recipe and templates in the back so you can trace your own cookie cutters if you need to. I also appreciate that there are pictures of each crust before it's baked, after it's baked, and instructions in between. Updating after attempting a crust: It's much harder than it looks. The author recommends freezing, but even then I have This is a beautiful book full of beautiful pies! The book is divided into three sections for the beginner, advanced, and intermediate piemaker. There is also a pie crust recipe and templates in the back so you can trace your own cookie cutters if you need to. I also appreciate that there are pictures of each crust before it's baked, after it's baked, and instructions in between. Updating after attempting a crust: It's much harder than it looks. The author recommends freezing, but even then I have no idea how she gets everything so exact because we struggled. Overall it was a learning experience.

  15. 4 out of 5

    April Lowrey

    Karin Pfeiff-Boschek is quite simply an artist and her medium is pie crust and fruits, predominantly. Her pies are exquisitely gorgeous. I'm too taken with the stunning photography to think about the actual recipes, but if they're anything like the pics, they are incredible. Karin Pfeiff-Boschek is quite simply an artist and her medium is pie crust and fruits, predominantly. Her pies are exquisitely gorgeous. I'm too taken with the stunning photography to think about the actual recipes, but if they're anything like the pics, they are incredible.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rosalie K.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Keenan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Munnelly

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ash

  22. 4 out of 5

    Trish

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Garcia

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cybele Gagne

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda Varner

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie Caldwell

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