The concept of pie is almost an entirely American phenomenon. Rarely will one see a pie on a European menu and in France, "pies" do not exist. One can order a "tart", but it is impossible to find pie on the menus in French restaurants or in French homes. Ironically, it is a Frenchman, Jacques Henry of Emile Henry who was granted a United States Patent for an American Pie shape. His design gives the traditional American dessert a uniquely rural, French perspective. This Emile Henry design features delightfully scalloped edges, reminiscent of the edge created when pie dough is fluted or crimped; a worthy aspect in addition to its functional capacity for both sweet and savory pies. It is an idea that was inspired by a turn of the century shape that Jacques Henry observed in an old photograph that graced a fireplace mantle in the family home.
Made in Marcigny France since 1850, Emile Henry's Ceradon is an exclusive process to produce strong and durable ceramic bakeware and tableware for everyday use. It is so durable and heat resistant that items can go safely go in the oven, the microwave and dishwasher and can withstand the rigors of kitchen use without chipping or cracking.
9" diameter, 1.4 quart capacity
Ideal for baking pies and tarts, this 9-inch dish is a traditional French shape, with a wide, wavy rim for crimping crust and a smooth exterior that makes it welcome in contemporary kitchens. It can go directly from freezer to oven, into the microwave, under the broiler, and through the dishwasher without harming its glossy, lead-free glaze, which does not absorb odors or moisture and is so hard it will not crack, discolor, or scratch--even if food is cut on it. It measures 2 inches deep and weighs 2.4 pounds.
Since 1850, Emile Henry cookware and bakeware have been made in Burgundy, where a unique clay is kiln-fired into a ceramic unsurpassed for conducting and retaining heat. Prized worldwide, Emile Henry products come in a wide range of colors, from the earth tones (with creamy interiors) of the rustic Le Potier line to the bright hues (with white interiors) of the Couleurs line, of which this all-white dish is a gleaming example. Each piece is stamped with the year it was made and the initials of the craftsman responsible for its perfection and carries a one-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack