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First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More) Hardcover – March 11, 2014
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Allison is also a co-owner of Butter & Scotch, soon to be Brooklyn's first dessert & cocktail bar. Learn more at www.butterandscotch.com.
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The Introduction tells the story of how and where it all began, with a love for cooking and baking, passed down from one generation to another. The delightful stories take the reader to many places across the globe, and shows you about the family inspiration of baking in New York, from winning pie-baking contests, to becoming a famous culinary business owner.
Allison Kave gives information on the essential kitchen needs and tools to have on hand. In addition, the author shares her own pie secrets with helpful tips, and tricks. I learned a great deal on making a variety of mouth-watering pie-fillings, and crusts. We also learn how to create different mouth-watering toppings, and the essential ingredients to make perfect pies, and crusts.
Some of the Key Ingredients for good pie crusts are: Flour; Sugar; Cream & Milk; Eggs; butter; Salt. Many of the ingredients needed for pie crusts are common. The Tools Of The Trade section, along with learning how to make many different types of pie crusts are very interesting.
Some of the mouth-watering recipes include: Spiced Fig Pie; Chocolate Lavender Teatime Pie; Avocado Cream Pie; smoked Almond Pie; Sesame-Honey Pie; Lemon Cream Pie; Salty Caramel Pie; Strawberry Rhubarb Pie; Mint Julep Cream pie; and many more. A bonus for me was to learn how to make delicious, Candied Mint Leaves. They not only taste good, but are attractive on the toppings such as cream topping.Read more ›
My main complaint is that sometimes there isn't enough troubleshooting or explanation. For example, the recipe for chai pie calls for "chai spice." Well, that could be anything. There's the sugary stuff that Starbucks has (which I imagine isn't what the author intended, but it is what most people think of when they think of chai), and then there is chai made from actual ground spices. But there are as many chai blends as there are people who make chai, and the author doesn't even give a suggestion of the spices to use. I also had some issues with the crumb crusts, and the author gave no troubleshooting for what to do if your crust caved in in the oven, etc., despite the fact that the recipes gives a range of ingredient amounts to use.
One nice thing is that there aren't too many special ingredients that you'll have to order on Amazon. Unlike, say, the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, First Prize Pies isn't overly picky about your ingredients, though it does suggest organic when possible. The author suggests you weigh ingredients with a kitchen scale, but that's only really needed when making the pie crust.
The three pies I've made have all been good, but the Earl Grey/lavender one was the standout. I've also tried the root beer pie and the trifecta pie (had some issues with the crust on that one too). I'm sure I'll make 90% of the pies in the book at some point--it's definitely a cookbook that will see some use. But it's hard to give this one 5 stars when I have books like My Paris Kitchen and The Splendid Table on my shelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disclaimer - Allison, the author, is a dear friend. Having said that, this is truly a gorgeous book! I was so thrilled, because I bought several to give as gifts. Read morePublished 4 days ago by James W. Walther
I loved this book! My boyfriend's mom just began showing interest in pie baking a couple months before Christmas, so when I stumbled upon this book I thought it would be perfect... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Ive had issue dealing with the recipes for making the crust. I have a 9 1/2 in pan and I just dont' know for sure how dry or wet this stuff is supposed to be because I swear the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Aaron T. Grace
Clear instructions for both the beginner and expert. Excellent amount of recipes both old and newPublished 2 months ago by Cynthia B.
Not just another pie recipe book. It's printed on very heavy paper so go ahead and place it next to you while baking. It can take the mess.Published 4 months ago by Sabasworldfamous
I've made the grasshopper, s'mores, lemon cream, apple and the nutella pies and, to be honest, I could write an essay on each one, but to sum them all up in a word: amazing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jonathan paton
Was disappointed that recipes are lots of crazy pies instead of more basic things. I bought this to start baking pies for the first time and felt like there weren't very many... Read morePublished 5 months ago by emuhlee