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First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More)

First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More)

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A year’s worth of seasonal, creative, and easy-to-make sweet and savory crusted treats from the award-winning owner of a renowned Brooklyn bakery and bar.
 
When Allison Kave turned her love of pies from a hobby into a career, she unleashed a decadent array of flaky fancies unlike any the world had ever seen. From traditional dough crusts to crumb crusts, fruit fillings to cloudlike creams, Kave’s creations are the stuff pastry dreams are made of.
 
Now, she shares her tips, tricks, and techniques in an all-new cookbook featuring pie recipes for every week of the year. Organized by month, this book has everything from irresistibly salty snacks like her Salty Dog Cheese Pie to inventive sweets such as Root Beer Float Pie and traditional favorites like Candy Apple Pie. Kave also demonstrates how to make your pies a picturesque success with step-by-step instructions on latticing, crimping, blind baking, and more.
 
Whether you’re a baking beginner or an at-home pro, First Prize Pies will give you a year’s worth of delicious inspiration.

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    1. 44 of 45 people found the following review helpful

      2.0 out of 5 stars
      and while I’m not the best baker I generally know what I’m doing, July 28, 2017

      By Zeke

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      This review is from: First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More) (Hardcover)

      I don’t get all the glowing reviews for this book. I’ve had it for a while now, and have made many recipes from it, and it’s VERY hit or miss which is NOT something you want from a recipebook/cookbook that you’re shelling out money for and that takes up considerable space on a shelf. I definitely know my way around a kitchen, and while I’m not the best baker I generally know what I’m doing. The basic crust (and cornmeal) crust recipes are pretty solid, I’ll give it that. But the other crust recipes (especially the cookie crumb crusts) don’t seem like they were vetted/tested properly in a regular kitchen, because they never come out right.

      Some of the pie recipes are very good, notably the fruit-based ones (Strawberry-Basil, the apple pies, rhubarb frangipane, etc.), but the non-fruit ones and the weirder ones have been utter failures that people hated, or worse: the pie didn’t come together at all and had to be thrown out. I’ve had particular problems with any of the chess pie or custardy recipes in that the consistency has been way off, and sometimes the filling doesn’t even fill the entire pie shell and I’ve ended up with a half-pie.

      My guess is that the author had several recipes down, but not enough to fill a book when she got a book deal, and then submitted filler recipes that weren’t tested thoroughly (if at all) to finish the number of pages.

      I really tried to give this recipe book a chance and wanted to like it, but at the end of the day, I recommend against buying it because there are far more misses than hits (and the hits are the kinds of recipes you could easily find elsewhere).

    2. 60 of 63 people found the following review helpful

      5.0 out of 5 stars
      “DELICIOUS PIE AND CRUST RECIPES, HELPFUL TIPS, COLORFUL PHOTOS, AND MUCH MORE!”, April 1, 2014

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      Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn (Phoenix, AZ) –

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      This review is from: First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More) (Kindle Edition)

      While I own a collection of cookbooks, I needed one filled with recipes just for pies, and homemade pie crusts. My daughter and I chose this cookbook out of several, and are extremely satisfied with it. We are amazed by the top quality of this book, and all the information it offers. It is also a very enjoyable book, packed with inspiring stories.

      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.

      We made the Toasted Coconut Cream Pie, which was divine. Our favorite so far was the Shoo-fly Pie. It was a sensation. I tasted this pie many years ago, when I visited Dutch Country in Pennsylvania with my children, while on vacation. It is known as an Amish cuisine, and I always wanted to get a recipe for it. We will update this review as we make new recipes, and I will be gifting this inspiring book to friends and family for the holidays. Highly recommended!

    3. 18 of 18 people found the following review helpful

      4.0 out of 5 stars
      Great book…just make sure you have a full bar at home, September 5, 2014

      By Lauren Eberly

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      This review is from: First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More) (Hardcover)

      This is a beautiful book with delicious recipes. My only criticism is that many of the recipes rely on liqueurs for which only a tablespoon or two is needed. As someone who doesn’t drink, I found myself facing the choice of having to buy an expensive liqueur (and boy are they expensive!) or altering the recipe. My creamsicle chiffon pie suffered as a result.

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