Monday, November 14, 2011

Culinary IQ: Monday, November 14, 2011; Pies

Apple pie, American?

While pies are thought by many to be an American invention and even the National dish by some, pies actually date back to 9500 BC. I will concede that it is most likely we Americans who have perfected the art of pie making.

With Thanksgiving around the corner and pies being a traditional part of the holiday meal, I thought there would be no better time to discuss the dish. This week I will be discussing various types of pies and their components.

The crust - flakey, mealy, crumb, meringue.

The topping - cream, meringue, crumb, crust.

The filling - custard, cream, chiffon, fruit, nut, meat.

There are many dishes that could be considered a pie and I will try to cover the most common so come back here tomorrow for the beginning of the discussion.

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