If you ask us, one of the most important home cooking skills is how to bake pie. And here’s the thing: there’s not just one right way. In this episode, we delve deep into everything from types of pies to pie crusts and fillings, decorating pies to doctoring store-bought ones so that they feel more like homemade. Basically, we delve into everything you need to know to make any type from elaborate to semi-homemade pies.
As Easy As Pie (Really!)
This is a long one, kids, because we get to EVERYTHING you need to know about how to bake pies, from elaborate recipes to the easiest pie hacks for glorious semi-homemade pies.
Honestly, if it’s about pie, we cover it: types of pies, crusts, fillings, shortcuts, how to decorate homemade pies, and even how to dress up store-bought pies so that they feel more homemade.
Links In This Episode:
Our guest, Lauren Ko’s amazing Instagram account, @lokokitchen
And Lauren’s GORGEOUS new book, Pieometry
Stacie’s Holiday Sweet Potato Pie (pictured above)
Stacie’s Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Meghan’s Classic Buttermilk Chess Pie, which she believes is a good starter pie
Chocolate Chess Pie, another good starter pie (or any other chess pie, including…)
Food52’s 79 Best Pie Recipes of All Time
The Lardist, where you can grab leaf lard
Dietrich’s Meats, where you can also buy freshly rendered lard
Everything You Need to Know About Par Baking (aka Blind Baking)
The Best Ingredient to Use for Blind Baking a Pie (It’s Not Beans), where Meghan explains how to blind bake using sugar, which yields TOASTED SUGAR!
Chefmade tart pans with removable bottoms (various sizes!)
About our Guest: Lauren Ko
LAUREN KO is an artist, writer, self-taught home baker, and founder of the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen where she has amassed over 300,000 followers. Her colorful geometric style made all hell bake loose on the frontier of contemporary pie art, and her iconic signature spoke design has been dubbed the “modern lattice.”
Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, O Magazine, Buzzfeed’s Tasty, and on-screen in Martha Bakes. Her creations continue to inspire globally from Seattle, WA, where Lauren lives with her husband, Ben, and their bear dog, Santi.
Lauren’s new book is Pieometry: Modern Tart and Pie Design for the Eye and Palate.
Other DIJFY Episodes You’ll Love
If you loved this episode — and all the other episodes we linked to in this week’s episode — we think you’ll also love these past episode. Binge listen, activate!
How to Make Crave-Worthy Treats with Natural Sugars with guest Shauna Sever
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