I do not know anyone who does not like a slice or pie do you? There are so many different varieties, apple pie, cherry pie, pecan pie, kiwi lime pie, the list goes on! That is not to mention the savory pies, good old steak and kidney, mince beef and onion, cheese and potato and all the others!
The actual content of the pie is only half the pleasure, the crust or topping is something else, some heavy and stodgy, others light and crisp
My family enjoy any type or pie, but when I first got married I struggled to find different pie recipes. Sometimes I would start with a recipe I had used before and with confidence I slightly changed the content and sat back as I watched my family sampled my new pie recipe.
My Pie Recipe Tips.
The main thing to remember when cooking is to have fun, whether it be a pie recipe or not, do not worry if it does not turn out perfect, you can always try again.
If you are cooking a savoury pie such as shepherd's pie, remember you do not have to keep it simple, try changing the potato topping for sweet potato or mix potato and Swede for an extra sweet taste.
Another idea is to mash plenty of cream and cheese onto your mash before topping your pie, although this pie recipe is not so good for the hips it really is delicious!
When trying out a new pie recipe make sure you understand the different cooking terminologies. This can alter the final flavour of a dish as most pie recipes can be prepared in a number of different ways.
If you are stuck for ideas for new pie recipes never forget that information and ingredients for pie recipes is readily available on the internet at the click of a button.
I would strongly recommend you do not invite the world and his wife over for dinner if you are trying out new pie recipes, there is nothing worse than feeling of disappointment if it does not work out to plan. Always test on your family first but ask them to be honest.
When trying new pie recipes always try to get the freshest ingredients you can, visit your local organic farm store if possible, choose vegetables or fruit that in season to be guaranteed the best taste.
Try to think what would go best along side your dish If it is a sweet desert try to consider if it would taste better hot will a cool ice cream next to it. Or if it is savoury what vegetables or side dishes would look best, I would always go for bright colours as the pasty or topping can sometime look pale and boring.
Above all remember to test your food along the way so you know if you should add something to give your pie recipe that little something extra.
Vicki Churchill is the owner of http://www.simplecookery.com , a site that specializes in recipes and cooking tips