National pie day
January 23rd, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Not to be overshadowed by Pi Day, pies are a windowsill staple well-deserving of their own day. January 23 is National Pie Day.

We're rolling out a few tips and tricks to get you started in today's pie-making endeavors:

– To avoid a soggy crust, use a glass or dull-finished metal pie pan. Avoid shiny metal pans as they reflect heat and prevent the crust from browning properly. And with a glass dish, you can always check to see if your bottom crust is over-browning.

– If the edges of your pie crust start to burn, cover them with foil. This will protect them from over-browning while the filling of the pie continues to bake.

– Try not to add too much additional flour when rolling out the dough. The more flour you add during this process, the tougher the dough will be. A pastry cloth can help absorb extra flour and prevent stickiness, and is available at most grocery and kitchen supply stores.

– Don’t throw away your pie crust scraps, they make excellent pie toppers, as well as cookies. For the latter, sprinkle them with sugar and bake them off until they’re golden brown and crisp. You can also top them with savory ingredients like grated cheese.

– Let the pie cool before you cut into it. Yes, it's a Herculean task, but letting it cool first will allow the pie's juices to finish setting.

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  1. Pie-ist

    I found a Petition to make every Sunday into "Pieday."

    January 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  2. OvernOut

    The Real National Pie Day is March 14th, as in 3.14 (pi). January 23 (1/23) is too close to the Christmas/New Years/Super Bowl holidays. These are big food holidays, and a rich pie dessert is not needed. By March, however, people are ready for a treat, especially the people who are preparing to give up sweets for Lent. This fake 1-23 day was started by a shameless self-promoter out to sell a few books.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Benn

      Speaking of STFU, don't speak for the masses. Just shut your pie hole (see what I did there?).

      January 24, 2013 at 7:02 am |
    • trixie

      March 14th is during Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday (occuring in February). So anyone who has given up sweets for that period wouldn't be able to indulge in a pie. "Pi "(3.14) is a mathematical symbol, not something baked and consumed. The article even advised the reader not to confuse" National Pie Day" with "Pi Day." They are two completely different things.

      January 24, 2013 at 11:05 am |
      • Andy Griffith

        Pie R round..Cornbread R square.

        January 24, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  3. RichardHead

    I likey the pie.....

    January 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • AleeD from Home Sweet Home®

      You do? What kind? Pray tell!

      January 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
  4. Truth™

    Pie crust cookies has to be the best idea since Sutffpuppies. Katmenon and SLTMenon, give yourselves a raise!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:48 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      What are STFU puppies? Sounds like something a lot of people need.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:52 am |
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Pie dough cookies?!?! YES PLEASE. Don't normally have a sweet tooth, but sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on some leftover pie crust and crisp them up in the oven por ti, por favor!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:39 am |
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