One of the top items on Bella's 12th birthday list this year was 'A Year of Pies' book. We ordered it for her and purchased a few other pie making essentials to go with her gift - a pie bird, spoon and cup measuring sets, decorative pastry wheel and her very own pie dish.
We've had some busy days and nights since her birthday and yesterday was the very first day that she's really had a chance to actually absorb and enjoy her gifts. Pie making was on top of her list and since we have a nectarine tree in the backyard, the nectarine crostata seemed like a good first pie to bake.
There's a pie rating system happening with this book and Bella scored her first one with an 8/10. James also had a whirl at pie making in the afternoon and chose the minty chocolate cream pie, which Bella also rated 8/10.
Her plan is to slowly work her way through every pie in the book (oh my goodness!) which I think is a really lovely plan for a 12 year old.
The book is full of savoury and sweet pies and has some really useful information in the first section - pie making basics, ingredients, pie crusts, decorative edges etc.. I'd definitely recommend this book if you're a pie lover (and maker) or it would make a beautiful gift.
Righty-ho, back to pie tasting for us!