Oven to Freezer to Table
The American pie dish is an historical kitchen accessory and has been around for over 100 years, created in varied shapes, sizes and materials. However, our favorite pie dish for the 21st century happens to be the beautiful and functional Emile Henry ceramic dish from France.
As we reported last January, we think that the Emile Henry 9-inch pie dish is a kitchen baking wonder! This bake ware is handcrafted in France from Burgundy clay. The dish can go directly from the freezer to oven to table and is chip resistant and dishwasher safe. It has an added benefit of being easy to clean. The finished product is beautifully framed by the fluted edges of the dish.
We tested a 9-inch size over a 6-month period last year, primarily on sweet pies, using several seasonal fresh fruits (peaches, apples, blueberries) which all baked evenly and nicely. In celebration of National Pie day, we decided to update our report and worked with the 12-inch pie dish, which is large enough to prepare a meal. How convenient and easy. We prepared several types of “savory” pies – one-dish meals. The 12-inch size is perfect for a full meal for a family of 6 - 8; add a side salad and a pie-licious dinner is ready!
For more information and many pie recipes, visit emilehenryusa.com. The dish is available at many upscale retail locations such as Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and, on amazon.com in Azure Blue, Cerise Red, Citron Yellow and White.
January 20, 2011