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Pie: Delicious sweet and savoury Pies and Pastries from steak and onion to pecan tart [Hardcover]

Dean Brettschneider
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17 Oct 2013

Join award winning Global Baker and pâtissier Dean Brettschneider as he demonstrates the secrets to making truly melt-in-your-mouth pies. There is nothing more satisfying than tucking into a piping-hot, freshly baked pie, tart or quiche that has just come out of the oven. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, humble or refined, small or family-sized, this book contains a wide selection of recipes for them all. More than eighty of the most irresistible pastry classics and creations from around the world make this a global baking bible.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP (17 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909342181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909342187
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 20.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book delivers what it says on the tin – great pies. It’s amazing what you can do with pastry and this book has it all, from one of the best apple tarts to the ginger nut lemon meringue in a glass.’

(Aldo Zilli Saturday Express Magazine)

‘Brettschneider has managed to turn pasty from the stodgy to the sublime’

(Caterer & Hotelkeeper)

'brilliant pie book'

(Landlove magazine)

About the Author

DEAN BRETTSCHNEIDER is a global-based professional baker and patissier with an international following. Award-winning author of ten best-selling cookbooks, Dean is the founder and co-owner of Global Baker branded artisan bakeries in Shanghai and Auckland, as well as Baker & Cook a global bakery chain with its flagship store in Singapore. He recently worked with British Celebrity chef Rick Stein, teaching a special baking skills course in Cornwall. Dean is also a consultant for major supermarket chains in the UK.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightfully comprehensive collection 28 Oct 2013
As a gale rages outside, and winter firmly ousts autumn, nothing is more comforting than a warm pie for dinner. It really is one of the best and simplest of pleasures. Pie contains a delightfully comprehensive collection of pies and pastries, both sweet and savoury, so you are bound to find something you like.

After a brief introduction from the author, there is a small chapter on the history of pie, which is an interesting read if you are not already familiar. This is followed by a few chapters on ingredients and equipment that a would-be pie maker would need to have to hand.

The 80+ recipes are broken down into 5 chapters: Meat, Seafood, Vegetarian, Not-quite-a-pie, and finally Sweet Pies. Just about all the recipes are accompanied by a beautiful photo of the finished dish, and for me this is a key component to entice me to try a recipe. Some of the more complex techniques even contain very useful step-by-step photos.

I have baked for years, but am always still a little nervous around pastry as it can be a tricksy thing to manage sometimes. This book lays things out in a way that makes dealing with pastry much more achievable. The recipes themselves are clear and easy to follow, but some involve quite a few stages, so I would advise some experience is required.

My favourite recipes Spanish Chicken Pie, Tomato and Thyme Tarte Tatin, and Caramel Macadamia Oaty Tart. There are still loads of mouth-watering looking recipes in this book I am to try, much to the chagrin of my waistline.

The book closes with a chapter of basic recipes and techniques which are referenced throughout the book. This is a great book to encourage you to produce tasty pies and improve your pastry techniques.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the pork pies alone... 6 Aug 2014
As a man frequently on the receiving end of "who ate all the pies" football chants, I am particularly qualified to express an opinion on this latest offering from self-titled "global baker" Dean Brettschneider.

PIE tells a story that started with filled Egyptian breads before being influenced by Greek, Roman and Medieval bakers and then French culinary superstars such as Antonin Careme. Together, they have all contributed to a dish that is equally at home in roadside cafes as fine dining restaurants around the world.

The eclectic range of recipes in the book reflects the antipodean roots of the author, with everything from "mince and cheese" to "spicy monkfish". It does, however, miss some of the northern hemisphere staples that you might expect to see in a definitive work - a killer chicken and mushroom wouldn't go a miss, nor would the definitive steak and kidney. Despite this, there are enough classics to inspire any true pie lover. In fact, Brettschneider's Melton Mowbray style pork pie has already made me a picnic God in the eyes of my family and friends.

As with many genre-specific cook books, there is a tendency to stretch its scope. I struggle to agree that a cheesecake strictly meets the brief, even tarts are pushing it for me, and whoever decided ginger biscuits deserved to make it into a pie based bible should be slowly beaten with a rolling pin. However, even I have to admit they all taste delicious and look amazing in the mouth watering photos that accompany them.

This book is a great reference manual, clearly explaining how to make every type of pastry you might ever need, as well as other foundation recipes such as creme patissiere that every cook should have in their armoury.

Richard Bertinet described PIE as "mouth watering and clever", and he has a point - but as far as I'm concerned it's worth buying for the pork pies alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 17 Nov 2013
By G. Hill
This is a great book! I love a good pie so when I saw this book at the recent Cake and Bake Show I had to have it. I haven't been disappointed so far, unlike many cookbooks this is all killer and no filler. I am working my way through the recipes in order and the instruction is easy, the illustrations mouth watering. The flavours are very well balanced and make delicious pies both savoury and sweet to be enjoyed by all the family.
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