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Are you deep in the throes of summer fruit and wondering what to do with it? Over in our Provisions shop, we make the most of good food by finding useful, beautiful products to go with it.
Today: How to bake a pie and take it with you. Napkins and forks optional, vanilla ice cream required. We're also giving away two PieBoxes, because we like to share -- just tell us what pie you'd fill yours with in the comments below.
Since they are so many pie lovers, and only two PieBoxes to give away, stay tuned for an email to your inbox on Monday, July 21st with a special PieBox discount for all our fantastic, creative, sugar-fueled commenters!
Update: Congratulations to our winners -- Elizabeth who served apple pie as her wedding cake and Harvey with his johannisbeere kuchen!
From peach to strawberry to lemon meringue, you can’t really go wrong when choosing a pie flavor. You can, however, go wrong when carrying it -- which is where the PieBox comes in. Designed in Chicago by Adrienne Blumthal, a baker who tired of hiding her edible works of art in homely plastic containers, it’s been one of our best sellers on Provisions since we first discovered it.
Pies are notoriously tricky to transport -- wrangling a hot pie in a cardboard box is inelegant and awkward, especially when you add in obstacles like cars and subways.
When we first starting selling the PieBox last year, we thought it was pretty much perfect. So did a lot of you -- one very thoughtful husband gifted a PieBox to his wife, who happened to be the New York Times baking guru herself: Melissa Clark. It turned out the PieBox was no match for Melissa's expansive pie plate collection and some of her plates were too big!
So today we’re unveiling a newer, bigger version, so no pie -- even your heftiest cherry or weightiest rhubarb -- is left behind! The new PieBox is sized to fit almost any pie plate (9" Pyrex, Anchor, fluted Emile Henry plates all work): We've used it to tote our 8-inch chocolate tarts, our 9.5-inch deep dish peach-strawberry pies, and our 9-inch blueberry beauties alike.
Once you've read up on tricks for making a perfectly flaky crust and fancying up your pie, pick a recipe. Then, if you're feeling inspired, add some intricate lattice-work or a perfectly rumpled toasted meringue, and take it somewhere to share -- safely.
We're giving away two PieBoxes to celebrate the new version! To enter, tell us in the comments below by Sunday, July 20th at 5PM: What would you fill this PieBox with?
First and third photos by James Ransom; all others by Posie Harwood.
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