All About Pie Birds, the Whimsical Victorian-Era Baking Tool
Your grandmother had 10 of them, but do you really need one to make a good pie?
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Dessito April 21, 2021
I'd be curious about the connection -- if any -- between these "pie birds/animals" and baking patty-pans, which I am guessing serve the same function. We recently found out about these tools from a Beatrix Potter story called "The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan," which our toddler has made us read (and act out!) a thousand times.
Slordsmi March 15, 2021
Love the Pie Bird story. Have alot, and use them. Hard to have a favorite, but have the most recent Star Wars one, Peorg. Everyone loves it. I used it for my daughters 40th Birthday Pie. And surprised her with one of her own. Pie is my thing. Thanks for the terrific article!
Bernadette A. March 15, 2021
I'd be happy to tell you what I know about them, Lew. I also have email But don't know if we should put our contact info out on this forum.
Lew R. March 14, 2021
I've been collecting the "birds" for years now, but only have 16! I tried shopping online, mostly from Britain, and mostly WAY outside my budget. I rarely find any vintage ones in my area, and the new ones I do find all look alike. My most unique example is a sheep - head up and mouth open. I never knew there was a Pie Bird Convention in Tennessee, and that's my home base! I'd love to find one - anyone?? I have only used them in a pie a few times...maybe I need to do some baking.
MacGuffin March 14, 2021
The Polish Pottery shop has some cute ones for $10; flat rate $5 shipping, so it pays to buy more than one.
Katrinka March 14, 2021
My mother used a pie bird when she made steak and kidney pie (which I didn't like) or steak and mushroom pie (which I loved). Once, when it was the former, I pointed to the bird and said "Look! It's gagging!" It was always smiling for the latter.
Bernadette A. March 14, 2021
I have a collection of about 40 of them that I acquired with volume I of he book when I attended the first ever pie bird convention in Tennessee. Some are made in England and some are made in the United States. I am retired no and thinking about downsizing but finding it hard to part with them. Also don't know how to go about selling them.
Lew R. March 14, 2021
I'd love to see/hear about your collection Bernadette. Any way we can communicate about them? I do have e-mail. Marilew (a.k.a Lew)
Kathryn D. March 14, 2021
I have a small pie bird collection - 16 total. Some are from the 1930's, 40's, 50's, and 70's. A few are handmade. My most recent piebird is a porg (Star Wars) from Le Creuset. I have used my English blackbird from the 1970's a couple of times. I love them all.
Nadine S. March 14, 2021
I own 2 Pie Birds and have had them a few years now. A blue and white birdie and a red Le Creuset bird. They certainly add a dash of adorable when presenting my homemade pie!
FrugalCat March 13, 2021
I have heard about inserting an uncooked penne or ziti noodle in the crust to act as a pie bird. Not as cute, but effective.
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