The perfect pie gift – housewarming, shower or just because!
I’m always on the lookout for a unique way to combine my baking talents and creativity to come up with a gift that keeps on giving. This could be a gift for my hostess at a dinner party, a housewarming for my best friend, a neat shower gift for the new bride – or just because!
By now the word is out – my passion for pies means that family and friends often ask for their favorite pie – or the recipe! So I wanted to share one way I make this special gift with you! What is it? Well I bake a pie, place it in a beautiful pie dish or plate, add a pie server, print out the recipe and wrap it all up in a bow – I like to use raffia, it has a homespun, but elegant look.
I usually have a fairly good inventory of pie plates and pie servers since I love to haunt antique shops and flea markets. This is helpful because often you don’t have a lot of time to put a gift together. If you know the person receiving the gift, this part is easy, you can put together a pie plate and server fairly easily. But even if you don’t, I typically choose a combination that I really like personally. It hasn’t failed me yet!
Next comes the pie. Again, a bit of thought needs to happen here as to what type of pie you want to give. If the event is close to home, perhaps an elegant lemon meringue – or mousse. If you need to travel a bit – why not try a delicious chocolate or pecan pie, something with a fairly stable filling, that can be warmed by your host/hostess – or popped into the freezer, so that he or she can enjoy it another day!
The final touch is the recipe. I have a desktop publishing format setup on my computer and there are a number of these available on the web for you to use.
Wrapping it up can be with a brand new tea towel – there are so many beautiful ones available – or some cellophane wrap – the kind they use for gift baskets. A word of caution here though, pastry crust is very fragile – so just be careful when you pull it all together and tie it up with a big raffia bow and voila!
I can assure you that this gift will be happily received and talked about for some time. And even copied! Have fun with this.
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