Pie bird


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Pie bird

A hollow ceramic bird-shaped figurine about three inches high, with openings at the top and bottom, that could be set with its base below the surface of a pie crust before baking to prevent steam buildup under the top crust during baking. Puncturing the pie top with a fork before baking removes the need of the pie bird.
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Pie Bird funnel pounds 5 (www.lecreuset.co.uk, 0800 373792) Crazy Daisy measuring cups pounds 18.50 (www.portmeirion.co.uk, 01782 744721)
Flights of Fancy featured bird-patterned decorative items, including: Scented finch candles by Uncommon Goods; Aviary dinner plates by Thomas Paul; a Pie plate with pie bird by Pfaltzgraff; a Bird bottle opener by Alessi; and Chicks coasters by Xenia Taylor Ceramics.
There are other salient interdisciplinary projects, such as ceramic pie birds (and early American culture), sundials, Day of the Dead projects and mummy boxes with cat mummies (though this would have more import if the key object for the lesson was not a kitschy Mummy, hotdog box coffin; perhaps a field trip to a museum, then centre the projects on a 3000 year old ushabti).
Other hot products included baking tools, among them handmade pottery pie birds, a sculptured trio of blackbirds designed to release steam from a pie while it bakes.
We offer Specialty Bakeware, from baking pans in tinplate and non-stick, to rolling pins, pastry brushes, pie crust shields, pie/cake dividers, pie birds, ceramic pie weights, cupcake/muffin papers, and cooling racks.
In his displays, Jonathan Pepin also focused on pie, with a presentation titled American Pie offering everything from crimpers and pie weights to pie birds and pans.