Serving Pies & Pastry
|To be most palatable, pies
and pastry should be served as soon as possible after they are baked. When
pies are allowed to stand for any length of time, the lower crust becomes
soaked with moisture from the filling used, and in this state the pie is
not only unpalatable, but to a certain extent indigestible. Consequently,
whenever it is possible, only enough for one meal should be baked at a
After a pie is taken from
the oven, it should not be removed from the pan in which it is baked until
it is served. In fact, pie with a tender crust cannot be handled easily,
and because of that it should be cut while is still in the pan.
Often, it is best to serve
a pie warm. When this is to be done, it can be served immediately upon
being taken from the oven, or if it has been baked for some time and is
cold, it may be set in the oven and reheated before serving. Such treatment
will freshen any pie that has become more or less stale. In case pies must
be kept before being served, they should be covered and stored in a place
that is both cold and dry.
of Serving Pie
|Several ways of serving pie
are in practice. This dessert may be baked in attractive dishes especially
designed for this purpose and then served from them at the table, or it
may be baked in an ordinary pie pan and then placed on a plate larger than
the pan for serving.
Pie of the usual size is generally divided into six to eight pieces, a
sharp knife being used to cut it. If possible, a pie knife,
which is narrow at the end of the blade and gradually grows broader
the handle is reached, where it is very broad, should be provided for
serving of this dessert, for it helps very much in handling the
pieces that are cut from a large pie.
The plates on which pie
is served should be at least as large as salad plates. Very often, instead
of serving it from the pan at the table, it is put on plates in the kitchen
and passed at the table. Pie is always eaten with a fork, one that is smaller
than a dinner fork being used.
à la Mode
|A very attractive as
well as appetizing way in which to serve pie is known as pie à la
mode. This method of serving, which is often resorted to when something
extra is desired, consists in placing a spoonful or two of ice cream of
any flavor on each serving of apple or other fruit pie. Pie served in this
way is high in food value and is a general favorite with people who are
fond of both ice cream and pie.