What's the Best Pie Bakeoff About?• Finding the best pie recipes that we know are lurking in our readers' cupboards and recipe boxes! The Best Pie Bakeoff is about sharing these recipes and, just for the fun of it, deciding whose pie looks the best to all of us. A few of us will get some sweet prizes but all of us will be the richer for these new recipes.
• The Best Pie Bakeoff is also about encouragement in baking a pie for the first time, and bringing all our best tips to the table. Maybe you've never made a pie but are pie-curious. This is the event for you.
• Oh, and all you tart-bakers, galette-bakers, and other pieish-sort-of-bakers, this is for you too. Throw in your recipes!
The EntriesThe Bakeoff is now in full swing. Here are all the entries. It's a pie extravaganza!
- Caramel Apple Crumb Pie
- Cherry Berry Pie
- Martha's Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Pie Tarts with Dark Chocolate Frosting
- Bean Brulee Tart
- Classic Apple Pie with Pâte Brisée Crust
- Chocolate Pecan Mini Tarts
- Confetti Quiche with Curry Crust
- Pie of the Vine
- Low-tech Korean Bulgogi Mini Pie
- Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Pie
- Chocolate Bourbon Truffle-Turtle Tart
- Pumpkin Pie Cups
- Quiche Oignon & Cumin
- Almond Cream Pie
- Banana Cream Pie
- Apple Ginger Pie Bars
- Buckeye Pie
- Candy Apple Pie
- Chocolate Truffle Tart with Vanilla Crème Brulee
- Creamy Adsuki Bean Pie
- Pumpple Pie (Pumpkin & Apple!)
- Apple Cranberry Galette with Stonewall Kitchen Apple Caramel Butter
- Rustic Pear Custard Pie
- Jack-O-Lantern Tartlets
- Pear Gruyère Pie
- Edith's Sweet Potato Pie
- Pecan and Date Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
Bakeoff Rules and GuidelinesCategories Categories are broken down by what kind of pie it is. • Classic: This is for the pumpkin pies, apple pies, pecan pies - and everything else that usually shows up on the holiday table. Also the vegan and gluten-free versions of these classics! If you have to ask whether it's classic, well, then it goes in the next category... • Original: This is for those mixed fall fruit pies, the savory egg and Swiss pies, the meat pies and other unusual pies that we hope also end up here. The categories are very loose; you can decide which category your pie goes into. Recipes and Photography • You can enter any recipe - as long as you think it's the best. Maybe you have a faded recipe clipped from a magazine taped on the inside of a cabinet and it's your go-to pie. Maybe you have a great story of jarring cherries from a neighbor's tree and want to bring them out for a Thanksgiving pie, mixed with some fall flavors to keep it current. You can enter your own recipe, your grandma's recipe, or link to a favorite Epicurious recipe. • Please do make sure to clearly credit the recipe and link back to it, if it's on the web somewhere. • We really want to see your pie and the process of making, baking, and eating. We are requiring 4 photos, but you can enter up to 10. • Doublecheck our how to write a recipe post for instructions on how to properly format your recipe. • Photos need to be no more than 800 pixels wide. They also need to be well-lit and good-looking. Please see our tips here for taking better food photos.
Best Pie Bakeoff Prizes
Two Category Winners
Here's what the two reader-chosen winners will receive for the best pie recipe: • Pie plates: The winner of the Classic category will receive a Hess earthenware pie plate, and the winner of the Original category will receive an Emile Henry pie dish. • A copy of Flo Braker's brand-new (and gorgeous!) hard cover book, Baking for All Occasions: A Treasury of Recipes for Every Celebration, published by Chronicle Books. • A jar of Zingerman's very special, extra fancy Italian Wild Cherries. ($48 value). These would make an incredibly flavorful and special mix-in or topping for nearly any pie. (Great for cocktails too.) Three Special Mentions Our editorial team will choose three special mentions, and they will get: • One Emile Henry pie dish. • A copy of Flo Braker's Baking for All Occasions: A Treasury of Recipes for Every Celebration, published by Chronicle Books. Everyone! What we'll all get through the Best Pie Bakeoff: • Lots of new pie recipes. • Increased confidence and good ideas for holiday pies.
Contest Schedule• Entries due by MONDAY NOVEMBER 10th, 2008, at 11:59PM EST.
• The Kitchn editors will review submissions as they come in.
• The Kitchn will post entries beginning on or after MONDAY NOVEMBER 3rd.
• Entries will be posted each weekday until WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
• Voting will take place in both categories on THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20-21.
• Honorable mentions will be announced Monday-Wednesday, NOVEMBER 24-26. Process • In case of a huge abundance of submissions, the AT: The Kitchn team will select the best. The best recipes will be posted for all to try at home. The earlier you get your submission in, the more chance it has of being posted! • Two winners will be chosen by reader voting. • Three honorable mentions will be editorially picked by our team. Ties • In case of an exact tie in reader voting, AT: The Kitchn editors will hold a second round of run-off voting between the tied contestants.