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One of the keys to
making a great pie
portrait is to use a
dough that won't
puff up much, says
Clark-Bojin.
Goldman has reached out to Clark-Bojin because he
was doing a pie art challenge against Buddy Valastro
on the Food Network show " Buddy vs. Duff " and had
some questions about what dough to use. After that,
they stayed in touch and continue to help each other
out with baking queries.
Pie artistry was a relatively untouched concept when
Clark-Bojin started her journey back in 2016. Decorative
pies were not seen as a priority for consumers or bakers
alike, but that has changed in response to public interest
online.
" It has been fascinating to watch the evolution from
being the only pie artist on the Internet in 2016 to now,
there's hundreds of amazing pie artists out there, " she says.
She started baking, interestingly enough, as a result
of a resolution to avoid sugar for one year. Pies were
one of the few desserts she could make that didn't need
added sugar. One of her original pies featured a cut-out
shape of a dragon with apple peels to look like it was
breathing fire. She posted the image to social media for
her family to see, and it received high praise. She soon
looked at pie art as a potential venture.
In the years since, Clark-Bojin has created some truly
masterful pies. She has become well-known for her
" piescrapers, " pies that are built upward using a series
of engineering and baking tricks to enhance structural
integrity and make the pies stable. She has also wowed
on Instagram with her detailed pie portraits depicting a
wide range of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Vin
Diesel and David Bowie, among others.
One of the reasons there hadn't been a prevalence in
pie art up until that point, as opposed to cake art and
cookie art, was the difficulty in achieving the end result
without things puffing up and changing unpredictably.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is what your
goal is with the pie. Your dough and filling will depend
on a variety of factors, including time (when taste and
texture are your only considerations), following a family
recipe and putting a new spin on it, or if you're creating
a pie portrait.
" Once you know what that critical element is that you
have to get right first, then you can reverse-engineer
the rest of it, " Clark-Bojin says. " For instance, if you're
making a pie-trait, you'll need a dough that won't puff up
much and distort the image. Whereas, if you're making
Grandma's secret peach pie recipe, it's going be a butter
dough and you'll need a design that works with that
color of filling and the dough. "
One of the things Clark-Bojin has included in Pies
Are Awesome is a big grid that lists every type of pie
dough a baker might encounter and what each dough
is good/bad at, so if they're in a hurry and don't have
a lot of time to research and experiment, they can look
that up easily in the book.
Helping bakers is important to Clark-Bojin because
she believes that is one of the most important elements
of the baking community: the willingness to share tips
amongst each other.
" My goal with the book is to let people know what is
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