And We’re Rolling…

2 Aug

Hello Pie Fans –

After an incredible non-stop-baking month, I thought I would take advantage of this relatively slow week to catch up on a few things, including the Pie Club blog!

Thanks to all of you, I have baked and sold about 56 pies since mid-June. And, as you can imagine, I have learned many many lessons in the process. Here are a few of my favorites:

1) Baking endeavors take, on average, 2 hours longer than I anticipate. Every time. No matter how many times I have learned this one, those 2 hours seem to creep up.

2) After making 20 pies in 48 hours (see my post about that here), one or three pies at a time is easy-peasy. No big deal. And while I recognize that that first order was kind of out of control, filling my biggest order first was like jumping into cold water, head first. So bring on the big orders! I am ready.

3) Egg washes make all the difference between dry and delicious crust. As I’ve been working on my pie crust, and I’ve found that without that wash, it dries out in the oven and becomes crumbly, rather than flakey. See the difference below:

Apple Pie with an egg wash! See how pretty it is?!

Nectarine and strawberry pie with no wash. Delicious, but crust is lighter and dryer. Can you see it?!

Buttery flakey crust is really what makes a pie. It also adds a beautiful finish, which leads me to my next lesson…

4) Some pies are photogenic, and some are not. I’m still looking for tips for photographing the chocolate cream pie…

What’s coming up next for Ru’s Pie Club? That’s a very good question! I am starting the process of becoming more professional so that I can sell at public events like farmers markets,

and start utilizing restaurant supply stores and bulk farm orders to cut my costs. I am currently searching for someone to design a logo and a “look” for Ru’s Pie Club. I would love any advice from small business owners in Oakland!

And, of course, please keep ordering those pies!

lots of pie love to you all!

2 Responses to “And We’re Rolling…”

  1. julixdoc August 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    Yeah! Good work! I envision the logo with your face as an illustration and a pie!

  2. Derek Gordon August 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    #ProTip for photographing chocolate cream pie: hide *most* of the chocolate with a large dollop of fresh whipped cream and then add some shaved chocolate on top, leaving just a chocolate border between the cream and the crust. I takes away the poo factor in look of the pie in pictures!

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