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FOOD SMARTS: Pie & Pastry Glossary


A pie with a beautiful lattice crust—one of the
terms you’ll find in our Pie & Pastry glossary. Photo courtesy of Cherry Marketing Institute.


While the French have the reputation as the great pastry makers, the Egyptians, who were great bread bakers, worked out the details of early pastry. Theirs was a savory pastry: a dough of flour and water paste to wrap around meat and soak up the juices as it cooked. Pastry was further developed in the Middle East and brought to Europe by the Muslims in the 7th century. By medieval times, pies had developed, and the pastry was used to provide a casing for the various fillings. By the 17th century both flaky and puff pastries were in use, with pastry chefs working intricate patterns on the crusts. And thank goodness, because who doesn’t enjoy a great piece of pie!

But do you know the difference between short crust and plain pastry crust? The difference between puff pastry and phyllo? A cobbler and a crisp? And what is a Black Bottom Pie, anyway? Explore the world of baked wonders in THE NIBBLE’s newest food glossary, the nine-page Pie & Pastry glossary.

  • Enjoy more than sixty of our other food glossaries.
  • Read reviews of our favorite pies and pastry.

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