Pipping Hot Pie

Pipping Hot Pie

Pipping Hot Pie (Photo by Anita Crotty)

This is a pipping hot pie.  Anita Crotty got this great shot at an Art of the Pie class she took late last year.

Can you see the steam coming out of the vents on the top of the pie?

Pipping is one of my favorite parts of making a homebaked double-crust seasonal fruit pie.

The origin of the word goes all the way back to 14th century where it is mentioned in Chaucer’s Cantebury Tales. “The Millers Tale” to be exact.

He sente hir pyment meeth and spiced ale
And wafres pipyng hoot out of the glede.

Some definitions describe it as “the sizzling, whistling sound made by steam escaping from very hot food, which is similar to the sound of high-pitched musical pipes.”

Cool! I mean, hot…pipyng hoot!

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