Fruit pies are delicious. I freeze a lot of them in season. We eat a lot of them. I give away a lot of them. And fruit pie is best the day that is baked although the next morning's breakfast pie is pretty good too. But after the breakfast pie has been eaten it starts to decline rapidly and that makes us sad. Because one wants to enjoy the pie and not feel pressured to eat it or watch it stare at you balefully as it slowly ferments on the kitchen counter. And let's not even talk about refrigerating fruit pie. Is anything so sad?
A few years ago I thought I solved my problem with Emile Henry's mini pie pans. It was a nice size for two even though the crust to fruit ratio is too high, even for people who love crust. They are much better with single crust cream pies. But they were good and when my husband felt that deep need for pie so many of us know he could bake and eat the pie the same evening. A distinct advantage.
But then I found a better pan at a small cookware store. (Typhoon Vintage Kitchen Small*) A ceramic pie pan that makes four perfect slices. With the perfect fruit to crust ratio . That calculates as pie for dinner and breakfast, too, if you weren't paying attention. Or a small dinner party. Or very large pieces with less regret the next day. I do make very good pie after all.
Our love for the pie plate snuck up on us and we started using it a lot, and the inferiority of the smaller pie pans became more noticeable. Whenever we wanted pie we were always looking for that last elusive seven inch size in the freezer. It stopped leaving the house lest it be lost.
And having learned to love this pie plate did I rush out and buy more? No, because I am an idiot and now they are discontinued. Oh fierce regret!
But I am not such an idiot that I don't deserve your help however. So-- help me find a 7 or 8 inch ceramic pie dish and let all of our pie eating be glorious, and in the correct proportion, and with nothing but a crumb left after breakfast.
* Harrumph. I bet marketing it as "small" killed it. They should have marketed at as "perfect for four people!"
** Harrumph II. This lament does not cover the glory of my ten inch Pyrex pan, which is perfect for Thanksgiving.