I've discovered there are a few tools which can make the whole baking thing much easier--and then there are a few like these pie birds that just make it more fun. What is a pie bird you ask? Well, the concept is that the steam produced when the pie is baking needs to escape or what--the pie might explode??? Apparently, they are meant to prevent fruit pies from boiling over which would be nice since I recently had charred peach juice all over the bottom of my oven. Here's some instructions on how to use them. The whole concept kind of reminds me of the King Cake tradition in New Orleans, although, in this case you can actually see the bird sticking out of the pie--guess that would defeat the purpose if the baby was peeking out of the King Cake? Pie birds have in recent years become quite the collectable although I haven't seen any in the flea markets and antique mails I've cruised through. If anyone has tried one, give us some feedback. Next fruit pie, I will give it a shot and let you know how it works--you've got to admit it really looks cute.
*check this cool site with vintage pie birds! http://www.squidoo.com/pie-bird